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Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen, As Good as it Gets

August 13, 2015

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In 2013, the Motorola Moto G was one of the most successful smartphones from the area of mid-rangers, having an impressive package of features that came for a small price, and this combo will always be popular among customers.
As time passes, the standards increase, so we now have a 3rd generation Moto G that was released in July and keeps the series’ tradition by bringing some great specs for a more than affordable price – $179.99. Some of its key features are a 5 inches display, a Snapdragon 410 chipset, a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP secondary one, a water resistant customizable body, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and more. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? The Moto G 3rd gen really has a lot to offer without emptying your pockets, find out more details about it by reading the next review.

Inside the retail box that holds the Moto G 3rd gen stands the handset itself and a charger. The lack of any other accessories is understandable, considering the phone’s small price.

Let’s check out its appearance. The new Moto G stands at 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm and tips the scale at 155 grams. Its design isn’t too different from the previous versions, but was significantly improved in terms of quality, now having an IPX7 certification for being water resistant for up to 1 m and 30 minutes. This is a feature that doesn’t come with budget phones, being one of the Moto G’s major pluses over the players from this league. Another neat thing is that you can customize its appearance, before purchasing, through the company’s customization program, Moto Maker.
Overall, the new Moto G looks and feels great, being solid, good looking and easy to manage with one hand due to its grippy rear cover.

The frontal part of the handset is occupied by a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a pixel density of 294 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Naturally, the image quality is noticeably better than its predecessors’ and pleases the eye with punchy colors, good contrast, increased brightness and wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is very decent.

One of the best things about the Moto G is its software. The handset comes loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop which is almost in its purest vanilla form, having some subtle tweaks from Motorola, but free of any kind of bloatware.
The handset offers a neat feature called “Notifications on a glance” which detects when you pull it out from your pocket or purse and shows the clock and icons for notifications without waking up the phone. Some other useful features enable you to activate the camera by twisting your wrist twice or turn on the flash light by making a chopping motion.
After unlocking the phone, you’ll be greeted by the homescreen, which holds support for widgets, shortcuts and wallpapers. Your applications are held by the App drawer. A finger swipe reveals the notification area, while a secondary one will pop up the quick toggles menu, which also holds a brightness slider and a settings key.

At the hardware department, the new Moto G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, having a quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and Adreno 306 GPU. The handset comes in two versions, with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, or with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The handset is a very capable performer and will deliver a stellar user experience for a device from its segment, handling daily tasks without any hiccups.

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For taking pictures, the Moto G 3rd gen is equipped with a 13 MP camera with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is assisted by a dual-LED flash in low light conditions. The phone delivers some nice looking photos, with accurate colors, good contrast and plenty of details.
The video camera is also a capable performer and will shoot some good looking 1080p videos @30 fps.
A 5 MP front-facing camera is also present for enabling you to make video calls or just take selfies.

Some other apps and features offered by the new Moto G are two decent media players for audio and video playback, a GPS receiver with A-GPS, Beidou and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, Google Now as your personal assistant, an FM Radio with RDS support, Google Chrome for offering a great browsing experience and more.

The Motorola Moto G 3rd Generation is powered by a 2,470 mAh battery and will stay alive for almost three days if used moderately.

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