With the success of the previous models, Motorola recently launched the new Moto G in the emerging market of India. As can be said for the previous Moto G models, the price and its capabilities made it a benchmark for Android devices. Lenovo owned Motorola took it to the next level this time with the launch of the third generation of Moto G.
The new variant has an upgraded RAM, front and rear cameras and a much improved design.
Lets see what Motorola has to offer considering the presence of Chinese brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus.
Look & Feel
Similar to the second generation of Moto G, this variant too consists of the dual front grilles, one for the earpiece and the other being the speaker outlet. The back cover is removable and has a ribbed texture to it which is aimed at providing a good grip. The phone can be easily used with a single hand and feels durable and tough.
Beneath the back cover are two micro-SIM slots, a microSD card slot and a non-removable battery. As before, the third generation too can be customised using the colourful shells available in the market. The back of the phone looks classier with the presence of a metallic strip with shows off the 13MP camera and a dual-LED flash. along the Motorola logo of course.
The volume rocker and power button are on the right edge while the micro-USB port and the 3.5mm audio jack are at the bottom and top respectively. These keys are metallic and provide a good tactile feedback.
Still want more at a cheap price? The new Moto G is IPX7 water resistant and can withstand water upto 3 feet and upto 30 minutes. However, you cannot use the phone under water.
Third generation Moto G comes with a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. Although Motorola did not upgrade to a full-HD display in this variant, it still does a pretty decent job with the viewing angles and colour production. You would notice some pixellation if you watch it closely. But Hello, you are not supposed to do that considering what amazing features you have got at such a decent pricing.
During our usage, we noticed slight smudging on the phone, which did not hamper any visibility though. The display under sun was good and absolutely no issues in taking pictures outdoors. The display comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to guard it from the scratches.
The third generation Moto G is powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop. The good thing about the software part of the new Moto G is that it runs on an almost stock version of Android which includes the on-screen navigation controls. It is as good as that of a Nexus smartphone, just that Motorola has incorporated some of its own system apps- examples of the same being the Gallery, Messaging and Camera.
Other additional features that Motorola has included are Assist and Do Not Disturb. The DND feature here works same as that of Apple iPhone. Another app bundled with the software is Help which not only provides a searchable guide for FAQs, How-tos, etc but also a shortcut key to get in touch with Motorola customer care.
The presence of Motorola Migrate allows you to transfer your content from an Android device or an iPhone to your new Motorola. Since the third generation Moto G is a dual-SIM device, it provides a number of options to manage the behaviour of two sim cards.
The third generation Moto G comes with a much improved rear camera which has a 13MP lens along with f2.0 aperture, auto-focus and a dual-LED flash. Also, for all you selfie lovers, there’s a 5MP front camera. We must mention that Motorola has improved the camera sensors significantly.
There are only two controls that you can see in the Motorola camera app- switching to photo/video and the other for rear and front camera switching. A dial can be made visible when swiped from the right side to check out feature controls for HDR mode, LED flash, focus & exposure, slow motion, Panorama mode, geo-tagging, widescreen mode (9.7MP) and timer.
The pictures are clicked as soon as you tap on the screen. The pictures in the low light looked satisfactory and so were the selfies taken with the front cam. The rear camera is capable of capturing 1080p normal and 720p slow motion videos and the quality of the videos recorded with the phone was really good.
Performance and Battery
The third generation Moto G comes in two variants- 8GB storage/1GB RAM and 16GB storage/2GB RAM. It is quite an intelligent move because both the variants have an option to expand the memory with the micro SD card slot. It is powered by a 64-bit 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, Adreno 306 graphics and 2GB RAM.
During our everyday usage, we did not come through any major lags. Games like Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 ran without any frame drop or heating issues.
Powered by a 2470mAh battery, the third generation Moto G lasted a day for us wherein the brightness was kept at the highest level and the 3G was on the entire time.
Priced at Rs. 11,999 for the 8GB/1GB variant and Rs. 12,999 for the 16GB/2GB variant, the third generation Moto G is the only smartphone under the Rs. 15,000 range which is water-resistant. Although Yu Yureka Plus and Lenovo K3 Note give a good competition to Motorola, the third generation Moto G with 2GB RAM provides a very smooth user experience.
It is overall an excellent phone considering its price bracket and has everything in it to give you a pleasant user experience.