The second-gen Moto G, refreshed by Motorola in 2014, is the mid-point in the Moto device lineup flanked by the Moto X above it and Moto E below it.
While it isn't much of a barn burner, the Moto G really is greater than the sum of its parts. With a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and just 8GB of storage, the Moto G is more than capable of handling everything that all but the heaviest of users will throw at it. That's largely due to the very light customization of Android that Motorola has done, which simply highlights the power of the operating system rather than trying to change it for branding purposes.
The biggest changes on the new Moto G are front-facing stereo speakers, a larger 5-inch display, an SD card slot standard, and improved 8MP camera, which were pain points for owners of the original model. With those smart changes on-board and the rest rather unchanged it let Motorola keep the cost down, while continuing to offer other neat features like swappable back shells.
Starting at just $179 unlocked and without any sort of contract, the Moto G offered a tremendous value, and it's no surprise that it's Motorola's best-selling smartphone in its history.
Moto G (2014) review
19 September 2014
Things didn't change much in the last year, but they improved enough to keep the Moto G a go-to inexpensive choice
Since Motorola was purchased by Google the Moto X has been the headline grabber for the company. But in the background, it's the lower-end Moto G
that has been pushing Motorola back into relevance in several countries around the world. India and Brazil, in particular, have been the huge growth markets for Motorola primarily because of the fantastic value that the Moto G represents. A year after the release of the original Moto G that saw so much success, Motorola isn't messing with a good thing.
The new Moto G, as it's called, is nearly identical to the original with just a few key improvements in areas that Motorola's customers said they wanted to see changes. The result is a phone that sticks to the same wonderful $179 unlocked price, but with a larger screen, improved camera, new front-facing speakers and an SD card slot that comes standard.
It all comes back to the idea of riding the momentum from the original G, and that's certainly what Motorola has done here. It's taken a winning recipe that has propelled the company back into the minds of consumers in at least one price bracket, and the new Moto G is set to continue on that path. Read along for our full review of the second generation Moto G.
05 September 2014
We've got an all new Moto G on it's way, and it looks to be a great update to the 2013 model — Motorola's best selling smartphone ever. Bigger screens and the latest version of Android (with a promised update to Android L) make the Moto G a favorite all over the world...
20 September 2014
Changing up the color of your new Moto G is cheap and done in a snap
Due to cost constraints the Moto G doesn't get the full Moto Maker treatment like the Moto X, but the new version still has the ability to swap out the outer casing for a new one...
12 November 2014
Motorola is now rolling Android 5.0 Lollipop out to select devices in the United States. The Pure Edition of the 2014 Moto X, along with US and Global GSM versions of the 2014 Moto G are now eligible for the update....
25 September 2014
The Moto G will do everything most people ask of their smartphone, and do it for at least half the price
Shortly after I finished reviewing the new Moto G, concluding a couple weeks of use, our very own Phil finally powered his own Moto G on and started using it for the first time...
24 September 2014
We continue our look at accessibility options on today's latest phones with the 2014 editions of the Moto X and Moto G. Motorola's phones, as we've been saying for the last year or so, mostly stick with the "stock" builds of Android, only adding some select features here and there...