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Review: Motorola Moto G for AT&T

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Motorola crafted a worthy follow-up to the first-generation handset. The Moto G is a solid handset that fits somewhere between entry-level and mid-range.

The design is a bit more appealing than last year's phone, and the build quality of the device is moderately improved, as well. I am generally pleased with the 720p HD screen; calls are insanely loud, though not always clear; and battery life is quite respectable. One of my biggest complaints is the lack of LTE 4G. AT&T's HSPA+ service is decent, but LTE is better. With that said, leaving out LTE may be the reason Motorola was able to make the price tag fairly low.

The Moto G runs a clean version of Android that's free of annoying bloatware. The stock Android tools perform just fine on the G. The camera software is rather thin, but the Moto G produces images that exceeded my expectations for this class of device.

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The Moto G's price point is a big part of its story, but it's not the whole story. Motorola is selling the G directly to consumers for $180. That's unlocked, without a contract. Considering all the Moto G offers, that's a hell of a price. When you look at other devices in this price range (ZTE Max, LG Volt 4G, HTC Desire 510), the Moto G emerges as one of the best options.

Our Ratings

4
Overall
4
Reception
4
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
3.5
Hardware Quality
3.5
Display
3.5
Interface Speed
5
Audio Volume
3
Camera
 

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