Motorola have listened to customers and implemented certain features which were missing from the now 7 month old Motorola Moto G DUAL SIM 8GB
○ Micro SD card support
○ Dual front facing stereo speakers
○ Better front and rear cameras
○ 5" display
Similarities: (5" model called 2nd generation or XT1068 whilst previous model is the XT1033)
Both sport the same processor, 1GB RAM, non removable 2070mAh battery and 720 x 1280 display (albeit larger). Weighing 149g, it is a mere 6 grams more than its 4.5" predecessor.
○ The cameras are a much welcome improvement: 8MP rear and 2MP front vs the 5MP / 1.3MP. Photos and videos look much better
○ Supports micro SD storage. Another key factor for me
○ Front firing stereo speakers offer beefier and better sound quality, yet not as loud as the older version
○ 5" screen is not as bright and sharp as the 4.5" one. At 720 x 1280, the new version has 294ppi vs 329ppi. That said it still is very readable in direct sunlight.
○ Battery life is still very good, yet it is understandably marginally better on the 4.5" model.
Considerations and Conclusion:
○ The 5 inch display means that the phone is no longer so "portable". And whilst I could easily slip my older Moto G into virtually any pocket, the same cannot be said of the Moto G 2nd Gen. Half an inch might not sound much yet people with smaller hands might find it hard to navigate through the phone single handed.
○ I would have liked to see a larger replaceable battery, more RAM and a 4G option even if it understandably meant a higher premium.
Motorola continues to offer such incredible value phones, and this latest phone is no exception. It offers a great user interface and is a joy to use.
I have no doubt that many will buy this phone, yet I wanted to share my experience in the hope that you could make the right decision on which phone to go for.