Motorola Moto G: An Honest Review

Is This The Best Entry Level Smartphone Ever?

All right, we will jump straight in. At the time of writing, the Motorola Moto G is a $179 Android smartphone, unlocked, without contract. You might think that a phone at this price point might not have much to offer but Motorola all out to prove you wrong with the Moto G. It might not be the most powerful or the most feature-packed phone in the market but at $179, let us just lay it out straight that the Moto G is the best sub $200, off contract smartphone that you can buy today.

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Design

The natural question to ask is what did Motorola leave out on this phone to make it so cheap? While there are some obvious compromises made to achieve this price point, we are proud to report that none of them significantly affects the user experience. For instance, the packaging of the Moto G is very minimalist. All you get is a thin cardboard box, a USB charging cable and the manual. That’s it. Who needs fancy packaging anyway?

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In terms of aesthetics, the Moto G is very similar to the Moto X. The just is just a little thicker and heavier, measuring 5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches and weighing 5.04 ounces. Other than that, it sports most of the design features on the Moto G right down to the logo dimple found on the back casing. Motorola have also understandably excluded the Moto Maker color customization feature with the Moto G. You can however change the back cover with 6 colors to choose from. These extra back covers are of course, sold separately.

Specs and Features

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The Moto G comes with a 4.5-inc 720p HD LCD (instead of AMOLED) screen with a 720 x 1280 resolution. You might think that Motorola would have thrown in an old-generation dual core processor to achieve this price but this phone actually comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. Quad core processors in entry-level phones are virtually unheard of today. The smooth and near flawless performance of the phone due to this processor will help you quickly forget that you are using a $179 phone. Other specs include 1GB of RAM and 8-16GB for storage.

Some of the most exciting new features on the Moto X include the ‘Ok Google Now’ voice activation feature and the camera that can be activated by a twist motion. Just so you know, both these cool features are not incorporated on the Moto G. Then again, some may consider these two features are ‘frills’ and not essential to the smartphone’s fundamental features. Some of the other compromises made to achieve this price point would be the lack of NFC and LTE connectivity. Once again, many would consider these two connectivity options to be non-essentials.

The 5MP camera on the Moto G might not be something to shout about but it does come with several features such as recording slow motion videos that makes it fun enough to use.

Summary

So is the Moto G the best entry-level smartphone ever? Yes, yes and yes. The biggest feature on this phone is its magical $179 price tag. Thanks to its decent set of specs, there is very little on this phone that gives away the fact that it is a sub $200 phone. This device currently runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The phone also comes with a guaranteed Android 4.4 Kit Kat (which is more resource efficient) update and this will further improve the already impressive performance of the phone. So here is the verdict: If you have just $200 to spare for a new smartphone, the Moto G is the best choice by far!

Check out the review for the Motorola Moto X here >>

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