Review of Moto G, A Budget Android Phone In Malaysia [Video]

So last month I got myself the Moto G, an Android phone for those on a tight budget but want a powerful device. You can check out the unboxing here.

So before we start the review, here are the specs:

OS: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with guaranteed upgrade
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
Capacity: 8 GB or 16GB, Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive
Display: 4.5 inches diagonal (11.3 cm), 1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi
Camera: 5 MP at 4:3 and 3.8 MP at 16:9
Connectivity: Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0

HARDWARE

One very important thing that I mentioned to everyone. The screen is amazingly hi-res and vibrant! Colours pop and photos look really sharp. It’s a little bit higher res than the iPhone so if retina display is cool, this is cooler. LOL. You’ve gotta tilt the phone to the side too, to check out the viewing angle. So wide that you can still see what’s on the screen when you tilt it 170 degrees.

The curved back is very comfortable when held in the palm. I don’t like the black matte back case though, it’s a sweat magnet. So if you can, just change it to the colour case that comes free in the box. Oh one more thing, the speaker is great but would be better if louder.

CAMERA

For a phone at this price, I would expect the camera to be bad but hey, it’s good! Well, not good good but good enough. Photos are sharp and colours are natural. It’s hard to find a camera as good as this for a device around RM700. Autofocus is not slow but I would prefer it to be faster. Viewing of photos is snappy. Just swipe from the viewfinder and all previous photos are displayed. Simple and nice.

Here are some sample shots. Click to enlarge.


Close up food under sufficient light


Macro under low light


Bright light

OVERALL

The Moto G is good if you are buying it:
– as your first smartphone
– for your parents
– as a gift for your children

With RM700 (8GB), we cannot complain as the hardware is awesome, camera is good and screen it top notch. Battery life is average. As it could last me almost a day with normal usage. Buying the Moto G gives you 50GB of Google Drive space and the upgrade to KitKat (Adnroid 4.4) OS so I’d say this is a pretty good deal!

What do you think of this review? Will you consider the Moto G? Let me know in comments below!