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Motorola Moto G is one smartphone that has beaten everyone’s expectations on what to expect from a phone priced at Rs. 12,499. It has emerged as the hot-selling smartphone in the sub-Rs. 15,000 range and has still not been able to find a competition. We did get to play around with the phone and it worked like a charm considering the price tag it has been given. Let’s have a look at Moto G in detail now.

Look and Feel

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The design of Moto G is smomewhat on lines with that of Moto X except for the fact that the screen size is 4.5-inch which we think is an apt size for a smartphone. It has a curved back which makes it comfortable to hold be held in the palm of you hand and that too with a solid grip. It is perfectly designed for a single-handed use and you can touch every part of the display without having to involve your other hand. Isn’t that what we all want?

The feel of the plastic on the back is very soft and it does not pick up any fingerprints even after being used for long durations. Weighing 143g, it feels a bit heavy though. Looking at the positive side, this rough design will let Moto G get through an odd drop from your hand or while you are taking it out from your pocket. The hardware buttons on the side are easily accessible when you are using the phone and provide a good feedback when you press them. The Motorola logo on the back is neatly done and your finger would probably end up resting there when using the phone with a single hand.

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Even though there is nothing extraordinary in the design of Moto G, it still comes out as a phone people will remember by just looking at it.

Specifications

MODEL Moto G
DISPLAY 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
DIMENSIONS 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm (5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 in)
CHIPSET Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
OS Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat)
REAR CAMERA 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
FRONT CAMERA 1.3 MP
GPU Adreno 305
MEMORY 8GB/16GB
RAM 1GB
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery
TALTIME 24 Hrs
WEIGHT 143 g (5.04 oz)
PRICE 8GB Rs. 12,499; 16GB Rs. 14,999

Display

Going beyond the conventional hardware which you would encounter in a low-range smartphone, Moto G has a bright pixel-dense 4.5-inch display which serves a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. With 329 ppi, it provides more than usual clarity to the app icons and text. What we really look for in a smartphone’s display is its quality of brightness when viewed under sunlight. After having set the brightness level to almost full, Moto G showed excellent display and colours under direct sunlight. This is actually very impressive as there are so many times that the sun is shining bright and you are unable to see anything on your phone.

The display in Moto G comes with a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and that is why we mentioned earlier as well that it is bound to survive any low-height drops. This smartphone becomes an apt choice for those who love editing photos or those who love reading e-books on the go. The colours come up as they are and the contrast provided is impressive.

Camera- Rear and Front

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Priced at Rs. 12,500, you got to expect some compromises and the camera department has faced it in this case. The rear camera is 5MP but is unable to produce decent pictures even when the light is optimal. At times, we faced issues while focussing on an object that was not very far away. Also, there was a lot of noise in the pictures which made it grainy.

Moto G comes with Motorola’s own Camera app which aims at those who are newbies to the field of photography and it hence targets that the picture should be clicked quickly and without any hassles. All you need to do is tap anywhere on the screen and your picture will be clicked. The exposure and object focus is taken care of automatically. A radial menu comes to your surface when you need to select flash, HDR, tap-to-focus and panorama.

The front camera is of 1.3MP and it works decent as per the usage and there is not much to talk about it.

Performance

Moto G boasts of a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and it is actually surprising to get this sort of a processor at such a price. With internal memory options of 8Gb and 16GB, Moto G is powered by 1GB RAM and that is actually a decent provision. To check the performance of the phone, we tried opening up multiple apps in a quick succession followed by switching among them. During this, a couple of calls were also returned and we could witness absolutely no glitch or lag in the operation of the phone. Moto G got a AnTuTu benchmark score of 17,338 which is impressive than many other smartphones of its range and some of them even priced higher than it.

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Talking about web-browsing, the webpage loading was pretty fine but we could feel some minor(very minor) lags while scrolling the site while using Google Chrome. It comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is also expected to get the Android L update as and when it is released. There is no provision of a microSD slot, so if you might want to go for the 16GB variant as the 8GB one fills up quite fast.

Moto G is powered by a non-removable 2700mAh battery lasts for an entire day of working with a heavy usage involving mails, gaming, listening music and a little bit of gaming.

Verdict

If you are looking for a smartphone delivering high performance and you do not wish to spend a hefty amount, Moto G is the best option in the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment with the 8GB and 16GB variants selling at a price of Rs. 12,499 and Rs. 13,999 respectively. The only bit of compromise has been done on the camera and the rest everything is as impressive as it gets keeping the price tag in mind.

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