Review: Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation (Holiday Gift Guide)
During the 2014Â Squamish Music Festival, the 1st generationÂ Motorola Moto G was our ultimate festivalÂ phone for documenting the behind the scene actionÂ and sharing it with our social media followers. Courtesy of Motorola, this time around we take a look at the new and improveÂ 2nd generation Motorola Moto G. Under the hood, the new phone gets an upgradedÂ 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 8 megapixel camera & dual front speakers.Â Keeping the same design cue from the previous model, Moto G 2nd generation maintain a sleek and simplified design.Â One of the biggest change is the larger (5 inch vs 4.5 inch) 720p display. The display is bright, colourful and detailed – perfect for watching YouTube videos or steaming Netflix.
At 5.6 inch tall, 2.8 inch wide and 5.3 ounces, the Moto G is a substantial but it can still fit in your jacket or pant pocket.Â The rounded corners and the arched back nestled in my palm and its very comfortableÂ to hold.Â Removed the backplate,Â youâ€™ll find dual SIM slots and a microSD port for cards up to 32GB.Â The dual-SIM slots can work simultaneously. For example, with one SIM you can use it as a wireless hotspot while the other SIM for phone call.
Although theÂ battery is not user replaceable, I was able to get through a day ofÂ normal usage â€“ games, videos, browsing and music. With theÂ 2,070mAh battery, the phone lasted for 9 hours.
The nativeÂ camera app included aÂ burst mode, panorama, HDR and slow motion videos.Â The image quality fromÂ the 8 megapixel f2.0 camera is very goodÂ for uploading to Facebook and Instagram. In HDR mode, the photos were detailed and the colours are vivid in ample ambient light. The video quality at 720p HD is also decent.
Here are some unedited photos while Christmas shopping at Tiffany and Co.
Kate Winsletâ€™s necklace feature 3 rare yellow diamonds and 642 white diamonds, which is worth $2.5 million.
Tiffany and Co. watchÂ design byÂ Patek Philippe.
The phone come pre-loadedÂ withÂ Android 4.4 and a few Motorola centric apps. Motorola Alert is an emergency alert app which you let assign contacts to receive your current location at specific interval. This a good app especially if you are camping or traveling to remote location, your friends can know where you are.
MotorolaÂ Assist, an automated assistant, is one of most handy apps I tried recently. You simply suggest actions to automate a task. Like while driving, read out my text messages or while sleeping, avoid interruptions unless it’s an emergency.
Motorola Migrate help you transfer all of your content and contacts from your previous phone to your new Moto G.
Still looking for Christmas gift for a first time smartphone user? AtÂ $249.95 unlocked,Â The Motorola Moto G is a remarkable value for an entry level Android smartphone. With a solid battery life, good performance and bright display, the Moto GÂ offers almost everything you could want.