7 reasons you should still buy the Moto G (2015)

7 reasons you should still buy the Moto G (2015)

When it launched, the Moto G (2015) was a good phone offering great value for money, and a few months later, there are still plenty of reasons to put it on your short list. Here are seven reasons you should still buy the Moto G (2015) instead of other Motos or rival devices.

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The Moto G (2015) has already dropped in price since it was launched. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. The price isn’t bad anymore

When it launched, the Moto G (2015) was criticised for being more expensive than its predecessor: the 2015 model cost $179/£159, rising to $219/£209 for the 16 GB version on Moto Maker. Just a few months later, those price differences have disappeared.

For example, as we type this, 8 GB models are available in the UK from reputable sellers for £129. It’s also available on a wide range of low-cost monthly plans too, and the Moto Maker version has dropped in price from £159 to £149.

2. The design still looks current

We know, it’s crazy to talk about aging designs when a phone is only a few months old, but smartphones are subject to the fickle finger of fashion and what’s great today could be grating tomorrow.

However, the Moto G doesn’t look significantly dated compared with more recent devices, and while it’s plastic rather than wood or leather like the more expensive Moto X Pure Edition, we’re perfectly happy with that. It’s a good looking device.

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The design is a good one and should stand the test of time.  / © NextPit

3. Motorola’s software is actually good

Many firms take stock Android and do their best to mess it up, but not Motorola: the Moto apps it adds are genuinely useful, offering simple gesture control such as karate-chopping to bring up the flashlight. That one never gets old, especially if you do your own sound effects at the same time.

Apps aside, you’re getting stock Android Lollipop, which is a very nice thing to have. No TouchWiz-style tomfoolery or excessive bundling of apps here.

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You can turn on the flashlight with a karate chop. That never gets old. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. The camera’s really good

You don’t expect much from mid-range phone cameras, but the Moto bucks the trend by giving you a camera that’s really rather good. The main camera has 13 MP, HDR and burst mode, and its macro mode and focus effects are superb.

Newer or more expensive devices may have more megapixels, but as we’ve long known from the world of cameras it’s not how many pixels your sensor sees but what the device does with them. The Moto G punches well above its weight here, and it’s really worth thinking about if the camera is your most commonly used app.

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The macro and focus modes are great for Instagrammers and keen photographers. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. It has room for microSD cards

MicroSD storage is one of Android’s big selling points for many of us, and its disappearance from many high-end models – a disappearance that often means plumping for significantly more expensive models just to ensure we don’t get too little storage space – makes us unhappy.

But there’s no need for a sadface when you’re packing the Moto G (2015) because it loves a bit of microSD. And we love it for that.

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You can't remove the battery but you can stick a microSD card in for more storage. / © ANDROIDPIT

6. The specs are still pretty good

No, you’re not going to sit at the top of the benchmark high scores with a mid-range Moto, but for everyday apps – looking stuff up, playing games, fighting with people on the internet and taking the odd photo or video – the Moto G is perfectly decent.

Its 5-inch LCD delivers a respectable 1,280 x 720 pixels at 294 ppi, it has 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM depending on the model your choose, it packs a quad-core, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor and, if you don’t ride it too hard, its 2,470 mAh battery is good for a typical day without having to disable things as the sun goes down – we have one in the office, and we get two-and-a-half days between charges with the screen brightness turned down.

 If you’re a 3D gamer this isn’t the phone for you, but it’s fine for most people.

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It's no flying machine, but the Moto G 2015 is still reasonably powerful.  / © ANDROIDPIT

7. You can make it your own

If you buy your Moto G (2015) via Moto Maker, you can customize it to make it completely unique. Say what you like about Raspberry Red with Metallic Lime accents, it’s distinctive and easy to spot.

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The Moto G (2015) has lots of customization options, most of which are great fun. / © Motorola

What do you think? Do you have a Moto G (2015) that you love, or does it lack a deal-breaking feature that you absolutely, positively have to have? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • The motorola Moto G is a great phone i have the 2013 version 1st gen so when i saw a bench mark score i was wondering what my Moto G could handle and in my suprice i got a better score of 23262 so i think i made a good choice 3 years ago.

  • Yes, I'm thinking to buy Moto G and i can't wait.

  • Lalit
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    Feb 6, 2016 Link to comment

    Hee heee, I already got one, I believe I had awesome phone.

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  • storm Jan 25, 2016 Link to comment

    My kids' moto g 2014 are still going strong. Competent phones, great value for the price. The 15s look to hold up well too

  • joost Jan 25, 2016 Link to comment

    I wish I didn't bought the first MotoG way back in 2013, otherwise I now could have bought the 2015 model.
    I don't know about the latest model of the MotoG, but the first model has a lot of mods! I am running mine on 5.1!
    That would be another reason for buying the Moto G: it keeps on going!

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    My next device will be Motorola.

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