On paper both the Moto G and Moto G 4G look like excellent handsets for the price, and in practice they live up to the billing.

As the Nexus 4 did with the mid-range market, the Moto G has turned the budget end on its head with features found on handsets double its cost.

We liked

The whole package. Look at what the Moto G offers, look at its price, and then look at the other handsets which cost the same amount.

It exceeds its rivals in several key areas, from the well defined 4.5-inch display to its 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. There's a lot to love about the Moto G for its price.

You could easily be fooled into thinking that the Moto G costs the same as the Galaxy S4 Mini and the One Mini - even web browsing is impressive on the handset.

We disliked

It's simple. Motorola must have cut some corners to get the price of the Moto G so low, and the camera is one area which has seen the compromise.

The 5MP lens is simply not up to the job and my photos either came out blurry, grainy or both, while the camera app itself will be far too basic for some.

The lack of expandable memory will be a real bug bear for those who don't want to pay extra for the Moto G 4G, especially if you end up with the 8GB model and it's missing the more recent tech advances in the form of NFC.

Verdict

Motorola is back folks, it's official. It may not be the return I would have predicted - there's no flagship phone stuffed full of the latest tech - but arguably what the now Google-owned firm has done is even better.

The Moto G is a top notch, low cost smartphone and I wholeheartedly recommend this as the best budget mobile currently on the market.

I was genuinely impressed with the feature set on the Moto G, so if you're looking for a low cost phone you can stop searching - just go out and grab a Moto G right now.

The only difficult decision you have to make is whether or not to spend a little extra cash and plump for the 4G version with its microSD slot - if you like your apps, HD games and video on the go then it's a must.

If you're looking for a cheap smartphone which does the basics really well the cheaper 3G option will be just fine. Either way, you're unlikely to be disappointed.

First reviewed: November 2013