Motorola Moto G – Specifications and Reviews

The latest offering from Motorola, the Moto G, has finally been launched to the markets. This comes on heels, after a not-so-recent release by the company about creating an affordable, budget smartphone for the masses. This is one of the major releases in mobility after the mega brand was scooped up by Lenovo from the well-known tech giant, Google.

Hardware

During its incubation in the Google days, the former boss has gifted some really fantastic pieces of hardware to the device. Equipped with a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (Cortex-A7) processor, an Adreno 305 GPU, and 1GB of RAM, Moto G runs an almost unmodified Android 4.3 “Jellybean”. While the company promises to release updates for the next major release of Android – “Kitkat”. Flaunting such a hardware specification, the company claims that the Moto G is powerful enough to deliver quality performance even when handling the most demanding Android tasks. The phone, works as advertised and launches most apps almost instantaneously and delivers a smooth performance. It is also enough for casual gamers, however the phone may shutter and lag during intensive gaming at full HD.

Software

With an almost invariant “Jellybean” out-of-the-box, the Moto G avoids all the bloatware that comes with smartphones of the days. With intelligent software optimization, which the company stresses hard, there are no duplicate apps for the same tasks, like two mail clients for instance. It has made away with all the customs skins and interfaces and sticks to the pure Android look and feel, which is quite trending nowadays. This has given improved boot times and better performance, though at the lack of eye candy.

Display

Moto G sports a 4.5-inch 720p HD ‘edge-to-edge’ display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels at a pixel density of 329ppi and a scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass screen. The new ‘edge-to-edge’ technology, as claimed by the company, promises to deliver an enhanced touch experience to the users. The 720p screen is an enough display front for most of standard activities and casual video playback. However, if you’re really a fan of High Definition content, then the colors may look saturated. You’re better off with a LED TV for the quality. But for the given price bracket, the display is awesome.

Camera

Looking at the optics front, the Moto G reveals a 5-megapixel primary camera equipped with an LED flash. The Moto G also sports a 1.3-megapixel front camera. The primary camera supports HD Recording at 720p and shoots quite well. However, the camera under performs in low light conditions. The photos by the camera is for selfies and Facebook posts. If you want pics for keepsake purpose, save the bucks and invest for a point and shoot or some better equipped cousins from Samsung or Nokia.

Storage

The device comes with two variants, one with 8GB and the other with a 16GB inbuilt storage. It lacks an expandable memory slot and thus if your storage needs stretch beyond the device limits, you need to look on to the cloud options.

Connectivity

The device features a microSIM slot for cellular connectivity. The device supports 3G with HSPA at frequencies of 850, 900, 1900 and 2100 Mhz. It also supports 2G frequencies at GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 frequencies. The phone shall also be available as a dual-SIM variant in select markets. Using mobile data, you can connect to the internet through HSPA while in 3G and EDGE in 2G. This guarantees maximum available bandwidth in both the modes. Other wireless connectivity features includes, Wi-Fi 802.11 with b/g/n profiles and the latest Bluetooth v4.0. Though the device lacks 4G LTE connectivity, unlike major smartphones, it makes the best speeds out of 3G and performs amazingly on Wi-Fi. Lack of 4G might be disappointing for users in covered areas, but the device, according to the manufacturer, is aimed at markets still transitioning to 3G. On the wired front, the device comes with a microUSB connector.

Battery

The Moto G packs a 2070mAh battery that can deliver up to 6 hours of talk time with ease. It is expected to last quite decently with moderate usage.

Build

Carved out of glossy plastic, The Motorola Moto G features a curved back for easy grip. It is also equipped with water-resistant nano-coating on the inside and outside. The back cover is removable and allows for customization like colors and flip cases.

Detailed Specs

 

General
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 129.90 x 65.90 x 11.60
Weight (g) 143.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2070
Removable battery Yes
Display
Screen size (inches) 4.50
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 329
Colours 16M
Hardware
Processor 1.2GHz  quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM 1GB
Internal storage 8GB
Camera
Rear camera 5-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 1.3-megapixel
Software
Operating System Android 4.3
Java support Yes
Browser supports Flash No
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
NFC No
Infrared No
DLNA No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
USB Micro-USB
Charging via Micro-USB Yes
Proprietary charging connector No
Proprietary data connector No
Number of SIMs 1/2
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
2G frequencies supported GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900
3G Yes
3G frequencies supported 850, 900, 1900, 2100
4G No
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor No
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

 

Pricing

The smartphone is available at $173 in the global market and play store. The device is coming to the selves in India at a respective price range of Rs.12,499 & Rs.13,999 for the 8GB and 16GB variants. Leading online retailer Flipkart is offering additional goodies with the product, so grab your order now!

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