Motorola Moto G 4G
The Motorola Moto-G measures 13x6.5x.6cm and weights 144grams. Like a lot of recent phones that have passed my desk the first puzzle is how the back comes off. After a while a finger nail manages to make progress and eventually the back is off. This enables you to insert a micro SIM and a micro SD card up to 32GB before the somewhat easier task of reassembly.
So on the face of it 4G, Android 4.4.4 (the latest I have seen) and the Micro SD Slot are the main differences between this and first version of the Moto G which at the time sent the market in a spin by offering so much to the SmartPhone user without the huge price tag that such devices had prior to then.
There are two versions with either 8GB or 16GB internal memory the price differential looks to be around £25. Currently however only the 8GB 4G version is available but now with a micro SD slot the internal memory is less vital.
The back is more rubber than plastic and as mentions grips the face tightly so it should be fine in the rain but of course it is not waterproof so no visiting the shower with it in hand.
Going round the edge finds a 3.5mm jack socket on top, the right side has two silvered bar buttons the top one is on/off and the lower one volume up/down. The base has the micro USB slot for charging or the fitment of an OTG device and the left side is clear. The back has the 5MP camera with LED flash below it and speaker beside it which gives a reasonable sound. The camera can capture 720p video.
The screen is 4.5inches diagonal measurement which can show 1280x720. The processor is a 1.2GHz quad core snapdragon offering.
The claim of allday use for the 2100mAh battery was fulfilled and this was with a full range of uses but I doubt it would have lasted 24hours. However an overnight charge proved sufficient to repeat the next day.
I have heard rumours that some 32GB micro SD cards gave problems the two I tried worked fine as did the OTG offering which worked out of the packaging without having to download an external file manager.
My 4G tests were limited as during my short test period I was only in a 4G area once.
Everything except the 5MP camera were top rate and this must surely be the best budget 4G phone around. The first version broke the mould of high pricing and lack of a Micro SD card and 4G have been dealt with so I think this is still the best budget SmartPhone around, it is certainly the best I have used.
The Motorola Moto G 4G is still very new but I found it at £158.99 SIM free with free delivery from the link below.
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