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Motorola Moto G2 Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 11/02/2014

Second generation. In 2013 the Motorola Moto G was an inexpensive smartphone and a real competitor for mainstream smartphones with its comprehensive features. Now there is a successor, and we want to know if the Moto G2 can impress us as well. Let us find out in our in-depth review.

In Review: Motorola Moto G2. Review sample courtesy of Motorola Germany.

For the original German review, see here.

"Something has got bigger" might be the first thought if you know the Motorola Moto G of 2013. Its successor is now available in stores and on the Internet, and is actually significantly larger: The display size was increased from 4.5 to 5 inches. You also get a higher-resolution camera and stereo speakers at the front. Otherwise, there are many similarities, for example, the SoC or the display resolution. Are the small changes sufficient to justify the increased RRP to 199 Euros (~$248)?

To check this, we will compare the second generation Motorola Moto G with its predecessor Motorola Moto G as well as the following smartphones: LG L BelloHTC Desire 510Nokia Lumia 630Alcatel One Touch Pop C7Huawei Ascend G610Acer Liquid E700 Trio, and Samsung Galaxy Ace 4. A comparison with the Google Nexus 5, which is still available, is also interesting – how much smartphone do you get for 150 Euros (~$187) more?

Case

There are several colors for the back cover.
There are several colors for the back cover.

The Motorola Moto G2 is basically available in the colors black and white. If you are familiar with Motorola, and know that the new Moto X can be customized with dozens of materials like wood, leather and colored elements, you will probably expect the same from the Moto G. The back cover of the smartphone can be removed and replaced with colored covers. More information is available in the Accessories section. However, it remains Motorola’s secret as to why, unlike the Samsung smartphones, it is so hard to remove the back cover and replace the battery.

Motorola has not changed the design. The second generation of the Moto G is once again simple, and has a curved back with a depressed logo that is a good resting point for the index finger. The speakers are now at the top and bottom of the display, otherwise the two generations of the Moto G are very similar, except for the size of course. The Moto G2 is also slightly slimmer than before with 11 millimeters (~0.4 inches). According to Motorola, the case is also protected against small amounts of rain or spill-water thanks to its compact construction and despite the detachable back cover. However, there is no IP certification, so it might be a good idea to keep the smartphone away from water.

We cannot twist the chassis, but medium force on the display screen results in distortions. Pressure on the back, however, is no problem for the case.

Connectivity

So far, the second generation of the Motorola Moto G is only available with 8 GB internal storage. On the other hand, the Moto G now supports two SIM cards and also has a SD card reader, which, according to Motorola only supports SD cards up to 32 GB. Still, this is an improvement since you could not expand the storage of its predecessor at all. Apps can be copied to the SD card later on.

Nothing has really changed in terms of ports: Micro USB 2.0 and 3.5 mm stereo jack are available.

Right side: standby, volume rocker
Right side: standby, volume rocker
Left side: no ports
Left side: no ports
Top: 3.5 mm stereo jack
Top: 3.5 mm stereo jack
Bottom: micro-USB 2.0
Bottom: micro-USB 2.0

Software

The operating system of the Moto G2 is Android 4.4, so the Motorola is up to date. Furthermore, it is the so-called Vanilla version, which means Google provides the operating system, and Motorola has not installed its own user interface. One advantage of this solution is that Android updates are quickly available on the Moto G since they do not require any adjustments from Motorola. According to the manufacturer there will be at least one more update for the OS. It will probably be the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop, but so far there has been no confirmation from the manufacturer.

Fortunately, no advertisements are preinstalled, but then, there are actually not many software additions offered either. Motorola has installed a tool for data migration, and emergency software that informs certain contacts in case of an emergency.

Communication & GPS 

The Motorola Moto G is available with LTE, but the second generation has to manage without it: The fastest standard for the Internet on the road that is supported by the Moto G2 is HSPA+ with a maximum downstream of 21.1 Mbps. Four GSM and four UMTS bands should be sufficient to get a signal in many countries. Bluetooth 4.0 is available, but there are no other connectivity options like NFC.

You can equip the Moto G2 with one or two micro SIM cards, since the smartphone supports the simultaneous use of two SIM cards. This means you can, for example, combine your business contacts and a private smartphone on one device or use a cheaper provider for the data plan while you use the other SIM card to make phone calls. The signal quality was good in the German Telekom and E-Plus networks, and we usually had a full signal in the metropolitan area.

The SIM management in Android works well. There are many convenient features, for example, the automatic selection of the SIM card after you chose a card for calls. In some menus, you can store individual settings for each SIM card, and you can obviously activate or deactivate the cards individually.

Apart from the mobile Internet, you can establish connections to wireless networks, according to the standards 802.11 b/g/n. The new and fast 802.11 ac standard is missing, but the speed is decent nonetheless. And the signal quality of the Moto G2 is very good: We still had the full signal with a distance of ten meters (~33 ft) from the router and through three walls, it only dropped to 3/4 occasionally. Another two meters (~6.5 ft) and another wall, result in 3/4 of the signal – very good.

