April 21 2018
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Moto G 3rd Gen Review – Mid-range magnificence

It is no secret that Moto G is the sharpest tool in Motorola’s shed. Motorola is back with a bang and this time it has even more on offer than previous iterations. The Moto G 3rd Gen is a waterproof smartphone, that comes for a price of Rs. 12,999. Motorola’s mid-range slugger has a lot of competition and the arduous task of matching up to the previous iterations of the device. The Moto G 3rd Gen surely looks interesting and suave.

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Moto G 3rd Gen specs

  • 5-inch display
  • 1280 x 720p resolution
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 1/2 GB RAM
  • 8/16 GB internal memory
  • 13 MP primary camera
  • 5 MP front facing camera
  • Android v5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 2470 mAh battery

As far as features go, they are the same as any mid-range device. So, what’s interesting? Let’s find out.

Hardware

Motorola has actually improved on the previous design rather than revamping the handset. It has the same curves, albeit in a slimmer frame. The dual front-facing speakers work well. The 5-inch 720p display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 works well, is well-lit and even though the plastic frame covering it does take some beating, the durability of the display can only be summed as brilliant.

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The design language has been borrowed from last year’s Moto G and the Moto  E 2nd-gen.  The phone fits easily in hand and looks cool. You also have the option of colored bumpers and a textured, removable plastic back. Just as in previous iterations the buttons have been kept minimal with a volume rocker on the right and a power button on the left.

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Under the hood, the Moto G 3rd Gen houses a 2470 mAh non-removable battery with secured in a metal frame with dual-SIM slots and MicroSD card slot in tow. The expandable memory is available up to 32 GB. The Moto G is available in 8/16 GB versions. While the 16 GB version comes with 2 GB RAM, the 8 GB one comes with 1 GB RAM. The Moto G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz.

Moto Maker has still not made it to India, although there is some amount of customization available on the Moto G in the form of brightly colored covers, but that’s about it.

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The 13-megapixel rear cam along with a silver strip and the indented Motorola logo looked suave. The USP of this handset is that it is waterproof, an ability that no other phone can boast of, in this price range.

Overall, the Moto G 3rd Gen looks like a suave handset that has youthful appeal to it.

Display

Motorola has continued with the same 720p display from previous iterations. Despite this being a 3rd-gen smartphone, the display resolution remains same as the 1st-gen Moto G.

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But despite being a 720 display, display works well, and if this phone happens to be your daily driver, you still needn’t worry about anything. The display is not too smudgy and has good sunlight visibility. The colors come out well on this display and there was no color bleeding, which is once again, awesome.

Software

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The new Moto G carries on the Motorola tradition of near-stock software. It has Android 5.1.1 Vanilla edition with certain modifications. Apart from the stock apps, there are only three from Motorola’s side, which is lesser than even the 2014 edition Moto G. Functions such as Moto Assist let you easily set your time of sleep etc.

Along with that, there is Moto Display, which let you customize your notifications, although not at the level of the Moto X, but it is what it is keeping in mind the price. There are gestures on board, such as double shake that switches the flashlight on and off. Basically, all you need to do to turn on the flashlight is perform a Karate Chop in the air. Another function is that if you turn around your wrist, with the phone in hand, it will switch on the camera.

Altogether, the near stock Android on the Moto G 3rd Gen is much better than bloatware on many phones.

Camera

Motorola has come out with a 13-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. But the camera is a little tweaked than before since they have improved on the camera hardware. The photos are well defined in terms of color. The camera does work well in daylight. Yet, despite the wide aperture, light interpretation is a little problematic.

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Outdoor Shots in daylight

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Indoor Shots in artificial light

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Varied Daylight shots

The HDR mode and Control and Focus Mode work well, but the detailing goes out of the window once you expose the camera to varying light and the shots get grainy.

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The 5-megapixel front cam, works okay, but really might not give you the level of detail you want in your selfies.

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The camera app though is as simple as it was before.  If you are a sucker for simplicity, you might like this camera app.

Performance and Battery Life

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The Moto G 3rd Gen is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 clocked at 1.4 GHz. But the ace with Motorola is 2 GB RAM in the 16 GB version of the phone. The phone really performs well and we hardly had any problems whether it be the connectivity, gaming or music playback.

The Moto G did lose steam when it came to high-end gaming, but keeping in mind it’s price, we didn’t expect fireworks.

The battery life is good on this and the 2470 mAh battery lasted pretty well.

Verdict

The Moto G 3rd Gen is well worth its price. Even though this one faces tougher competition than its predecessors. But despite everything, it does well for itself. It’s just not another cheap Android phone. There is something appealing about this phone in every segment and the design, durability and the battery life more than make up for the little flaws that the Moto G has.

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