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MOTO G: Best Budget smartphone Review

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Hey guys, I bought the Motorola MOTO G from Flipkart.com just few days ago. I bought it for a price of Rs.22500.However you can buy from our partner shop -Digital Electronics,NewRoad at a price of Rs.24500(16GB) here in Nepal. I have been using this device for couple of days now and on this review I will share my thought on why you should buy MOTO G without any second thoughts!

WHERE TO BUY?

  • Digital Electronics,NewRoad (opposite of Photo Concern) -Rs.24500 for 16GB model ~ 1 year warranty included

INSIDE THE BOX

Pros:

  • Excellent pricing
  • Runs Android 4.4.2, the most recent version
  • Decent specs for the price
  • Excellent battery life

Cons:

  • Non-expandable storage
  • No Full HD  recording

A brief look of the handling of device is shown in the video below:

Design & Build

MOTO G has a plastic body with a matt finish. The buttons are made of steel which feels premium. The size is just perfect and feels easy to operate with one hand. Despite its plastic design, it’s actually water and dust resistant device. The back panel is removable but the battery is not replaceable. It would have been great if the battery was removable because a traveller may need an extra battery just to keep their handset juiced up.

One cool feature of Moto G is the colorful accessories that we can buy just to customize the looks of your phone. Overall, the design and build quality is top notch, considering the price tag.

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Display

The display here is a 4.5’’ IPS LCD screen with a HD resolution (320 ppi) which is spectacular for a sub 25K smartphone. I didn’t face any issues with the screen. The touch is very responsive and the color reproduction, brightness level & viewing angles are also outstanding.

User Interface

The biggest feature of the Moto G smartphone is the pure Google Stock Android Experience and timely update as it is a Google phone. It currently runs on the latest Android 4.4.4 kitkat (Android L to be rolled out soon)

Hardware

This device is powered with Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1.2 GHZ quad core Cortex A7 processor. It has a less powerful Adreno 305 GPU. So, this device will do fairly “OK” in terms of Gaming.

The major disadvantage of Moto G is it doesn’t support memory card expansion and 8 GB model could well not be enough. So, I would prefer you buy a 16 GB model.

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Battery

With a 2070 mAh battery that powers 4.5’’ screen and an average processor, the battery life is great. On a normal day, it will last for more than a day.

Camera

The camera might be the weakening point of purchase for many users. It has a 5 MP shooter with LED flash which is indeed better than 8MP camera of Sony Xperia C, Karbonn titanium s5 plus, colors HD,etc. 5 MP shooter will do just fine, at least for me.

Wrap up

In a price sensitive market like Nepal, the MotoG appears to be quite the deal. The Moto G has a 4.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display at 329 ppi with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Moto G is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) ARM Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz with Adreno 305 GPU. Most mid-range smartphones in Nepal by Karbonn, Micromax, Colors etc. are using a Mediatek chipset and not a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core CPU. The Snapdragon processor of Moto G is much better than the MediaTek processor used on those devices. The 2070 mAh lithium-ion battery offers great battery life too. So, the Motorola Moto G would be the best buy for users wanting to buy a smartphone under 25K.

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