The Moto G has two storage options - the 8GB model starts at $179 and is accompanied by 1GB of RAM. The 16GB model has 2GB of RAM, and costs $219. The 16GB model (with 2GB of RAM) will offer better multitasking performance. While 1GB of RAM can cut out music playing in the background or navigation, the 2GB of RAM shouldn't suffer from this.
Pro Very customizable
If you buy directly from Motorola.com, you can customize the phone's exterior just how you want it. You have the choice of front color (white/black), 10 back colors, as well as 10 accent colors (for the buttons and camera bar). Motorola has taken customization to a whole new level. If you damage the back, you can even purchase a new rear case so your phone looks like new again.
Pro Smart notification handling
Moto Display shows incoming notifications on the screen in a non-obtrusive dark background. You can touch on the circular notification to get more details, and swipe up to unlock the phone straight to that notification.
Another part of Moto Display is that the phone uses its sensors to determine when you pick the phone up, and it will show the time. This makes unlocking the phone just a bit easier - instead of pressing the power button and then unlocking it, you don't need to press the power button because Moto G does it itself automatically.
Con Poor performance
The Moto G is suitable for simple tasks - web browsing and video playback. The Snapdragon 410 processor isn't a great performer. The UI will studder and skip frames occasionally, especially when scrolling long lists or playing games. It scores around 1500 in GeekBench 3, and 22700 in Antutu v5.7.1.
Con Budget build
While the design is decent, the build is certainly one area where some corners were cut. Even the faux-metal surrounding the front glass is plastic, and the phone itself is chunky at 11.6mm. The back is curved to make it feel a bit more comfortable to hold, although this trick only goes so far.