Moto G Google Play Edition; Your ticket to ultra-affordable and clean Android KitKat Video
Moto G Google Play Edition; Your ticket to ultra-affordable and clean Android KitKat Video Transcript
Hi, this is Brian Bennett for CNET. And right now, we're taking a first look at the Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition. This phone is almost identical to the original Moto G in every way components, screen, design, etc. What the new GPE version of the Moto G brings to the table is Android 4.4 Kitkat software installed right out of the box. I know that Google who now owns Motorola has promised a timely Kitkat update for the Moto Go. It can take frustratingly long for the Kitkat over the air update to hit your device. Hey, I'm still waiting for my previous Moto G test units received the street. We advise, however, that the Moto G GPE is not a Nexus device so you get the basic Android Kitkat experience, not the special Google Experience Launcher, which is installed on the Nexus 5. The Moto G GPE uses the same physical design as the Motorola Moto G. That's good because the phone is solidly crafted, very compact and is comfortable to hold and operate in one hand despite its large 4.5-inch screen. You can also swap out the boring black back plate for a colored one like the blue one I have here. The battery is embedded and not removable. You're also stuck with the Moto G's onboard reservoir of storage since there's no SD card expansion slot. Another drawback to the phone is its confusing stock Android camera app, which lacks an HDR mode. The original Motorola Moto G has that ability plus a photo app that's more intuitive to navigate. Even so, the Moto G's 5 megapixel camera takes okay, not great photos anyway. Unlike the first Moto G, the Moto G GPE is 3G only and can't connect to fast 4G LT networks. Still, the GSM phone is unlocked and sold directly through the Google Play market off contract. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET and you've just taken a first look at the Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition smartphone.
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Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition Review
The good: The Moto G Google Play Edition runs pristine Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box and for a rock bottom price. It's compact, has a premium build quality, and powerful speakers.
The bad: The Moto G's processor is slow, it has no LTE, and storage is limited to 16GB. The dim screen lacks contrast and vivid colors, and its camera takes blurry photos and lacks an HDR mode.
The bottom line: If you yearn for pure Android KitKat on the cheap, the Moto G Google Play Edition is worth the price, but power users should look elsewhere.
Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition Specs
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