Reviewing The Moto M

Launched in November 2016, the Moto M is another entrant in the category of budget smartphones, looking to create and capture a niche segment for itself with offering both sleek looks and design. In addition, it offers features on par with higher-end phones, all at a reasonable price of about Rs. 15,999.

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Aesthetics and design

For starters, there is nothing to dislike with the way the Moto M looks or feels. The design is definitely upmarket, and will make you want to explore the colour options, which include gold, silver and grey. The phone comes with a full HD 5.5-inch touchscreen covered by Gorilla Glass 3, which seems to be more or less the norm with a lot of phones, and a display that boasts of 1080 x 1920 pixels at a ppi (pixels per inch) of 401. Whether you are viewing photos, videos or playing a game, the colours are real and do not take away from the images.

Tech specifications

For the India version, the Moto M sports a MediaTek Helio P15 chipset, and you have the option to choose between a 3GB and 4GB RAM. Powered by a 2.2 GHz Octa-core Cortex–A3 processor, the performance of the phone gives you no cause for complaint. The phone complements multitasking with ease, and whether you are browsing the Internet or gaming, the launch speed is quick and switching between apps is also not time consuming. When it comes to sound, the Dolby Atmos feature is easy on the ear and provides quality output.

Like with most phones on the market today, the Moto M also has a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone, which provides enhanced security. Currently, the smartphone operates on Android 6.0 Marshmallow; however, there is no update with regards to an upgrade to Nougat, i.e. Android 7.0 for now.

Now coming to an important aspect – the camera. Given that our smartphone usage is governed to a large extent by taking selfies and posting them on social media, you want your phone to ably support you. Well, here is where the Moto M does well – it comes equipped with a 16MP primary camera, with features including phase detection autofocus and LED flash. When taking pictures in the daylight, you won’t be short-changed, but photos under low light conditions might not be as accurate. The front camera here is an 8MP one, which is good for all the selfies you may want to take.

Another important aspect to today’s smartphones is the battery power, and while the Moto M may not last a full 24-hours without needing to be charged, the adapter does a quick job once you plug it in.

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The final word

At the price point, the Moto M delivers on both quality and design. The performance of the phone too does not disappoint, so if you are looking at a mid-range phone with a fair number of features crammed in, the Moto M may be worth taking a closer look at.

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by techtalks @TechTalks February 23, 2017 1:58 PM UTC


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