Moto G (2015) in the test: The value for king abdicates – Hardware Tests

Motorola has introduced the Moto G (2015), the third generation of its middle class. It is placed between the significantly lower Moto E and the two Moto X and climbs for the first time in the price category between 250 and 300 euros. In this it has to compete against new and stronger competitors. Our Moto G (2015) test to show whether it may be, prevail with the features that Motorola is applying it, or whether water protection, 13-megapixel camera, LTE and individual look alone is no longer sufficient.

  • Moto G (2014) in the test
  • Moto G (2015) vs. Moto G (2014)

To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • particularities
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict
  • Where buy?

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Motorola Moto G (2015): Price and Availability

The Moto G (2015) prize is significantly higher than that of its predecessor. The model with 8 GB of memory began at 229 euros, the version with more RAM and 16 GB of memory cost 279 euros. The latter variant is only available in Moto Maker, from other dealers you get the Moto G (2015) only in the weak variant.

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Motorola Moto G (2015): Design and workmanship

Motorola has further increased the processing of mid-range device. The Moto G (2015) seems more noble as his predecessors of the previous two years. Except for details, it looks the Moto X (2014) (for testing) confusingly similar to, for the first time Motorola has the Moto G donated the silvery frame, although it is in the middle class only of plastic. (The version with the black display frame has an anthracite edge.) The 5-megapixel front camera and the proximity sensor are both located to the right of the top speakers. The near-symmetry of the housing front is deceptive: This time, Motorola saves the stereo speakers and stroking one of the coolest features of its previous year's blockbuster. But more on that later.

Moto G 2015 front camera 1 2The selfie cam of the Moto G (2015) has a resolution of 5 megapixels and uses the display as a flash replacement. / © AndroidPIT

The screen utilization is that of Moto G 2014 very similar; just right to make it good with one hand to use and not to touch accidentally with the heel of your hand, the touch screen. You can order the frame in white or black. The buttons at the top right are now made of aluminum and the power button was for better differentiation hatched.

Moto G 2015 volume power button 1 2The buttons from the Moto X (2014) are now apparently also in the Moto G (2015) installed. / © AndroidPIT

Aluminum and the trim strip on the back of the Moto G (2015). Its color varies, because You may choose from a selection of ten colors. The back shell can be ordered in ten colors and a foldable cover in five other colors plus engraved with your name to make sure that your Moto G (2015) the second looks like no. For other manufacturers, you do not get it for that price.

common to all Moto G (2015) is the rubberised texture on the back. The diagonal stripes give a good grip on his fingers. Unfortunately, these are the only surface structure; the new Moto-X models can be additionally ordered with leather or wooden back.

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motorola moto g back in 2015No Moto G (2015) are the same. / © AndroidPIT

The design element that receives the tested Moto G (2015) outwardly into the family of great Moto-X-siblings, the aluminum trim on his back. be in her 13-megapixel main camera, the LED Double Flash with two colors and the concave Motorola logo.

Motorola Moto G (2015): Display

When display little has changed. His diagonal of just under five inches along with the HD panel in 1280 x 720 pixels allows 294 ppi. The IPS panel can be absolutely look brightness and color reproduction in terms of sharpness, Point of stability. In order to protect the display and pleasant gliding properties of the touch screen takes care of Gorilla Glass (now elderly) third generation.

motorola moto g 2015 screen viewing angleSteep angles and bright environments can not affect the readability of the Moto G (2015) displays. / © AndroidPIT

The sharpness is perfectly acceptable and is the my-resolution Full HD Nexus 5 in every way. Especially compared to placed beneath Moto E (2015) (for testing) you can clearly see the gain in sharpness and readability. In the price category the Moto G (2015) display provides everything that can be asked.

I had a little difficulty in turn with the accuracy of the touch screen. When fast typing with the one-line Minuum keyboard, it is important that the touch panel can distinguish it if you touch two obvious letters, or if you make a space by swiping or want to delete a word. Here, the error rate was much higher than I'm used to the Nexus 5 and kept disappearing words when I "Weather" or "in the" want to type. Perhaps this problem is very special, but I want you not withhold this statement.

