Motorola held a big press conference at the end of last month to present its new terminals. The manufacturer has notably lifted the veil on a phone positioned on the mid-range, and therefore on a new version of the Moto G. Yes, and the guy has been with me for a little over a week now. The time has therefore come to take stock of the operation.
This article follows on from this start . It will go a little further than the latter and it will focus on the terminal screen, but also on its computing power, its autonomy or even its photo sensor and its overlay.
Be careful, however, because it will not be fully exhaustive either. The good thing about it is that it comes with several photos and two videos that will allow you to examine it from all angles.
Never change a winning team. Before going any further, we will start by taking a serious look at the terminal's technical sheet.
The Moto G is equipped with a 5-inch screen capable of displaying a definition of HD 720p type, and therefore of 1280 × 720. This gives a pixel density of around 290 ppi. Not huge, of course, but it will still suffice in most cases.
Under the hood, we'll also find a Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. It is a 64-bit architecture and the chip is made up of four cores. It is supported by an Adreno 306 GPU and by 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM depending on the version.
The storage space varies depending on the model and it will range from 8 GB to 16 GB. In both cases, it is possible to expand it through a micro SD card but you cannot exceed 32 GB. .
Side photo, it is necessary to count on a sensor of 13 million pixels surmounted by an unstabilized wide-angle optics, with a dual-tone flash and a front camera of 5 million pixels as a bonus.
The battery reaches a capacity of 2,470 mAh and the terminal can connect to 4G telephone networks. WiFi is also part of the game, as is Bluetooth.
The Moto G is quite compact (142.1 x 72.4 x 6.1 / 11.6 mm) and its weight does not exceed 155 grams. It comes with Lollipop 5.1 and is offered from 199 euros.
To summarize :
- 5 inch HD display (1280 × 720, 290 ppi).
- Snapdragon 410 @ 1.4 GHz processor.
- Adreno 306 GPU, 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM.
- 8 GB or 16 GB of storage + micro SD.
- 13 million pixel sensor.
- 5 million pixel front camera.
- WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G.
- 2,470 mAh battery.
- Dimensions: 142.1 x 72.4 x 6.1 / 11.6mm.
- Weight: 155 grams.
- Price: 199 euros.
Packaging, Design & Ergonomics
The Moto G is delivered in a fairly traditional box with a visual and some technical information on the back.
When you open it, you will immediately come across the terminal. The accessories are placed in a compartment below. There, we will have the usual documentation, a synchronization cable, a power supply unit and the hands-free kit.
It is of good quality, but it is nowhere near equal to professional headphones. And at the same time, it's pretty logical, right?
The phone is quite massive but it can be operated with one hand without too much difficulty. Mid-range requires, it gives pride of place to plastic but that does not prevent it from having allure. The good thing about it is that you can customize it to your liking by relying on the Moto Maker.
In addition, the shell is also removable and you can very well invest in additional parts to change its look as you wish. Exactly like the first Nokia, then.
Motorola hasn't done things by halves and their phone is IPX7 certified. It will therefore be able to withstand splashing and even immersion in fresh water.
The ergonomics are quite traditional. All the physical buttons are grouped together on the right edge with, from top to bottom, the power button and the two buttons dedicated to volume control. The first is slightly beveled and it will be possible to identify it in an instant. Smart.
The connector is integrated at the bottom edge, opposite the headphone jack.
To access the SIM card and the micro SD card, you must first remove the shell. Be careful though because you will have to put it back in place afterwards. If you don't, the phone will lose its IPX7 certification.
The photo module and its flash are grouped together on a tab. We find exactly the same thing on the two Moto X presented by the manufacturer on July 28.
The Moto G falls short of offering the finishes of a Galaxy S6 or P8, of course, but it's not ugly to look at and it even has a lot of charm.
Screen, Power & Autonomy
The screen of the Moto G reaches a diagonal of 5 inches, with a definition in HD 720p. It can therefore display 1280 × 720 and its pixel density reaches 294 ppi.
The slab is covered with a glass treated with Gorilla Glass 3. The terminal is therefore protected against scratches but this will obviously not be a reason to use it as a breadboard.
It is quite bright, and well contrasted. The colors seem rather faithful to me and it is perfectly possible to use the phone in direct sunlight without feeling the slightest discomfort. Only downside, the screen is not always the most responsive. Pity.
