A Smart Phone for Everyone-Motorola’s New Moto G

Motorola Mobility’s Moto X garnered a lot of attention from consumers due to its decent line up of specifications, excellent color options and reasonable price tag. The only problem was that it was an exclusive US based phone. Now, the company is releasing the new Moto G which is similar in design to the Moto X except it will be available outside of the United States of America. With its amazingly low price tag of around $179, it is sure to open the smart phone market up to a broader audience. Smart phones typically carry a heftier price tag and those that don’t lack in performance. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside acknowledges this fact when he stated, “the problem is that the experience that smartphones in this class provides is really, really bad.”

With its curving discreet back panel and a neat plastic ridge around the screen, it looks basically like its predecessor. Moto G has a slightly smaller display at 4.5 inch, but comes in a full range of color options and is believed to be just as comfortable to hold as the Moto X.  While the Moto X could be personalized with numerous finishes and colors available it does not yet remain clear if Moto G has any such customizable options.

Moto G, an affordable Quad-Core Smart Phone

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G (Crediti: Motorola)

Moto G will offer both 8 GB and 16 GB storage like Google’s Nexus 4 and will not have an external SD card support. So, if you download larger games or store a lot of music then you should get the larger capacity phone. Free online storage of 65 GB through Google Drive is also available. The screen display size is marginally reduced but with the same 1280 x 720 resolution as the Moto X.  Hence Moto G will have a slight higher pixel density of 329 pixels for every inch. Moto G does not support 4G and is only 3G.  It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean platform which is a recent version of the software. But one expected the Google owned Motorola to use the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. Motorola has however stated that there will be updates to the new software by January 2014.

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Moto G is also expected to have voice control features similar to the one available on Moto X. The touchless voice control allows the user to dictate messages, emails, set appointments, and even search for information by just saying, “okay Google now” to the phone, followed by the user’s commands.

Moto G is powered by a quad core processor with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz. It comes with a 5 mega pixel camera, which is big step down as compared to the cameras in the top end smartphones. But at a much lesser price it is a good tradeoff.  There is 1.3 mega pixel front facing camera for Skype and Google Hangouts. Motorola guarantees ‘all day battery’ due to the power efficient software tweaks it has carried out.

The Moto G phone has been made available in the UK, Brazil and part of Europe this November. It will hit the wider world market and the US in January 2014. Moto G might not pose a challenge to the top smartphones, but with impressive specifications and a low price tag, can revolutionize the scope and reach of the smartphone market.

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