Thursday, February 6, 2014

Motorola Moto G

Okay, so what's all the hype, you might ask. Motorola has just launched another phone. I'd say, not just another phone. Motorola has launched a bombshell.
Back in 2012 when Motorola closed operations in India, we weren't so sad. Now, when it has decided to come back with a nuke, we are rejoicing. And why shouldn't we? The Motorola Moto G is a perfect excuse to do so.

Priced at 13999 INR on Flipkart, this small device may not look so "over-the-top", but it certainly has got some nerve. Under the hood, it has got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, which is more than what an average user may need. And by average, I really mean people aged between 35-55. It has a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 processor, which accounts for the fluid user interface (UI) navigation. It has 1GB RAM along with an Adreno 305 GPU clocked at 450MHz, which is capable of playing even the most intensive games like a breeze. It can also play 1080p videos.

It has a 4.5 inches IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280x720, which gives a staggering 329ppi (staggering for this price range). The display isn't as good as an AMOLED one inside the house, but once you are under the blazing sun, you will get to know it's proper potential. The color reproduction is rich, and it has got Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which doubles up the display as a portable chopping board. (Just kidding, that was a metaphor for the display's toughness!)

There are two versions of the phone, one with 8GB internal memory, and another with 16GB. Both the phones use the flash-friendly file system, or the F2FS, which is blazingly fast. This is the reason Moto G out performs the Nexus 4 in benchmarks, with the latter clearly having an upper hand in hardware. This also translates to faster boot time, quicker app launch et cetera. But is doesn't have an option of expandable memory, so the options you may face is to either keep your movies/music or your games.

The Indian model is XT-1033, which is the dual-SIM version. It comes with Android 4.3 JellyBean, and the UI is untouched, pure Android experience, which is also knows as the Vanilla Interface. It is a Google phone, which means that it will get updates fast, and for sure. However, the dual-SIM one will get updates a week or two later after the single SIM one gets.

On the back, it has a 5MP shooter with an f/2.4 lens, and it is needless to mention that both are mid-range at their best. However, the camera is very good in bright sunlight, where phones like S4 Mini or Galaxy Grand or Canvas Magnus lag behind by a wide margin. The camera app is surprisingly plain, which makes it easy to use. It also captures 720p HD video. Why Motorola didn't make an option for 1080p no one knows; the GPU is powerful enough. The back cover is matte, and comes in a wide array of dazzling and soothing colors, enough to match any of your moods (you'll have to buy them separately though).

It has a 2070mAh battery. Thus, you may need to charge it at the end of the day if you are an average user. You can use apps like SnapdragonBatteryGuru to minimize battery usage.
The call quality is average, and the top volume might be a little higher. The phone has got a secondary microphone at the top for active noise cancellation.

There is a power button and a volume rocker, both placed on the right side. The microUSB post is placed at the bottom, and the 3.5mm jack is placed on the top. The overall weight is just 143 grams, but it is a thick phone, measuring 11.6mm at the thickest.

Overall, Moto G is a great phone, with cutting-edge hardware (for the price), promised updates, and great colors for the back cover. If you want a phone within 20K, this is the one you should choose. Motorola has completely nailed the pricing at 13999 INR. And for those of you perturbed by the fact that there are no service centers from Motorola, keep in mind Motorola has planned to open 80 service centers across 21 states. So if you are ready to have your mind blown off the moment you use this, Buy Moto G from


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