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Review: Moto G (3rd Gen) 2015


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Since the first Moto G back in November 2013 here at Connected Digital World loved the device, the successor late last year. Can Motorola continue with this years Moto G (2015) now with Lenovo, recidivism brand with a new “big” third generation Moto G.



The Moto G 3rd gen measuring 142.1 × 72.4 × 11.6 mm, with 155 grams for a composed entirely of plastic terminal elements . 

The radius of the good points include the disappearance of metal bands or really useful or really elegant in speakers: their cavities are reserved, which does not seem too catch the dust. Not surprisingly, the micro-USB port is centred at the bottom of the phone, as well as the jack is focused on high.


The power button and volume control bar are aligned on the right edge of the phone and are of good quality, with streaks ensuring good grip for the first, and proper location on the edge of the phone.

Also the Moto G (2015) has a IPx7 certification which mean the phone can do into 1 metre of fresh water for upto 30 minutes.

Model Moto G 3rd Gen
Android Version Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Screen 5 inches
Technology IPS (with Corning Glass processing 3)
Definition 1280 × 720 pixels
Resolution 294 dpi
Architecture Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Number of Cores 4 x Cortex-A53
Cadence 1.4 GHz
Graphics chip Adreno 306
2GB of RAM for some models 16GB
Internal memory 8GB and 16GB
Support microSD MicroSDHC (32 GB)
Cameras 13 MP (f / 2.0) with flash 
8 MP (f / 2.2)
SIM card Single SIM
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 802.11 b / g / n and 4.0 LE
Networks LTE Category 4 (150 Mbps) 
1 (2100 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 20 (800 MHz)
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer (2), ambient light sensor, magnetometer, proximity, contextual management processor
Battery 2470 mAh
Dimensions 142.1 x 72.4 x 6.1 to 11.6 mm
Weight 155 grams
List Price (8 GB) 
(16 GB)

Big selling point, the 3rd generation of Moto G is compatible with the Motorcycle Maker customization service. You can choose between a black or white face, from ten back shell color, ten colours details (the colour of the metal bar where the camera is located), burning a few words (up to 14 characters ) and some additions. While customizing “core” costs £179, and add an extra £30 for the 16 GB version of the Moto G (with 2GB RAM) £209 and £24.99 for a flap shell.


Even entry-level smartphones screens are much improved from other Moto G’s in the past. So when one sees a Moto G 3rd generation is expected to have reached the level. Whatever it is “only” 720p HD on a diagonal of 5 inches, which gives us an honourable resolution of 293 dpi. 


For the 3rd generation of its Moto G, Motorola continues to choose a SoC entry level at Qualcomm, but this-time around, the manufacturer is passed to 64 bits with the Snapdragon 410, even if the software part retains the 32 bits. With 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage but also 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash memory. It is this latest version we tested.


Those familiar with Motorola smartphones will feel right one iota. We find in this 2015 Moto G a “Pure Android” version of Lollipop, in its version 5.1.1. The latest version as of the OS that we hope will be regularly updated.

With a simple home screen with integrated navigation buttons on the screen, an application drawer displaying the icons on white background, and a bar dressed in some toggles notifications. 

For the rest, Motorola simple. A photo gallery, the Migrate tool, a customization wizard, that’s about all that we find in this phone, other than Google services. An interface that has the merit of its simplicity, and the purists will no doubt appreciate. Good news for those who knew the option on the Moto X, Active Display and Active Notifications have been ported to the Moto G 3rd gen, they can display notifications (and time to time) on locked screen of the phone, and direct access to applications related to notifications. 

Originally, these features were dedicated to the Moto X whose AMOLED screen displayed a black pixels corresponding to extinct, and white notifications. 

With the IPS Moto G 3rd gen, while the screen is on. This is no longer really a power saving function (which exists, but in Settings> Battery> Battery Saver). We have really enjoyed the presence of a notification LED, still very convenient in everyday life.

Photo and Multimedia

The Moto G is great for photographers on a budget. With duet with sensors 13 and 5 megapixel camera with autofocus on the back. The camera app uses a virtual wheel settings (to reveal a left to right swipe gesture at the edge of the screen, where you can choose the format of shots, activate the HDR and more. You can recorded to the memory card or internal storage.


Here is a Normal Non HDR Photo of the local river as you can see you can see much of the boat on the right hand side.


Here is a HDR Photo taken a few seconds after the original photo from above, as you can see you see more detail in the photo like the path and boat and the blue of the sky and more detail in the clouds.



The Moto G 2015 has a 2470 mAh battery, 400 mAh more than its predecessor. It is enough, in theory, on a smartphone based on a S410 and a HD screen. And in fact, we see that the smartphone is enduring daily. It is largely due a day, with a lot of use including Internet browsing, social networking, calling and texting (for my case), and the test confirms our theoretical. In a WiFi hour of video (in airplane mode) streamed from YouTube in HD, it lost only 9% of battery. This is much better positioned than many smartphones on a similar price segment.

The Verdict


  • Vastly improved camera
  • It’s now water resistant
  • Still great value for money
  • Smooth and slick performance


  • Not as cheap as its predecessors



Chris Hare
Chris Hare
A True Tech Geek at Heart, I Started my life of being a Tech Geek at the age of 5 with the BBC Micro. Went on through most of Nintendo stuff and now a Xbox and PlayStation fan. I also leaked the information about the leaked Hotmail passwords story from October 2009 that went World Wide. I Started writing tech articles at the beginning of 2011, most of my articles are about Android phones and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and other gaming news. When Chris has free time its with the family.


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