Motorola Moto G (2015): Features

The Moto G (2015) is water resistant to IPX7 certificate. This means you can for thirty minutes a meter deep dive under water without the electronics takes damage. Since the touch screen under water does not work, it does not mean that it can accompany you sense in your dive trip. Another clue we have to give here is that the Moto G (2015), like many other smartphone, protected from dust is not. So if you washes dirt into your Moto G (2015), Motorola will eventually refuse you service.

Motorola Moto G (2015): Software

Unlike a number of other manufacturers Motorola does not make much elevation to Android updates. And so the Moto G 2015 is already delivered from day one with the current version 5.1.1 of Android Lollipop. The virtually untouched Android is extended to small details. These include a simple gesture control; a wizard that automates certain tasks and the interactive display of the latest notifications on your lock screen.

The gesture control in the Moto G (2015) works as follows: Rotate the device parallel to the long side to open the camera, do it again to activate the selfie cam. Makes a chopping motion to activate the flashlight and to deactivate again.

moto g moto 2015 appThe Moto-app manages all magic tricks of the Moto-G software. / © AndroidPIT

Another trick is said assistant. This may Moto G (2015) mute for you when you are in a meeting, arrives at a determinate place or want to sleep. The third ability of the Moto app compensated that the Moto G (2015) has no notification LED more. Instead, you gain with Moto more intelligent overview of new notifications that appear without your intervention on the screen, even if your Moto G is in standby, 2015.

Moto G 2015 speaker 1The Motorola apps in the Moto G (2015) are limited to Moto, Camera, Gallery, Help, and Migrate. / © AndroidPIT

Motorola Moto G (2015): Performance

The Moto G (2015) will be released in two versions, but both are set to the Snapdragon 410 processor. This is the direct successor of the processor that was used in the two previous Moto Gs. That of the Moto G Hardware (2015) is ironically the same as that in half as expensive Moto E (2015), but that's nothing bad. Because in some benchmarks Qualcomm cruncher is 20 to 30 percent before the old one. However, its strength lies in the greatly reduced standby consumption, uses Motorola for new background services. Finally, the Moto G (2015) must constantly keep a close ear so that it can respond to the motion gestures and the assistant can perform its location-based tricks.

But when we come to the two variants of Moto G (2015): The first donated us the famous 8 GB flash ROM and 1 GB of RAM; the new doubles the pleasure to 16GB of flash memory and 2 GB of memory. Only then closes the Moto G (2015) on the new middle class, which threatens the price-performance hit to steal the show in recent weeks. For what sounds like more power, is in reality just enough to keep pace with the growing demands of new apps.

specsmotog3rdThe Snapdragon 410 clocked lower but outperforms the Snappy 400 / © Laptop MediaThe Moto G (2015) is not for the players

In my first impressions of the Moto G (2015), my fear has come true before standstill. The performance felt not faster or more impressive on, she was just normal good. Browsing in Facebook presented no difficulties and graphically strong revamped casual game Angry Birds 2 ran in the Moto G (2015) test perfectly. Even Real Racing 3 ran smoothly, albeit graphically quite simplified.

The sophisticated graphics demo in synthetic AnTuTu benchmark, however, fell badly stuttering.

moto g 2015 AnTuTu benchmarkIn particular, the gaming performance of the Moto G (2015) is poorly rated in the AnTuTu benchmark. / © AndroidPIT

Compared to other smartphones with Android Lollipop, the multi-user feature that Google had introduced with this software version is missing the Moto G (2015) in the test. Other limitations, I have not found.

moto g 2015 real racing 3Jaggies, missing details but no shocks in Real Racing 3 with the Moto G (2015). / © AndroidPIT

Motorola Moto G (2015): Audio

Here Motorola makes the biggest mistake because, despite the price increase on the Moto G (2014) has one of its coolest features removed. One speaker in Motorola Moto G (2015) is still on the front, but provides only mono sound from the lower speaker. Thanks to the programmed Motorola equalizer can indeed elicit him a little depth, too old high feelings he can not help. Since the predecessor was much better equipped.

moto g 2,015 audio effectsThe equalizer still brings some bass from the Speaker; the headphones Your optimized separately. / © AndroidPIT

Motorola Moto G (2015): Camera

The main camera has further improved from 8 to 13 megapixels. Colors and contrast are reproduced credible, and manually set the focus point gives the Moto G (2015) camera in the macro range some professional feel and allows fine-focus effects. If you often photographed your food, you have to buy the Moto G. That should you fall into the soup even then.