Rest assured though because this is not a problem in games, or even videos. I had the opportunity to watch a few episodes of my favorite series on it without feeling the slightest discomfort.
As mentioned above, the Moto G is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor made up of four cores clocked at 1.4 GHz. The edition loaned to me only has 1 GB of RAM, but it was still able to run most of my games, including Angry Birds 2.
I also didn't encounter any particular problem with the videos as long as they don't go too high in definition. I have tried to play movies in 1080p but my tests were not really good.
The Moto G scored 21,876 points on AnTuTu. Note that this is an average.
When Motorola presented its phone, it said it could last a full day on a single charge thanks to its 2,070mAh battery. This is indeed the case, but for sustained use. If you are careful, it can easily last a day and a half, or even two days, by disabling 4G and certain services.
So, you can go to work without having to take your charger. Class.
Photos, Videos & Sound
Motorola has put a lot of effort into the photo part. The Moto G thus embeds a sensor of 13 million pixels crowned with an unstabilized wide-angle optics, with a double LED flash as a bonus.
On paper, it's pretty promising.
In fact, everything will ultimately depend on the shooting conditions. With light, the terminal is able to produce sharp shots, with good dynamics and a fairly marked sharpness. The restitution of the colors seems to me rather correct and one can obtain very beautiful images.
On the other hand, the Moto G quickly shows its limits when the light is lacking. The colors are often saturated (they are yellowish) and the electronic noise management also leaves something to be desired. It will therefore be necessary to compensate for the absence of light with a flash.
Fortunately, the latter is doing with all the honors and we can also count on a “night” mode directly integrated into the mobile application.
Everything that is valid for the photo is also valid for the video. On the other hand, the absence of a stabilizer is sorely felt and it will be preferable to place the terminal on a tripod to improve the rendering of the sequences.
Not much to say about the on-board mobile application. This is the Nexus' one and it works quite well. The interface is quite stripped down, it's true, but the tool is also very accessible and that's quite a good thing. We find all the usual settings and we can change format on the fly and take control of all the usual options.
So what about the audio part? As mentioned above, the hands-free kit is not bad but it will probably not satisfy music lovers. The loudspeaker does not lack peps and I did not encounter any particular problem with the calls.
Platform & Functions
The Moto G comes with Lollipop 5.1 and it has no overlay. Motorola has chosen to align itself with the Nexus and this is also what allowed it to find its audience. The advantage with this strategy is that the updates are deployed very quickly.
And yes, Android M will arrive on the Moto X and on the Moto G before the end of the year.
However, the manufacturer did not sit idly by and developed several tools to make his phone smarter.
There are the gestures, to begin with. If you take the phone in hand, then you will automatically see the time and the latest notifications generated by your applications. It will then suffice to slide a ball upwards to display the associated alert.
The reverse gesture will allow you to unlock the device.
No need to go looking for the right shortcuts to launch the photo application. It will indeed suffice to vigorously shake the terminal to launch it. And the best part about it is that it also works when the screen is locked.
In addition, Motorola has also developed an assistant to automate certain tasks. Thanks to it, it will for example be possible to mute the Moto G ringtone when we are in a meeting. The tool will use our calendar to make adjustments and it can also rely on our location.
Thanks to this system, for example, it will be possible to switch to vibrate mode when we arrive at the office and to reactivate the ringtone when we get home.
I really like this function but I would have liked it to go even further by including other settings such as Bluetooth, WiFi or even 4G.
The system is extremely fluid and the Material Design makes the platform very pleasant to use. At the end of the article you will find a video that presents it in detail and reviews the main improvements made by Motorola.
The Moto G improves over the versions, there is no doubt. This new iteration is in line with the previous ones, with a lot of little extra things. I am thinking in particular of the Moto Maker but also of its IPX7 treatment.
So of course the terminal is far from a thunderbolt and it doesn't offer the finishes of an M9 or P8 either, but it does really well considering its price and I even thinks it is one of the best terminals you can find in the mid-range.
So if you're looking for a fun, durable, and trendy phone, then you can go for it with your eyes closed.
Ah and if you have a big envelope, I advise you to go directly to the model with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. There, you will feel much less cramped.