After deciding not to launch the Moto X in the UK, Motorola has brought us the budget priced Moto G smartphone.
The Moto G starts at an attractive price of just £135 but it doesn't look or feel like a phone this cheap. It isn't massively thin or light, but the handset sits nicely in the hand and is easy to operate one-handed.
The design is simple but smart and build quality is robust. We like the range of interchangeable shells and covers which clip firmly into place.
The Moto G has an outstanding set of specifications for its price, starting with an excellent 4.5in HD screen which has the same pixel density as the latest iPhone! Unheard of for a handset this cheap.
A quad-core processor and a healthy amount of memory ensure fairly nippy performance – it punches way above its weight.
Moto G: storage
Storage is a slight downside with on 8- or 16GB of internal storage on offer. However, there is no microSD card slot, but you get a whopping 65GB of free Google Drive cloud storage. (See also: See also: The 14 best smartphones of 2013.)
There's little in the way of connectivity beyond Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth – there's no NFC or 4G support here.
At 5Mp for the rear and 1.3Mp at the front, you get mid-range cameras for a budget price. Both cameras perform pretty decently and you get panorama and HDR modes.
Being owned by Google, the Moto G's software is almost entirely vanilla apart from a few Motorola apps such as Assist which helps avoid disruption at night or in meetings.
The phone runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean putting it ahead of many more expensive rivals and it will receive an upgrade to 4.4 KitKat in the new year.
Motorola touts 'all day' battery life and this is certainly the case after our testing. The Moto G will last a day and if you are a light user then you'll probably even get a couple of days from the handset.
Motorola's Moto G is the best budget smartphone around. At £135 it's got great build quality, an excellent screen, decent cameras and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon to be upgrade to 4.4 KitKat. It's only limited in the storage department and a lack of 4G support.
We award 4 and a half stars and our recommended award. See also: Nexus 5 vs Moto G comparison review: Which value smartphone should you buy?