Hands On Review Of The Moto G Gen 3

The smartphone industry has a specifications challenge and the tech press is partly to be blamed for. We are living in a world that’s fixated with octa-core processors, 13-megapixel cameras, and gigabytes of RAM, but we do not invest enough time talking about the thing that is really important – how it feels to use a phone on daily basis.

Which is where Moto G 3rd gen. The smartphone claims of moderately humble specifications when compared to the likes of the Lenovo K3 Note and Xiaomi Mi 4i, but packs in other perks like water resistance that can possibly be a lifesaver and a software experience is enormously balanced compared to some of the other smartphones available in the price range. We used the Moto G 3rd gen as our main smartphone for one week and found it to be a steadfast companion. Let’s look at the several features of the phone in detail.

Design and display

The Moto G 3rd gen has a design that’s typical Motorola, but it still has a distinctive touch. While the smartphone does not exactly stand out in the crowd in terms of looks, the grip is really good and it will not look tacky even on a more expensive device. The textured back cover strikes the right sense of balance between design and functionality, it looks decent and provides enough resistance to offer a safe grip, without being uneven like the finishes we have seen on some other smartphones.

The back of the Moto G 3rd gen is detachable but the battery is stuck down to permit for the IPX7 water resistance, possibly the best feature of the device considering its price range. If you are investing your hard-earned money and buying a smartphone, picking one that can stay sheltered in the rain and endure accidental spills, over one that has a full-HD display or an octa-core processor is a good buy according to us.

In the time that we spent with Moto G 3rd gen it is a tribute to large screens as it has an excellent screen-to-body ratio. Motorola has retailed the 720p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, has respectable viewing angles and we did not experience any glitches in terms of legibility outside under bright sunlight.

Software, performance, and battery life

The Moto G 3rd gen is loaded with Android 5.1.1, which means that it gains over its competitors in terms of daily performance. While some fancy octa-core processors, we prefer a stable, bug free experience, even if it’s running on comparatively unpretentious hardware.

The Moto G 3rd gen also sports quick gestures to switch on the flashlight- just shake the phone twice or open the camera app – twist your wrist twice while holding the phone, which can be very useful.

In terms of battery life, the battery lasted for 10 hours of constant SD video playback. While a single charge of the Moto G 3rd gen will not get you through a heavy usage if you are largely outdoors depending on networks, but you can sail through a day without much difficulty if you connect to Wi-Fi networks at home or at work, with cellular data used only when you are travelling.

Picture courtesy- alltechbuzz.net


by techtalks @TechTalks September 7, 2015 9:36 AM UTC


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Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

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They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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