After almost two-year-long of hiatus, Motorola on February 6 launched its much anticipated smartphone, Moto G, in the Indian market.
The smartphone is exclusively available online on Flipkart for two weeks and will be available in the market after that.
Now, what has been really creating wave through the months prior to its launch are the features and the tempting price of the smartphone - Rs 12,499 for the 8 GB variant and Rs 13,999 for the 16 GB variant. No other mobile phone company offers such tempting price for such variants.
Moto G also comes with a guaranteed upgrade to Google's latest operating system, Android 4.4.2 KikKat from the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that it comes along with.
Much hype had also surrounded the Moto G especially after Google announced it was selling Motorola to Chinese electronic company Lenovo for USD 2.19 billion.
But with Motorola Moto G live up to its expectations and hype?
To understand the matter, let's take a look at some of the features and specifications of Moto G.
Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch HD display and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 graphics. With a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and a Corning Gorilla Glass to protect it from scratches, Moto G also offers a 329 ppi pixel density which is even higher than that of iPhone 5.
It is water-proof both on the inside and on the outside —and this is one feature that sets it apart from the rest of the smartphones. A decent 5MP back camera with LED flash and a 1.3MP front-facing camera backs it up too.
Other tempting features include 1GB RAM, Google's latest operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat and an irresistible price tag of Rs 12,499 for the 8GB variant and Rs 13,999 for the 16GB variant.
Other than the large internal memory, Google also offers 50 GB of Google Drive storage free for two years with the phone.
Therefore, there is no doubting the fans and critics who termed Moto G as the best budget smartphone. It is sure to give leading smartphone makers like Samsung and Apple a run for their money.
But then again, Moto G is not without its flaws.
A non-removable 2070 mAh battery that provides 24 hours of good usage, as claimed by Motorola, could be one of its negative aspects.
A non-removable battery? Well, it has been a trend for sometime. However, consumers and critics alike have never really be a fan of non-removable battery. Therefore, it is likely that it could have a negative impact on the sales of the phone.
Moreover, there is no room for expansion of memory with the help of external card. Yes, 8GB or 16GB is more than enough for a common user. But what happens when the memory runs out? In such a case, the phone's storage capacity is hampered due to the absence of a memory card slot.
And one more aspect that can be a stumbling block for Moto G is its 'average camera' performance. Though one must reiterate that it really is a decent 5MP camera.
Many phone makers such as Micromax and Karbonn offer better 8-12MP cameras on budget smartphone under Rs 15,000.
Though reviews and trial has reported a decent performance from the camera, it has also been suggested that Motorola could have done better.
And finally, a Motorola smartphone?
Well, Motorola has never really been known for its smartphones in recent times especially when it went into a hibernation for almost two years. It would be hard for consumers to get used to it despite the fact that Moto G really offers excellent features at an irresistible price.
Moreover, now that Lenovo is buying Motorola from Google, what happens to the company and the smartphone, Moto G?
Regardless, there is no denying that Motorola Moto G is indeed one of the best budget smartphones in the market.
First Published: Sunday, February 16, 2014, 00:14