Motorola made a spectacular return to India with a bouquet of phones offering users great value for money. The Moto E and Moto G did spectacularly well. But the mid range Moto X was not as successful. Now the company has launched the Moto Turbo with premium specs and pricing. But can it compete with Apple and Samsung?
The Moto Turbo seems like a phone built to last. It has one of the best rear panels I have seen, one that gives the phone great grip. The entire design evokes a lot of confidence. It is also innovative. For instance I tried my best to find the sim slot on this device, but to no luck. It was only with some help from the Internet that I discovered that this slot is tucked away inside the volume rocker. Though impossible to find, I thought this was a really innovative use of space. This also means the phone is water resistant to some extent.
Specs: 5.2 inch, Quad HD screen | 2.7 GHz Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 QSC, 3 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM | 21 MP Rear Camera, 2 MP Secondary Camera| 3900 mAH Battery | Single SIM |Android 5.0|
Price. Rs 41,999
What is good?
There is a lot of good features in this phone, starting with the textured rear flap which makes this look like a premium product.
Then there is the 2K display which is stunning the best in the market, despite the small quirk it comes with. It works well when in bright sunlight which is a great plus in any phone you sell in India.
The phone has a very powerful processor. It is also aiming the few Qualcomm chips that I have seen come with the ability to stay cool under pressure. The phone is built to be pushed to the limits and there is no resistance to processes that need more than regular power. There absolutely no lag whatever you do.
The phone has a camera that can shoot 4K video if needed. It is one of the fastest cameras you will use as you will realise while using the touch to click option. However, that does not give you many focusing options. The software is a bit different and takes time to get used to. But gradually you realise that this UI is better for phone cameras and much more natural.
The other great feature is the 3900 mAh battery which lasted well over 48 hours with a full charge for me. It helps that this phone does not heat up, thus dispensing precious energy like in other phones. There are not many top end phones than can offer you a battery that lasts.
What is not that good?
The screen has a slight yellow tint to it giving the display a sepia-like feel. I could not get rid of this even by tinkering with the settings for a while. It might be good for your eyes, but my eyes were certainly not ready for this.
At 169 grams this is certainly one of the heavier phones in the top end. With so many great budget phones in the market, the Rs 41,999 price tag might seem a bit too steep for some people.
For those looking for a performance phone, this is a great option to look at. The superb processing power and battery life make this a top shelf phone in the current market. Yes, it is a bit pricey but just the two days of battery life will make this a worthy investment for many users.
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