The Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen. is a smartphone with a five-inch HD (1280 x 720) touchscreen that runs the Android 4.4 “KitKat” operating system, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It has 1 GiB of RAM and 16 GiB storage space, a 8 MP main camera, a 2 MP frontal camera, and supports two SIM chips. Let’s see how it is better than the first version.

The Moto G 2nd Gen. is, as its name suggests, the second generation of the Moto G, which we already reviewed. It is also known as Moto G 2014, because of it has been lauched at September 2014 (the first generation is also called Moto G 2013). The main differences are the size of the screen (the first generation Moto G has a 4.5” screen, while the second one has a 5” screen), support for microSD memory cards, and the cameras, upgraded from a 5 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front camera to 8 MP and 2 MP models, respectively. The rest of the hardware is basically the same. The model we tested is the XT1069, which also supports DTV. The XT1068 version has 8 GiB of storage and has no DTV receiver, while the XT1063 and the XT1064 are single-SIM models.

Figure 1 shows the box of the Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen.

Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen.Figure 1: box

Inside the box, besides the smartphone, there is a wall charger, USB cable, earphones, a cyan back cover, and the user manual.

Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen.Figure 2: accessories

Figure 3 reveals the Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen. There are no physical buttons on the front, just the camera at its top right and the two speakers, one at the top and one at the bottom. The side borders are very thin, and the screen occupies almost all the front of the smartphone.

Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen.Figure 3: the Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen.

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist, a PhD student, and is a college professor in Brazil.