Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen.) review
Best budget phone contender
The Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen.) is unquestionably set to be one of the best budget phones of 2015. There appears to be no chinks in the armour, from design to camera, so this really should be the budget shopper’s next buy.
The predecessor to the 3rd Gen. looked good but Motorola has tweaked things to bring an even more appealing design. The first change brings with it a slightly more refined look, through the reduction of the microphone and speaker grills. The camera lens and flash have been moved to sit on the same horizontal plane as the speaker grill, which tidies things up nicely.
On the reverse side of the Moto G is a textured back and in the centre of this is a fixed segment into which the main camera lens, flash and Moto logo sit. The backs pop off and the black and whites shell can be replaced with colourful Motorola Shells and Motorola Flip Shells, sold separately. The weight is pretty average at 155 grams and excellent ergonomics have been created through the body shape which is curved from 6.1mm thick at the edges, which swells to 11.6mm at the centre.
The final visual element is the 5” HD display that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (294 pixels per inch). This has been primed for use outdoors and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Additional durability is given through IPX7 certification for water resistance.
The Moto G 3rd Generation has a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM on the 8GB model or 2GB RAM on the 16GB model. Both variants have a microSD card slot (under the back cover) for cards of a value of up to 32GB.
Phone Set Up
The 2015 version of the Moto G is powered by the Android Lollipop v5.1.1 operating system. This is the latest version of Google’s OS and Motorola has pretty much left it in its original form. The set up process will typically include downloading new apps, moving similar apps into folders and adding live widgets to the home pages.
The Moto G has 4G and Wi-Fi internet access along with GPS for location based services and navigation. Without unlocking the phone, notifications can be previewed and music can be played and paused.
Moto Assist is the most engaging feature and through sensing where you are and what you are doing it adapts the status of the phone. For example, when you are sleeping only high-priority calls are notified and during meetings the phone automatically goes into silent mode.
For everything else there is an app waiting to be downloaded from Google Play.
Camera & Video
The camera combo is one of the highlights of the new Moto G. The 13MP main camera can be launched with a double twisting of the wrist and this same motion can be used to switch to the 5MP selfie camera.
Both camera have a 4x digital zoom along with shooting modes such as burst mode, slow motion video, HDR, 1080p video recording, panorama and timer. The main camera uses a colour balancing dual LED flash for natural colour reproduction, while the selfie camera uses a display flash, which is the latest innovation for capturing quality low-light selfies.
The 2,470mAh battery provides all day power under typical usage scenarios. In comparison to other budget smartphones, the battery is equally sized.
Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen.) verdict: This latest reincarnation of the Moto G is great value for money and with Android Lollipop and that awesome camera, why would you choose anything else?
Written by: Michael Brown