Why the Motorola Moto G is my favourite gadget of 2013

Andrew Hoyle explains why the Motorola Moto G's great specs and brilliant price make it his product of the year.

The Motorola Moto G doesn't have the most high-definition display seen this year. It doesn't have the most powerful processor. It doesn't have the most beautiful design. Why then, have I chosen this phone as my product of the year? One simple reason -- value.

SIM-free, it costs only £130. Sure, you could already buy phones for that price -- or even cheaper -- but those budget phones are typically rubbish, not fit to be used as a pebble to skim across a lake. Buying budget often meant making massive compromises, but the Moto G changed all that.

For that bargain-basement price, the Moto G packs a bright and bold 720p display. Not 1080p, sure, but you're unlikely to notice the difference in most tasks and it far surpasses the awful low-res screens of other budget phones. Its 5-megapixel camera is perfectly good for Instagram snaps. Inside is a quad-core processor -- something else rarely seen on cheap mobiles. It's more than capable of tackling Facebook, Twitter, Netflix and email and will even turn its hand to demanding games like Real Racing 3 and Riptide GP 2. For a phone a little over 100 quid, that's pretty incredible.

It might not have the straight-line speed of top-end phones, but most tasks simply don't need that intense level of power, so is it really worth paying several hundred pounds more for?

It might not be perfect -- it has limited internal storage and there's no 4G, but when you're shopping for a budget mobile, you probably won't want to splash out on extortionately pricey 4G contracts anyway.

When you compare it to other budget phones -- the Acer Liquid Z2  or the Samsung Galaxy Fame -- there's just no competition. In terms of specs, the Moto G wins every single category and that all adds up to a brilliant experience for an astoundingly good price. Make no mistake: there's nothing else I would recommend more strongly if you're shopping on a budget.

Unless you absolutely crave top-end luxury or 4G speeds, the Motorola Moto G should be on your wishlist. By offering a brilliant all-round experience for an astoundingly good price, it set a new standard for affordable quality -- a standard that future budget manufacturers are going to have to work hard to rival, let alone beat. That is why it is my product of the year. 

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