As far as budget smartphones are concerned, there is none to beat Motorola.
It continues its reign in this segment, with the Moto G 3rd Generation being the best so far. It is refined and not chunky like the predecessor, the Moto G 2nd Gen handset. The specifications are not much of a leap forward, but the build quality is excellent, and the number of features has been enhanced.
It comes in two different specs options, with 8 GB storage and RAM of 1 GB, and the 16 GB version is coming with RAM of 2 GB. However, the bigger version is more expensive. The storage of 8 GB is not a problem as it comes with microSD card for increasing it. It is the lower RAM that is problematic, as it will affect multi-tasking abilities as well as the overall speed of the device.
Design and Display
Both the phones come with a great design of metal frames that curve seamlessly into a back plate that is removable. Its thickness is 11.6 mm, and the weight is 155 grams, so it is sturdy, durable and comfortable to hold. The rear panel is available in various colors, so you can customize it and make it more personal. The IPX7 rating makes it waterproof in a meter of water for half an hour. The phone offers full support for 4G.
The screen is similar to that of the 2nd Gen phone, with a 5 inches display of 1280 x 720 pixels resolution.
A quad-core, Qualcomm, Snapdragon, 410 chipset, which clocks at 1.4 GHz, powers the device. It is fast in both the versions of RAM, the 1GB and the 2 GB models. Web pages are loadedfast, and there is aminimal stutter. However, multi-tasking takes a hit, games, and applications are loaded much slower on the 1 GB version, compared to the 2 GB one. Both the phones are easily able to handle the games on the Play Store.
The 3rd Gen device comes with 2470 mAh of battery power, and this is much more than the competition in its price range.
It comes with a 13 MP primary camera, which is a big advance compared to the 8 MP shooter in the 2nd Gen device. The dual LED flash is color balanced and can adjust temperature, so that that the flash shots look natural. The front camera comes with a resolution of 5 MP. There are several settings to choose, such as HDR and Panorama and the Night mode.
Software Android 5.1
It runs on stock Android, with the 5.1.1 version and offers a clean and simple UI. It adds Motorola’s features to make it unique. For example, when you open the Moto app, the phone is automatically set to the silent mode. You can also turn off notifications when sleeping, enabling favorites alone to contact you or those trying to call you twice within five minutes.
The Moto G 3rd Gen cannot be termed as a pure budget device, as it is more expensive than regular budget phones. However, the design is exquisite, and the features and applications compensate for the price. The battery life is excellent and so is the camera.