Indoors: No location possible
Indoors: No location possible
Outdoors: Slow location down to 3 meters
Outdoors: Slow location down to 3 meters

The GPS module also supports the Russian GLONASS network. Locating the position indoors is not possible: The smartphone finds some satellites, but the signal is not strong enough to locate our position. It also takes a while outdoors, however, the location is very accurate: The smartphone locates our position down to three meters (~9.8 ft).

We use the Motorola Moto G2 on a bicycle ride for a more extensive test, and compare it with our reference device, the professional navigation device Garmin Edge 500. The resulting track lengths of the two devices are actually different: A deviation of around 300 meters (~984 ft) on an 11 kilometers (~6.8 mi) long track. The bridge crossing shows that the Moto G2 does not always get the correct position, but it seems we are "flying" across the road instead of showing the correct position on the bridge. All in all, the GPS module of the Moto G could be better, but it is still okay for the occasional navigation.

GPS Motorola Moto G2 – Complete
GPS Motorola Moto G2 – Complete
GPS Motorola Moto G2 – Bridge
GPS Motorola Moto G2 – Bridge
GPS Motorola Moto G2 – Forest
GPS Motorola Moto G2 – Forest
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Complete
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Complete
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Bridge
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Bridge
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Forest
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Forest


Telephone Functions and Voice Quality

Due to the unmodified Android version, you also get the original Google phone app. The keys could be better separated from each other, but otherwise there is no cause for criticism: You get contact recommendations when you enter a number or a name. You can create favorites, use voice inputs, and there is obviously a list with incoming and outgoing calls.

The voice quality is okay when you actually make a call, but it is not as clear as the Sony Xperia Z3, for example, that we reviewed recently. The other person sounds a bit muffled and also complains about the inadequate noise filtering of the microphone. You hear the other person clearly via speaker, and the volume is good . Overall, the quality of calls is decent with the Motorola Moto G2, but you should not expect a great sound quality that you get from some higher-quality smartphones.

Cameras & Multimedia

Motorola has improved the cameras, both have a higher resolution now. You can take pictures with 2.0 megapixels in the front, and up to 8 megapixels in the back. The aperture at the back is also slightly larger now with f/2.0, so there should be small improvements under bad lighting conditions. Our sample pictures actually show that the sensor captures more light than the iPhone 6 with an aperture of f/2.2, for instance. However, bright areas also outshine in bright pictures as a result. The Apple iPhone 6 manages better results in this scenario.

The Moto G2 cannot compete with the excellent cameras of the Nokia Lumia 1020, or the iPhone 6 in terms of details or depth of field: Details like the laurel bush in scene 3, are much sharper in the pictures of the two rivals. The Moto G2 cannot quite keep up in terms of color reproduction, but darker areas are actually brighter compared to its rivals. The HDR mode improves the illumination of dark areas as well, we activated it in scene 2. All in all, the pictures of the Motorola Moto G2 are quite decent if you do not get into the details. The quality is more than adequate for social media or small prints, especially since you can manually adjust the exposure and focus, which allows more control over the picture compared to the rivals. Another new feature is that you can now take pictures when you press the volume rocker.

The front camera is a clear improvement over its predecessor, so it can be used for selfies. However, you should not look at the pictures too closely since the sharpness is not really good in the details.

Videos can be recorded with up to 720p, and only with 30 frames per second. This is sufficient for a smooth picture, but the movements are better with 50 or 60 fps. The video quality of the Moto G2 is decent in general, but it could have been due to the Full HD resolution. The Acer Liquid E700 Trio, for example, offers this resolution. The Moto G2 has a mode for slow-motion videos, but they are just 60 frames videos that are played with 15 frames per second, so the quality is not very good.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Accessories

The box contains only a USB cable, but Motorola does not include a power adaptor. You can at least charge the smartphone at a PC if you do not have a module at home. Otherwise, there are inexpensive USB power adaptors on the Internet or in retail stores. However, it is rather disappointing, especially for first-time buyers, and there is just a small note on the box.

The most important optional accessories are the colored interchangeable covers: They are available in white, black, green, violet, pink, blue, turquoise and yellow. Motorola charges 12.99 Euros (~$16) for a cover. A Flipcover for the front is available in multiple colors as well for 29.99 Euros (~$37).

Warranty

Motorola offers a 24-month warranty for the smartphone.

Input Devices & Handling

Motorola has not changed the standard Android keyboard, either. It was not really necessary: The keyboard has a simple layout, is not crowded, and has sufficiently sized keys that are easy to operate. However, apart from voice inputs, there are no additional input methods like swiping over the keyboard or handwritten inputs. This can obviously quickly be fixed with solutions from the Play Store. The on-screen keyboard occupies around half of the screen in landscape mode.

The capacitive touchscreen can recognize up to ten inputs simultaneously and has no problems with multi-touch gestures. The gliding capabilities of the surface are good, and the touchscreen is precise up into the peripheral areas.

Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode

Display

The 5.0-inch display of the current Moto G has 1280x720 pixels. This means it is a 16:9 display and the resolution has not changed compared to the old Moto G. However, the display size is increased by 0.5 inches (~12.7 mm), so the Moto G2 has a slightly lower pixel density. This is not a big problem, since the picture is pretty sharp and the comparison devices either have the same or a lower resolution. If you do not want to forgo a Full HD display, you can get the Google Nexus 5, even though it costs 150 Euros (~$187) more. However, you get a display that is superior in other categories as well, as we shall see.

First, we look at the brightness, and the Motorola Moto G2 reaches 348.2 cd/m² on average. The review sample clearly has a disadvantage compared to the first generation Moto G, and the other comparison devices. The Moto G2 does at least have a very even brightness distribution of 96%, so large colored surfaces look very uniform on the screen.

345
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
348
cd/m²
349
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
355
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 355 cd/m² Average: 348.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 96 %
Center on Battery: 349 cd/m²
Contrast: 873:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.74 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.52 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
Gamma: 2.63
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582M, 4 GB Flash
Nokia Lumia 630
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Google Nexus 5
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB iNAND Flash
Screen
-10%
-63%
-43%
-35%
23%
Brightness middle
349
441
26%
355
2%
351
1%
355
2%
469
34%
Brightness
348
417
20%
371
7%
329
-5%
350
1%
452
30%
Brightness Distribution
96
89
-7%
80
-17%
88
-8%
91
-5%
94
-2%
Black Level *
0.4
0.54
-35%
0.37
7%
0.44
-10%
0.73
-83%
0.49
-23%
Contrast
873
817
-6%
959
10%
798
-9%
486
-44%
957
10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.74
4.83
-29%
12.13
-224%
9.86
-164%
7.19
-92%
2.05
45%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.52
6.2
-37%
14.77
-227%
9.33
-106%
5.63
-25%
1.45
68%
Gamma
2.63 84%
2.6 85%
2.42 91%
2.19 100%
1.97 112%
2 110%
CCT
7336 89%
8364 78%
17097 38%
10114 64%
6293 103%
6441 101%

* ... smaller is better

We have already mentioned that the picture is pretty sharp, even at close range, but the difference compared to the Full HD resolution is actually visible, especially on a 5-inch screen. The colors appear restrained, and not as saturated as the AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4, for example. The black value of 0.4 cd/m² is actually a good result for the Moto G2, and results in a contrast ratio of 873:1. The results are average within our comparison.

We use the software CalMAN, and a special measurement tool for a further color analysis. It shows that some of the colors are much more accurate than on the displays of many other rivals – at least with the sRGB color space as a reference. The average color deviation is pretty low with 3.74. The grayscale reveals a slight blue cast, which could cause the somewhat cool color representation.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker

The lower display brightness is a problem in very bright environments: The panel usually cannot compensate the very glossy display, and as a result, the content is not visible anymore. However, the situation is much better in the semi-shaded environments, and there are no problems in the shade or indoors. The automatic brightness sensor reacts pretty quickly and reliably to changing lighting conditions.

Thanks to the IPS panel, there is no cause for criticism of the viewing angles. They are very good in every direction, and the content is still visible from very flat angles. The only drawback: There is a white haze when you look from the left or right in portrait mode. This does not really affect the visibility, but the picture quality.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Compared to its predecessor, the core of the Motorola Moto G2 has not changed: It still uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 with four cores clocked at 1.2 GHz, which is supported by 1,024 MB memory. As a result, the scores in the synthetic benchmarks are similar, and the same applies for the three comparison devices LG L BelloAcer Liquid E700 Trio, and the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C7. Both the HTC Desire 510 and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 are much faster, just as the more expensive Google Nexus 5.

However, the performance of the Motorola Moto G2 should be sufficient for the majority of apps in practice – at least we did not notice any delays during our review.

Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
190 MFLOPS ∼6%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
225.792 MFLOPS ∼8% +19%
HTC Desire 510
259.487 MFLOPS ∼9% +37%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
238.23 MFLOPS ∼8% +25%
Google Nexus 5
273.81 MFLOPS ∼9% +44%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
219 MFLOPS ∼7% +15%
Single Thread (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
77 MFLOPS ∼8%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
88.432 MFLOPS ∼9% +15%
HTC Desire 510
105.717 MFLOPS ∼10% +37%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
87.784 MFLOPS ∼9% +14%
Google Nexus 5
95.049 MFLOPS ∼9% +23%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
110 MFLOPS ∼11% +43%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1133 Points ∼4%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
1169 Points ∼4% +3%
HTC Desire 510
1421 Points ∼5% +25%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
1179 Points ∼4% +4%
Google Nexus 5
2239 Points ∼7% +98%
Huawei Ascend G610
1049 Points ∼3% -7%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
1190 Points ∼4% +5%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
1413 Points ∼5% +25%
LG L Bello
1140 Points ∼4% +1%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
341 Points ∼7%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
341 Points ∼7% 0%
HTC Desire 510
475 Points ∼10% +39%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
350 Points ∼7% +3%
Google Nexus 5
694 Points ∼15% +104%
Huawei Ascend G610
322 Points ∼7% -6%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
354 Points ∼8% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
474 Points ∼10% +39%
LG L Bello
347 Points ∼7% +2%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
3039 points ∼66%
HTC Desire 510
4259 points ∼93% +40%
Google Nexus 5
4347 points ∼95% +43%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
4266 points ∼93% +40%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
5136 points ∼27%
HTC Desire 510
6053 points ∼32% +18%
Google Nexus 5
4966 points ∼26% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
6346 points ∼34% +24%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
17280 Points ∼21%
HTC Desire 510
20041 Points ∼25% +16%
Google Nexus 5
35256 Points ∼44% +104%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
21404 Points ∼27% +24%
AndEBench
Java (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
338 Iter./s ∼10%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
338 Iter./s ∼10% 0%
HTC Desire 510
405 Iter./s ∼12% +20%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
347 Iter./s ∼11% +3%
Google Nexus 5
407 Iter./s ∼13% +20%
Huawei Ascend G610
300 Iter./s ∼9% -11%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
362 Iter./s ∼11% +7%
Native (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
6378 Iter./s ∼21%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
6412 Iter./s ∼21% +1%
HTC Desire 510
6416 Iter./s ∼21% +1%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
7001 Iter./s ∼23% +10%
Google Nexus 5
11344 Iter./s ∼37% +78%
Huawei Ascend G610
6447 Iter./s ∼21% +1%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
7045 Iter./s ∼23% +10%
ANDEBench PRO - Device Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
2959 Points ∼11%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
2658 Points ∼10% -10%
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - --- (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
9118 points ∼21%
HTC Desire 510
12432 points ∼29% +36%
Google Nexus 5
11103 points ∼26% +22%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
3D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
755 Points ∼13%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
765 Points ∼14% +1%
HTC Desire 510
665 Points ∼12% -12%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
695 Points ∼12% -8%
Google Nexus 5
1155 Points ∼21% +53%
Huawei Ascend G610
668 Points ∼12% -12%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
838 Points ∼15% +11%
2D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
2305 Points ∼12%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
2448 Points ∼13% +6%
HTC Desire 510
2929 Points ∼16% +27%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
2347 Points ∼13% +2%
Google Nexus 5
1829 Points ∼10% -21%
Huawei Ascend G610
2366 Points ∼13% +3%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
2251 Points ∼12% -2%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1775 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
1724 Points ∼0% -3%
HTC Desire 510
3239 Points ∼0% +82%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
2046 Points ∼0% +15%
Google Nexus 5
2424 Points ∼0% +37%
Huawei Ascend G610
1639 Points ∼0% -8%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
1930 Points ∼0% +9%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
8815 Points ∼5%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
9223 Points ∼5% +5%
HTC Desire 510
15385 Points ∼9% +75%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
2799 Points ∼2% -68%
Google Nexus 5
8021 Points ∼4% -9%
Huawei Ascend G610
3455 Points ∼2% -61%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
18920 Points ∼11% +115%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
7397 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
7468 Points ∼1% +1%
HTC Desire 510
9346 Points ∼1% +26%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
9254 Points ∼1% +25%
Google Nexus 5
9380 Points ∼1% +27%
Huawei Ascend G610
8348 Points ∼1% +13%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
9911 Points ∼1% +34%
System (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
2385 Points ∼11%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
2414 Points ∼11% +1%
HTC Desire 510
2662 Points ∼13% +12%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
2223 Points ∼10% -7%
Google Nexus 5
2984 Points ∼14% +25%
Huawei Ascend G610
2125 Points ∼10% -11%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
2691 Points ∼13% +13%

Legend

 
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
HTC Desire 510 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB SSD
 
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7 Mediatek MT6582M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 4 GB Flash
 
Nokia Lumia 630 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Google Nexus 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Huawei Ascend G610 Mediatek MT6589, PowerVR SGX544, 4 GB Flash
 
Acer Liquid E700 Trio Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB SSD
 
LG L Bello Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP, 8 GB SSD

Because of the identical SoC, the graphics solution of the Motorola Moto G2 has not changed either: An Adreno 305, which should be fast enough for the 720p resolution of the review unit. The battery test GFXBench 3.0 also shows that the device is able to maintain its performance, even under continuous load: The frame rates after 30 runs are just as high as after a single run.

The Moto G2 actually does not have to hide behind the comparison devices, only the Google Nexus 5 has a much more powerful GPU.

GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
5.8 fps ∼0%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
5.7 fps ∼0% -2%
Google Nexus 5
21 fps ∼0% +262%
Huawei Ascend G610
2.2 fps ∼0% -62%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
4.2 fps ∼0% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
5.3 fps ∼0% -9%
LG L Bello
4.2 fps ∼0% -28%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
10.8 fps ∼0%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
11 fps ∼0% +2%
Google Nexus 5
23 fps ∼1% +113%
Huawei Ascend G610
5.6 fps ∼0% -48%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
7.1 fps ∼0% -34%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
15 fps ∼0% +39%
LG L Bello
9.6 fps ∼0% -11%
GFXBench 3.0 - on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
4 fps ∼0%
HTC Desire 510
8.4 fps ∼0% +110%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
0 fps ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
8.2 fps ∼0% +105%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
7904 Points ∼9%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
6150 Points ∼7% -22%
HTC Desire 510
9458 Points ∼11% +20%
Google Nexus 5
9622 Points ∼11% +22%
Huawei Ascend G610
8140 Points ∼9% +3%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
9037 Points ∼10% +14%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
9304 Points ∼11% +18%
LG L Bello
8601 Points ∼10% +9%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
4265 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
4068 Points ∼1% -5%
HTC Desire 510
4037 Points ∼1% -5%
Google Nexus 5
15100 Points ∼3% +254%
Huawei Ascend G610
1834 Points ∼0% -57%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
2412 Points ∼0% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
3985 Points ∼1% -7%
LG L Bello
2390 Points ∼0% -44%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
4751 Points ∼2%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
4399 Points ∼2% -7%
HTC Desire 510
4626 Points ∼2% -3%
Google Nexus 5
13404 Points ∼6% +182%
Huawei Ascend G610
2215 Points ∼1% -53%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
2881 Points ∼1% -39%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
4565 Points ∼2% -4%
LG L Bello
2847 Points ∼1% -40%
Epic Citadel
Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
34.5 fps ∼56%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
34.4 fps ∼56% 0%
HTC Desire 510
52.9 fps ∼86% +53%
Google Nexus 5
49 fps ∼80% +42%
High Quality (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
57.4 fps ∼94%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
56.7 fps ∼93% -1%
HTC Desire 510
58.3 fps ∼96% +2%
Google Nexus 5
55.2 fps ∼91% -4%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
47.6 fps ∼78% -17%
High Performance (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
58.6 fps ∼96%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
58 fps ∼95% -1%
HTC Desire 510
59.3 fps ∼98% +1%
Google Nexus 5
56.3 fps ∼93% -4%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
49.3 fps ∼81% -16%
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
4406 Points ∼10%
HTC Desire 510
4087 Points ∼9% -7%
Google Nexus 5
20368 Points ∼45% +362%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
4830 Points ∼11% +10%
Anomaly 2 Benchmark
Low Quality Test (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
435243 Points ∼21%
HTC Desire 510
599870 Points ∼28% +38%
High Quality Test (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
96242 Points ∼5%
HTC Desire 510
203531 Points ∼11% +111%

Everyday web browsing is very fast on the Moto G2, and it can keep up with the comparison devices, without overtaking them. The Google Nexus 5 once again shows that it is more powerful compared to the other devices in this category.

Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1406 ms * ∼15%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
1413.8 ms * ∼16% -1%
HTC Desire 510
1264.8 ms * ∼14% +10%
Nokia Lumia 630
1412 ms * ∼15% -0%
Google Nexus 5
1090 ms * ∼12% +22%
Google Nexus 5
716.3 ms * ∼8% +49%
Huawei Ascend G610
1568.8 ms * ∼17% -12%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
1387.5 ms * ∼15% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
1173.2 ms * ∼13% +17%
LG L Bello
1424.2 ms * ∼16% -1%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
2217 Points ∼4%
HTC Desire 510
2717 Points ∼5% +23%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
1424 Points ∼3% -36%
Nokia Lumia 630
1085 Points ∼2% -51%
Google Nexus 5
5416 Points ∼11% +144%
Google Nexus 5
4722 Points ∼10% +113%
Huawei Ascend G610
1403 Points ∼3% -37%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
1969 Points ∼4% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
2555 Points ∼5% +15%
LG L Bello
1831 Points ∼4% -17%
WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
2427 ms * ∼51%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
2074.4 ms * ∼43% +15%
HTC Desire 510
2016.4 ms * ∼42% +17%
Nokia Lumia 630
2738 ms * ∼57% -13%
Google Nexus 5
30.35 ms * ∼1% +99%
Huawei Ascend G610
3015.7 ms * ∼63% -24%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
2015.7 ms * ∼42% +17%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
1895 ms * ∼40% +22%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
2614 ms * ∼70%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
2218.7 ms * ∼59% +15%
HTC Desire 510
2080.3 ms * ∼56% +20%
Nokia Lumia 630
2429 ms * ∼65% +7%
Google Nexus 5
57.39 ms * ∼2% +98%
Huawei Ascend G610
2299 ms * ∼61% +12%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
2100.2 ms * ∼56% +20%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
2006.2 ms * ∼54% +23%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
3355 ms * ∼28%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
3045.7 ms * ∼25% +9%
HTC Desire 510
3133.9 ms * ∼26% +7%
Nokia Lumia 630
5885 ms * ∼49% -75%
Google Nexus 5
1210.86 ms * ∼10% +64%
Huawei Ascend G610
6294.3 ms * ∼52% -88%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
4186.7 ms * ∼35% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
112.27 ms * ∼1% +97%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1497 ms * ∼17%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
1699.8 ms * ∼19% -14%
HTC Desire 510
1423.2 ms * ∼16% +5%
Nokia Lumia 630
2075 ms * ∼23% -39%
Google Nexus 5
28.05 ms * ∼0% +98%
Huawei Ascend G610
1991 ms * ∼22% -33%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
1674 ms * ∼19% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
1602.2 ms * ∼18% -7%
Overall Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
175 Points ∼8%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
188 Points ∼8% +7%
HTC Desire 510
200 Points ∼9% +14%
Nokia Lumia 630
138 Points ∼6% -21%
Google Nexus 5
302 Points ∼13% +73%
Huawei Ascend G610
136 Points ∼6% -22%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
178 Points ∼8% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
201 Points ∼9% +15%
Vellamo 3.x
Metal (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
623 Points ∼17%
HTC Desire 510
767 Points ∼21% +23%
Google Nexus 5
1295 Points ∼35% +108%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
799 Points ∼21% +28%
Multicore Beta (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1376 Points ∼31%
HTC Desire 510
1226 Points ∼27% -11%
Google Nexus 5
1544 Points ∼34% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
1234 Points ∼27% -10%
Browser (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1693 Points ∼22%
HTC Desire 510
2139 Points ∼28% +26%
Google Nexus 5
2884 Points ∼38% +70%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
1982 Points ∼26% +17%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
515 Points ∼8%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
488 Points ∼8% -5%
HTC Desire 510
619 Points ∼10% +20%
Google Nexus 5
835 Points ∼13% +62%
Huawei Ascend G610
554 Points ∼9% +8%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
583 Points ∼9% +13%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
1641 Points ∼8%
HTC Desire 510
2759 Points ∼14%
Google Nexus 5
3032 Points ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
2798 Points ∼14%

* ... smaller is better

The writing performance of the internal storage is much better than the reading performance in the case of the Motorola Moto G2: The reading speeds are much lower than the rivals, the writing speeds, on the other hand clearly surpass the comparison devices and the random write speed even beats the Google Nexus 5.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1.6 MB/s ∼1%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
2.52 MB/s ∼1% +58%
HTC Desire 510
1.05 MB/s ∼0% -34%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
0.5 MB/s ∼0% -69%
Google Nexus 5
0.84 MB/s ∼0% -47%
Huawei Ascend G610
0.55 MB/s ∼0% -66%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
1.19 MB/s ∼0% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
1.5 MB/s ∼1% -6%
LG L Bello
0.8 MB/s ∼0% -50%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
8 MB/s ∼5%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
13.61 MB/s ∼8% +70%
HTC Desire 510
8.55 MB/s ∼5% +7%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
12.09 MB/s ∼7% +51%
Google Nexus 5
9.88 MB/s ∼6% +24%
Huawei Ascend G610
11.99 MB/s ∼7% +50%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
13.58 MB/s ∼8% +70%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
11 MB/s ∼6% +38%
LG L Bello
7.5 MB/s ∼4% -6%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
13 MB/s ∼5%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
12.54 MB/s ∼5% -4%
HTC Desire 510
7.29 MB/s ∼3% -44%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
7.26 MB/s ∼3% -44%
Google Nexus 5
15.52 MB/s ∼6% +19%
Huawei Ascend G610
7.13 MB/s ∼3% -45%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
15.64 MB/s ∼6% +20%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
16 MB/s ∼6% +23%
LG L Bello
7.2 MB/s ∼3% -45%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
58 MB/s ∼6%
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
103.28 MB/s ∼11% +78%
HTC Desire 510
86.15 MB/s ∼9% +49%
Alcatel One Touch Pop C7
49.13 MB/s ∼5% -15%
Google Nexus 5
74.9 MB/s ∼8% +29%
Huawei Ascend G610
47.35 MB/s ∼5% -18%
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
86.51 MB/s ∼9% +49%
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357FZ
96 MB/s ∼11% +66%
LG L Bello
61.8 MB/s ∼7% +7%

Gaming Performance

Even complex games can be played.
Even complex games can be played.

Motorola advertises a great gaming experience without interruptions, even with demanding titles. We want to check this statement, and test GPU-demanding games like "Asphalt 8: Airborne" and the experience is actually smooth because of the low display resolution, but it does not look as sharp as a Full HD display. The latter would also be too demanding for the smartphone, which is apparent when you look at the "Offscreen" modes of the synthetic benchmarks, where we sometimes got the message that the memory was too low. The fact that we could not take any screenshots of the game is another indicator of a system at its limits.

