The Motorola company , now owned by Lenovo , has created a new generation of one of its most popular terminals. It is the Motorola Moto G of 2014 or second generation . A device that seeks balance by offering power and mid-high-end functionalities, but with a very reasonable price . A terminal that has grown in terms of screen size going from 4.5 to 5 inches , and improving some of its technical specifications without cost 200 .
With all this, it once again becomes an option to be taken into account by those users who, despite having a tight budget, do not want to forget having a quad-core microprocessor running at 1.2 GHz and accompanied by 1 GB of memory RAM to give ease and fluidity to all processes and applications. All this without forgetting a main camera with an 8 megapixel sensor to achieve high definition images that can be reproduced on an HD screen . Of course, this time with better sound by including two stereo speakers on the front. We discuss it in detail below.
Design and display
Motorola has continued not only with the name and concept of the Moto G terminal . Also its lines reflect that it is a small step or evolution of the first generation. Thus it maintains its contour of rounded corners. Just like its bulging rear. The difference is, above all, in the size of the terminal, which has grown to 70.7 x 141.5 x 10.99 mm due to the larger size of its screen. Of course, without exceeding 149 grams of weight , which gives a feeling of robustness in the hand, but without being a heavy load in the pocket. It should also be noted the customization possibilities that Motorola has wanted to include. And it has developedall kinds of interchangeable covers for this terminal, being able to choose between a wide range of very showy colors , and models of covers that have an integrated front cover . A purchase that, of course, goes separately to the terminal.
Moving on to the section of the screen we must talk about a panel with a diagonal of 5 inches , leaving behind the 4.5 of the previous version . A change that many users will appreciate, although it continues to move through the comfort range that allows you to enjoy content at a larger size without the handling of the terminal being complicated with just one hand. A panel reaches a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels . More than enough to enjoy quality multimedia content without having too much impact on the final price of the product.
Photographic and multimedia camera
As a mid-range terminal with upward aspirations, the Motorola Moto G has two photographic lenses . The main one, located at the rear, has a full-resolution 8-megapixel camera . Motorola hasn't indicated much else other than seeing that it has an LED flash and autofocus feature to get quality snapshots without too much effort.
The secondary chamber of the selfies or autofotos, is located in the front of the terminal, and has a sensor 2 megapixels . More than enough to get images of a certain quality or make video calls with clarity.
In what this Motorola Moto G does stand out , at least with respect to its previous version, it is in the field of sound . And it is that this second generation presents, on the front of the device, two stereo speakers . One at the top of the screen, acting as the headset itself, and one at the bottom. This allows, by holding the mobile in a horizontal position , the sound emanating from both speakers to create a stereo sensation with surround music, as well as offering more sound power and volume . An extra touch that users especially concerned about watching series, video clips or listening to music without headphones will appreciate.
This version of the Moto G also has two built-in microphones . One dedicated to picking up the sound or voice of the user, and another whose job it is to recognize ambient noise and eliminate it to achieve the highest possible quality. Something that is noticeable in calls , video calls and other variations in which the phone picks up the sound of the user.
Power and memory
This second-generation Motorola Moto G , however, seems to remain intact inside. The terminal has a quad-core microprocessor capable of moving at 1.2 GHz . This time it is again a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 from Cortex A7 as it happened in the previous version. In addition, to give the system fluidity it also comes with only 1 GB of RAM , as happened with its previous generation. This does not mean that it has enough power to move any application or game today, especially when loading the latest version of the Android operating system .
Regarding its storage capacity or memory, we must speak again of two devices. As in its previous version, the Moto G will hit stores with a space of 8 GB or 16 GB . However, this time Motorola has removed the limitation of this memory by introducing a MicroSD card slot . Something that enhances the external storage of the terminal up to 32 GB of memory , apart from the internal memory chosen according to the model.
Operating system and applications
Despite the fact that this generation of the Moto G no longer has anything to do with Google , the company that owned Motorola before Lenovo , the most recent version of its operating system has been introduced. It is Android KitKat , specifying exactly version 4.4.4 . This means having all the latest security updates and functionalities: Show the cover of the music that is being listened to on the lock screen, a cleaner and more minimalist design of menus and options and, of course, the entire selection of tools , Google applications and services .
In this way, the user of the new Motorola Moto G has access to Google Maps maps , YouTube videos , their calendar, the Google+ social network or Hangouts messaging and video calls , to mention some of the applications that the terminal brings with it. . In addition, along with them, Motorola has several useful tools such as user guides, terminal locator, sharing contacts from the previous mobile, and a few other applications for novice users.
Connectivity and autonomy
The new Motorola Moto G arrives prepared for a wide audience, although it seems to have left some innovations in the field of connectivity. As it cannot be otherwise, it has an 80211.ac WiFi antenna and the possibility of connecting to 2 and 3 G lines to receive and send data over the Internet anywhere. However, it does not have a chip that offers LTE connectivity for high-speed connections.
Apart from this, it does bring with it a Bluetooth 4.0 LE connection , which allows the user to connect it with all kinds of peripheral devices such as smart watches, hands-free, headphones, etc. All this without involving high energy consumption for the battery.
It also has the universal microUSB port to connect to the current and charge the battery, or to the computer to do the same as well as transfer files and contents between one device and another. Closes the circle of connectivity the possibility of connecting headphones thanks to its port jack of 3.5 mm .
Finally, you also have to talk about your stack. A battery with a total capacity of 2,070 mAh that Motorola claims capable of lasting throughout the day. Something that must be contrasted with tests since it charges the same battery as its previous version, although this time it moves a larger screen and two speakers.
Availability and opinions
The new Motorola Moto G is now available in Spain and much of the world. Of course, through the company's own website . However, at the moment only its official price is known in dollars , reaching 179.99 .
In short, a very balanced terminal that seems to have evolved only in the multimedia field compared to its previous predecessor. And it has grown visually, with a 5-inch screen that already shows HD images , and in terms of sound with two stereo front speakers for a more powerful and rich sound. An evolution that continues to offer a good performance terminal without being a luxury for the pocket.
Motorola Moto G (2014)
|Model||Motorola Moto G (2014)|
|Resolution||1280 x 720 pixels|
|Dimensions||70.7 x 141.5 x 10.99mm|
|Colors||Many colors depending on the case|
|Front camera||2 megapixels|
|Formats||MP4 / H.264 / H.263 / MP3 / WAV / WMA / eAAC +|
|Sound||Stereo headphones and speakers|
|Operating system||Android 4.4.4 KitKat|
|Extra applications||Google applications (Gmail, Hangouts, Chrome, etc.)|
Motorola's own apps
|CPU processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.2 gigahertz|
|Graphics processor (GPU)||Adreno 305|
|Internal memory||8GB / 16GB|
|Wifi||WiFi 802.11 a / b|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0 LE|
|Audio||3.5 mm minijack|
|Others||Create WiFi zones|
|Duration in use||-|