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Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
Introduction
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup
  • Manufacturer
    Motorola
  • Launch Date
    July, 2015
  • Successor To
    Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation
  • Colors
    Black, White

Being the third in the series, the Moto G (Gen 3) is a highly evolved smartphone focused on meeting all the myriad needs (and expectations) of today’s smartphone user.

While it doesn’t claim to be ‘premium’ yet it just is one of the most valuable phones available in the market today. It doesn’t claim to be ‘flagship’ either. But it just is.

Simply because it has everything you need, it does all that you need of it, and it looks spectacular. When you buy a Moto G you know for sure that you are getting a bang for your buck!

Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
Display
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup
  • Display Size
    5 inches
  • Display Type
    IPS LCD
  • Screen Material
    Gorilla Glass 3
  • Display Attributes
    Glossy
  • Aspect Ratio
    16:09
  • Pixel Density
    294 ppi
  • Resolution
    1280 x 720

The display on this phone is a Corning Gorilla Glass protected display, spanning the Moto G from edge to edge; which, along with the metal sides help keep your phone’s screen protected from damage, unsightly scrapes and scratches.

With a sharp five inch HD display with 294 pixels per inch, every photo, video, and game looks its best. You experience vivid colours, deep blacks, and crisp whites even when you are outdoors.

Though the colour tint is a bit on the blue side, you won’t really be able to tell, till you have another (usually higher-end) phone sitting side by side.

All in all, a perfectly acceptable display even if it is a 720p display and not a Full HD one. The silver lining of having this display is that you will have a better battery life on the device than one that carries a Full HD screen. Being an LCD instead of an AMOLED too, will help the battery last longer (as LCD displays do not need to light up pixels to provide black colour, unlike AMOLED).

Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
Form & Materials
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup
  • Shape/Type
    Slate
  • Length
    5.59 inches
  • Breadth
    2.85 inches
  • Thickness
    0.48 inches
  • Weight
    155 grams
  • Body
    Polycarbonate

The design detailing is sharp and oozes classic Motorola design cues like the dimpled back with the Motorola logo.

Add to that, Moto’s design USP –  a removable (and hence replaceable) back cover. Shells made by Motorola themselves add a lot of colour to the phone and allow you to highly customise it externally. The removable back shell of the phone is textured and very grippy, which is a good thing!

Shell colours available in India include Black, Navy, Cabernet, Golden Yellow, Lime, Cherry, Blue, Turqouise, Raspberry and Chalk.

Flip shells available are Turquoise with Dark Teal, Blue with Navy, Raspberry with Cabernet, Crimson with Cherry and Licorice with Charcoal.

With the Moto G (Gen 3) being water resistant, your mind is at peace, and that apprehension about an occasional splash or walk in the rain is now history. Even in less-than-ideal conditions, IPX7-rated water protection keeps your phone safe from splashes and drops in water.

The case keeps the SIM and microSD water-tight and everything else is protected with a water repelling nano coating.

After an accidental splash in a puddle or sink, you just need to dry the phone off and keep going. Tests have proven the phone is truly water resistant and can even withstand a drop into a bowl full of soup!

Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
Hardware & Performance
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 410
  • CPU Clock Speed
    1.4 GHz
  • Graphics Processor
    Adreno 306
  • RAM
    1 GB
  • RAM Type
    LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • Inbuilt Storage
    8 GB
  • Max Expandable Storage
    32
  • Battery Capacity
    2470 mAh
  • Standby Time (on 2G)
    200
  • Standby Time (on 3G)
    250
  • Wireless Charging
    No

With a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor (1.4 GHz quad-core chip) you can switch back and forth between your favourite apps without slowing down. The 1 GB RAM seems adequate for most tasks, despite it seeming puny on paper.

The fact that this phone uses one of the cleanest versions of pure/vanilla Android, keeps it smooth and fast.

The advanced Adreno graphics chip supports the smartphone decently well. It could have been better, but it is by no means inadequate.

The battery on the new Moto G is designed to last a full day, and then some. With a 2,470 mAh battery, you can go about your jam-packed day and not worry about your phone dying on you. Go to school or work, visit with friends, then head out for the evening – and still have enough juice to get home. In fact you should be able to stretch the battery life to 36 hours if you are a moderate user!

Side note: do keep in mind, that the phone battery is not user-replaceable!

Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
OS & Interface
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup
  • OS in the Box
    Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • OS Upgradable To
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Manufacturer UI
    None
  • Personal Assistant
    Google Now

Moto G currently runs on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 but we’re sure it’s going to be upgradable to quite a few more versions, as they emerge as Google usually looks after its own. And Motorola is after all ex-Google alumni!

With the Moto G you get the best performance possible on an Android phone, thanks to a “almost pure Android” installation which means it is free from unnecessary software that slows down other devices from over-zelaous manufacturers.

That doesn’t mean no additional software though. Motorola has included a few apps and tweaks of their own, that do add functionality, add value and increase ease of use.

Moto Assist understands where you are and what you’re doing, and adapts in ways that help you. Like letting only highest-priority calls through to you while you’re asleep, or keeping your phone silent during meetings. Simple but important things, like the functioning of a very intuitive personal assistant, if you please!

Moto Display lets you preview notifications and updates at a glance. You have full control over which notifications you want to see.

Nudge your phone to see what’s new, then go to the app  or leave it for later. You can play and pause music without even unlocking your phone.

Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
Camera
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup
  • Rear Camera
  • Image Resolution
    13 MP
  • Video Capture Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • Aperture
    2
  • Flash Type
    Dual LED
  • Image Stabilization
    Digital
  • Optical Zoom
    -
  • Digital Zoom
    4x
  • Front Camera
  • Image Resolution
    5 MP
  • Video Capture Resolution
    1080 - Full HD
  • Aperture
    2.2

The camera on the Moto G (Gen 3) is a capable one. You can pretty much expect great shots, even during evenings out to town.

It delivers high-quality photos in any environment with a 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera. Even in low light, the ultra-fast f/2.0 lens produces crystal-clear images, and the colour-balancing dual LED flash preserves colour and clarity.

What’s more, High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging helps you capture both the brightest highlights and darkest shadows, just as your eyes see them. The main camera captures Full HD (1080p) videos at 30 fps so thats a good thing to see as most televisions are now Full HD.

All in all a perfectly balanced camera, don’t expect flagship quality results, but nonetheless you will be rewarded with a simple interface and a good performance!

Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
Entertainment
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup
  • Download & Play Media Directly
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    RDS supported
  • Sound Enhancement
    None
  • Stream-out (Wired)
    Micro USB, Aux 3.5
  • Stream-out (Wireless)
    Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-fi
  • Game Center
    Yes

Speed without overspending“, is how Motorola markets the new Moto G. And its largely true to those words.

The new Moto G gives you the blazing-fast speed of 4G LTE, riding on a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor supported quite ably by an Adreno 306 graphics processor. All this comes together to enable you to browse the web, stream music, play games and watch videos without any downtime at all. No stutters, no staggering.

Games run very smoothly, even with games like Asphalt 8 there is no stuttering at all. Though there is a drop in frame rate as compared to flagships, its not really visible to the naked eye. In other words it doesn’t really matter since there is no stuttering, even though the overall frame rate is lower.

The nice 5 inch screen is great for watching videos and 720p HD quality is actually quite good for a handheld device.

Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
Business & Security
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup
  • Parental Controls
    Yes
  • Phone Access Protection
    Pattern, Password, PIN
  • Biometric Security
    None
  • Restrictions
    Tier-2 (Applications Access), Capable
  • Lost Device Locator
    Android Device Manager, Capable
  • Remote Wiping of Device
    Yes

Personal and business emails are easy to set up and usually just need the username and password to be entered. Manual setting up of POP 3 and IMAP accounts are possible as well.

The phone supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync accounts, so there is not much more to ask for when it comes to being connected to your business or work.

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Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
USP
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup
  • IPX7-rated water protection
  • Expandable memory via 32 GB micro SD card
Motorola Moto G (Gen 3)
Our Verdict
03 Jul, 2015
Ashish Swarup

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The Moto G is a people’s phone – a phone that will please anybody despite its reasonable price point.

That’s because it has so much going for it. It doesn’t boast of all the “flagship” killer specs, yet it can hold its own.

A great looker from any angle, perfectly sized and balanced its hard to really find fault with its design.

Motorola has scored big by drawing on Android’s strengths, its brand value and mostly by not bloating the Moto G with manufacturer software.

As far as I’m concerned this phone is a winner all the way!