“The Phone That’s Always There For You”,
KEY SPECIFICATIONS :-
- IPX7 Water Resistance
- 13 MP Primary Camera
- 5 MP Secondary Camera
- 2470 mAh Long Lasting Battery
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) Processor with 1.4 GHz Quad Core CPU, Adreno 306 with 400 MHz GPU
- 4G LTE
- 5 inch, 720p HD (1280 x 720), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop) OS
- Dual Sim (GSM + LTE)
- Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
If you are thinking to buy it then get to know about these top 10 things about the device :-
1) The new Moto G is a midrange phone, and not a budget phone.
It is worth noting that most (if not all) reviews till now have been done with review units (supplied by Motorola) that have been fitted with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM and yet many reviewers keep applauding the 11,848 starting price for the 8GB model (with 1GB of RAM), ignoring the fact that the multi-tasking performance of an Android phone with 1GB of RAM can be quite a bit worse than with 2GB of RAM. Furthermore, Android Lollipop does not properly support the storage of apps on microSD cards, which means that 8GB of storage allows for installation of very few apps.
2) There is no official guarantee of an upgrade to the next major version of Android
When Motorola Mobility was owned by Google and it launched the 1st generation of the Moto G (November 2013) and the Moto E (May 2014), it promised to stand behind these two devices and guaranteed to update them to the next major version of Android. And it used this guarantee very successfully as a major selling point for these two devices.
In fact, at the launch event in London, experts asked one of Motorola’s marketing people if the new Moto G would definitely be receiving an update to the next major version of Android and the answer was that they were working on it and hoping to provide this update but they were not guaranteeing it.
3) The rear camera is not exactly the same as the one in the Nexus 6
Based on reviews and discussions of user that I have come across, it seems that many people are assuming that the rear camera used in the new Moto G is identical to the one used in Motorola’s 2014 flagship, the Nexus 6. This is not strictly true since the Nexus 6 camera had the benefit of coming with an optical image stabilizer to help out with camera shake and/or low light photography/videography.
4) There is no NFC support
As was the case with the previous generations of the Moto G, there is no NFC support. NFC support matters if you want to be able to more easily arrange pairing between Bluetooth devices (such as a NFC-equipped phone and NFC-equipped headphones) by just touching them to each other. Lack of a NFC chip also makes the new phone unable to support the current Google Wallet or the upcoming (in Android M) Android Pay mobile payments at NFC-enabled point-of-sale systems at cafes/restaurants such as Starbucks and at retailers such as Best Buy and Staples.
5) There is no magnetometer
The previous generations of the Moto G had a magnetic field sensor and the dropping of this feature in the new Moto G means no more support for digital compass and metal detection apps. More importantly, a magnetometer is useful in navigation apps such as Google Maps since it allows such apps to auto rotate the maps you are viewing depending on your physical orientation.
6) There is no gyroscope
In a phone, both the accelerometer sensor and the gyro sensor track movement of the phone. Whereas the former measures the linear acceleration of movement, the latter measures its angular rotational velocity.
Unlike the 2nd generation of the Moto G released in 2014, the new Moto G does not come with a gyroscope. This means that the Google Camera app is not able to offer a Photosphere option and VR apps such as Google Cardboard that consist on the presence of such a sensor will not work properly. Motorola probably realized that this did not matter too much since the Moto G’s 720p screen is too low resolution for use with VR apps since you need at least a 1080p screen to minimize the “screen door effect” and thereby have a decent experience.
7) There is no LED notification light
Unlike in the previous two generations of the Moto G, the new Moto G does not offer the much-beloved LED notification light. This feature allowed you to glance at your phone even from across the room and quickly find out from the flashing LED if something had happened that required your attention.
It remains to be seen if buyers of the previous generations of the Moto G will be happy with the absence of the LED notification light in the new Moto G. If the reactions in Reddit’s “MotoG” subredit community are any indication of how purchasers of the new Moto G are are likely to react, I think it is safe to say that there is bound to be some degree of disappointment.
8) The phone is water-resistant, and not water-proof
The new Moto G offers an unusual combo of a removable back cover and IPX7 water resistance. The phone is water-resistant in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. IPX7 means that you don’t need to worry about using the phone in the presence of rain, snow, or splashes of water, but you should not attempt to wash it by holding it under a tap, or to take it with you to the shower or to the swimming pool.
9) The Micro USB port offers OTG Host support
The USB On-The-Go (OTG) support feature, which was also present in the previous generations of the Moto G, allows you to use your phone as a PC by attaching (via a cheap OTG adapter) USB peripherals such as flash drives, external hard drives, keyboards, and mice.
10) The microSD card slot can handle cards larger than 32GB
Motorola’s spec sheet and almost all reviewers state that you can expand storage by using a microSD card up to 32GB in capacity, but this is incorrect — at least, all the 64GB and 128GB microSD cards I have tried so far seem to work just fine. You should be able to just insert your memory card into the phone and ask the phone to format/erase the card from within the Settings app, but if you have any difficulties with this method, you should be able to format the card in a PC using a FAT32 disk formatting utility.