Moto G Review – A Complete and Perfect Phone

Last week, I ordered Moto G for my brother and since then I’ve been experimenting a lot of things on this phone. One of the key highlighting part throughout this experimentation was battery life. I was expecting the battery life to be somewhere around 20-24 hours but with the moderate usage, the battery lasted for a day and half. Well, there are more key points that I would like to discuss in this complete Moto G review. So, be prepared to spend next 5-10 minutes here as this is gonna be one of the biggest article on DigitBrunch.

Moto G Review : #Wow

Moto G Review - Cover

I was seriously amazed by the overall Moto G experience and being a Nexus 5 user; battery life was something that I was jealous off. Here’s the full review of Moto G.

Before we start with the review, here are couple of articles that would be useful for you.

Inside the box

  • Moto G Phone
  • Charger
  • Headphones
  • Warranty card
  • User guides

Build Quality

As far as build quality is concerned, the Moto G is built with an extra care. The device looks sturdy and the silver M logo at the back looks stunning. It also fits in the index finger quite well while holding the phone. Though the device is quite heavy at 140 grams, the performance makes it worth every penny.

Talking about the power and volume control buttons from the right side, they feel quite bulky and I keep hearing some sound while shaking the phone. It is quite similar to the one that has been highlighted in the Nexus 5.

Moto G - Right Side

Moving on to the left sidebar, there’s absolutely nothing over there. Oh wait, are you looking for sim card slots? They are in there under the back panel. You’ll have to remove the back-panel to put the SIM card in.

On the top, there’s this tiny 3.5mm audio jack. Now, I don’t know if you’re aware of this fact or not but the Moto G box comes up with a charger and one set of headset. There’s no standalone USB cable that has been bundled with the phone. So, in order to connect your phone to the computer, you’ll need to buy a USB cable from market.

See that tiny little hole beside audio jack? I suspect that to be a secondary microphone.

Moto G - Top 3.5mm Audio Jack

The bottom edge of the phone has this standard USB port that can be used for charging as well as data syncing. You can observe another microphone right around the edge. This primary microphone is used for the voice calls whereas the secondary microphone is mainly used for the noise cancellation.

Moto G Review - USB Port at Bottom

Coming back to the back panel, it is sturdy and won’t break apart easily. However, the accidental fall on the camera can cause some errors/failures regarding the camera app.

Software

Motorola Moto G now runs on the latest Android iteration i.e., Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. There’s hardly any difference in the stock android and the version that is found running in the Moto G. In fact, the pure android experience on this low-budget phone makes it super fast and ultra responsive. I’ve seen devices with better hardware specifications running android and yet lagging. The main reason to why they have been lagging is the customization that manufacturer’s have been putting in on these devices.

Motorola Moto G - Home

Although the Google launcher isn’t available for download directly from the play store, I hope there are enough ways of downloading and installing it externally. The default launcher that comes up with the phone does have the transparent looks on the task bar and navigation bar.

One thing that is worth mentioning is the availability of stock messaging app. Right from the Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, Google replaced stock messaging app with the hangouts and this move was criticized by many android users. If you don’t like this default messaging app, you can go into the settings and change the messaging app to hangouts. I love using hangouts because it offers a slick design and fast performance. It might get little messy while typing in the direct numbers to send text messages but once you get the hold of it, you’ll love it.

Hardware

The device runs on the best hardware available in this price range. The 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon processor and 1 GB of RAM makes the device fast and responsive. Seriously! There’s absolutely no lag in switching between the panels. oh, and did I mention that the device has a dedicated GPU chip Adreno 305 which is clocked at 450 MHz.

The 4.5 inch 720p HD display produces quite a good results. I’ve been fully satisfied with the viewing angles and the color reproduction.

Let’s take a quick look at the benchmark results that will give us a good idea of how this device performs compared to the other phones in the market.

PS: Any benchmark score should not be considered as the measure of how useful the device would be. I personally don’t care a lot about these benchmarks because it is the usability that matters to me most.

Antutu Benchmark Results on Moto G

Antutu benchmarks provided the overall score of almost 16935. This is quite a good result considering the other phones from the same price segment. If we break up the score as shown in the screenshot above, you’ll have a good look at the multitasking score and dedicated CPU score.

