If you have $220 to spend on a phone right now, this is what you need to buy. This is the 2015 or 3rd Gen Moto G. this is basically the best budget phone money could buy right now in 2015. And it’s sort of expected because Motorola sort of invented the best budget phone a couple of years ago with the 1st Gen Moto G. This is the 3rd Gen, has tons of stuff. This phone is so important to Motorola actually that they have sold so many of these. This is the number one selling phone in Motorola history. Better than the RAZR of 2004 or all those phones so this is a pretty big deal. So let’s go ahead and get onto the full review.
The Moto G philosophy has been pretty simple from day one: give you what you need and make it run the way you want. No excess. And the 3rd Gen Moto G is exactly that. What you’re looking at is a phone that has a 5-inch 720p IPS display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM (in my case), a decent GPU for gaming performance, and for the first time ever; the first iteration of the Moto G comes straight with LTE. You’re also looking at a fairly large 2470mAh internal battery and a spot to expand storage via microSD.
Also, two other things worth mentioning—this phone has the same camera sensor as the $600 Nexus 6 and it is water resistant in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. All of that in a phone that costs $220. You can even buy a less expensive 8GB version of 1GB of RAM and the rest of the internals are exactly the same for $179. Perhaps the weakest link of the whole package is the display. It’s basically the same panel from the 2nd Gen Moto G. but honestly, its ppi is 294—close to 300 so it’s not that bad.
Software is also a huge selling point of the Moto G. unlike other manufacturers trying to fill this phone with useless software and bloat, the Moto G comes with stock Android 5.1 Lollipop. The only alterations is Moto Actions, Moto Assist and Moto Display—things that could either be simply turned off or be very useful to you. For example, using Moto Actions you can do a double twist up the phone to activate the camera or a double flick down to activate the flashlight. The result is simple: a phone that runs just as good as flagships last year and a phone that will probably crush all of them in the battery department.
The performance of the Moto G is also fantastic given its price point of course. But even if you compare it to other “flagships,” the Moto G (with its simplicity) can keep up with much more powerful phones that are usually filled with loads of widgets and bloat. One thing I’d like to mention is the battery life. The Moto G is hands down, one of the best smartphones when it comes to battery life. As a fairly heavy user, I wasn’t able to kill the Moto G in one go. At best, I had around 40% remaining on the battery when I went to sleep. And on standard days, I would usually have around 50% remaining. And if you’re an extremely light user, you may be even to stretch a whole two days without plugging it in.
The last thing I want to talk about is the camera. While it’s no secret Motorola has had sub-par cameras in the past, the Moto G is definitely not a phone that is expected to break out of that habit. For starters, it comes with the same camera as the not so good camera found on the Nexus 6 but it doesn’t bring things like OIS and UHD video recording which is completely expected at this price point. But it is usable and fairly good in well-lit situations.
So the Moto G: it’s the king of on-budget. It’s a very special phone to Motorola and also to a lot of you guys watching this video right now. People would just want a very good smartphone with no excess that doesn’t cost a whole lot of money. It’s literally one of the best phones of the entire year and it only costs $179.