Look and Feel: Plastic all around!Straight out of the box, you'll notice that the new Moto G feels both broader and lighter than its predecessor. Motorola has put a strong focus on making the new phone look aesthetically pleasing and it pays. Moto G 3rd generation is essentially a plastic copy of its expensive sibling, the Moto X. While you don't have the option of choosing the metal/wood/leather back covers, you do get up to 10 back panel choices with the Moto G and with the choice of a black/white front, you can create something funky or sober if mood be! The front of the phone is dominated by the large display and flanks the dual speakers in the iconic Motorola arrangement. There are no capacitive navigation keys and unlike other phones in this price range, Motorola has opted for on-screen navigation buttons. This actually makes Moto G 2015 a lot more usable as budget smartphones have a tendency of not backlighting the keys which makes it a pain to use in dark. The rear houses the 13 MP snapper with the dual LED flash snap in the middle with the Moto logo that looks like a futuristic fingerprint sensor. The textured back provides for an extremely good grip and the subtle curves add more to the style statement. Personally, we liked the rubber finished back of the Moto G 2014 but this does feel a lot lighter than the previous gen and won't get smudged easily.
Waterproof: Let's Shower!What sets the Moto G 2015 apart from its competitors is the IPX7 waterproof certification. Moto recommends snapping the back panel properly in place for the waterproofing to work but trust me, no matter what I did, I missed a couple of snaps each time. After loosing my primary iPhone a couple of weeks ago to a downpour, I was glad that the new Moto comes with a certain level of waterproofing. Every smart phone must come with some form of water resistance. Back to the device, what's the first thing you do with a phone that has a waterproof tag to it? You put it in a tumbler of water and upload a video on YouTube. Well, that's not what I did. Though I did shower while replying to some emails all the while grooving to my favorite tracks. The capacitive screen does go haywire once under water but a quick dab and the Moto works exactly like a new device.
PerformanceMotorola markets the Moto G as a smart phone for the budget conscious so to expect it to top some charts is foolish. The smart phone boasts of the following specs:
- 1.4 Ghz Snapdragon 410 (quad-core)
- 1 GB / 2 GB RAM
- 8 GB / 16 GB internal storage
- expandable microSD support up to 32 GB
CameraThe new Moto G sees a boost in the camera department. Moto G 2014 had an 8MP rear shooter and a 2MP front facing camera. While these may sound fine for a budget smartphone, the rising competition has seen some manufacturers packing 13MP modules as well. Moto G 3rd generation sports the following specs:
- 13MP Rear Camera
- Dual LED Flash
- 1080p @ 30fps
- 5MP front camera