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Motorola Moto G (Dual-SIM) Review: Moto X "mini"

The last Motorola smartphone we've seen was two years ago. Thankfully after two years Motorola has finally brought a smartphone to Malaysian markets, the Motorola Moto G. Before that, we want to thank to Brightstar Malaysia for sending us the unit for review purpose. If you have missed our unboxing and first impression of the Moto G, you can click here.

Here's the key specs of the Motorola Moto G:
- 4.5" TFT LCD 720p display at 329 ppi
- 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU
- 1 GB of RAM
- 8/16 GB internal storage
- 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording
- 1.3 MP front-facing camera
- 2,070 mAh battery
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat
- Dual-SIM

Video Review

The Moto G has a nice design, it is nice to hold but the phone is a little bit slippery. However we are able to hold the phone steadily thanks to the curved back design and the Motorola logo design placement.

At the front, it has a 4.5" display with HD resolution, which we will cover it later. On top of the display, it has 1.3 MP front-facing shooter, notification light, earpiece and sensors.

While there's nothing below the display as the Android buttons have moved to the screen. At the back it has a 5 MP shooter with LED flash. The speaker is just beside the camera lens and the Motorola logo is right below the LED flash.

The 3.5 mm jack and noise-cancellation mic are located on top of the phone. While the microUSB port and microphone are below the phone.

The power button and the volume rocker are at the right side of the phone. The battery and the microSIM slots are just underneath the back cover.

As the Moto G is a dual-SIM smartphone, it has microSIM card slot 1 and microSIM card slot 2.

Although the Moto G doesn't have Moto maker customization which found on Moto X, but Motorola still provides the customization of back cover for Moto G with different colours Motorola Shells and Motorola Flip Shells.

The Moto G has a 4.5" TFT LCD display with 720p HD resolution at 329 ppi. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is pretty resistance to scratch.

The display of the Moto G is very sharp and the viewing angle is good. However the colour of the display is a little bit warm.

Software & Performance
The Moto G is running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with stock Android UI. It is upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat in Q1 2014.

It is powered by 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. It scores 8627 on Quadrant Standard and 17198 on AnTuTu benchmark.

The Moto G has a 5 MP shooter at the back and it is capable for 720p video recording at 30 frames per second.

Moto G outdoor camera samples

The Moto G did quite a great job on outdoor image quality, however the noise level are high and it lacks of details.

Moto G indoor camera sample and macro shot

When turns to indoor, the image has more noise and again, it lacks of details. While for macro shot, the Moto G didn't manage to get more details of the object due to its low resolution camera.

Moto G low-light sample

The low-light quality of the Moto G is quite bad, the noise level are very high and it lost a lot of details.

One thing we like about the Moto G is it has Auto HDR feature, which help you determine whether the scene need HDR shot or not.

HDR off (left) / HDR on (right)

As you can see, the image becomes brighter and has more details when the HDR is on. Overall it did quite a decent job on HDR photos.

However the capture speed of the Moto G is pretty slow, shooting HDR photos slow are normal but the capture speed still slow even you turn off HDR.

As for the video quality, it is able to record 720p videos at 30 frames per second.

Here's the video recording sample:

The video quality is quite good, it has a lot of details but the focus speed is slow.

The Moto G has a 2,070 mAh battery, which is quite big for a mid-range device. The battery doesn't disappointed us, it even manages to win out some high-end devices. Based on our testing, the Moto G can last for a full day heavy usage and for moderate usage, you can expect to last for at least 2 days.

Sample screenshots of the battery life (Note that our usage might different from other users usage)

The Moto G is just priced at RM 698 for 8 GB version and RM 798 for 16 GB version. It is now available in Malaysia and you can buy it from Brightstar Malaysia.

Final Thought
At these price tags, the Moto G is really a phone that worth to buy. For just less than RM 1,000, you can get a good performance, sharp display, long battery life and even a phone that upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat. We truly recommend the Moto G to as a secondary phone for you or even the only phone for you if you're don't care much about your phone and you want a cheap price tag. Additionally, the Moto G is also a dual-SIM smartphone, which means you can put two SIM-cards in this phone. Some users did complaint that when you have a two SIM-cards on it, you're mobile data speed will drop for 'H' to 'E' status.

- Cheap price tag
- Sharp display
- Long battery life
- Customizable back cover
- Nice handling
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat
- Good enough quad-core processor

- Unimpressive camera quality
- Camera lacks of customization
- Limited internal storage (8 GB version on 5.52 GB user available)

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