Unlike the 2013 version, the Moto G 2014 has a more expansive, 5-inch 720p display fills the front, barely bounded by bezels on the left and right, while a shiny pair of front-facing speaker grilles above and below the screen. One won't notice the tiny, white notification light next to the pinprick of a front-facing camera until there’s a notification from, for example an email.
The edges are flat and substantial, and while they don't make the phone feel small, they do give the hands more surface area to grip. One might also notice a hint of slack between the removable back plate and the rest of the phone.
This 2014 model has the same quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 as its predecessor, along with the same 1GB of RAM. That both generations of the G basically share a brain isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Display and sound
The 5-inch display has slight dip in sharpness since the screen uses the same number of pixels to fill even more space. The silver-trimmed speakers bounding that screen are a damned sight better than the single, wimpy driver that sat low on the original G's rear end. The difference is dramatic (they get louder than one would expect without getting too muddy or distorted) but don't expect any HTC One-style auditory revelations when one crank things up.
The Moto G 2014 is built of Android 4.4.4 is just about untouched, a feature that (for better or worse) wasn't replicated by the 2013 version. The G still lacks the additional processing cores that made those tricks possible, but they're hard to give up.
The 8-megapixel sensor Motorola's got in there is a big improvement over the 5-megapixel camera in 2013's model. It actually does pretty well once the light starts to fade, too — graininess becomes a problem after a while, but the sensor is more than capable of coping when the sun dips behind clouds or starts to inch closer to the horizon.
Performance and battery life
Like the 2013 Moto G, the new model has a sealed-in battery. By keeping the power contacts away, the battery is much less likely to get fried incase the phone gets wet. While running a 720p HD video with 50% brightness it manages to last a while. On average, it lasts up to a decent 8 to 9 hours before needing to recharge and that’s without using the power saving mode.
The Moto G 2014 has the exact same internal guts as the Moto G 2013 model. It has the same 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, Adreno 305 450 MHz GPU, and paltry 1GB of RAM.
Call and Sound Quality
Call quality is nothing out of the ordinary for the Moto G. There’s a secondary mic to provide active noise cancellation. It lacks the clarity of top end smartphones, but it’s loud enough and callers on the other end of the line. Despite moving the speakers to the front, there's good volume but they sound very harsh at top volume.