If you really want LTE the Idol S probably is a better choice, and the Krait cores in the MSM8930 would be nice, but it's only running 4.2 AFAIK and what will the future support be like? The Moto G is a great phone, and the support from Motorola is first class, with a prompt update to Kitkat already out in the US, and their own apps regularly updated via the Play Store.
The AnandTech review of the Moto G is well worth reading, Motorola have produced a really well balanced phone, with excellent battery life being a stand out feature.
The San Diego should have been a great phone, it's ridiculous that Intel ported 4.2 to Medfield but none of the OEMs took them up on it, especially when the phones are essentially the FFRD manufactured by Gigabyte. The hardware is quite capable, but being locked down tight and stuck on 4.0.4 has sucked. Intel's first shot at mobile went down in flames, even the RAZR i and Lenovo K900 (?) seem to have stalled.
I'll never buy another Orange phone ever again, or indeed any third-party branded phone like Vodafone's Smart range, you are at the liberty of companies that simply do not care. Updates are a big enough problem as it is without letting operators even more in on the act than normal.
All in all it was a mistake to buy one, I'm just glad I only paid ~£80 or so.
As to the Moto G things are looking much brighter.
1. It's fast, certainly faster than you'd expect. No it's not going to win benchmarks but in use it feels good. I'm really very pleased with the performance.
2. Build quality is excellent for a cheap phone. There are no rattles or squeaks or flimsy parts on my phone at least. It looks good too.
3. The screen is very nice too. I don't think you can get a better screen for this price.
4. Software. Essentially completely stock. SIM unlocked from Phones 4U. Unlock-able, apparently, from Motorola. And 4.4 promised for January. This is how it should be done. Short of a Nexus, or Google Play Edition, it's as good as it gets.
5. It's cheap too, just over that £100 sweet spot. When you look at other Android phones around that price it's a hell of a good deal.
1. The camera is a bit crap. If you really care about this, I don't, then look elsewhere.
2. No SD. I don't care about this either.
So for me personally there are no downsides to the Moto G. It does everything I want at a reasonable price. I've already half made up my mind to buy its successor. :)
Yes if fixes the dictionary issue, which was throwing errors even for simple words, I needed to use a 4.2 keyboard port (which I may stick with as I like the stock swiping more than Swype or Swiftkey).
GPS Status took 12s for a lock, but one reading doesn't tell you much. Mind you by comparison my Nexus S took 4 seconds, and God knows when I last used the GPS on that. :)
Intel should not have gone through the branding route. Xolo, Megafon and Orange have added nothing of value, and held up the roll out of OS updates that would have made the AZ210 amongst the first to get the latest versions of Android.
Intel would have probably sold at least as many phones by offering the phone SIM free on a online store as is done with the Nexus 4.
A few years ago when I wanted a phone unlocked by Orange it took me four attempts to get it done. Each time I called they swore blind it would be done within a few days, I gave them a week and nothing happened. After the first call each person I spoke to was very apologetic and promised immediate action, but it made no difference.
It was only on the fourth occasion when I was passed directly to some sort of elite technical support team that I got any help, he was UK based, I could hear him blazing away on his keyboard as we spoke and he looked up what had happened with the previous call (they'd done nothing), he actually sounded like he understood what I was asking for (rather than following a script) and he promised it would be done within 24 hours, which it was.
Basically your ordinary customer service rep probably doesn't know what to do, you need to speak to one of the real technical support people.
AFAIK, so take this with a pinch of salt; Intel designed the phone, Gigabyte do the manufacturing, the operators brand the phones and ask for customisation. A Chinese company (I forget the name) does the customisation of the firmware, where as Intel do the low-level work (they have made a lot of Linux contributions and tweaks related to Medfield).
There was some news at CES from Intel about their phone platforms. Intel announced the Z2420 based Lexington platform, it appears to be a cheaper lower-performance version of the Z2460 based Medfield platform.
Lava are one of the companies that will be using Lexington. As they are almost the same platform I can't see why Intel, or Lava for that matter, would stop supporting Medfield, at least not until the Medfield replacement Merrifield is ready. Most of the effort to support Lexington would be shared with supporting Medfield.
Anyway it's not an announcement of ongoing support but I would be surprised if 4.0 really is the end of the line.
Yes on the Atom hypethreading boosts both performance and reduces net energy consumption. Keep it enabled.
Some of the early Pentium 4s with hyperthreading (SMT) did under perform and user more energy in some situations, but Intel processors developed since then have generally shown both good performance improvements and reduced energy consumption in most situations. For the Atom in particular Java/Dalvik like codes almost always benefit from hyperthreading.