Motorola Moto G series has been satiating low cost buyers, for the past two years, and successfully too. The company has now upgraded the Moto G to 3rd generation. The new Moto G has definitely evolved but will that be enough? We try to figure out in our initial hands on time.

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Moto G 2015 Specs

  • Display Size: 5 Inch IPS LCD Display with 1280 X 720 P HD Resolution, 401 ppi
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 410 Processor
  • RAM: 1 GB / 2 GB
  • Software Version: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Camera: 13 MP rear camera
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP
  • Internal Storage:  8GB/ 16GB
  • External Storage:  Up to 32 GB
  • Battery: 2470 mAh
  • Connectivity:  3G/4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, GPS,  Dual SIM

Moto G 3rd Gen Hands on Overview, First Impressions, Comparison

Moto G 2015 Photo Gallery

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Physical Overview

The New Moto G follows same design ethos as most other Motorola devices. The speaker grill at top and bottom is still present, but the silver bars on top are gone for good. On the rear side, you will notice a silver plastic strip around the camera module which stretched all the way down to the Moto dimple.

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The ribbed back cover looks great and is removable but battery is sealed inside. Another significant addition is water resistant build. Moto G 2015 is IPX7 certified, which means it can remain submerged in 1 m deep water for 30 minutes, without being damaged.  The new Moto G looks and feels best if you compare it to other Moto G models.

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The display looks similar to the HD panel we saw on Moto G 2nd gen, in terms of brightness, viewing angles and overall quality, which is a good thing.

User Interface

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The user interface is almost stock Android lollipop which is light and efficient. Moto goodies like Moto Assist, Moto Display, twist to launch camera app and Moto Migrate are all present too. In our time with the device, the software was very snappy. A very important benefit of the near stock Android is that you can expect functional update to Android M by the end of this year.

Camera Overview

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Motorola is using the same 13 MP sensor as on Nexus 6 with a wide F2.0 aperture lens, dual LED flash and blue light filter. The shots we have taken so far are rich in details and show accurate colors even in low light. The front 5 MP selfie camera is also a pretty decent performer. You can click good HDR images from the rear camera and record 1080p videos.

Competition

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Of course the smartphone market has evolved faster than Moto G series. You can find better specced phones like Lenovo K3 Note, Xiaomi Mi 4i, Asus Zenfone 2, etc, but good specs don’t always add up to good consumer experience. The beautiful IPX7 water resistant body, vibrant display, brand appeal and promise of updates that actually work are a few key strengths that make the new Moto G worth considering.

Price and Availability

Moto G 3rd Gen comes in two trims. Both 8 GB storage- 1GB RAM variant and the 16 GB Storage- 2GB RAM variants are available for purchase on Flipkart for 11,999 INR and 12,999 INR. If you are buying, go for the 2 GB RAM variant. Like always, availability is exclusive to Flipkart.

Common Questions

Here are some answers to common questions, that you might be searching for.

Question – Does Motorola Moto G 2015 have Corning Gorilla Glass Protection?

Answer – Yes, Motorola Moto G 2015 includes Gorilla Glass 3

Question – What is the SAR Value?

Answer – At the Head – 0.905 W/kg, At the Body – 1.069 W/kg

Question – Is there any heating issue in Motorola Moto G 2015?

Answer –  We haven’t experience any abnormal heating so far.

Question – What comes inside the Box?

Answer – Charger, documentation and headphones are present in the box

Question – What size SIM card is supported?

Answer –  Both SIM card slots accept MicroSIM

Question – Does it have LED notification light?

Answer – Yes, LED notification light is present,.

Question – How much is Free Storage?

Answer – Out of 16 GB, around 9 GB is available at user end and on 8 GB variant, a little less than 5 GB is available.

Question – Does it support USB OTG?

Answer – Yes, USB OTG is supported.

Question – How much is free RAM on first boot?

Answer – Out of 2 GB, more than 1.2 GB free RAM is available on first boot.

Question – How many sensors does Motorola Moto G 2015 have?

Answer –  Moto G 3rd Gen includes Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor

Question – How loud is Loudspeaker?

Answer – loudspeaker loudness is average. Though speakers are on the front, it is not too loud.

Conclusion

Moto G looks like a good proposition for budget android buyers as of now. Is it the best option for its price? we will try to answer that after our full review.

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