Monday 4 August 2014

Moto G - My experience

So today, I will be talking about Moto G, the most popular budget smartphone nowadays.

I spent over a month with this smartphone and I must say that I AM IMPRESSED.
No phone is perfect, so I will cover few flaws here too.

This phone is retailing for approx 10,500 INR for 8GB model (Prices updated as on 4 Aug 2014)
I am listing down few notable specs of this device below. Detailed specs can be found on manufacturer's website.

4.5inch HD display with 329 ppi
Quad Core Snapdragon 400 CPU
IPS LCD panel with 16M colours
Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
Support for 2G, 3G
Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0
5MP camera with Autofocus and LED Flash
Android Kitkat 4.4.4 (Expected upgrade to Android L by 2014 year end)

To keep this post an easy read, I will put out my views in bullet points.


  • 720p HD display with great viewing angles, Text and Images are very clear 
  • Quad Core Snapdragon processor at this price point is a steal
  • Butter Smooth UI, smooth animations with zero lags
  • The graphic chip and processor are very capable and perform well
  • The performance of the 5MP snapper is great during the day and decent in low-lighting too
  • Dual SIM capabilities
  • Gorilla Glass makes the screen scratch-resistant. No need of a screen guard
  • The screen also has water-resistant coating so it can survive few splashes of water
  • No manufacturer bloat-ware. Pure Android experience at its best.


  • The battery performance is not up to the mark
  • Charging this phone with bundled moto charger is irritating as it takes lot of time to charge.
  • The screen seems small because the software buttons take up some space so for people who are not used to smaller size screens will feel disappointed
  • Slightly heavy at 143 g.
  • Slippery back, so must get a grip cover.
  • No SD card slot so maximum storage is 16 GB. There is no 32GB version in India
  • No USB OTG support
Overall, at 10499 INR, I think Moto G is a nice smartphone for the budget conscious. There are alternatives from Lava, Karbonn, Micromax, LG, Samsung, HTC but they are not able to match the price-point when it comes to the hardware package. However, if you are alright with a Mediatek chipset instead of Qualcomm Snapdragon, then there are plenty of VFM options available.