Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Review: Best Budget Android Smartphone

The first cell phone I owned is Motorola. After a long gap again I’m holding Motorola company’s budget-friendly Android smartphone Motorola Moto G 2nd generation. The demand for high-end features at low-end prices thus produced an unstable mindset for users to choose the perfect phone to fit the budget. For a satisfying smartphone experience, I was looking for a smartphone with a premium look, uncompromising hardware, hand fullness and pocket-friendly. Finally, I found Moto G 2nd Generation.

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The $179 Moto G 2nd generation is different. It’s a real budget smartphone.

Moto G 2nd Generation volume buttons

Moto G 2nd Generation Display & Features

The new handset with a 5-inch display, 720×1280 resolution is a good upgrade option over the first gen 4.5-inch display. The screen is protected by corning Gorilla Glass 3 offer protection against sudden drops.

Moto G 2nd Generation Display Quality

The display is big and bright, it works well indoors and outdoors. The display is good and it can be compared with Nexus 5 quality. The contrast is similar with AMOLED display in spite of having LCD panel. It is sharper, brighter, bigger, and just nicer to look at than the previous model.

Moto G 2nd Generation Back Panel

As far as the specifications go, the new Moto G has a 5-inch 720p IPS display with Corning Glass, Android 4.4 KitKat, powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor along with 1GB of RAM. The battery is 2070mAh and it have a MicroSD card slot up to 32GB support. The connectivity options include dual-SIM, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and microUSB.

Moto G 2nd Generation Build Quality

Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Review: Performance

As we already know the device is powered by 450 MHz 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor. The processing speed is same as first-gen Moto G. The speed is good and it handles Android 4.4.4 KitKat well. For gamer’s the phone sometimes lags to handle heavy RAM consumption games. Overall, the gaming performance is smooth. We played games like Plant vs Zombies 2, Dead Trigger 2 and GT Racing without any lag.

Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Benchmark Results

Motorola already proved that a good smartphone, the AnTuTu benchmark showed good performance result with a score of 18754. The interchangeable plastic back covers provide a bit of external color and variety to fashionable people to match the color with personal style.

Moto G 2nd Generation Backside

Motorola has done a good job by continuing design style to the next gen of Moto G. The back of the phone has the same curved design as Motorola’s other phones. My review sample is a black colored device, and back panel has a soft finish and gives perfect grip in your hand.

Moto G 2nd Generation Back Panel

Camera Quality

The camera quality is superb, it comes with a 8 MP camera rear and 2MP front camera. The features like LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, HDR mode and touch focus are the essential features of Moto G 2nd gen.

Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Camera Samples

Moto G 2nd Generation 8MP Camera Quality

Camera Sample

Moto G 2nd Generation Camera Quality

Camera Sample

Call Quality & Battery Life

I made calls, sent and received texts. The Signal quality is good in indoor and outdoors. Battery life is good for one day’s use with the included non-removable 2070mAh. If you decrease the brightness and turn off the WiFi when not in use the battery can easily run into the second day.

Moto G 2nd Generation Rear Camera 8MP

Verdict

Android become the most prominent operating system for smartphones. Taking the advantage of Android 4.4.4 KitKat the Motorola’s Moto G 2nd Generation became an affordable smartphone for most. Motorola’s done everything right with the phone itself. It has all the features required by daily usage. For price conscious people, Moto G 2nd gen is a good option to buy.

Moto G 2nd Generation Technical Specs

DISPLAY SIZE5-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display (294 ppi)
DISPLAY TYPEIPS
OPERATING SYSTEMAndroid 4.4.4 (at launch)
PROCESSOR1.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM1GB
STORAGE8GB or 16GB
EXTERNAL STORAGEYes
EXTERNAL STORAGE SPECSMicro SD up to 32GB
MAIN CAMERA (BACK)8MP
SECONDARY CAMERA (FRONT)2MP
NETWORKS
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • UMTS/HSPA+: 850, 1700 (AWS), 1900
WI-FI802.11 b/g/n
BLUETOOTHBluetooth 4.0
BATTERY2070mAh
NFCNo
CONNECTIVITY
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
SENSORS
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
HEIGHT141.5 mm (5.57 inches)
WIDTH70.7 mm (2.78 inches)
DEPTH11 mm (0.43 inches)
WEIGHT149 g (5.26 oz)
COLORSBlack, White
Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Review
7.7 Overall
Pros

Brand

Cons

None

Summary

Motorola’s done everything right with the phone itself. It has all the features required by daily usage.

Build Quality7
Features8
Design8
Camera7.5
Network8.5
Battery7
Rahul is the Editor-in-Chief at Thetechhacker, PhoneSetter and TheWearableNews. After realizing an obsession with technology, he left his job career to write about technology.
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