The new Moto G is bigger, better and more expensive

Are you ready for the Moto G (2015)?

The Moto G took the budget smartphone market by storm when it arrived on the scene in 2013, but its third iteration, the new Moto G (2015) is a more mature – and more expensive – offering.

Launched alongside the Moto X Play and Moto X Style, the Moto G slides in above the entry-level Moto E, although with SIM-free prices now starting at £179, $179 (around AU$380) on Moto Maker for the 8GB version it doesn't appear to be quite the steal it once was.

The Moto E has improved, so if you're looking for a cheap Motorola it's not a bad option, but the Moto G 2015 offers a sizeable 5-inch HD display, the 13MP rear camera from the Nexus 6, 5MP front camera, 2470mAh battery, a range of colourful shells and the ability to customise the phone further with Moto Maker.

Running the pure Android 5.1.1 show is a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and either 1GB or 2GB of RAM, depending on whether you plump for 8GB or 16GB of internal storage.

Dunk me!

Motorola claims the new Moto G offers all-day battery life, while the addition of IPX7 protection means it's now waterproof up to depths of one metre for 30 minutes.

The third-generation Moto G is also the first G handset to become available in Moto Maker – enabling you to customise your own personal handset, from colours and accents to rear covers and more.

Fancy getting your hands on the new Moto G 2015? Well the good news is that it's available today in over 60 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

As we've mentioned, the 8GB model starts at £179, $179 (around AU$380), while those looking for more storage will want to check out the £209 ($219, around AU$440),16GB version.

For those in the UK you'll be able to snaffle a Moto G for £159 if you visit Three, O2 or Vodafone - although you won't be able to customise your own handset. In the US, the Moto G is now on sale online through Motorola directly, and Amazon.


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