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Motorola Moto G review: Little big G


GSMArena workforce, eleven December 2013.


Having spent the perfect a part of two years cleansing the Motorola pipeline of products conceived earlier than the takeover, Google at last has a store with its identify on it. And it can be now not afraid to make use of it to problem probably the most outdated habits and skilled gamers within the goodphone recreation.

Motorola Moto G official photos

The Moto X was the first to set on a crusade to prove that high-end smartphones go beyond the number of cores and pixels. Now we have the Moto G on a mission to let everyone know that affordability doesn’t necessarily imply crippled functionality. The Moto X was unusual enough to be reasonably successful despite its hefty price tag. The Moto G, on the other hand, is priced to move quickly and will be keeping the competition on their toes.

Not that it will get complacent because of it, like most of the smartphones priced at around the same level do. The Motorola Moto G will bend over backwards to serve you properly and its list of features stretches far longer than most in this price range.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band UMTS/HSPA support
  • 4.5″ 16M-color 720p IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 316ppi pixel density; Gorilla Glass
  • Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean with Android 4.4 update reportedly coming as soon as January 2014
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU; Adreno 305 GPU;
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
  • 720p video recording @ 30fps with HDR, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • 2 MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac; Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • 8/16GB of built-in storage; 1GB of RAM
  • microUSB port with MHL and USB host
  • Bluetooth v4.0 LE
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Dual-microphone noise cancellation
  • Ambient light; accelerometer; proximity sensors
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 50GB of free Google Drive storage
  • 2,070 mAh battery
  • Excellent speaker loudness

Main disadvantages

  • Limited non-expandable storage
  • Non user-removable battery
  • Questionable camera image quality, limited camera settings

It’s abundantly clear that the Motorola Moto G ticks way more boxes than a smartphone of its standing is expected to. Some might argue that it’s a luxurious strategy that can only be employed because Google will make profit off software services and not the actual hardware. Well, from a user’s perspective (and that’s the only one we care about) this point is irrelevant as all that matters is what you are getting for your money. At least on paper, the Moto G is plenty of smartphone for the price.

Some corners needed to be cut of course, but since Motorola could afford to give up immediate profits, the hardware didn’t take as bad of a hit as it normally would have. We get a base-level chipset of course, but it’s of the latest Qualcomm lineup and it should do just fine paired with a 720p screen. And since it requires less power and there’s a smaller screen here, Motorola might easily get away with the smaller battery. The unmatched body customization options of Moto X are gone too, but the (very cheaply) replaceable back covers still let you add your personal touch to the smartphone. A well rounded package indeed.

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The Motorola Moto G at ours

Or is it? You see, with the ability to promote backed hardware would possibly sound like a producer’s dream, however it’s now not all roses. As a result of whilst you largely depend on the software to usher in the earnings, you must be certain that your services and products are horny. So the microSD card slot received the axe in hope that you can fall again to cloud storage for many of your multimedia desires. The default skinned Android UI (or launcher, as it can be technically known as) additionally is not essentially the most practical round, so you will have so as to add a function or two by means of 0.33 celebration apps.

It can be at all times going to be a topic of change-offs on this worth phase of the market and we now got down to to find out if Motorola did the fitting ones. Subscribe to us on the subsequent web page for the hardware checkup.