Dynamic and powerful are adjectives which describe Motorola Moto G by almost all users. With unchanged price, around $179 for 8GB version and $199 for 16GB, the newly third “Moto G” phone is considering the update version of the original ones, but it is still not the latest version. It seems like Motorola will launch its latest Moto G 4G LTE this summer, which allow people download or transmit data at higher speed than 3G. But that is near future so let come back to evaluate the third “Moto G” ones.
Firstly, before going in detail, let compare this device with its original version as well as other products in the same line. As I mentioned above, Motorola surprises users by updating the Moto G with stronger configuration but the price still remains the same. Specifically, the greatest upgraded I have to mention here is its camera, which has been upscaled from 5 to 8 – megapixel. Its chipset also be upgraded in quad-core 12GHz of Qualcomm. In this version, Motorola also take a slot for a microSD to put in, with the purpose of increasing the space to storage more games, videos, photos and data. Additionally, Moto G is impressed by relatively cheap price compared to other current products using Android Operating System. In addition, perfect quality and performance of this inexpensive device will probably surprise many people, even on par with other advanced phones.
For all of the statement above, it is easy to indicate that Moto G is the “King” in inexpensive smartphones segment. Therefore, let look closer in its configuration to know this device more clearly.
The default color of Moto G is black, but users can buy extra color shell (6 color options, $ 15 each shell) as well as cases (2 types: $ 20 and 30 USD and each type also has many different colors). When users purchase a Moto G, the accessories box which accompanies with it including only USB cable and instruction manual note. Perhaps this is Motorola’s purpose to cut costs in order to maintain the best possible prices for their products.
When I picked up the Moto G, the first feeling is that this phone is quite heavy (149 grams) and thick (11 mm), compared to the same size of other current smartphone. However, the thickness and weight of the Moto G has no offensive but feeling stocky in the hand, even though it has been covered by the plastic material.
The size of Moto G is not very big (5.6 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and thickest point up to 0.43-inch (141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm)) so it makes users feel comfortable when holding. The roughness designed of its flat back sides plus the rounded corners on 4 sides help users’ hand clung to this phone without being sharp. Under the camera, there is a customary dimple, which enable the index finger finds its nice home. The Power and Volume buttons on the right edge has neatly designed, quite polished and easy to press. Otherwise, the Headphone jack is on the top and the charging port to put Micro-USB is on the bottom. To place micro SD and SIM card, users need to peel the back shell away.
Moto G’s screen size is upgraded from 4.5 inches (original version) to 5 inches with 1,280×720 pixels HD screen. Motorola uses three on – screen touch navigation keys; they are Back, Home and Keys to open the list of recent applications. If you love listening to the music, Moto G probably your best choice thanks to the dual speaker on the head of the phone (next to its front camera).
At that low price, this display is quite impressive, without any typical problems of the screen as other inexpensive devices, such as narrow perspective, low pixel density, low contrast and low brightness. Of cause, the quality of images and videos are better than products at the same segment but cannot compare to expensive ones. However, it still good enough for using every day. By the way, in contrast, the pixel density is drop from 329ppi of previous models to only 294ppi. The reason is that the resolution remains the same while the screen size is upper 0.5 inches. This is considered a minus point for Moto G.
OS and apps
Motorola seems the only giant firm does not customize the Android system for their phones. That is why Moto G still runs Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and this could be one of the downside of this phone. However, using the “purest” form helps its operating system runs smoothly and exist more storage space as well as easier to update apps. With the configuration of Moto G, nevertheless, there will be no problems even if its OS upgrades to Android L version.
