After Motorola was acquired by Google in 2012, things really started going great for this company. Earlier, the company was lagging behind in the Android smartphone race of the present era but with Google’s help, things changed drastically and an era of improvement and excellence ushered in for Motorola.
Motorola has been enjoying success so far, especially with their budget smartphone Moto G line-up. According to reports from Motorola, there has been a major increase in sales, calculated to be around 118% in 2014 alone.
Meanwhile, Motorola was acquired by Lenovo from Google in 2014 but thankfully Lenovo let it continue with the same strategy and formula. The 2015 batch of smartphones from Motorola is a totally fresh batch of devices, completely without any influence from Google.
On part of the consumer, this is good news because Motorola’s present range of devices offers some things which are difficult to find in any other handset.
Recently, the Motorola Moto G third generation was revealed and it has turned out to be a great device. If you look at it first time, you will be forgiven for thinking that this device is not much different from the previous generation models.
In terms of visual design and aspects, this is completely true. It comes with the usual standard smartphone design with a rounded camera in the back, along with the same 5-inch display size and screen-to-body ratio like its predecessor. In the back panel, you will notice the same left-to-right curvature as in the new Moto X Style.
There is also a similar metal plate design located around the LED Flash, camera port and the Motorola logo. Sometimes the bodywork gets to boring with the same broad design but this tends to spice things up a bit.
The thing which differentiates this device from the Moto X is the presence of a Moto G plate that is recessed into the rear panel instead of protruding slightly. This is probably due to the waterproof certification of this device.
However, keep in mind that the back panel needs to be snapped on securely all the way around, if you want to reap the benefits of the waterproof certification. On a more exciting turn of events, Motorola has introduced the Moto Maker web store for the Moto G handset which was earlier only reserved for the Moto X flagship devices.
Once you have chosen your back panel color, you don’t necessarily have to stick to it forever, as the panels are interchangeable. However, like previous generations, Motorola’s plans for selling back covers as optional accessories still remains to be seen. Besides the Moto Maker, this is the only exterior feature that you will be able to change.
The Moto G has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 294ppi and a 720p resolution. This is quite similar to the previous Moto G devices but at the same time, it is slightly lower than the first Moto G variant. Overall, the technical specifications are as follows:-
- Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 410 (MSM8916) processor with 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU
- 8GB or 16GB, removable storage supports up to 32 GB microSD card (sold separately)
- Adreno 306 with 400 MHz GPU
- Android Lollipop 5.1.1
- Dimensions as follows: Height: 142.1mm (5.59 inches) Width: 72.4mm (2.85 inches) Curve: 6.1-11.6mm (0.24-0.48 inches)
- 5in, 720p HD (1280 x 720), 294ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 13Mp rear camera, f/2.0, dual-LED flash, Auto focus, Slow motion video
- 5Mp front camera, f/2.2, Slow motion video