The new Moto G (2nd Generation, 2014) is here. If you have been following our coverage of Motorola's event then you already know, Motorola announced the new Moto G, Moto X and the Moto 360 last week. But for now we will only concentrate on unboxing the new Moto G 2nd Gen.
The Moto G 2nd generation, or simply the new Moto G comes with a larger 5-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass protection while the previous Moto G had a 4.5-inch display. The innards remain the same with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB RAM and 8/16 GB storage which this time around is expandable with a microSD card slot. We have got the Moto G 2nd-gen Dual-SIM 16 GB Indian retail variant for you in Black color available for Rs. 12999.
The rear camera too has been bumped from 5-megapixels to 8-megapixels and the front-camera too gets an upgrade to 2-megapixels. Battery remains the same at 2070 mAh and you also get removable back-covers or Moto Shells for this one.
In the Box
Inside the box of the new Moto G gen 2 you get the same accessories. But we had expected Motorola to atleast include a micro-USB datacable in the box.
Wired Wall Charger
User manual, warranty information
The new Moto G isn't that different from the original when it comes to overall build. But the design has got a bit of a makeover. In the front you have the 5-inch HD IPS 720p display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch resistance (which does make the display reflective, like the previous model). The display is as beautiful as it was on the original Moto G with excellent color reproduction, but the vertical viewing angles are a bit narrower.
Just above and below the display you have the new dual stereo speakers. You also have the 2 MP front-camera, pulsating white notification LED as well as proximity, light sensors just above the display.
There's nothing on the left and you can find both the volume rocker as well as the power button. Both are sturdy and offer good feedback with a satisfying click. While at the top you have the 3.5mm audio jack and the secondary noise cancellation microphone.
At the bottom you have the micro-USB data-syncing/charging port and that's also the space using which you can open up the back-cover.
The back-cover has a matte finish just like the previous-gen device. Motorola has again used the same curved back design which has become the company's new design language making the phone easy to hold and makes it fit perfectly in your palms. The back-cover is a bit flimsy and bends easily, in that respect its more like the Moto E than the Moto G.
You will see the upgraded 8 MP camera with LED flash at the back, but no speakerphone grill as that's been moved to the front. Inside you will find two micro-SIM card slots as it is a dual-SIM smartphone but there's also a microSD card slot at the top. Motorola understood the need for expandable storage on its devices and the result can be seen as the Moto E as well as the new Moto G.
The new Moto G 2nd gen is an incremental update and feels as such. You are getting a much better device at almost the same price. Motorola scored huge points with consumers given the pricing and quality of its devices, be it the Moto G or the Moto E.
The new Moto G Gen 2 comes in at a touch time, when Xiaomi Redmi 1s gives the same specs at half the price and for just Rs. 1000 more you can get the flagship killer Xiaomi Mi3. Apart from availability, there hasn't been much criticism of Xiaomi devices. But where Motorola excels is usability and quick updates, for that the Moto G Gen 2 will again be one of my top choices for the Rs. 10000 to Rs. 15000 segment. We will be bringing you its benchmarks, gaming and camera review soon.