The situation was better with "Batman: Arkham Origins", even though we noticed some dropped frames in the menus. However, the performance is usually adequate for complex titles on the 720p display of the smartphone. In addition the sensors executed inputs very reliably.

Emissions

Temperature

The Motorola Moto G2 uses the SoC from its predecessor, so you would expect a similar temperature development, right? The warming is actually on a par, and almost identical when you consider the different ambient temperatures. However, the brightness distribution across the case changed with the highest temperature of the Moto G2 at the front in the area of the lower speaker (in portrait mode) and the upper left side on the back.

Overall, the temperatures are very low with an absolute maximum value of 35.4 °C (~95.7 °F), which is noticeable, but not too warm. The temperatures are lower when idling, and hardly perceptible.

Max. Load
 34.7 °C
94 F
32.8 °C
91 F
32.2 °C
90 F
 
 35.4 °C
96 F
33.5 °C
92 F
35 °C
95 F
 
 34.3 °C
94 F
32.5 °C
91 F
32.7 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 35.4 °C = 96 F
Average: 33.7 °C = 93 F
30.7 °C
87 F
30.2 °C
86 F
34.2 °C
94 F
31 °C
88 F
31 °C
88 F
32.3 °C
90 F
31.5 °C
89 F
30.9 °C
88 F
33 °C
91 F
Maximum: 34.2 °C = 94 F
Average: 31.6 °C = 89 F
Room Temperature 22.5 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.7 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.4 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.2 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.6 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

Motorola wants to improve the sound of the Moto G2. The speakers of the old Moto G were actually decent, but they were located at the back, so the sound changed depending on the surface. The Moto G2 on the other hand, has two speakers at the front, which reminds us of the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3. The current Moto G cannot compete with the big role models, but the quality is pretty respectable.

You get a very clear sound with a decent maximum volume. Listening to Adele’s "Skyfall" the piano at the start is very clear and detailed, and the voice sounds good as well. However, the speakers tend to distort with higher volumes as soon as the sound gets richer. These distortions are reduced when you turn down the volume, but you still have the feeling that the speakers hit their limit with rich sounds and the overall quality suffers slightly.

The balance between high and medium tones is nice, but the bass is not really available, as it is often the case. All in all the sound is quite decent, especially in this price range. Attaching headphones or external speakers results in a clear sound without distortions. You can even use the integrated FM-radio with headphones.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The same SoC, but a bigger display – the Power Consumption section is certainly an interesting topic for the Motorola Moto G2, especially since the battery capacity has not changed compared to its predecessor. The idle consumption of the Moto G2 is actually just 0.2 Watts higher than its predecessor, but that is still up to 50% more than the first Moto G.

The second generation of the Moto G consumes less power than its predecessor under load at first. One reason may be the lower maximum brightness of the panel compared to the old Moto G. The maximum consumption of the Moto G2 on the other hand, is higher than the predecessor with 3.5 Watts vs. 2.8 Watts.

However, compare the results with the rivals, and you can see a completely different picture: The Motorola Moto G2 consumes much less power than other devices in this category.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.6 / 1 / 1.2 Watt
Load midlight 1.9 / 3.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Higher consumption, similarly sized battery – this obviously affects the battery runtimes, and they cannot quite keep up with the results of the first Motorola Moto G. Still, the Moto G2 once again manages pretty impressive battery runtimes, which should be sufficient for a whole day with mixed workloads. Devices like the HTC Desire 510 or the Nokia Lumia 630, for instance, are clearly left behind in the realistic WLAN test: Our review unit lasted for more than 15 hours. If you use a frugal video player, for example, you can easily manage a long train ride with HD videos without recharging the battery.

Compared to its predecessor, you loose between 3 and 10% battery runtime. Obviously we would have liked to see Motorola increase the capacity of the 7.9 Wh battery for the Moto G2, but we cannot really argue with the good results.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
19h 55min
WiFi Surfing
15h 04min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
15h 41min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 41min
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
Motorola Moto G 1. Gen XT1032
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
Google Nexus 5
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB iNAND Flash
Nokia Lumia 630
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Liquid E700 Trio
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
7%
-9%
-17%
-13%
2%
H.264
941
736
-22%
WiFi
904
930
3%
570
-37%
734
-19%
874
-3%
510
-44%
Load
221
244
10%
262
19%
188
-15%
187
-15%
327
48%

Verdict

In review: Motorola Moto G2. Review sample courtesy of Motorola Germany.
In review: Motorola Moto G2. Review sample courtesy of Motorola Germany.

Motorola continues its strategy with the Moto G2 and once again builds a simple smartphone with original Android and replaceable covers. The Moto G2 is not a device that is going to be very exciting, it is more of a loyal companion that hardly disappoints you.

It is nice that Motorola really improved the second generation of the Moto G: The front facing speakers are still not excellent, but at least decent. The cameras are significantly better too, but there is still room for improvement, for example the video resolution. The Moto G2 supports two SIM cards ex-works, which is a nice feature. The system performance is not outstanding since Motorola still uses the SoC from the predecessor, but the gaming performance is still decent.

