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    Motorola Moto G Review

    Moto G, that surfaced in an event on November is finally released in the Indian market early this month. Motorola has made a launch in India after almost a month and half. Initially Motorola had come out with really good stuffs and powerful model. The Razrmaxxwas the last one that was launched in India that gained huge popularity here. Its features were great and ofcourse the marathon battery was something that attracted the crowds here.

    Letís find out if Moto G would get a similar treatment. The pricing looks great with a starting price of $179, well, look wise it doesnít really look that cheap! It is compact with a display size of 4.5inches and weighs 143g. It is being offered in 7 different colours Ė black, white, pink, cherry, yellow, royal blue and cyan. Hereís a detailed review of the phone to give you a better picture and decide whether to buy it or not. But before that, let's have a look at its highlights:

    • Android 4.4 Kitkat Operating system
    • Dual SIM (Optional)
    • 4.5-inch touch screen display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
    • 1280 x 720 pixels at 329 ppi density
    • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
    • 1GB of RAM
    • Adreno 305 GPU
    • 5 Megapixel rear camera with LED flash
    • 1.3 Megapixel front-facing camera
    • 720p HD video recording at 30fps
    • 8GB and 16GB internal storage memory
    • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS
    • 2070 mAh battery

    Design and Packaging:

    The Moto G is designed thoughtfully to give it an expensive look and devoid the usual rectangular structure. It has curves on its edges and its thickness is not uniform throughout. It is 6mm thick at the slimmest part of it and 11.6 mm at thickest. It has a plastic back cover unlike the one on Moto Razr that had royal Kevlar back. However, the back has a matte finish and is not slippery. Well, you canít expect anything more from a budget phone. The back cover can be brought separately for $14.99. The back cover is likely to be smeared easily, until you buy this grip shells that Motorola is likely to come up with. These grip shells would have rubberized frame giving a better grip and protection to the handset. You would also find that removing the cover is not so easy. This phone comes with a 3.5mm audio jack at the top along with a little microphone point. The volume control and power button is placed at the right side of the device.

    There is a 1.3MP camera in the front top left and a LED notification light besides the camera. There are proximity and ambient light sensors at the right corner. The lower end of the phone has a Micro USB slot and the microphone hole. As you turn around the phone you would see a 5MP camera with a LED flash below it. Like most of the Motorola handset you would see the logo too here. The loudspeaker is situated right next to the camera. The front of the phone is mostly covered with the display and you have no buttons here. Motorola has provided it with on screen touch buttons. The handset is expected to come in a dual DIM variant. the sim slot (Sim1) is at the right corner of the phone. It has a non-removable battery and no micro SD slot.

    Overall the design seems great and appreciable. The built quality could have been better with a more durable back cover. So thatís the hardware design part of it.
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    Display / Screen:

    Moto G features a 4.5inch edge-to-edge display. It has 1280 X 720 pixels with a pixel density of 329ppi. Motorola has always been keen in providing really good display to its users. This budget friendly handset couldn’t have got a better one than this. It has good viewing angles and has vibrant colours.

    The display is well protected as it is provided with a scratch resistant corning gorilla glass 3. As we got see, sunlight readability is good and the screen is well protected. We played both 720p and 1080p full HD videos in the handset. Both played very well and looked dynamic on the 4.5 inch screen.


    As mentioned earlier, the phone has a 5MP camera at the back and a 1.3MP camera at the front. The 5MP camera is assisted with a LED flash. It features panorama, GPS location for clicks, slow motion video, touch to focus, shutter sound on/ off, aspect ratio and exposure options. The UI of camera is quite simple. It has af/2.4 F-Stop/Aperture lens. The camera has shutter delay problem and you wouldn’t get the clicks instantly, processing takes a few seconds. HDR images are lively and when assisted with flash the images are more clear and bright.

    Indoor photos are really cool, outdoor photos clicked without HDR were not so impressive. Macro shots aren’tthat great and there is no auto focus option. Flash isn’t very helpful when you are shooting in low light. Video is recorded at 720p HD resolution at 30fps. At SLO mode, recording takes place at 720p HD resolution at 60fps where the frame rate is slow up to 1/4th the original video. Audio quality is great in normal videos but in SLO mode audio is disabled. Videos are above average and it uses H.264 codec. So, if you use HDR its fine else you cannot call it a wonderful camera.

    Operating System and UI:

    Motorola has incorporated few good features and user friendly interface in the Moto G. It runs on android 4.3 JB that can be called old now since KitKat has rolled out and is now available for Moto G as well. The phone performs smoothly and is quite fast. Gaming is very smooth in it as it comes with an OpenGL ES 3.0 support. It has features like Bluetooth smart support that avoids over power usage.

    Launching Google Now is very easy by just sliding up the home button. There are many more features added like new lockscreen options, easy launching of camera from the lockscreen and more. Moto assist is available that is very much similar to smart actions app. Sleeping mode is one which is very useful as the phone enables silent mode on its own. Also it can detect your driving speed and learn your calendar entries to know if you are in a meeting so as to turn on the silent mode automatically.

    Then there are also this file transfer app called the Motorola migrate to transfer data, contacts, messages etc. from you old phone. Based on your country, you can also benefit from the Moto care app as it assists you in case of any issues in you handset and help you connect to the customer care easily. FM UI is nice and straightforward, there is a pause and resume option added to it.


    Moto G comes with a 2070mAh lithium ion battery offering a very good battery life. Being a budget smartphone this would be a delight for the customers. As tested, it would last for 24hrs on 3G networks and in normal usage it should easily last for more than a day with music play back of few hours, 3 hours of gaming and an hour of video playback.

    Battery is a major issue in most of the smartphone, even the high range one. Moto G looks reliable in this case. To enable it to last longer you can always depend upon those battery saver apps. There is a better saver option with in the phone that turns of all background tasks and internet when battery is low.
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    Moto G is powered by Quad core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) ARM Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz with Adreno 305 GPU. Itís one of the finest processor and provides smooth functioning to the handset. Multitasking is smooth and phone did not hang at any point. The phone is supported by 1GB RAM out of which 882MB is usable. As far as memory is concerned, Moto G lacks micro SD slot.

    It has two versions, 8GB and 16GB. In the 8GB version 5.25GB is usable. Most of the apps are inbuilt so it memory shouldnít be a big problem. As far as connectivity is concerned, it supports 3G HSPA+ and has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n andGPS, GLONASS. Bluetooth connectivity is good however slight problems was seen with the Wi-Fi connectivity.


    Moto G has a wonderful display, good number of connectivity options and a very good battery life. To top it all itís available at a starting price of just US$179. Its offering pure android and Motorola has promised the update already. Also, since itís owned by google, updates would not be delayed. At the downside, the camera functions below average. Videos were good, but clicks require proper surrounding and without flash pictures looked dull.

    Performance of the handset is fast and smooth. There are good numbers of in built apps and with android 4.4 update the user interface is going to get more smooth and remarkable. The update would fix some of the other issues like dropping Wi-Fi connectivity issues and other minor problems. Moreover, Moto G doesnít have micro SD slot and is available in 8GB and 16GB variants. 16GB is fine, but 8GB might create memory issues. So if you liked it, you better go for a 16GB variant which is now available from eBay India for just Rs. 17,995/-
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