The Motorola Moto G 4G LTE (2nd generation) is a great phone for a small price with fast data transmission.ULTIMATE TECH NEWS has tested the Android smartphone and reveals the strengths and weaknesses.
Test Conclusion: You Need to Know
The Moto G of the second generation is good in the hand and is meticulously crafted.The operating system is simple to state, the operation. It has a large decent display, which still could do with more brightness outdoors. The small device memory expand via micro SD.
as Moto G 4G LTE (2nd generation) is from the 10/29/2015 for 139 Euro at Aldi Nord to have – including a two year warranty, an Aldi Talk Starter Set with 10 Euro credit and the often missing in mail PSU , This is a good offer, because the Moto G second generation cost in the LTE version tested here last without the additions about 149 euros.COMPUTER BILD has tested the bargain and called all the important details.
With the plethora of Moto-G models, it is sometimes difficult to keep track. It started with the Moto G and the Moto G LTE. The second generation of the same name, sometimes with the addition of “2”, “2. Generation “or the year 2014. In addition, the second generation could already be regarded as obsolescence and because currently is already the Moto G 3rd Generation commercially and now already fallen from around 230 euros to almost 190 euros. The most significant differences between second and third generation is vastly improved camera and the waterproof case. More confusion: In addition to the LTE model, there is a dual SIM-enabled Moto G2 as a cheaper option without LTE – which also multiply the offer at Aldi was on the shelves.
Motorola is one of the few manufacturers that bring Android virtually unchanged on cell phones. The manufacturer supplies the Moto G2 4G LTE with Android Lollipop made in v5.0.2; Updates are expected to show fairly quickly. The need for adjustment of the surface is manageable, the number of per-installed apps minimal.
Moto G2: Design and Housing
Because one has what in his hand: a weight of 155 grams is already an announcement!Overall, the Moto G2 seem a little slimmer than it actually is: In the center it carries with eleven millimeters thick, towards the edge there are only slim six millimeters. The round back ensures that the smartphone is in the hands. The plastic back feels like a soft-touch paint, tacky feel and contributes to the good overall impression. Those who prefer something upbeat, the lid simply exchanged against a different colored version – Motorola has a lot on offer here (see picture gallery). The slim keys on the side look like plastic, but are made of metal. Overall, the Moto G2 makes a robust impression, however, acts not nearly as noble as the upper-class brother Moto X. According to the manufacturer a coating ensures that water splashes or light rain can not harm the phone. Practical: A status LED next to the Speaker informed of news or the state of charge.
The scratch resistant screen is inserted in a minimally protruding plastic frame. The provides some protection if the Moto G2 is stored on the front; who also slides a finger across the display, the edge can also disturbing. Here showing Moto X much more finesse – it finally plays in a higher league and expensive. Despite the enlargement of the display to 5 inches, the resolution is still 1280×720 pixels; so is the touch screen compared to the previous calculation slightly less sharp. In the test, but that did not matter: The 294 ppi offer little reason to complain, images and text look sharp and the colors vivid. The computer image lab detected a rather mediocre contrast ratio of 696: 1 and a maximum brightness of 452 cd / m². Not bad, but in direct sunlight reading difficult. The first Moto G hit a little better in this discipline with 480 cd / m².
Card game and memory
In contrast to the version without LTE, the LTE G2 swallows only one SIM card. Moto-G2 buyers therefore have to decide: either dual SIM or LTE as the Aldi offer, both at the same there is not the Moto G. Like its predecessor, a memory card slot is built – and in view of the small device memory also needed. A maximum of 4.85 gigabytes free. Data collectors should be aware that, according to Motorola only memory cards are compatible to 32 gigabytes and that not long ago can outsource any app on the card, however. The memory is nearly 1 gigabyte in size.
Operation and Tempo
Whether you’re surfing the web, or open an app – the operator of the Moto G2 is liquid by the hand and is easy. Some users may miss a physical home button. The browser leaves a tidy impression, is quick and offers a good menu. Inside the smartphones a Snapdragon 400 processor from Qualcomm works with four cores and up to 1.19 GHz clock frequency; the review with benchmarks or performance-hungry games, however, showed that the hardware is not its age. A Adreno 305 graphics chip supports the main processor. For the pace of work, the Moto G2 received the inter-note 2.94. In benchmarks it yielded similarly weak values as the LG Spirit or the LG Leon. Given the price, the performance offered, it’s not at all mentioned devices in order.
Camera: 8 megapixel
In view of the test pictures of the 8-megapixel main camera were somewhat lacking in detail and visibly blurred; enlarged it always seemed a little shaky. The white balance works imprecise. Priam contrary: Thanks to a short exposure time there with moving subjects hardly blur. At least, that can not even the best camera phones better. Overall, it was enough in sight test but only for a “sufficient” (Note 3.61), the predecessor of section 3.15 better. For photos, see the end of the article. The built-in flash helps incidentally not much to illuminate. The front camera in the predecessor had 1.3 megapixels, the Moto G2 is increased to 2 megapixels. In the test thus recorded Selfies indeed showed ordinary colors, but they were noisy and blurred. Video stores the Moto G2 remains limited to 1280×720 pixels, so in display resolution.
Hello Hello? Sending and receiving
Bummer: In assessing voice quality took the test device during a call to slight disturbances, both the ear as well as the speakerphone. The transmitting and receiving quality in the UMTS network is satisfactory. Good was the performance of the LTE radio data transmission. In LTE CAT4 up to 150 megabits per second (Mbit / s) are mathematically possible.
WLAN okay, LTE top
The Moto G (2nd generation) transmits only the WLAN n standard on 2.4 GHz, the faster ac standard is missing as well as the 5-GHz band. There are, in contrast to normal Moto G go the full high-speed charge: For LTE still comes the UMTS network with HSPA +, including a maximum speed of up to 21.6 megabits per second.
With heavy use, the Moto G of the first generation held without LTE 8 hours and 37 minutes, a iPhone 6 9 hours and 5 minutes and the Moto X Second Generation 9 hours and 11 minutes. The good news: The Moto G2 4G runs longer – namely 11 hours and 49 minutes at intensive and 36 hours when usage is low. For the energy store received a good score with 2250 milliamp hours. Shade: Replacing the battery is not easy, and it can be neither quick nor inductive load.