The camera app that have been known for some Moto generations, is operated by a wheel on the left side of the screen. It offers HDR, so increased dynamic range, which provides in particular in nature shots for impressive contrast. However, here you have to keep a steady hand. is dispensed with HDR, the Moto-G releases (2015) camera several times per second, if your finger on the display let rest. This burst ensures particularly in sports photography for interesting picture series. Of course there is also the panoramic photo. More shots with the right features your place in the gallery.

Moto G 2015 hero 1 6The camera of the Moto G (2015) was even better. / © AndroidPITmoto-g-2015 camera-test>GalleryMoto G (2015) Camera Test

Here you will find a Google uncommented photo gallery with high resolution images.

Remark: Apparently there is a scattering in the production of the Moto G (2015) with camera and display. Our review unit from England had both his photographs and the display a visible red tint, so it would collect a significant devaluation. Our second test device from Germany, however, worked perfectly, and this was based on this test. We have made a request to Motorola and will complement our test as soon as we know if production problems are to blame if the responsible software differences between the two test devices or whether there is another explanation for the Kameradiskrepanzen.

moto g vs 2015 g moto 2014 rear cameraThe second Moto G (2015) -Testgerät (left) had a disturbing reddish. / © AndroidPIT

Motorola Moto G (2015): Battery

The Moto G (2015) comes with a 2470 mAh battery, which at least promises excellent battery life, combined with the economical hardware components on the paper. And indeed, the consumption curves in standby are very flat. Only after 30 hours of intensive use, the Moto G fell (2015) in the test fainted and had to the power outlet again. In accounting terms, from the lower graph, a display-on time of eight hours, but many of these minute fell on the Moto-Info feature, which took the display with every vibration from standby to show me the latest notifications. The battery life of the Moto G (2015) is thus precisely on average.

moto g 2015 battery runtime deThe Moto G (2015) battery allows five to eight hours real activity. / © AndroidPIT

In the data sheet Qualcomm has noted that the Moto G (2015) built processor would actually fast rechargeable, but unfortunately Motorola provides us this feature before. That there are only in the new Moto-X models. In addition, the permanently installed battery can not trade, so that one takes the tube when it no longer holds in two or three years all day.

Moto G 2015 1Behind the door of the Moto G (2015) we find no change battery. / © AndroidPIT

Motorola Moto G (2015): Technical Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm
155 g
2470 mAh
5 inches
1280 x 720 pixels (294 ppi)
5 megapixels
13 megapixels
5.1.1 - Lollipop
1024 MB
8 GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
HSPA, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0

final verdict

The Moto G (2015) test showed that Motorola has finally shifted its focus to the middle class. Was the Moto G (2014) nor a pure price-performance wonder that better hardware than offered equal-expensive competition and a much better display, the new Moto was upgraded to a Style object. And this appreciation can pay Motorola a de facto price increase. What you get for it, is a highly customized smartphone with average key data and, if lucky, a great camera for the class.

However one looks at the store shelf to the left and to the right, you get for 229 to 279 euros, the price of the Moto G (2015), a Huawei P8 lite (for testing), or for a few euros more the much faster Moto X (2014) (for testing), which, however, has other weaknesses.

Moto G 2015 HERO IMAGE 1no Moto G, but so good was already so beautiful. / © AndroidPIT

Motorola Moto G (2015): Where to buy?

The Moto G is available in both the open market and in the Moto Maker, so at Motorola itself. The open market you can not make and in Germany you get there, only the 8 GB version, but it costs less there Moto G (2015). Let's take a look at the prices:

  • Moto G (2015) with 8 GB for 229 euros: Buy now from Amazon
  • Buy now from Cyberport: Moto G (2015) with 8 GB for 229 euros
  • Buy now from Motorola Moto G (2015) with 8 GB for 249 euros
  • Buy now from Moto G (2015) with 16GB for 230 euros

As you can see, you can import from France and save money the better Moto G (2015). This requires a credit card.

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