Real points of criticism are the missing power adaptor, the pressure-sensitive chassis, and the slow GPS module. You might also wonder about the firm replaceable back cover, and why the battery capacity is not larger than before.

Overall, the second generation of the Motorola Moto G is a very successful update, which is nothing special in terms of design, but it will be a reliable companion. The Motorola Moto G2 is a good choice if you prefer a simple and functional smartphone.

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In review: Motorola Moto G2. Review sample courtesy of Motorola Germany.
In review: Motorola Moto G2. Review sample courtesy of Motorola Germany.

Specifications

Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068 (Moto Series)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 305, Core: 450 MHz
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB SSD, 8 GB 
, 5.5 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 32 GB, Sensors: Movement sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Compass, GPS, Glonass, Dual-SIM
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS quad-band (850/900/1900/2100)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11 x 141.5 x 70.7 ( = 0.43 x 5.57 x 2.78 in)
Battery
8 Wh, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 24 h
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 8.0MP, AF, LED flash, Videos @720p/30fps (back); 2.0MP (front)
Additional features
Speakers: Front-facing stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Motorola Alert, Motorola Migrate, QuickOffice, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
150 g ( = 5.29 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 42 g ( = 1.48 oz / 0.09 pounds)
Price
200 Euro

 

The second generation of the Moto G is once again a nice smartphone.
The second generation of the Moto G is once again a nice smartphone.
The first thing you will notice is the changed speakers:
The first thing you will notice is the changed speakers:
This time you get stereo speakers at the front.
This time you get stereo speakers at the front.
The smartphone got bigger as well: The display now has 5-inches.
The smartphone got bigger as well: The display now has 5-inches.
There is still a depressed Motorola logo at the back.
There is still a depressed Motorola logo at the back.
The camera is there as well and now uses an 8 MP sensor.
The camera is there as well and now uses an 8 MP sensor.
The material on the back is quite grippy.
The material on the back is quite grippy.
You can also remove the back cover and replace it with colored covers.
You can also remove the back cover and replace it with colored covers.
The corrugation at the top is a nice design feature.
The corrugation at the top is a nice design feature.
The front, however, is very simple.
The front, however, is very simple.
The rounded corners are similar to the design of the predecessor.
The rounded corners are similar to the design of the predecessor.
Motorola launched the Moto G at a special press event.
Motorola launched the Moto G at a special press event.
They also showed the colored covers for the back.
They also showed the colored covers for the back.
There are eight different colors in total.
There are eight different colors in total.
This means the Moto G2 can be customized.
This means the Moto G2 can be customized.
Operating system is Android 4.4.
Operating system is Android 4.4.
Motorola did not customize the OS but installs some of its own apps.
Motorola did not customize the OS but installs some of its own apps.
However, there are just three of these apps.
However, there are just three of these apps.
Motorola Alert can notify family and friends in case of an emergency.
Motorola Alert can notify family and friends in case of an emergency.
The keyboard is the stock Android version and does not offer many input methods.
The keyboard is the stock Android version and does not offer many input methods.
The Motorola Moto G2 can handle two SIM cards at the same time.
The Motorola Moto G2 can handle two SIM cards at the same time.
You can choose the SIM card when you make a call.
You can choose the SIM card when you make a call.
The smartphone can also be trained to select the right card automatically.
The smartphone can also be trained to select the right card automatically.

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Pros

+Grippy case
+Replaceable back cover
+Dual-SIM
+Decent stereo speakers
+Decent cameras
+Good battery runtimes
+Display with quite accurate colors
+Good WLAN signal
+Suited for gaming
+Spill-water resistant
+FM radio
 

Cons

-Average performance
-Battery not removable
-Case sensitive to pressure
-Tricky to remove the back cover
-Limited internal storage
-No LTE
-GPS slow and sometimes inaccurate
-Only 720p videos
-No power adaptor included
-Low display brightness

Shortcut

What we like

That the cameras take decent pictures, the case is comfortable in the hands and that you can use two SIM cards at the same time.

What we miss

Motorola could have increased the battery capacity and Full HD video recordings would be nice as well. The next generation should also have a faster SoC.

What surprises us

That the back cover of a smartphone with replaceable covers is so hard to remove.

The competition

Motorola Moto G, LG L Bello, HTC Desire 510, Nokia Lumia 630, Alcatel One Touch Pop C7, Huawei Ascend G610, Acer Liquid E700 Trio and Samsung Galaxy Ace 4, Google Nexus 5.

Rating

Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068 - 10/27/2014 v4(old)
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
47 / 60 → 78%
Weight
92%
Battery
95%
Display
86%
Games Performance
54 / 63 → 86%
Application Performance
23 / 70 → 33%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 91 → 73%
Camera
69%
Average
74%
84%
Smartphone - Weighted Average
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