Motorola Moto G 4 G LTE in the Test: How Good Is the Discontinued Model?

After the release of the Moto G of 3rd generation is the Moto G 4 G LTE (2nd generation) actually a discontinued model with LTE and 5-inch display is still well equipped. 1 February 2016, Motorola sold it in the winter sales for low-cost 120 euros (110 euros with discount code DEWELCOME10), the price is affordable Internet merchants currently (stand: 20 January 2016) just under 140 euro. Thus, the LTE version of Moto G 2 of one of the cheapest brand smartphones with LTE and Android 6.0 views is Marshmallow. But the technology is still up to date? Our site has the bargain tested.

Model mayhem

In the abundance of Moto-G models it is hard sometimes to keep track. The beginning of the Moto G and the Moto G made LTE. The second generation has the same name, sometimes with the addition of 2, 2nd generation or the year 2014. Also could be already the second generation of a phase-out model, because currently the Moto is already generation in trade and already by around EUR 230 G of 3rd under 190 euro fell. The clearest differences between second and third generation is the much improved camera and waterproof housing. More confusion: in addition to the LTE model, there are the dual-SIM enabled Moto G 2 as a cheaper option without LTE.

Android 6.0 in sight

Motorola is one of the few manufacturers the Android bring virtually unchanged on mobile phones. The manufacturer delivers the Moto G2 4 G LTE with Android lollipop in version 5.0.2; an update on Android 6.0 Marshmallow is announced for the near future. The need for adjustments of the surface is manageable, the number of pre-installed apps is minimal.

Moto G 2: design and housing

There you have what in the hand: A weight of 155 g is already an announcement! Overall the Moto works G 2 but somewhat lighter than it actually is: in the Middle, it carries with 11 mm thick on the rim there are only slim six millimeters. The round back ensures that the Smartphone is safely in hand. The back side of the plastic feels like a soft coating, is easy to grip and contributes to the good overall impression. If you prefer something upbeat, the lid simply exchanges against a colored variant Motorola has a lot on offer (see image gallery) here. The sleek buttons on the page look like plastic, but they are made of metal. Overall, makes the Moto G 2 a rugged impression, however long ago not so noble acts as the superclass brother Moto X. According to the manufacturer provides a coating that splashes of water or light rain can have on anything mobile. Who wants to have a properly waterproof Moto G, must however access Moto 3 G successor.

Motorola Moto G: test the second generation

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Display

The scratch-resistant screen is embedded in a minimally protruding plastic frame. It provides for a level of protection, when the Moto G 2 on the front panel is dropped; who beyond slides the finger across the screen, you can feel the edge but as disturbing. Here the Moto X shows much more finesse it plays in a League that is higher and more expensive. Despite the enlargement of on 5-inch screen of the resolution is to 1280 x 720 pixels; Thus, the touch screen when compared to its predecessor is calculated slightly less sharp. In the test, but played no role: 294 ppi offer little reason for the actions, images and texts are sharp and the colors strong. The COMPUTER lab identified a rather mittelprächtigen contrast of 696:1 and a brightness of 452 cd / m ². Not bad, but in sunlight difficult reading. The first Moto G hit a little better in this discipline with 480 cd / m ².

Card game and space

In contrast to the version without LTE, the G2 LTE swallows only one SIM card. Moto-G 2-buyer must therefore decide: either dual-SIM or LTE as the Aldi offer, both at the same time at the Moto G does not exist. As with its predecessor, a memory card slot is built and which is also necessary in view of the small appliance store. Maximum 4.85 GB are free. Data collector should know however that only memory cards up to 32 gigabytes are compatible according to Motorola and long since not every app on the map can be outsource. The memory is less than 1 gigabytes in size.

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Control and speed

No matter whether you surf the net or open an app to the operation of the G2 Moto is liquid by the hand and is easy. Some users might miss a physical home button. The browser leaves a tidy impression, is fast and offers a good menu. Inside the Smartphone a Qualcomm Snapdragon-400 processor works with four processing cores and up to 1.19 ghz clock frequency; the review with benchmarks or power-hungry games however showed that the hardware is more starting to smell. An Adreno-305-graphics chip supports the main processor. The G2 Moto won the intermediate grade 2.94 for the pace of work. In benchmarks, it delivered similar to low values, such as the LG spirit or the LG Leon. Given the prices, performance goes but for all mentioned devices in order.

Camera: 8 megapixel

The camera is the biggest drawback compared with the succession model Moto G 3. In the Visual test, the photos of the 8-megapixel main camera were somewhat detail poor and visible blurred; magnified it a little blurred worked. The white balance is imprecise. Good against: Thanks a short exposure time there little motion blur on moving subjects. The best camera phones not even can at least do better. Overall, it was enough in the Visual test but only a sufficient (rated 3.61), the predecessor to section better with 3.15. See sample photos at the end of the article. The built-in Flash also contributes much to shed light on. The front-facing camera in the predecessor had 1.3 mega pixels, in G2 Moto she have risen to 2 megapixels. In the test recorded Selfies revealed that although ordinary colors, they were however grainy and out of focus. The G2 Moto only in 1280 x 720 pixels, display resolution saves videos.

Hello, Hello? Sending and receiving

Too bad: in assessing the quality of the language resulted in the test device during a call light errors, to the ear as well as hands-free speech. The transmission and reception quality in the UMTS network is satisfactory. At the LTE data radio’s performance was good.

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Wi-Fi okay, LTE top

The Moto sparks G (2nd generation) only in the Wi-Fi n standard on 2.4 ghz, the faster ac standard is missing as well as the 5-gigahertz band. The full high speed cargo on the way there as opposed to the normal Moto G: LTE is still the UMTS network with HSPA + with a maximum speed of up to 21.6 megabit per second. LTE CAT4 are calculated up to 150 megabits per second (Mbit / s). While there are also smartphones with theoretical speeds LTE (LTE CAT6 achieved approximately up to 300 Mbps) in practice, which is possible but still more pace than in most regions, outside the cities, LTE comes often, anyway not over 50 Mbps,.

Strong battery

Case of intensive use the Moto lasted 8 hours and 37 minutes G of the first generation without LTE , an iphone 6 9 hours and 5 minutes, and the Moto X of second-generation 9 hours and 11 minutes. The good news: The Moto G2 4 G running longer that 11 hours and 49 minutes for intensive and 36 hours for low usage. This is still a very good value. Accordingly, the energy storage with 2250 Milliamperstunden received a good grade. Too bad: The replacement of the batteries is not easy, and it can be neither fast nor inductive load.

 

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