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Motorola Moto G™ Shifts the Waters of Mainstream Smartphones

December 23, 2013

Motorola Moto G™ is creating a huge buzz of interest

Motorola Moto G™ is creating a huge buzz of interest, thanks to the rich parameters in its specifications and unexpectedly low price. This inexpensive, powerful smartphone may be part of the future market vision for Google®. Although it’s not revolutionary - like handsets with full HD display and quad-core processors will be - it is shifting the waters of the mainstream smartphone market with high quality construction and performance at a decent price.

Shapes and Construction:

Moto G™ doesn’t deviate too far from its predecessor the Moto X™ model. Motorola just simplified the old design, but kept it elegant, smart and effective.

The corners are rounded and the back of the phone is slightly bulged, which seems to be the new design style for Motorola. The Moto G™ fits into a hand quite nicely, providing a comfortable grip. But when compared to smartphones with similar screen size, such as Samsung Galaxy® S4, the Moto G™ is still quite a big piece of hardware.

The Motorola Moto G™ measures less than ½ inch thick and weigh a little over 5 oz. The body is very rigorous with its back cover made from high quality plastic and requiring a bit of force to remove. Black is standard, but you can buy covers in a variety of colors.

Operating system: Android™ OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.4 (KitKat)
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Display:               

720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)

CPU:     

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7

Dimensions: 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm (5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 in)
Weight:

143 g (5.04 oz)

Battery :

Non-removable Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery

Camera:

5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 720p@30fps video

Card slot: Not Available

Display and Controls – Great HD and Clean Android™

One tempting feature is definitely its display. Overall, the Moto G™ provides a beautifully soft display with vibrant colors. The high definition resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels on a 4.5-inch diagonal display. This means you get 326 pixels in one inch, which is enough for most users.

Its operating system is another attractive feature with Android™ 4.3 (a.k.a. Jelly Bean) offering minimal changes from the native one. For control, there are three virtual buttons on the display. According to the hardware, it is not a “flash” phone but its behavior overall is very smooth and the operating system runs well without freezing up. Motorola also is promising an upgrade for Moto G™ to Android™ 4.4 (a.k.a. KitKat), which is expected sometime at the beginning of 2014.

Battery and Storage

The Moto G™ comes with an integrated 2070 mAh battery, which is average for the mainstream segment. It is able to sustain the smartphone for two days of normal use - definitely a very good result for a phone offering such high resolution and powerful hardware.

There are two sizes of storage – 8GB and 16GB. The smaller solution may be enough for typical use, but the 16GB version assures reliance. We tested the Moto G™ by installing over 30 applications and games, as well as synchronizing the phone with two mailboxes. There was over 3GB of storage space still available out of the 5.2GB of original available space.

Keep in mind, if you want to use the phone as a navigator or store additional data, the Moto G™ does not have a memory card slot. Its integrated storage is all you’ve got. Motorola is offering a cloud solution for data storage, giving Moto G™ users 50GB of extra storage on your Google® Drive for two years. But this solution requires sufficient mobile Internet connection and Moto G™ doesn’t have LTE support, so HSPA+ must be sufficient enough to handle the load.

Pros:

  • Low price
  • Great display
  • Quality of construction
  • Fast and modern Android™ operating system
  • Overall good specification

Cons:

  • Missing card slot
  • Missing some languages localizations
  • A little bigger according to the screen size

Price: $179 (in time of writing this review)

Conclusion

Motorola Moto G™ is a smartphone with a unique cost/performance ratio, making it highly attractive buy for anyone interested in an Android™. There are a few minor setbacks, such as no memory card slot. But for most users, the phone’s standard features are enough. Overall, the Moto G™ is a high-performing, solidly reliable smartphone that’s priced right. If you are in the market for a smartphone, this one is definitely worth considering.

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