With the help of Google, Motorola came to the smartphone market with some great ideas, like redefining the entry level. Not by the price, but rather by what we find there: we have recently seen the Moto E be particularly interesting for a little over 100 €, but it is not alone, because it is in effect accompanied by the Moto G.
The Moto G has been known since 2013, but it recently came out in a 4G compatible version, which should be of particular interest to fans of download speed. The Moto G 4G remains an entry-level smartphone, but does it have to be ashamed of the higher-end, more expensive and more powerful competition? Answer in this test!
You know the habits of the house: first of all, let's take a look at the specifications of the Moto G 4G, in order to know in advance what to expect. So we have :
- a 4.5-inch screen for a resolution of 1280 × 720 (329 dpi);
- a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz accompanied by an Adreno 305 GPU at 450 MHz;
- 1 GiB of RAM;
- 8 GB of full memory;
- a microSD card slot (up to 32 GB);
- a 5 megapixel main lens with LED flash;
- a 1.3 megapixel front camera;
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G compatibility;
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat;
- a 2,070 mAh battery;
- dimensions of 65.9 × 129.9 × 11.6 millimeters;
- a weight of 144 grams;
- a price of 199 € naked.
The Moto G can be found in two colourways, namely the usual black and white. It has a notification light on the top of the faceplate and is water and dust resistant.
On the box side, its content is slightly different from that of the Moto E. We will of course find the usual small guides as well as the hands-free kit but also a somewhat unusual charger since it does not allow data to be transferred to a computer: Unlike the Moto E which only offered a sync cable, the Moto G only offers a charging cable to an electrical outlet. Pity.
Design and ergonomics
The design of the Moto G is quite close to that of the Moto E. We find the loudspeaker clearly visible at the top of the facade, accompanied by the front camera. The bottom of this same facade is perhaps a little too thick : there is a black edge of almost a centimeter and a half thick where half would have been enough to compensate for the rounding, it is perhaps a few too much.
We remain once again with clean slices with an empty left side opposite to the right containing the power and volume control buttons. In addition, the bottom edge contains the microUSB 2.0 port and the top one has the jack.
The back of the Moto G is still stylish . Compared to that of the Moto E, we can see an additional speaker, as well as the famous LED flash. For the rest, it's the same. We therefore have a rounded and soft back, which makes the Moto G pleasant to handle , but less practical when placed on a table.
The thumb effortlessly reaches the top corner opposite our hand and the buttons are sensitive just right. Handling side, the Moto G is a very good product .
It is once again inside that we will find the different ports, two in number: the microSIM card port and the microSD card port. Note that the battery is still not removable without breaking everything.
The Moto G display is equipped with 720p HD resolution. We are therefore not going into the unnecessary with 1080p on 4.5 inches, but we still keep excellent finesse in the details. In addition, the color rendering is very good, which confirms that the Moto G screen is really of very good quality .
With its quad-core processor, the Moto G has a good little power and can afford not to keep the user waiting to launch an application , whatever it is. The Moto G is smooth and doesn't suffer from any slowdowns , which is especially nice, you will agree.
Ditto for the video: the Moto G has recently run Spotlight Stories, an application originally designed for the Moto X and intended to provide interactive videos. It is thus the user who places the camera and changes the point of view via the accelerometer. You could say that such a system is quite heavy, but the Moto G makes it run without flinching and, again, no slowdown is to be reported when reading.
The autonomy of the Moto G is a little below that of the Moto E, even if it remains quite good all the same: it is easy to have a day with the Moto G, with a use not necessarily attentive (without falling into the intensive either, of course).
Moreover, like the Moto E, the Moto G incorporates a battery saver which is activated as soon as the latter becomes a little too weak, which makes it possible to hold out a little longer by switching off certain systems. Of course, we do not have as many reprieve as with the ultra energy saving mode of the Samsung Galaxy S5 but, all the same, it is rather not bad.
As for the Motorola overlay, it is very discreet and is actually exactly the same as on the Moto E with the simplified launcher, Alert, Assist, Migrate and the camera app, so we won't come back to that.
The camera is also the main weak point of the Moto G: it allows you to take good photos, but does not go much further and you should not expect exceptional quality. The HDR mode is however quite interesting and will allow you to take better shots than normal in a slightly too dark environment. As usual, here are a few photos that were taken with the Moto G, story that you can judge for yourself.
The Moto G is a very good smartphone. For less than 200 €, we could have expected a lower quality terminal and yet, the Moto G does not lack power. Elegant and offering a good grip, it has few faults, including the sensor of the camera. Which may be prohibitive for some of you.