Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) review: The Pristine Smartphone

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) review: The Pristine Smartphone

Rating

5 out of 5
Design
4.5 out of 5
Performance
4 out of 5
Battery Backup
4.5 out of 5
Interface
4 out of 5
Value for Money

Total

4.4
4.4 out of 5

Overview

  • Release Date: July 28, 2015
  • Pros:

    Water-resistant design
    Sturdy built
    Latest Android experience
    Zero bloatware
    4G LTE support

  • Cons:

    Average camera results
    Comparably low battery life
    Inferior hardware

  • Conclusion:

    The Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) is a solid smartphone with pure Android experience. Although it does not carry any top-notch hardware, its performance justifies the affordable price.

Android is getting bigger with the expansion of the smartphone market, but there is just a handful of vendors that opt for the pure Android experience. Motorola is among those vendors and each year launches new Moto range of smartphones with stock Android. This time, the company, which is owned by Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo, has brought the Moto G (3rd Gen). The smartphone is the third iteration of the Moto G series that is designed to offer an affordable smartphone experience. We started using the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) following its launch in India last month. So without explaining much in the intro, here begins our in-depth review.

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

What’s in the Box

The Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) comes in a colorful box that is larger in size than its predecessors. Once unboxed, the box shows the new Moto G unit on top.

Underneath the smartphone unit, there is an AC charger, USB-to-microUSB data cable, normal-quality headset and a quick start guide. The AC charger of the smartphone has two USB ports to let users charge any of their USB-powered device alongside charging the Moto G (3rd Gen).

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) review

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) with in-box content

Quality of the in-box content justifies the Rs. 11,999 price of the Moto G (3rd Gen). However, the company could offer a premium headset with noise-cancellation ear knobs to make the deal even better.

Watch Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) unboxing video:

Design

Motorola is quite popular in making sturdy built for its range of Moto series smartphones, irrespective of their price. The Moto G (3rd Gen) continues the same trend and has an IPX7-certified built to offer great protection from usual water spells and splashes.

The front side of the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) has two speaker grills – one has an earpiece and the other one features a loudspeaker and microphone. Both the speaker grills outline the display that has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. Besides, there is a secondary camera sensor and pair of sensors – an ambient and a proximity light sensor. The company has not provided an LED notification light, unlike the one featured on the last year launched Moto G (2nd Gen).

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) with frontal speaker grills and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection

The Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) has a power/lock key and a volume rocker on the right, while the left side is completely bare with no control. The keys on the right side have metal finish, and particularly the power/lock key has a textured finish to make its pressing easy even with sweaty fingers.

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) with metal-finished volume rocker and power/lock key on right

The bottom of the Moto G (3rd Gen) has a microUSB port and an eyelet to remove the back cover.

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) with microUSB port on bottom

On top, the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) has a 3.5mm jack and a secondary microphone. The top edge is specifically designed to make the new Moto G a bit identical to the last year’s Moto X.

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) with 3.5mm jack and secondary microphone on top

The rear side of the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) is completely redesigned from the predecessor and comes with a new back cover that has a textured design along with rubberised finish. The company has provided a large plastic-made platform where it located the primary camera sensor and dual-LED flash. Also, there is the signature Motorola logo.

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) with rubberised back cover

The back cover of the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) is removable, but its battery pack is a non-user replaceable one. Once the back cover is removed, users have the access to the dual-SIM card slots and a microSD card slot. The back cover will soon get some vivid color options through new Motorola Shells and will be customised through Moto Maker.

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) with two SIM card slots and a microSD card slot underneath back cover

Overall, the design of the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) is quite improved from the second-generation Moto G. The company has used high-quality plastic that one can easily feel and the presence of IPX7 certification gives another reason to praise the design.

The Moto G (3rd Gen) is a bit larger than the Moto G (2nd Gen) and the original Moto G with 142.1mm height and 72.4mm width, but its thickness remains the same, at 11.6mm. Moreover, the smartphone weighs 155 grams with its non-removable battery and the rubberised back cover.

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