The Motorola Moto G is a paradox of sorts. Pricewise, this phone is in direct competition with mid-range phones such as Nokia Lumia 520, LG Optimus L3 2 and Samsung Galaxy Fame. However, when it comes to specs, it wipes the floor with them.
The Design and Display
The Moto G does aggressively hit the mid-range game, with its smaller form factor, thanks to the 4.5 inch screen. Compared to modern standards, this smartphone is relatively smaller; but this does not take away from the phone’s build quality even one bit.
The phone is made of plastic, making it somewhat slippery and smooth in the hand. Even though there might be signs of smudges now and then, it does not take fingerprints. On the right is the button layout. The buttons or volume rockers have a stiff feel when pressed and this is very nice.
The Micro USB port and the headphone jack are centered at the bottom and the top. Overall, the Moto G is easy to handle. You do not need to perform hand gymnastics when using this phone. It has a 4.5 inch screen that makes it easy for you to operate the phone with one hand and reach everything.
The back cover of the Moto G is very secure and it will take some effort to get it off. You can also customize the Moto G. Its back cover is removable, and this allows you to have a color that best suits you.
The screen is a 720p screen at 326 pixels per inch. Even at 720p, it provides wonderful quality. The sharpness allows good text and color reproduction. The viewing angles are also good.
This phone is powered by the Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core 1.2GHz 4Cortex A7 variation, backed by Adreno 305 and 1GB RAM. The Moto G’s performance is also not too shabby and a good choice for average users. Thanks to its processing capabilities, the Moto G is able to go that extra mile when it comes to battery life.
Hardware and Software
The Moto G has kept it simple in terms of hardware but boasts 8GB or 16 GB on-board storage. However, the storage capacity is not expandable. The general bevy of connections is available, but it does not have NFC.
The speakers on the Moto G do tend to get quite loud which is a good thing. However, the sound lacks fullness and richness. Call quality leaves nothing to be desired.
This phone is also not compatible with LTE. Therefore, when you use this phone on T-mobile or AT&T, you will only get 4G HSDPA connectivity. The speed cannot measure up to that of LTE, but it is still reasonable.
The Motorola Moto G has a 2070 mAh battery. With moderate usage, the battery can go for almost two whole days. Even if you are a power user, you may be able to get a whole day’s worth of usage.
It runs the Android 4.3 OS that provides a wonderful experience without taking up too much power.
The Moto G has a 5 megapixel camera. While quality will not be spectacular, the pictures do have good brightness, coloring production and some vibrancy especially when HDR is used.
For $179, you can get your Motorola Moto G 8GB base model unlocked.
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