Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Moto G hands-on preview

It was just last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil that Motorola unveiled their newest smartphone the Motorola Moto G. The Moto G is undoubtedly positioned to be the premiere phone for emerging markets as well as for the budget conscious.

For a fresher here is what you get for an incredibly affordable $200:
  • 4.5-inch 720p HD LCD display
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 quad-core processor 
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 2,070mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean, with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014.
Check out quick observations and pics after the break.

Here's a few answers to questions that have already been asked by some reddit users as well as quick observations from our short time with the Moto G:

  • There is no wall adapter included with the device. We don't believe this is a huge deal as most people should have one or more lying around. The micro USB to USB cable is included.
  • Our review unit came with a white flip case. The flip cover has a magnet and does turn on/off the screen. It also adds a slight amount of bulk to the device (you can tell from the macro shot of the camera lens not being flush with the case.
  • The phone is locked to TELUS
  • Performance is as responsive as we remembered on the Moto X (brand new phone no apps installed yet)
  • The Moto G does not have Moto X's Active notifications and touchless controls
  • The cover is removable but the battery is NOT replacable
  • 5.52GB of the 8GB storage is user accessible for Apps and media
  • We haven't had enough time with the device to get a good sense of battery life below is a screenshot of battery stats.
  • So far HSPA+ speeds are excellent, some of the best speeds we've seen on HSPA+ at around 13mbps.

If you have any other questions. Hit me up on Twitter @MSined and I'll try to follow up with answers.

Here's some pictures of the device as well as some screenshots and keep your eyes peeled for an Android Bugle full review in the next few days.

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