Beside Quick Office which is quite familiar with users, then Moto Migrate, Moto Assist and Moto ID are 3 outstanding apps that preloaded on Moto G device. Motorola Migrate is the app that allows users to synchronize all the data from the old phone to the new one through their Google account or even Apple ID. While Moto Assist helps users avoid being disturbed at the night or in the meeting. Users can also setup to receipt the calls from important person or the number call twice within 5 minutes, etc. Finally, the most useful and helpful app is Moto ID. It helps users to protect their phone when it lost by using Google account. Lock the phone, delete or block data through Motorola website, locate the phone are provided by Moto ID. That are some helpful apps of Moto G, but if you buy a locked version, there should be included some other preloaded apps which are installed by the global carriers.
At that relatively acceptable price, Moto G is equipped with 8 megapixel back- facing camera. It is quite a bargain for customers to purchase this mobile. However, the auto – focus point of Moto G is a big trouble here. It works unstable; sometimes it cannot adjust immediately when changing focus point, sometimes it completely does not appear in the screen. Moto G front- facing camera achieves a soft and fuzzy photo which other competitors’ front camera can get trough filters. However, the soft-focus could be improved more to satisfy customers. One plus point for Moto G is that you can easily take a snapshot with changing photo setting in a blink of eyes. At the setting wheel, you can slide a digit and turn on the HDR mode or auto flash mode. And you can also easily access the photo gallery by sliding the right edge.
As I mentioned above, this Moto G version does not provide 4G LTE but only 3G. Moto G used quad-core 12GHz of Qualcomm chipset, 400 Snapdragon processor, 305 GPU, an Andreno 450MHZ and 1GB RAM. With that configuration, Moto G was only at the mid ranged by its processor and clock speed. However, this seems not affect the speeds of loading data very much, because both websites and youtube was run fine when I tested. This was not everything, otherwise, the fact that Moto G still runs strangely smooth even when I transferred strong apps, played 3D game or watched HD movies at the same time, without any lag phenomenon. There was only one problem that Moto G met is it will be lag for some seconds if you involve autofocus to take many pictures at the same time. However, that was not only problem for Moto G, but others.
According to Speedtest.net, the time to upload or download is flexible; depend on the time of the day. However, the score showed there usually around 1Mbps for upload, and the Mpbs for download were in single digits. That was HSPA+ typical speeds.
Globally, there are two version of Moto G: 8BG and 16GB – quite low Memory. It is even lower when the OS will take about 2GB of its memory to run. However, this upgrade Moto G has a slot to put an SD card in; therefore users can enlarge their storage by 32GB.
Moto G was equipped 2,070mAh battery which cannot take apart. But users should not worry because this can serve all your busy day long. With the full life of battery, it can lasted nearly 9 hours when I played video continuously. Or normally, if I used 1 SIM, turn on 3G, wifi, Bluetooth all the time to play game, use facebook, even watch film and make phone calls, it can last a day and a haft until run out of battery.
The call quality is not very high but incredible for the phone at the cheap segment as Moto G. Users could have different audio experience because of many factors, such as carriers, location, the line or even the timing that you made the call. However, the most important thing here is that even their Moto G was with or without supporting from carriers or optimizing Sim card, it does not affect the call quality very much. Another remarkable point is the line was clear like crystal without any buzzes or crackles sound. Otherwise, the voice of the speaker sounded naturally and clearly.
The downside here, nevertheless, is the soft volume of speakerphone or even the standard ear piece. If users want to hear clearly, they need to turn the volume up to the max level or nearly, though they stand in the quiet space. And this might sometimes make people feel annoy in their ear. For the standard ear piece, the sounds and voices seem natural and clean, but not for speakerphone. When users make the phone call through speakerphone, the sound is muffled a little bit and the voice from the other line is flatted. However, in conclusion, the audio quality of Moto G is quite good and acceptable for overall.
It is difficult for me to recommend you to buy or skip this phone, since it depends on your purpose, desire, budget or other factors. However, personally I see this Moto G version is good or incredible for some people at its low price. All the data speed, hardware, design, camera, call quality, etc are acceptable. But if you are finding a Motorola phone with higher configuration and speed, you should consider making purchase.