Motorola entered the Indian market again last year with the Moto G and there was bloodshed to get hold of the device. It offered excellent value for money and changed the standard with which we judge and budget or mid-range device. Every new device was judged taking the Moto G as reference point. Eventually it managed to force other manufacturers to come up with competitive devices and we saw some really impressive devices come out. With all these new devices coming in, a refresh to the popular Moto G was important so that it doesn’t get left out in the crowd. To take care of this and add a couple more features, Motorola has now launched the 2nd generation Moto G which is also known as the Moto G2.
The Moto G2 runs the same hardware underneath but adds some features that have been missing on the original Moto G. you get a micro SD card slot, a high resolution camera, dual speakers and couple more features to make it an even better deal as compared to the older Moto G. The 16 GB variant of the 2nd generation Moto G is priced at INR 12,999 which is very well justified and is 1K lower than the price at which the 16 GB Moto G 1st gen was launched. We put both the Moto G devices against each other to figure out how much this new device is different from the previous device.
Design & Build
The first generation Moto G was an average looking device. The back was curved and it was removable so that you can put your favourite colour there. The device came with a 4.5 inch display so the dimensions were easy to handle. The new one houses a bigger display and thus the dimensions have gone up. The thickness has dropped a bit and now the design looks somewhat similar to the new Moto X. not a bad thing at all we guess? The previous Moto G wasn’t exactly light for its dimensions and this one is slightly heavier than the previous one. The overall feel of the new device is pretty good and it is easy to hold with the nicely curved edges. The front camera sits in the middle just above the display and you get two speakers on front of the device. Like the older model, you would find the power and volume controls on the right of the device. It feels solidly built and is definitely an upgrade in terms of design and build. It also comes with a water resistant coating that saves the device against accidental water splashes.
The previous generation Moto G came with a 4.5 inch IPS LCD display with 720p resolution. The display quality was very impressive and it was very crisp. Being an IPS LCD display, it offers good sunlight readability and impressive viewing angles. Now the display size has gone up to 5 inches but the display resolution remains the same. This has caused a drop in the pixel density although the difference is not noticeable to naked eye. The display quality is still pretty good and you won’t have any complaints against it.
The new Moto G shares the spec sheet with the previous generation device. It has got the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1.2 GHz quad core processor. You get the Adreno 305 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. The previous generation Moto G was offered with 8 GB and 16 GB storage option. For now, this one is offered as a 16 GB variant. However there is one significant change here. The previous generation device didn’t come with a micro SD card slot and was disliked by many for this reason. This version however comes with a micro SD card slot that can house up to 32 GB of external memory. Just like the previous generation device, the new Moto G is a dual SIM device. It uses two micro SIM cards. The hardware is just as good as the previous generation device and there are no doubts here. The hardware can easily handle almost all the jobs you throw at it. It is powered by a 2070 mAh battery. You get all the connectivity options you found on the first generation Moto G. it comes with the latest android 4.4.4 KitKat and will receive the Android L update once it goes official. They have decided not to skin the interface and kept it as close to stock as possible like the previous devices. This also helps them roll out the updates very soon after they are released by Google.
The previous generation Moto G compromised a bit in this department. You got a 5 megapixel primary camera and a 1.3 megapixel secondary camera. While the image quality from both the cameras was acceptable for what they claimed on paper, an upgrade was required. This time they have gone for slightly higher resolution which should translate in relatively better image quality from the camera. The primary camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and comes with a LED flash. The camera is fast and has got negligible shutter lag. The camera app also launches in no time at all. Resolution of the secondary camera has gone up as well. Now it comes with a 2 megapixel sensor in the front camera instead of 1.3 megapixels.
This new device comes at a lower price than the entry price of the first generation device. The new Moto G is definitely an upgrade over the previous Moto G and justifies its price tag. Anyone looking for a reliable and affordable device should definitely consider this as an option. However things have changed a lot since the first Moto G came out. Now we have strong rivals like Asus Zenfone 5, ZTE V5, Xiaomi Mi3 and lot more. These options make narrowing down on the device a bit tough. You have to weigh down the pros and cons of each device according to your needs to find the right device for you.