The Motorola Moto G immediately became an instant favorite for the mass from the moment of it’s launch for being a budget phone, yet packing some above average specs for as low as 179$ for the 8GB version and 199$ for the 16GB version. It also shows a simple, yet elegance design that makes it even more appealing to the people.
And as to the question – “is the phone for me?, does it have what i want/hate in a phone?,” let’s find out with this in-depth review by our YouTube partner, Ash from C4ETech.
Before anything else, here’s a quick overview of the The Moto G’s specs. The device features a 4.5-inch 720p (326 ppi) display protected by Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 3, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, an Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP/1.3MP camera combo, and a 1,950mAh battery. The Moto G first came out running Android 4.3, but can now upgradeable to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
First off, the phone has a very likable and elegant build. While it is thicker and heavier than most smartphones out there, the curved back does well in hiding the 11.6mm thickness and it feels very good in the hand. The Moto also a removable back cover but, the battery cannot be taken out and you won’t get the perk of adding extra storage because a microSD card slot is non-existent on the device. One more important thing to note is that the device doesn’t come with a wall adapter.
One of the perks of being a Google owned company is you get to be one of the first to get the latest Android updates. And only a few months after it’s release, the Moto G has already been treated with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. The update includes transparent navigation and status bar, and immersive mode.
And though the Moto G runs on pretty much stock Android, you can also get a Google Play Edition variant of the device wherein it runs on stock Android just like the Nexus line of devices.
Motorola also has useful applications like the Motorola Migrate that helps you migrate your files to your Moto G, and Motorola Assist that syncs your calendar and automates some of your settings.
Being a budget smartphone that packs better specs than most of it’s counterparts, there will be obviously be a feature where it wouldn’t excel. And for the Moto G, it is the camera.
The Moto G’s 5MP camera has been slow on processing images, and fails to deliver. The Moto G can only shoot videos in 720 format. Motorola’s camera software though, is not bad at all with easy to use features.
The Moto G, sporting a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and an Adreno 305 GPU with 1GB of RAM, obviously isn’t meant to compete with flagship smartphones but it definitely performs way better than other midrange smartphone out there. The device is also capable of playing a few graphic intensive games with it’s Adreno 305 GPU.
And though benchmark doesn’t tell the whole story of a device’s performance, the Moto G scored a decent quadrant score of 8453, and a 1182 score at Geekbench 3.
The device also doesn’t suffer much from lag with normal usage especially after the Android KitKat update . It doesn’t give you much space multitasking though as it only packs 1GB of RAM.
While the Moto G doesn’t have a user replaceable battery, the device has an amazing battery life. You can easily get through the day on a moderate usage. And power users also have nothing to worry about as it can get you through the day as well as long as you know how to save your battery when you’re not using it.
The Moto G has also managed 7 hours on a looping playback test. Impressive for a device that packs a 1,950mAh battery.
Overall, the Moto G is a very impressive device. It is a good-looking budget smartphone carrying pretty decent specs, with only a few flaws like the limited storage and a sub-par camera.
So if you’re looking for a budget smartphone that doesn’t compromise quality, the Moto G is definitely a recommended device.
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