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Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) Express Review: Still the budget benchmark

Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) caters well to the needs of most smartphone users who are looking to get a decent deal.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Written by Debashis Sarkar | New Delhi |
September 1, 2015 8:16:56 pm
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The new Motorola Moto G has a close resemblance to the earlier versions and aims to continue the success story that began in 2013 with the first Moto G. All the three Moto G versions share an almost similar spec sheet. On paper, something major is yet to happen. However, Motorola is among the few brands that prioritise overall user experience over the ‘price versus hardware specification’ contest. The good part is consumers are appreciating this.

While it is becoming difficult for consumers to make their buying decision with almost every brand trying to woo them with more RAM and cores at a low price, the new Moto G comes as a much needed relief. At least, now buyers have one smartphone that they can be sure about while comparing it with others in the same price range.

After the launch of Moto G (3rd gen), many smartphone enthusiasts had declared that it is hardly an upgrade from the second generation. However, our first impressions were positive and we felt that the new Moto G could be a great smartphone for most budget buyers. After using it for a month, here is the review.

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Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)


The new Moto G, when compared to the 2014 variant, offers a better camera, bigger battery, 4G support and is water-resistant. On papers, the Moto G might not stand out. However, Motorola seems to have added just the right upgrades.

It comes in 8GB and 16GB ROM options at Rs 11,999 and Rs 12,999, respectively. Both the versions support 4G. While the 8GB internal storage offers 1GB RAM and the 16GB variant has 2GB RAM. Both supports microSD cards. Rest of the specs are the same.

Specs: 5-inch 720p HD display | 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 | Android 5.1.1 Lollipop | RAM – 1GB (for 8GB version)/2GB (for 16GB version) | Storage- 8GB/16GB (32GB expandable) | 13MP rear camera with Dual Tone LED Flash | 5MP front camera | 2,470 mAh battery | Dual SIM (Micro) | 4G LTE.

What is good?


Overall, the Moto G offers a smooth experience. Pure Android Lollipop gives a refreshing break from all the iOS inspired interfaces. The device has one of the fastest cameras. It can record 1080p videos along with 720p SloMo videos from both the cameras. The Focus Ring now comes with exposure control. Quick Capture enables lets launch and swap between the two cameras by twisting their wrist twice.

The device is equipped to handle daily performance demands of average users. This is the only smartphone in this price range which is water-resistant. You cannot swim with your new Moto G, however, you need not worry about rains or accidental spills. The battery easily lasts a day of regular usage.

What is not that good?

Motorola has done nothing on the display department. Though the quality is good, we expected more. This smartphone might be a good deal for most average users. However, if you are into a lot of gaming or multi-tasking, then expect sudden crashes or lags.


If you are caught in between this intense price versus hardware battle in the budget smartphone market, then you can safely consider buying the new Moto G. It caters well to the needs of most smartphone users who are looking to get a decent deal in the price range of between Rs 10,000 and Rs 13,000. However, it is totally up to you whether you wish to spend that Rs 1000 extra for double RAM and ROM.

Are you using the Moto G (3rd gen)? Do share your experience in the comment section below. 

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First published on: 01-09-2015 at 08:16:56 pm

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