Pick of the Lot

Smartphones under Rs 15,000 are many, but the best is Motorola's Moto G, for now.
twitter-logoNidhi Singal | Print Edition: March 2014
Pick of the Lot

Rs 12,499
Specs: 4.5 inch display; 5 MP camera; Android KitKat; 1.2GHz quad core processor; 8GB storages battery

Motorola has returned to the Indian smartphone market with its budget phone - the Moto G. The company is also gearing up for the launch of its much acclaimed Moto X in India. We bring you our experience of the Moto G.

Design & Hardware:
This is a budget phone with the look and feel of a premium handset, which rightaway gives it an edge over its rivals. The Moto G's 4.5 inch 720 p LCD panel feels superior to the competition and dares to compete with last year's flagship devices. The colours appear rich and the text is crisp. The touch response is good and the device can be operated with a single hand. The edges are smooth, while there is a slight curve at the back. The matt finish back panel is removable giving access to the two SIM card slots. It has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage.

Software & Performance:
The Moto G excels in almost every department. Though it ran Android Jelly Bean when it was launced, the KitKat version is already available for upgrade. It has a neat, simple user interface. There is a shortcut icon in the notification bar providing shortcuts to WiFi, settings, airplane mode, etc. The main app tray lists the pre-installed and downloaded apps. There is a Moto Migrate app pre-installed that helps to transfer old data from an Android smartphone to this one. (However, it failed to work for me.) Through seven days of testing, the phone didn't slow down even once. At times though it did lose data connectivity. I was able to play games and switch between multiple apps running in the background.

Camera & Storage:

The Moto G packs a 5MP rear camera with LED flash. Though one rival features an 8MP camera, the results the results that device gives are unsatisfactory. In the Moto G, the camera interface is neat and intuitive. In well lit surroundings or in daylight, the camera does a decent job in capturing details and colours. The Moto G is available with two storage capacities - 8GB and 16 GB. The latter is recommended as there isn't any expandable memory card slot.

Superior to the competition, smartly priced

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