Here at Supafonica we like to be immersed in technology & the advances of technology, so from time to time we give our time on reviewing hardware that is relevant to our line of work. So when one of our team bought in his brand new Motorola Moto G phone we was so impressed that we felt the need for a short review!
The first thing that we noticed was the shape & screen. It does not look too big & feels just right in our hands, something of which new phones of today lack. The Motorola Moto G has also a fairly decent screen, of which being a 4.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen & a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, is an improvement over even the iphone 5’s specifications.
Hardware & software are relatively good, composing of a a 1.2 GHz quad core cortex A7 processor and Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset. It comes with an internal memory of 8 GB and 16 GB with unfortunately no Micro SD slot for additional memory.
Unless you are an avid photographer, we feel that the 5 MP primary camera & 1.3 MP secondary camera does a relatively good job. However there are definitely other cameras in the market whose camera is better suited for more users wishing to get more our of their snaps. The main concern we had is the inability to control the MP or quality of snaps, however as the phone’s camera is geared towards quick snappy users we feel it does more than a good job. The camera is equipped with extras that you expect from a smart phone in 2014. High Dynamic Range mode which is best suited for outdoor shots, flash, touch to focus, digital zoom, Geo tagging which lets you include metadata, panoramic mode & a neat quirky burst mode feature.
Battery life is quote good, with a non-removable Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery, & when compared to an iPhone 5 is significantly better with a non-removable Li-Po battery of 1440 mAh, an improvement of nearly 50%.
Our conclusion is that it’s a fantastic phone, which can hold up very well & excel in most areas when compared to an iphone, something of which is x5 times it’s price. The fact that you can now upgrade to KitKat version makes the phone even more attractive. Why we think it’s a game changer is that all of this can be had for so cheap! Nothing comes close in this price range & it’s refreshing to know through the advances, adoption & saturation of such technology, smart phones are starting to drop in price. Now you can get a very good phone for a relatively cheap price, we even ended up buying one for our self!
Improvements we feel need addressing is the packaging which could have done with a better graphic design campaign & a smarter bigger case, the white simple small box does not do it any favors along with the tacky charging cable. Whether or not Motorola does not want to shoot themselves in the foot, & shortcut their better spec higher priced brother moto x is not clear to us, but we feel that it’s these little finer details which could have been addressed more better.
It’s interesting to note we asked ourselves if we wanted to improve the moto g further what could we have done differently… The main design trend which we thought about & came to a conclusion was that a metal bezel concave casing matched with a more flatter rear cover would make this phone look amazing. Other enhancements we would have made include the following:
- We have designed a metal bezel concave casing which would have further enhances the look & feel of the device.
- Motorola logo to bottom panel hiding a sensor.
- Integrated buttons into the bezel casing, improving the quality, finish & enhancing the end user experience.
- Side volume control wheel
- Rear metal housing an engraved pattern texture, designed to stimulate the senses.