First of all, a Very Happy New Year 2015 to all my readers….
As smartphone screen sizes goes north of 5″ I still find 4.5 – 4.7″ as ideal screen size and one of the phones which has impressed me last year was the Moto G (2013) for it’s size, specs and value for money. But the Moto G 3G (2013) didn’t have a micro-SD card slot. But the 4G version which was released in some markets had 8 GB internal memory with a micro SD card slot priced at around 220 USD.
And I got to play with my nephew’s Moto G (4G – 2013) version last week. And it left me with lots of good impressions for a 200 USD smartphone.
- Look wise it’s not anything to flaunt about, but it’s solidly built at 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm and 143 grams. He had a blue bumper case at the back (a easy thing to customize in this phone)
- The screen at 4.5″ with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (319 ppi) is sharp and nice to look at but surprisingly looks less brighter when compared to a Moto E screen. The fonts and images looked sharp …
- The phone was pretty smooth running Android V 4.4.4 the general and day to day stuff with some tasks needing a little waiting time (like coming out of the gallery app) . It has a Snapdragon 400 Quad core processor and 1 GB RAM.
- The 5 MP back camera was ok to shoot stills in good lighting conditions and the front camera is a 1.3 MP shooter.
- The sound from the mono speakers at the back is good enough .
- Connectivity wise it has 3G / 4G LTE / Bluetooth / USB support …
Even though the phone is almost a year old , with it’s compact size and good enough power and a upgrade to Android Lollipop it’s a excellent smartphone to consider for the 200 USD price range….