Moto G Review (in-depth) – The best budget phone in India!

Motorola is back with a bang! The all new Moto G sports all the basic needs of a full featured Android smartphone with exceptional pricing. is the only place where you can buy this phone at this moment as they are the sole importer of Moto G in India. The 8GB version is priced at only 12,499 Rs ~ 200$ & the 16GB version costs 13,999 Rs ~ 225$ only which is a steal for the hardware specs.


Motorola Moto G


Key Features

  • 1.19 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor & Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM, 8/16 GB of internal storage
  • 4.5 inches IPS LCD display with 1280×720 pixels resolution @326 ppi pixel density
  • Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS [upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat]
  • 5 MP AF camera with HD recording, 1.3 MP front camera
  • 2070 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Dual SIM support
  • Market status: Available, released – February, 2013



DISPLAY Size 4.5 inches (11.43 cm) The best display in its class. 326 ppi is as per Apple’s Retina threshold, you can’t notice any pixel with naked eyes. Colors aren’t as punchy as AMOLED/true IPS, but not bad at all. Watching movies or reading small texts feel great!
Technology IPS LCD, 16M colors
Resolution HD i.e. 1280×720 pixels @326 ppi
Type Capacitive, Multi-touch (5)
EXTERIOR Dimensions 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm The handset feels very solid in hand and the dimensions are just perfect for one hand handling. The back is rubberised & slightly curved for better handling. Overall Moto G looks very simple & isn’t fancy or attention grabber as Samsung/Sony phones.
Weight 143 g
Ports & Keys Volume rocker & Power Key (left), 3.5 mm jack (top), microUSB port (bottom), Camera with flash (back)
Sensors Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Colors Black (front), 7 color options (back cover)
PROCESSINGPOWER Processor Quad-core 1.19 GHz Cortex-A7 Extremely good hardware for its class. Mid-range devices like Galaxy Grand 2 with 22K rs price tag feature the same hardware specs. Super smooth interface & excellent gaming performance.
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
GPU Adreno 305
MEMORY System Memory 1 GB RAM Decent RAM size, enough for most of the mid-range/high end games. 16GB version is recommended as there is no support for external SD card. 8GB version gets 5GB free storage out-of-the box.
Internal Storage 8/16 GB
Expansion No card slot
SOFTWARE OS Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat Latest OS version as this is a Google branded phone [when developed]. You can taste Android KitKat with this Moto G much before others.
User Interface Stock Android UI
CONNECTIVITY SIM Micro SIM, Dual slot (GSM+GSM) Standard connectivity options with dual SIM support. Wi-Fi is single band & USB port supports USB hosts i.e. you can attach pen drives or external hard drives.
Operatingfrequencies GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS – 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
3G 21 Mbps HSDPA
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
USB microUSB v2.0
Radio Stereo FM radio
CAMERA Primary 5 megapixels Decent image quality. Low light photography is not bad & 720p video recording is also flawless. Front camera can capture @720p as well. Overall rating 4/5 [for the price]
Secondary 1.3 megapixels
Video Up to 720p@30fps (Both primary & secondary)
Flash Single LED
Features Auto focus, touch focus, geo-tagging, HRD, Slow motion videography, Panorama shot
BATTERY Capacity  2070 mAh  Li-lon Good battery back-up. You will get at least 1.5 days battery back-up on normal to heavy uses.
On mixed uses Up to 24h
  • Other sensors : Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Compass
  • Google Now
  • Motorola Migrate
  • Motorola Assist
  • Translate app preloaded
  • Audio Effects
The interface is just the stock Android, so there is no fancy interface features or tweaks like Samsung Galaxy or Sony Xperia phones, but because of this the interface is buttery smooth. You can always download launchers and customise the phone as you wish. Visit Gadgets Portal Play for the best apps & games for your droid : click here
SAR INFO 1.17 W/kg (head), 1.06 W/kg (body) [US]0.79 W/kg (head) [EU] Below the limit.
PRICE Approx. 12,500 INR ~ 200 USD [8GB], 14,000 INR ~ 225 USD [16GB] Very aggressive pricing, value for money rating 5/5!


Moto G 16GB


Strong points : Simple & fast user interface. The large high resolution display and best in class processor, graphics & RAM make this device the most desirable phone for the low-range phone buyers. You will also receive OS updates before other players in the market.

Weak points : There is no software features on the interface as this is a Google phone. So you have to customise this yourself to make Moto G a real ‘SmartPhone’. The lack of microSD card support, non-removable battery & up to 720p video recording capabilities are also downsides of this phone.

Suitable for those people who are looking for a high performance gaming phone with an excellent quality display without breaking the bank. This phone is good for watching movies, reading eBooks, photography & everyday uses because of its decent size & nice build. Moto G is beyond doubt, the best budget phone at this moment.



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