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Moto G 2 (2014)

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Moto G 2 (2014)

Originally reviewed by Michael Sawh 15 September 2014

From £14.50 a month or £139.99 SIM-free

Key features:
  • 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 display
  • 4G LTE support
  • 8-megapixel camera with HDR
  • Two-day battery life
The Moto G 2 (2014) is an exceptional smartphone. The only criticism we originally voiced about it was the lack of 4G LTE support, but Motorola has remedied this, and the feature only costs £20 extra.
 
In terms of build, it’s reliable rather than spectacular. The soft-touch matte plastic on the back is easy on the fingers, contrasting with the glossy front, and it feels like it can survive a bump or two.
 
The display has been upgraded to a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 panel. It’s really impressive in terms of accuracy, but brightness is a slight issue. Somewhat surprisingly, its 2-megapixel front-facing camera makes the G one of the best smartphones for taking selfies. The 8-megapixel rear camera comes equipped with HDR and LED flash, but it’s not great in low light.
 
Battery life and performance are terrific, though. You’ll be able to use it for up to two days before plugging in the charger, and the 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM is powerful enough to run high-end 3D games without issue.

Our Score

9/10
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