Motorola Moto G

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Motorola Moto GAnyone would think that impressive specifications don’t usually venture around the low-price area when it comes to smartphones. Well, that affirmation was correct until the Motorola Moto G appeared, a month ago. This baby is a wonderful bargain if you consider what it has to offer for a little under $200 (SIM free), which is the price you usually pay for something really dumb compared to this fellow, that is, in my opinion, the best budget-smartphone I’ve seen (given the price tag). Take a look at the following review and find out more about the amazing Moto G!
First of all, let’s take a look in its retail package. The Moto G comes almost alone in a puny box, having only a microUSB cable to keep it company. Yeah, no headphones and not even an A/C adapter; I guess this is due to the reduction of the production costs.
The Moto G surely isn’t the smallest of its kind, measuring 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm with a weight of 143 grams, but enjoys a very good build quality and feels quite comfortable to manage after you hold it for a while and get used to it. The back cover has a matte finish, offering a good hand grip, and it can also be replaced.
Motorola Moto G accesoriesThe Moto G comes with a 4.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a pixel density of 326 ppi and is protected by Corning’s state of the art Gorilla Glass 3. This display is really great, as it offers some punchy colors, very wide viewing angles, a great contrast and is perfectly usable under direct sunlight too.
The smartphone holds some impressive weapons hidden, too. On its inside resides a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, holding a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and comes with 8 or 16 GB of internal storage. This configuration is more than enough for supporting the Moto G’s platform, as it comes loaded with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradeable to the last version, KitKat. Browsing through the interface is smooth and enjoyable, as it has been left almost unchanged and offers a great user experience.
Motorola Moto G coversFor taking pictures, the Moto G sports a 5 MP camera with autofocus that snaps photos with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and has a LED flash too. The camera interface offers support for geo-tagging, HDR, panorama, face detection and others. Don’t let the 5 MP camera to discourage you, as it’s one of the best I’ve seen from its league, producing some very decent pictures with vibrant colors, fine contrast and a good amount of resolved detail.
The video camera shoots 720p clips @ 30 fps. To be honest, the quality here isn’t as good as the one offered by the still camera, but it’s okay.
For listening to music, the Moto G features Google’s Play Music audio-player, which offers, among others, support for equalizer settings and the Bass Boost and 3D effect sliders for when you plug in a pair of headphones. The audio quality is great with or without a headset plugged in and the player supports FLAC files, which is pretty neat. An FM Radio also joins the party.
Watching movies is also a pleasant experience, as the Moto G knows all about playing videos in MPEG4, H.263, H.264 or VP8 format.
Motorola Moto G rubber coversAt the connectivity department, the Moto G comes loaded with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band HSPA/UMTS, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and LE.
As you might’ve guessed, Google Chrome comes as your companion for surfing the web. Simplistic in its design, but wise and rich in features, it will offer you a great browsing experience. Unfortunately, it lacks support for Flash.
Some other handy features packed in the Moto G’s basket full of goodies are a GPS receiver with GLONASS support, the Google Now assistant, Google Keep for taking notes or voice memos and saving them up to your Google account for viewing them on your desktop or some other Android device, Google Drive and Quickoffice for managing your document files and others.
My final opinion about the Moto G? It’s the best choice you can make if you’re on a low budget or if you just don’t want to spend a fortune on a smartphone. It’s a very capable performer and its skills and price tag are some really bad news for all the other mid-rangers out there. I know what I would’ve chosen if the Moto G was around when I bought my current smartphone. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

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