For a while now I’ve been wanting to get the Moto G. I have heard great things about the phone since the first generation came out in 2013. Then the second generation came out and it was said to be even better, but I still didn’t buy it mainly because I wasn’t sure if it was worth it or not. I was still happy with my Lenovo and didn’t feel like I needed to upgrade. But now after years of being very interested in the Moto G, I have finally gotten my hands on it. However, though the third generation is now available, I somehow managed to get my hands on the latest version – the Moto G Turbo Edition.
I have to admit that I have never worked with the Moto G before, so if you are an owner, or if you were an owner of the Moto G, please don’t hold any biased opinions towards this review. I have already been told that the third edition Moto G was one of the best in its segment so I had high expectations when I got the Turbo Edition, and I can happily say that I wasn’t disappointed.
Firstly, the overall design is great. The phone is light and fits well in your hand and feels good too. The quality seems very good, and in the Turbo Edition there are actually no changes to the design, it looks exactly as the previous Moto G.
What I really liked about the Moto G Turbo Edition is the screen. The phone is equipped with a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The quality of pictures and videos on the screen is very good and everything seems crystal clear.
The phone runs on the new Android OS, v5.1.1, also known as Lollipop, and there is also a planned upgrade to v6.0, which is the Marshmallow platform. This platform runs on the Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset and it seems that the operating speed is very good. Like the third gen Moto G, it comes with 16GB of internal memory storage and 2 GB RAM, but its also got a micro SD slot, which expands storage up to 32GB. The current OS works really well and the processing time is very fast. However, I must point out that there were a few things I didn’t like about the OS, such as the drop down menu, which doesn’t give you the option to disable your data connection, and also seems to be missing a few other important apps needed controls. Other than that everything is is easy to control and manage.
The camera, although a 13MP, doesn’t take the best pictures, but it does come with great features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, auto-HDR, and the flash is also very powerful. Video quality on the other hand is great and is captured in 1080p@30fps.
One of the most important features of the phone is fast battery charging, and its very helpful, especially since the battery life isn’t the greatest at 2470mAh. Other phones have at least 3000mAh, but with fast charging you can charge the battery to nearly full in about an hour.
Other great features are of course the norm in the segment now, such as Bluetooth, WiFi, hotspot, microUSB v2.0, radio, GPS, and document viewer.
Overall, it’s a great phone in this price segment. The OS is fantastic, the screen is great and the design is very nice and comfortable, however if you love taking pictures you might not be too happy.