Friday, February 7, 2014

Moto G 16 GB By Motorola Hands On Review

So I ordered the Moto G 16 GB from Flipkart on 6th and paid Rs. 90 extra for 1 day delivery, which seemed worth it rather than waiting for almost a week! This is obviously a review based on a 1 day usage. A more in - depth one can be done only after using the phone for at-least a week! This one is for all those who are in the dilemma of to buy or not to buy!


Let me begin with the specifications in short-

Operating system
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with guaranteed upgrade

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU

Capacity
8 GB standard
16 GB version available 
Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive

Dimensions and weight
Height 129.9 mm
Width 65.9 mm
Depth 6.0-11.6 mm (curve)
Weight 143 grams
Water repellent coating

Display
4.5 inches diagonal (11.3 cm)
1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Connectivity
Micro USB
3.5 mm headset jack

Battery
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh
Mixed usage up to 24 hours

Rear camera
5 MP at 4:3 and 3.8 MP at 16:9 (user-configurable)
LED flash
4X digital zoom

Front camera
1.3 MP

GSM + GSM Dual Sim (Micro sim)


Whats hot-

  • The built quality is great, the phone looks to be really durable, specially with its Corning Gorilla Glass & Water Repellent Coating!
  • Perfect Size, not too big not too small.
  • Great display & touch screen. Specially if you compare it with other android phones in the same range.
  • Though the 4.4 Kitkat update has not rolled out yet, it will be nice to see that happen soon!
  • Battery life is pretty decent, true to what they state.
  • Sound quality, both on speaker & earphones is great; Loud, Crisp & Clear!
  • Comes with a Charger & Earphone, Wasn't expecting the earphone since Nexus 4 & 5 didn't have it.
  • Has a FM Radio, something Nexus series lack.
  • Very competitive pricing, a good choice if you are on a 10-15k budget.
  • Variety of Flip & Back covers in different colors!

Whats not hot-

  • Found the phone to be a little heavy for its size, without a flip cover. If you have used a lighter weighing phone, you might find it little bulkier.
  • The camera quality is average, not exceptional. 
  • The charger & earphones bundled are of mediocre quality.
  • I don't know if it was particularly my piece, but when I was installing apps from the playstore, the app froze for a few seconds. Hope that is some glitch that doesn't repeat, or I might have to get that checked. (Shall update this blog on that after 10 days.)

Verdict-

If you do not want to exceed your budget beyond 15k, go for it. The 8 GB variant for 12,500/- ain't a bad option either (but there is no expandable memory option) Brilliant User Interface, comes with Motorola apps that make transferring data from old phone, setting phone on meeting or business mode, etc easier! Love the different colored back/flip covers available! A great dual sim, decent battery life android phone in the market!