Yesterday, as some of you noticed, I did managed to get some hands-on time with the new Moto G. Just to get the how’s and the when’s out of the way, the phone belonged to Preshit, who ordered it online from Motorola’s website. He ordered the 16GB model, which costs $199 but set him back by $216.22 with the taxes. He then paid an additional ₹1,700 for Shop and Ship and customs. No, the phone is not yet available in India. I have no idea when it will be.
Now for the actual phone itself. Here are some of my observations after using it briefly.
- Build quality is fantastic. The phone feels solidly built and despite the plastic body has none of the cheapness that one might expect from it. It actually feels more expensive than some phones three times its price. And the size is quite right for one handed use.
- The design is basic but quite charming.
- The display is good. Like, really good. Good colors, ample resolution, great viewing angles.
- On paper the phone doesn’t seem particularly fast. Yet, in actual usage it left little to be desired. It actually felt faster than my Galaxy S III, which was Samsung’s flagship phone in 2012 and on paper has a lot more power. General navigation through the OS, opening and switching between apps and scrolling performance was perfectly acceptable.
- Camera is not much. I took a couple of low light images (which I don’t have right now) and they looked okay on the phone’s screen. It’s a camera for shooting images, not for photography.
Overall, I think the Moto G is a great phone. Not really for someone who takes a lot of pictures with the camera and expects them to be great or plays a lot of games. But, say, as a first smartphone, or as your secondary phone or for someone on a tight budget, you really can’t go wrong with this.