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.
About this review
We're writing this review after two weeks using the U.S. model of the new Moto G on the AT&T network, primarily in the Seattle area. We have the black version of the device here, along with the blue Flip Shell (sold by Motorola). Though the phone doesn't support LTE, we of course saw ubiquitous HSPA+ coverage from AT&T the entire length of the review.
Motorola also offers a "global" version of the phone (and a dual-SIM variant), but it shouldn't have any notable differences other than its networking hardware.