Motorola updated the 10-month old Moto G (1st generation) last week. The new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation, aka Moto G 2014) is a significant update to the old Moto G, which is the most successful smartphone Motorola has ever made.
Moto G 2nd generation is already available in some countries and regions: UK, India, France, Brazil, Spain and France. More countries will be added the the list gradually
You may wonder what’s new in the new Moto G vs old Moto G (1st generation). The purpose of this post is to show you the difference and similarity of the new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation) vs Moto G (1st Gen).
1. The best news: no price hike ($179) for the Moto G 2nd generation
In most regions, the new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation) will sell at the identical (or even lower) price as last year’s Moto G. This means the you can get the new Moto G (2nd generation) with about $180 (8GB model) or $200 (16GB model).
So, the new Moto G is still very affordable and probably gives you the best value for your money. In this price range, the new Moto G is probably the best smartphone.
2. Good news: SD card support with the Moto G 2nd generation
Actually, Motorola added SD card support to the 4G LTE models of the old Moto G (1st gen) a few months ago.
But for most Moto G (1st generation) owners, lack of storage is one of the biggest concern. In most regions, only 8GB model is offered.
Now, Motorola corrects its mistake by adding SD card support to all new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation) models. You can easily expand 32GB storage for your photos, videos and other files. Some apps (app data) can even be moved to SD card so that you can install some big games. You may refer to this guide on how to move apps to SD card on Moto E and Moto G.
3. Good news: real stereo speakers and they are on front-facing in the Moto G 2nd generation!!!
The new Moto G ( Moto G 2nd generation) have dual front-facing speakers. You can easily enjoy music when Bluetooth speaker is not an option.
Of course, it is not comparable to HTC BoomSound. But the dual front-facing speakers really beat all other smartphones, including many flagship smartphones with a $600+ price tags.
Front-facing speakers project sounds towards you and therefore gives better listening experience. The standard asshole-like rear speaker projects sound away from you. So, even high-quality speakers are used, for a rear speaker, it still deteriorate the audio quality considerably.
4 . Good news: improved camera, front and rear in the Moto G 2nd generation
More and more people use smartphones to take photos, instead of a physical camera. So, the expectation is getting higher and higher.
In the new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation), camera was upgraded considerably. The number of pixels is updated from 5MP to 8MP for the rear camera, from 1,3MP to 2Mp for the front-facing camera.
In addition to the pixels, apparently the quality of the camera sensor seems better than that in the old Moto G (1st generation).
Of course, the new Moto G (2nd gen) also maintain the simple-to-use camera app interface. It is very helpful for new smartphone users.
5. Good news: Android L update is guaranteed for the Moto G 2nd generation
Motorola promised the new Moto G (Moto G 2nd Gen) will get Android L, which will be released in Q4 this year.
According to the track record of the KitKat update for old Moto G, Moto E and Moto X, it is almost certain we will get Android L before all other Android devices (except Nexus devices).
Nobody can deny Motorola now is the best Android vendor on updating the OS. It will very likely continue on the new Moto G (Moto G 2nd Gen) for Android L.
6. Good or bad news? Screen size increased from 4.5″ to 5″ in the Moto G 2nd generation
Motorola follows the trend in smartphone industry: larger display.
The new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation) is bigger than the 1st generation of Moto G. The screen size increases from 4.5″ to 5″.
Of course, the overall size is also bigger compared to the old Moto G (1st generation).
Some users welcomes this bigger screen; some may not.
But anyway, the new Moto G (Moto G 2nd gen) can still be easily put into pockets.
7. Bad news: the screen resolution is still 720p in the Moto G 2nd generation
The Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation) does not upgrade the screen resolution. It is still 720p. It is still a high quality IPS panel, which is very rare for smartphones in this price range.
Actually, for a 5″ screen, 720p is good enough. 294 ppi pixel density is close to the limit of your eyes. Less pixels means longer battery life.
Anyway, no full HD on the new Moto G (2014).
8. Bad news: still Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 in the Moto G 2nd generation
Identical chips are used in the new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation): Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU with Adreno 305 GPU. No upgrade.
Again, from the performance perspective, the chip is sufficient for most users. Motorola probably made a wise choice of saving cost in chips, instead of camera or display.
9. Bad news: still 1GB RAM in the Moto G 2nd generation
As KitKat was optimized for devices with low resources, 1GB RAM in the old Moto G (1st generation) was just fine for most users. Motorola achieved this by removing almost all bloatware and giving you an almost vanilla Android device.
Without the heavy skin or bloatware, Moto G is as fast as many Samsung phones with 2GB RAM for everyday usage.
Of course, if you run some heavy games or apps, occasionally, you may feel the pain. But most owners will not encounter such issues.
Anyway, the 1GB RAM in the new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation) is acceptable for most users.
10. Bad news: 8GB model dominates in most regions for the Moto G 2nd generation
Both the 1 st generation Moto G and the new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation) have 8GB and 16GB options. But in most regions, the distributor only brings in 8GB model.
In the new Moto G, you can add an SD card to expand the storage. But not all apps (actually only app data) can be moved to the SD card. So, if you need install some big games, you may still fell the constraint. unless you get the 16GB model
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