IFA 2014: New Moto G gives you more bang (and boom) for your buck

Motorola's latest budget smartphone is bigger, louder – and still costs pennies
IFA 2014: New Moto G gives you more bang (and boom) for your buck

You can never have too much of a good thing, and Motorola's new Moto G is set to give you even more for your money.

The new £145 incarnation of Motorola's budget phone goes on sale on Amazon today, 5 September with Motorola Shells following in October.

It gets a bigger display – a 5in 720p screen delivering 294ppi, up from 4.5in on last year's model. A thinner bezel means that it should still fit comfortably in your hand; it also allows Motorola to cram in front-facing stereo speakers in addition to the single rear speaker, so you can blast your banging tunes out to the top deck of the bus.

Inside, the Moto G packs a 1.2GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 32GB using microSD); a 2,070mAh battery promises "all-day" battery life, according to Motorola.

Naturally, the Moto G will come running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, minus any manufacturer skin overlaid on top. That means you should get Android L sooner rather than later; you're guaranteed an upgrade to the next version of Google's mobile OS.

Round the back, the camera's had an upgrade (from 5MP to 8MP f2.0), while you now get a 2MP front snapper for selfies. And, joy of joys, you can now use the volume button as a camera shutter control.

Motorola Moto G
Motorola Moto G
Motorola Moto G

Design-wise, Motorola has played it safe; the Moto G's curvy shell looks very similar to the previous model. It's still a fairly chunky beast, too; 11mm thick at the widest pint, and weighing in at 149g – 6g heavier than the outgoing model. It's durable, though, sporting a water-resistant coating and Gorilla Glass screen protection. 

Motorola's also reaffirmed its commitment to reviving the 1990s trend of swappable backs on smartphones; you'll be able to pop off the Moto G's polycarbonate shell and swap it out for an array of eye-catching colours. No word on whether it'll come pre-loaded with Snake, mind. 

We're putting the new Moto G through its paces right now so look out for an in-depth review very soon. 

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