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Moto G 4G, Moving in the Fast Lane

September 10, 2014

Moto G 4G

Those of you who are usually familiar with what’s happening in the world of smartphones should definitely know about the great Moto G, an excellent device that was released last year, in November, and brought the best package you could get at that time for a puny amount of money. Of course, we’re not talking about flagship affairs here, but about a handset that delivers a pure and flawless Android experience for a small price, being the best bang for the buck at that time. Well, it now has a successor, the Motorola Moto G 4G, a nice upgrade over the previous version, bringing LTE support and a microSD card slot among its other impressive features. The price also remains tempting, to say the least. Keep reading and find out more about it, as this fella might be a wonderful choice to make if you’re searching for a smart performer that won’t empty your wallet.

The Moto G 4G comes in a modest retail box, being accompanied only by a microUSB cable for charging the handset and making data transfers.

In terms of appearance, the phone steps in his brother’s steps, inheriting its measurements, which are 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm. The weight is also the same, but holding a 143 grams device in your hand isn’t something out of the ordinary. The Moto G 4G is nicely put together and seems to be quite solid, just like the previous version. The simple looking body isn’t something that would usually turn heads, as it looks pretty average, yet is reasonably handsome and doesn’t have anything out of place among its design features. The matte back cover is still here and keeps fingerprints away from sticking to it, also offering a good hand grip.

The Moto G 4G shows off one of the best (if not the best) displays that come on mid-rangers. I’m talking about a 4.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a pixel density of 329 ppi and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The image quality certainly impresses with its vibrant colors, wide viewing angles, great contrast and a low reflectivity. Using the handset under direct sunlight won’t be an issue, as the sunlight legibility is good.

In terms of software, the Moto G 4G comes with support for the latest and greatest from Android, v4.4.4 KitKat, which comes in a “raw” state, meaning that it hasn’t been customized at all and you’ll enjoy a pure Android experience. Google Now is here for providing you with a personal assistant that delivers information which might be relevant to you, as it gathers information from your searches and stuff and kind of profiles you.
The hardware department holds a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, which can now be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. Although a mid-ranger, the handset is a powerful performer and will deliver a flawless experience, without any hiccups and inconveniences.

At the connectivity area, the Moto G 4G holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, LTE cat4 (depending on the area), Wi-Fi b/g/n with the Hotspot functionality, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and LE, microUSB 2.0 with USB Host.

Surfing the web is a pleasure on the phone, as it holds Google Chrome as its default browser and we all know what this means. The simplist and friendly user interface hides a lot of features and options under its hood and the overall browsing experience is wonderful.

For capturing photos, the Moto G 4G offers the same camera found on its predecessor, a 5 MP snapper with autofocus that produces stills with a resolution of maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and has a LED flash for stepping in when the light conditions are poor. The image quality is very decent for a performer from this league and you’ll be very pleased with it if you don’t have great expectations from a device in this price range.
The video camera is also doing a nice job and produces some good looking 720p videos at 30 fps.

Some other features which might interest you or anyone else who’s considering buying this fella are its GPS receiver which has A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, an FM Radio with RDS support, some very capable players for taking care of your audio and video files, the Quick Office suite for managing your document files and much more.

The Motorola Moto G 4G holds inside a 2070 mAh battery and will last for two days under a moderate usage.

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