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Moto G (2015): The Best Android Experience On Budget

Moto G (2015)

Motorola is on a mission. For the last two years, it’s trying to create the best budget Android smartphone on the planet, and it sure is succeeding. This year we got to see the Moto G (2015), still the best deal you’ll find on a good Android phone.

As someone who typically uses high-priced flagship phones, I have a confession to make. I’ve been using the Rs. 12,999 Moto G (2015) for the past two weeks and I don’t miss much from the handsets that cost three to four times more. Even with all that new competition, the Motorola Moto G’s blend of performance, clean software and a mostly solid camera make it the best bang for your Android buying buck.


Hardware

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There was nothing wrong with the design of last year’s Moto G, so Motorola decided not to fix what’s not broken. We’re still looking at the same curves, and the same chrome accents that actually look like dual front-facing speakers.

One good thing Motorola did to improve it’s already best phone was to replace the smooth back pannel with a textured back pannel. It was not that slippery and not at all difficult to grip on, but this is a welcomed change.

Also, under that backplate lurks a locked-down 2,470mAh battery, joined by a micro-SIM tray and a microSD reader that accepts cards as large as 32GB. Beyond all that lies the quad-core Snapdragon 410 running at 1.4GHz. The other specs are listed here


 

Surprising Performance and Battery Life

The 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, typically found in low to mid range phones admirably powers the Moto G. Don’t mistake the processor specs on paper to the performance it delivers.

I think it helps that Motorola isn’t using a fancy, custom interface because it keeps the phone performing well; rarely did I feel like the handset was lagging or slow. The Moto G (2015) easily handled web browsing, running multiple apps, watching video and even some light gaming activities without any noticeable hiccups.

Is it as fast as the latest and greatest Flagship Android phones on the market? No, but the difference was negligible in my usage. Here you can check out the Gaming performance with temperature check for the Moto G (2015):

And I had multiple people use the phone for some apps just to make sure it wasn’t me. In every case, they were stunned to hear the price of the Moto G (2015) because they felt like it was providing flagship-worthy performance. For the majority of people and most uses, the Moto G (2015) has more than enough horsepower.

This year we’ve got a comparatively spacious 2,470mAh battery to work with. In a standard rundown test, the G managed to last  around 10 hours. That’s on par with, or better than what I squeezed out of, some flagships. Big Thumbs Up Moto!


Welcome, Water Resistance

The Moto G (2015) has an IPX7 water rating, so it can last for up to 30 minutes in up to 3 feet of liquids – a rarity for a phone at this price point.

I didn’t have a body of water to submerge myself and the phone in during my week of testing, so I settled for taking showers with it and dunking the thing in my drinks. Surprise, surprise: It still worked like a charm.


Software Rundown

From a software standpoint, the Moto G (2015) offers a clean Android experience. There’s no crapware installed and just a few Motorola apps. The good news is that these are useful and familiar apps. There’s Motorola Migrate to move data from an older phone to the new Moto G and there’s one Moto app that includes Assist, Actions and Display settings. (Very very useful feature on Motorola’s part)

The phone can wake your display for incoming notifications unless you have the handset face down or in a pocket. Drag up on a notification and you’ll see more details. Since the handset uses a traditional LCD display, it doesn’t have the same pulsing notifications, or Ambient Display feature as the more expensive Moto X and its AMOLED screen.

Even with the Snapdragon 410 chip, the Moto G supports “OK Google” feature, although it’s not on by default. Once I enabled it in the Google Now settings, I was able to use the “OK Google” command from any screen or even when the phone was locked.


Smile For The Camera

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Even at the flagship level, Motorola’s cameras are not so much drool worthy. So the company made a smart move: It took the 13 megapixel sensor from the Google Nexus 6, which it builds, and placed it in the Moto G.

The result is a flagship-quality camera in most cases on the cheap. In low light, the Moto G still struggles a little bit but overall, image results are outstanding for a phone at this price.Colors are bright and natural-looking, especially with ample light, and my test shots are crisp and detailed.

Aside from stills, where you can manually adjust exposure and focus, the Moto G also captures 1080p video. A front-facing 5 megapixel camera is used for selfies.

Motorola’s shooting philosophy might not be the most powerful or the most nuanced, but it’s fast and offers just enough control to keep frustration at bay. Keep it up, Moto.


Summary: Undoubted Winner

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Are there better Android phones on the market at this price? That’s a different question entirely and I don’t think there are; at least not right now. I’d have no hesitation recommending the Moto G to anyone that uses or wants to use Android. It is the best phone in the market right now.

Motorola’s real gift is in making the G feel more powerful, more elegant than it really is, and that’s worth the asking price. You can spend nearly five times more for a phone but it won’t be five times better than the Moto G.


 

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