Review: Motorola Moto G

Last year in November Motorola officially announced Motorola Moto G. Moto G is the best out of Moto X at a lower price. Google said that most of the smartphones around the globe are actually sold for closer to $200 — but they offer a subpar experience. From past few weeks we are using Moto G and we are really impressed- its worth buying it. We highly recommend you to go for Moto G if you are looking for a new entry level smartphone.


Motorola Moto G powers a stunning 4.5-inch HD display (329 ppi), 1GB of RAM, 8GB to 16GB of storage, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and Android 4.4 KitKat operating system on the board. The best thing is that the handset comes with the removable shell. That means you have the option to customize its back panel according to your own choice.  




Its camera is not so good but the main problem we found is in storage area, as there is no microSD card slot, so no expansion of memory. The Moto G comes in two versions 8GB/16GB, we highly recommend you to go for 16GB version rather than the 8GB version as its seriously lacking in space. 

The handset also supports for USB OTG which will let you to connect an external HDD or flash drive for accessing data. Moreover Google is also offering 50GB of free Drive space online for 2 years which is also great. Its currently the best entry-level handset around.

Design

Motorola have not make much changes in the design of Moto G, as its almost identical to that of its other family member Moto X. The best thing is that it comes with the removable shell, so you can personalize it as per your mood. The measurements of Moto G are 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm, and it comes in at 143g.




The front area is mostly taken by the 4.5-inches screen and at the bottom of the screen there is nothing (no capacitive buttons). There are only 2 physical buttons which includes: volume up/down shortcut key and power/ standby button located on the right panel of Motorola Moto G. The right edge is devoid of any feature, port or buttons. There's also a 1.3MP front-facing camera located left to the chrome earpiece.


On the back side there's a 5.0MP rear camera with an LED flash, a speaker grille to the left of the camera and company's logo in the center. 


The top edge houses a 3.5mm head phone port and the bottom edge has a microUSB port which can be used either for charging or connecting the handset to the computer.

Its very easy to remove the back cover of Moto G, you just have to peel it with your nails. When you'll remove its back shell you'll see a non-removable 2070 mAh of battery which is smaller than that we have seen in Moto X. But Moto G still gives a much better battery life than Moto X. We are really impressed with the battery life of this handset.

Display

Coming to display Motorola Moto G features a stunning 4.5-inch HD display with pixel density of 329 ppi. Honestly speaking I was surprised at just how good the display of the Moto G is, contemplating the cost of the device. The color accuracy and saturation is also good and you will have no objection with the display of this affordable device. 

As we mentioned earlier, the front area is mostly covered by 4.5-inches screen, Moto G features on-screen buttons instead of capacitive buttons. The on-screen button covers 55.8 square centimeters of area, and you will left with 4.2-inches usable space. Now a days almost every high-end smartphone packs a 5-inch display screen but the Moto G's screen real estate isn't huge.

Moto G's display is actually very sharp as it packs a 1280 X 720 resolution. And at this budget the 4.5-inch screen is simply awesome. At the end we can say we are really happy with this display, as we were expecting Moto G to come with a worse display but Motorola has won our heart. 

Performance

Under the hood there's a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor same as that we have seen in HTC One mini. But there are some noteworthy differences between these two handsets: the HTC One mini uses the LTE-enabled MSM8930, while the Moto G uses the HSPA+ only MSM8226.

Now coming to the graphics, the Moto G comes with an Adreno 305 GPU running at 450 MHz, plus an LPDDR2 memory controller, and single-band Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS+GLONASS and 21 Mbps HSPA+ radios. Moreover there's a 1GB of RAM on the board.

There's no lagging problem as there's latest Android operating system on the board which delivers a far better performance than the other entry level-smartphones. The combination of an Adreno 305 GPU and 720p display is good enough to run most 3D games at an acceptable frame rate. 

Camera

On the back side there's a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash. The sensor is Aptina’s AR0543 1/4” CMOS with a pixel size of 1.4 μm, paired with a 37mm (effective) f/2.4 lens unit. 

On the front side you will see a 1.3-megapixel camera with 1.9 μm pixels. In good light conditions, the image quality from the rear camera is decent. The camera sensor only captures 5-megapixel pics, so there’s isn’t a great deal of room to crop or downscale your photos. 

But in dark light conditions camera doesn't work well, as the sensor's pixel size is reasonable but the overall area is covered by module and aperture due  to which the dark-light condition photography is not good until you use flash.

The Moto G's 5-megapixels camera surfaces out at 720p video recording at 30 frames per second and 10Mbps. We are really happy with the video quality, and is good in all light conditions. The camera is not so fantastic but in better light conditions you'll possibly get some decent shots.

Price Details

Motorola Moto G is priced at $179 for 8GB and $199 for 16GB. The phone is available in 7 different colors which gave the buyers a variety of option.

Here's full specs sheet of Motorola Moto G:

Size: 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight: 143g

Display
 a 4.5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display with 329 ppi

CPU
a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor

Platform
Android 4.4 KitKat operating system



GPU: Adreno 305



NetworkGSM Model: GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 MbpsCDMA Model: CDMA/EVDO Rev A

Connectivity: microUSB, 3.5mm headset jack

RAM: 1GB

Camera: 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera

Battery: 2070mAh


Pros

  • Value For Money
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Slick Interface
  • Decent Screen

Cons

  • No Front-Facing Camera
  • No NFC
  • Average Camera Performance
                                                                                                      Image Credits: Jasmeet Singh

Benny Singh
Forever Tinkering With Gadgets

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