Moto G review: Good buy for average users, gamers steer clear

Mar 04 2014, 13:52 IST
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Motorola Moto G 8GB is priced at Rs. 12,999 and the 16GB at Rs. 13,999 Motorola Moto G 8GB is priced at Rs. 12,999 and the 16GB at Rs. 13,999
SummaryMoto G, Motorola's comeback phone has got rave reviews as the best budget handset.

Youíve probably heard about the Moto G already. Motorolaís comeback phone has got rave reviews as the best budget handset. There are five negative points you should know before buying the Moto G, but despite those, is it still value for your money?

Quick Tech Specs: 4.5-inch display (1280◊720 pixels, 329 ppi) | 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor | 1GB RAM | 8GB/16GB storage + no microSD slot | 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 720p HD video | 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 | GPS with A-GPS | 2070mAh battery | Android 4.4 KitKat

Price: 8GB Ė Rs. 12,999 | 16GB Ė Rs. 13,999

Design: There is a sturdiness and simplicity to the Moto G that is lacking in most handsets: no logos on the front, rounded edges, a rubber-finish matte back that wonít attract fingerprints, and a straight line in the middle for the camera, flash, logo and headphone port. The phone also has water-repellant coating, but donít read too much into thatóthe ports are open, so itís not like you can use it in the rain. Drops donít affect the phone either. For most people, itís comfortable to hold it in one hand and use. But what bothers me are the large bezels. Itís got a smaller screen than most phones at this price, but Motorola still insists on using virtual touchscreen buttons taking up valuable screen space while having a 1.5cm bezel under it thatís just wasted space.

Screen: The bezel and virtual buttons mean that you arenít getting the full 4.5 inches of promised screen space. That said, the screen is sharp and reproduces true colours. It has Gorilla Glass 3 scratch protection, and while itís not clearly legible in direct sunlight, itís not bad either.

Performance: The Moto G can go toe-to-toe with any other smartphone in this price range. Most of its competitors use the Mediatek MT6589 quad-core processor, so we ran our usual performance tests on phones with that processor and the Moto G. In all tests, the Moto G was on par or better. The only place it struggles is with high-end gamingóyouíll need to play games like FIFA 14 and Call Of Duty: Strike Team on Medium settings here, not High.

Memory: The Moto G is available in either 8GB or 16GB capacities. If you arenít a gamer, this is going to be sufficient for most usersóeven with a few casual games. But

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