Antutu Benchmarks Resuls on Moto G

Quadrant Score of Moto G

Moving on to the quadrant benchmark scores, let me first tell what do they really mean. These benchmarks are designed to show the performance measure of particular subsystem. These scores vary according to the architecture and chips that have been used in building the device.

Here’s the comparison and quadrant score of Moto G.

Quadrant Score of Moto G

Vellamo Performance on Moto G

The Vellamo is designed to measure the HTML5 performance on the device. While testing the phone using this tiny app, we got a pretty good result of 1258. This was very much close the Nexus 4 performance and I was quite happy to see that. Here’s the screenshot of the score along with the comparison chart.

Vellamo HTML5 Performance on Moto G

Camera : A decent 5 megapixel shooter

The camera that comes up with the Moto G produces a good set of results. There are bunch of settings available within the camera app and this is the only app that was quite customized by the Motorola.

Moto G - Camera Options

You’ve a HDR and normal mode available in the settings. Additionally, you can adjust white balance and exposure from these settings.In day time, the camera performs quite well. You can also control the flashlight by tapping on that simple flash icon.

Comparing the results with the Nexus 5 in night-time or low lighting conditions, I sometimes got better results than the Nexus 5’s camera. The Nexus 5’s camera was producing a lot of noise during low lighting conditions whereas the noise production in the same case for Moto G was quite low.

Overall, I was happy with the Moto G’s camera. It may not be the best in the industry but it produces a good set of pictures. Here are bunch of samples.

Moto G Camera Sample 1 Moto G Camera Sample 2

Battery

This is something that has been bugging various android users for a long time. The battery backup provided by Moto G under moderate to heavy usage is almost one day (that is full 24 hours without a single charge and still 20-25% left).  In fact, in some of the cases, I got the backup of 1.5 days which is quite awesome. My Nexus 5 provides a 10-15 hours of battery backup with that much amount of usage. You’ll never have any issues here and I would definitely give full five stars for the battery section.

Here’s the screenshot of the battery backup when the usage was moderate.

Moto G - Battery Backup Details

Memory

The only downside about the Moto G is unavailability of  micro SD card slot. This means that you’ll have to survive with whatever the internal memory that you get. Here’s the breakup of memory available to the user in both 8GB and 16 GB variants of the Moto G.

  • 8 GB Moto G model – Free memory ~5.5 GB.
  • 16 GB Moto G model – Free memory available is approximately 11.5 GB

Final Words

I loved it. There’s no better option available right now even if you scale up your budget to Rs 20000. The only point that concerns me (and thousand others) is the customer care service. Talking about that, Motorola has opened few service centers across the country and they are planning to open more in future. When you buy Moto G from flipkart, you receive a bill along with the list of service centers that are around you/your city. The other important point to be considered is the buyout of Motorola by Lenovo. In future, you may be able to go to the Lenovo service centers if things go in the right direction.

Coming back to the device’s performance, there’s absolutely no match available in the market. Here’s my break-down of rating according to the each section.

If you’ve been using the phone for quite a long time, feel free to add your rating under the “user’s rating” tab.

  • Karthik

    Pavan, Which phone do u suggest me…MOTO G or XOLO Q1010i….my requirements are a big screen not too big..with better looks and performance….A tiny machine that I can use it for the next 2 years

    • Pavan

      Hi Karthik,

      Moto G is the one that you should buy. Xolo phones won’t last for that long. I’ve been using Moto G from last couple of months (along with Nexus 5) and I can surely tell you that there is no match to this device in this price segment considering trust factor, decent display (not too big not too small) and killer performance.

      It is currently available on Flipkart only and there are bunch of deals that are happening over there. Here is the link – http://flpkrt.in/1jdDj1h

      • Karthik

        One more question Pavan….I was using XOLO A500s and I dropped the phone…I am now gonna choose M-G…the camera was pathetic in low lights in XOLO a500s…having said both these phones have 5mp camera…would there be a difference ..or the camera will be the same as a500s…Trust me not a single guy helped me change the display for XOLO…

        • Pavan

          Moto G’s camera would produce much better results than the Xolo’s (in day-light). However in low lighting conditions result may vary drastically.

          • Karthik

            thank u gentleman.

  • Guest

    Hi Pavan,

    Thanks for the quickest response…I am looking at your reviews every day on different phones…I should say that your review helped me for not choosing Iberry X the one for 12,999…..u saved me…I will surely go for Moto G…thanks again…have a blessed day…

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