Ok, first a bit of tech details :
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band UMTS/HSPA support
- 4.5″ 16M-color 720p IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 326ppi pixel density; Gorilla Glass 3
- Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean with Android 4.4 update reportedly coming as soon as January 2014
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU; Adreno 305 GPU
- 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
- 720p video recording @ 30fps with HDR, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
- 1.3 MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi b/g/n; Wi-Fi Hotspot
- GPS with A-GPS; GLONASS
- 8/16GB of built-in storage; 1GB of RAM
- microUSB port with USB host
- Bluetooth v4.0 LE
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Ambient light; accelerometer; proximity sensors
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- 50GB of free Google Drive storage
- 2,070 mAh battery.
So, reading the specs you think this device will cost you a lot of money…Surprise! The phone can be yours for £130 contract free or £109 if upgrading your PAYGO (and live in the UK). And it comes SIM free so can be used with any SIM card (micro version).
Now its time to cool down and get the disadvantages.
Personally I find only 2 :
- Limited non-expandable storage (either 8GB or 16 GB)
- Non user-removable battery
Latest Qualcomm chipset, Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 (although base-level) works perfect with a 720p screen (4.5″ having pixel density of 326ppi). Viewing angles are very wide with everything remaining perfectly visible.
As the phone comes with vanilla Android (no customisation or branding) you’ll have to some features using third party apps.
The box is the modest package I ever encountered. It contains the phone and microUSB cable! No headphones, wall charger!
This is the result of Motorola’s effort to save on production and shipping costs and keep the price as low as possible (well done Moto).
However, Moto still managed a little extra – it comes with (free) white colored back panel.
Moto G comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 over the screen for scratch resistance, so no need to spend money for screen protector.
Sizewise ( 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm and 143 g) nothing special. There’s front-facing camera, ambient light and proximity sensors on the front. On the back you’ll find 5MP camera, loudspeaker on left side and the LED flash below it along with Motorola logo.
Battery has 2,070 mAh capacity,which isn’t too big, but given the efficient chipset used it will serve you well.
(can confirm , that my Moto G runs 3 days, being switched Off btwn 23:00 – 7:00).
The Moto G sporting Android 4.3 out of the box, but getting the Android 4.4 KitKat sometimes in January 2014.
Lockscreen widgets are present as full-screen, re-sizable tiles. Google Now can be accessed straight from the lockscreen as well. The camera is now a stand-alone widget, and is accessible by left swipe from the lockscreen.
The quick settings menu can be accessed by a two-finger swipe down from the top of the screen, once you’ve unlocked your phone. It has several options, such as slide, pattern, pin or password, and face unlock.
The homescreen consists of five panes, no more, no less.
The app drawer of the Moto G consists of four rows of icons and has two tabs – Apps and Widgets, which are ordered alphabetically without other sorting option.
Motorola added own version of a Do Not Disturb feature (Samsung smartphones) called Assist app.
Google Now is Google’s version of a personal assistant. Its purpose is to give users same functionality as Apple’s Siri on iPhones.
In my opinion, Now is more advanced, as it learns constantly from your daily routines using information from the Google searches you do on your PC and smartphone. You can also use it to voice command your phone.
However, Moto G can only access it by swiping up from the virtual Home key or through the dedicated Google Search app, as it has older A7 chipset, compared to A8 chipset used in Moto X, where it is always listening for the OK Google keyword to start Google Now, which can handle stuff like sending messages (SMS or email), voice call, asking for directions or opening a site, also launch apps, check and manage your calendar. Big advantage of Google Now is that the voice typing functionality doesn’t require an internet connection to work, as long as you have downloaded the needed language pack.
Now some detailed spec infos :
- Snapdragon 400 chipset (four Krait 200, Cortex-A7) clocked at 1.2 GHz, delivers performance close to the Cortex-A9 chips, having lower power consumption.
- Adreno 305 GPU
- 1 GB of RAM coupled either with 8GB or 16GB ROM.
- Some markets (Brazilia) has the dual-SIM version of device as well.
As for connectivity, Moto G comes with quad-band (GSM/GPRS/EDGE/3G) international, or CDMA for the North American model. On board is Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) accompanied with FM radio and GPS.
Unfortunatelly there’s no support for NFC, and IR-port and LTE.
I’m enjoying my Moto G and my recommendation is : go get one and you won’t regret it.