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Motorola Moto G Unveiled – lower-cost Nexus 5 rival

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Motorola Moto G
Motorola Moto G

The Motorola Moto G has been officially announced, with the Andriod powered smartphone lining up as a low-cost 4.5-inch phone with a 720p screen.

Set to go on sale tomorrow, November 14, for an expected £135 (8GB), the Motorola Moto G is one of the highest-spec phones at the price and a clear rival for the pre-pay audience that might be eyeing up the Nexus 5.

Motorola Moto G Specs

Aside from a 720p 4.5-inch screen, other notable Motorola Moto G features include a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and a minimum 8GB of internal memory. Many lower-cost Androids only offer 4GB of storage, which can cause problems when trying to install data-hungry apps.

Parts of the Motorola Moto G that are slightly cut-down include the 5-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM, where the Nexus 4 had 2GB of RAM. It also lacks 4G, although the fairly fast HSPA-plus 3G connectivity is likely to satisfy most budget buyers.

The Motorola Moto G runs Android 4.3, just one step behind the Android 4.4 software that made its debut in the Google Nexus 5. Motorola has confirmed that a 4.4 update is planned, though.

A phone that’s effectively a cut-down version of the Motorola Moto X, the Moto G is closely comparable to the Nexus 4, a very popular mobile that was recently discontinued by Google. However, this is an all-plastic phone, aside from the Gorilla Glass that tops off its screen. It does have a water resistant coating designed to protect it from light splashes, though.

The Motorola Moto G comes in array of colours, including white, black, green, pink and blue. And it has a 2,070 mAh battery,

Motorola Moto G Positioning

This is the first new European phone to be designed by Motorola since it was bought by Google in 2012. Motorola announced the Moto X earlier this year, but it was not sold in the UK.

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside says the Moto G is out to solve the issues of other budget phones as, which he calls "really, really bad". During the phone's launch, he singled out the rival Samsung Galaxy Fame as a phone with a poor screen and a "weak processor".

The Motorola Moto G costs £159.99 in its 16GB form, and the 8GB edition is around £135.

Next, read our Nexus 5 review

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November 14, 2013, 10:01 am

A lot of my friends who want to give Android a try usually start with the lower priced phones and hate the experience compared to their previous iphones, blackberries or feature phones. It's an unfair comparison I know but that's what tends to happen.

The price point for this is amazing and should go a long way towards fixing a massive problem with cheap Android phones which in many cases tends to put a lot of people off Android in general.


November 14, 2013, 2:32 pm

If only this would fix the problems with cheap android phones. Can only hope people buy something like this rather than worse ones. Companies will go to where the money is, so vote with your wallet people! This, or Nexus 5, or top end phones if money isn't an issue.

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