Motorola Moto G 8GB Review
The Motorola Moto G is special smartphone model that comprises a very interesting set of features backed by Motorola's expertise, yet manages to keep its price to a very reasonable level when compared to products in the same category.
At first glance, this smartphone from Motorola may not seem like much. There is nothing spectacular about its outward appearance. That isn’t to say, however, that is also unremarkable. It is still attractive, made even more so by its soft, curved edges. It is still made of plastic material, but it is not cheap plastic, so construction still gets a lot of props. If that is an issue, however, this could be easily solved by getting a separate Moto G flip case for the phone, as added protection, particularly for the glass on its screen. Users feel that the Motorola Moto G is much smaller than it actually is. The 4.5-inch screen is essentially the same size as (or even smaller than) most other smartphones currently available in the market today, but the thinner bezel and narrowed edges of the Moto G gives the impression of a more compact and slimmer phone. It may not be as slim as the competition, but it does provide more heft, adding to the impression of solid and robust build, while offering a comfortable grip in your hand.
The Motorola Moto G’s AMOLED screen offers a decent HD display, at 312 ppi. Coupled with its integrated Active Display feature, the level of detail is heightened, and images and text become sharper than ever. It also enhances the smartphone’s notification display capabilities. Just by tilting or lifting the Moto X, the phone display lights up and fades accordingly. Basically, only the required pixels are lit up, leaving the rest turned off. Performance-wise, the Motorola Moto G is a step ahead of many of its rivals, with its 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. This results to a faster loading time of apps. Android users will also have a blast utilizing the full potential of its Android KitKat 4.4 platform, paired with its Adreno 320 GPU.
We also love the Touchless Controls provided by the Moto G. Voice recognition is making advancements in smartphones and Motorola took it a step further with this model, ensuring that the voice command works even when the screen is off, or when you’re in the middle of playing a game or navigating an app. Unfortunately, the rear camera of this Motorola smartphone only offers 5 megapixels, a considerably lower figure compared to many other smartphones, which usually come with 8MP sensors. One reason why people are jumping on the smartphone bandwagon are its connectivity features, and the Motorola Moto G somehow falls short in this area. It does not offer NFC or even 4G capability. The absence of an expandable memory is also a problem for users who like to store as much music as they want on their phones. At less than $200, you will definitely get great value from the Motorola Moto G. Sure, it has its drawbacks, but for its very low price, the positive aspects of this mid-range smartphone far outweigh the negatives.