Designed for emerging but doing well in developed markets
by Racheal Dane, a blogger & marketer who works with StealthMate
Motorola may have been targeting the market in the developing countries with the Moto G, a budget variant of Moto X, but this mobile phone shows a lot of promise and the chance to make an impact even in developed countries. There is plenty to love about the budget phone, being offered at under $200 across the globe, though there are some compromises that users may want to settle for.
Even though Motorola launched Moto G with Android 4.3 on it, it had guaranteed an update to Android KitKat (4.4).
Sure enough, the device became among the first recipients of Google’s newest iteration of its mobile OS, although Motorola has opted to use a stock version of Android 4.4.2 for the Moto G.
This has indeed worked out well for the phone, with it getting a faster boot-up time, improved data management, audio, general navigation and web speeds.
Processor & RAM
What good is a smartphone if it doesn’t have the muscle to let you multitask and run your favorite apps, right?
With the Moto G, you will not have a lot to complain about. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor chip with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB RAM ensures that the phone doesn’t lose its smoothness.
That’s even while you’re running multiple apps at the same time or playing a resource-intensive app. Some apps may cause Moto G to stutter, though only just.
In an age when an HD display has become somewhat of a standard, Motorola makes sure that its budget offering doesn’t leave much to be desired.
The 4.5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which may not be true HD, but still offers a gratifying experience.
Phone design, dimensions and weight
The plastic body of Moto G is testament to its budget status. However, the phone still has a pretty luxurious feel due to its 4.5-inch screen, with bezels all around the body.
The size of the device is just enough to let you use it comfortable with one hand, a luxury that is gradually fading on new offerings from other manufacturers.
The phone has a removable back cover, thus allowing for customization through a range of coloured back-covers.
If you’re looking for a phone that is capable of taking excellent pictures, then you may want to skip Motorola’s budget phone.
The 5 MP camera on the rear and 1.3 MP camera on the front may not give you the sort of results that you’d want to flaunt.
The low-light quality makes the pictures memorable, but not good enough to publish somewhere. As for video recording, it is captured at 720p, which sounds like a pretty good deal considering the price of the phone.
Battery life has remained one of the biggest issues for Android users. Moto G, however, comes with enough juice to offer you significant relief in this department.
The 2070mAh visible but irreplaceable battery has the capacity to last through the day with ease and if you’re careful with the use of your phone connectivity and running of applications, it can even be stretched to two days between charges.
Memory & removable storage
The Moto G is available in two storage variants, 8GB and 16GB. Unfortunately, that’s all the capacity you’ll have since there is no microSD expansion option.
You can, however, still have your important files and huge collection of music available to you on the go, courtesy of cloud storage.
LTE, wireless charging and NFC
The lack of 4G LTE support in Moto G means you will have to do with 2G/3G or Wi-fi for data transfer on Moto G. This isn’t too big a deal for now, though its negative impact may show in a year’s time.
You cannot get everything you desire for a small amount of money, but Motorola seems to have tried to make sure that it delivers you as much as it possibly can in your limited budget.
The phone has all the necessary ingredients to make it big.
Racheal Dane is a blogger and an online content marketer who is presently working with StealthMate. Basically, the company’s product is mobile phone [cell phone] spyware software which you can use to keep track of errant kids.