Review: The Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen



Picking the handset up, we can’t really fault the Moto G 3rd Gen on its ergonomics. It’s quite comfortable to hold, and one-hand usage shouldn’t be a problem. The power and volume buttons are adjacently located. The hard plastic shell gives it a sense of durability.


The 5” screen gives a sharp, vivid display; resolution is 1280x720 px. For a phone in this price range, we were very impressed with the quality and to boot it’s strengthened with Corning Gorilla glass, adding to the durability of the handset.


At the heart of the Moto G 3rd Gen we find a Snapdragon 410 unit, clocking 1.4GHz. Ok, so it’s not the crème de la crème of processors, but we found performance to be quite smooth and no lagging was evident. The 8GB model gives you 1GB of RAM.

In terms of battery the Moto G 3rd Gen comes with a 2470mAh unit – for a entry-to-middle range smartphone this isn’t bad at all (considering the premium Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 2500mAh battery). It’s non-removable but that’s ok - getting through a day’s use on one charge doesn’t appear to be a problem for the Moto G 3rd Gen – if only the same could be said of some of the more premium smartphones!


In terms of camera the Moto G 3rd Gen comes with a primary 13MP unit (quite generous for a phone of this price range, indeed the iPhone 6 only comes with an 8MP camera). We found it to be fast and responsive, certainly an improvement on previous Motorola models. As is becoming almost the norm for all smartphones, a 2MP front facing camera also features.


Did we mention that this is a waterproof smartphone? Once thought to be the preserve of higher end handsets, the Moto G 3rd Gen has a rating of IPX7, meaning it can be submerged in freshwater for up to 30 minutes. A rubber seal protects the SIM and SD card slots from water ingress. But make sure the back cover is secured properly!


So to conclude, what can we say about the Moto G 3rd Gen? It’s durable, performs well and its IPX7 waterproof rating is an added bonus you don’t expect in a smartphone of its price range. Battery life is quite impressive and while not a ‘premium’ handset it certainly delivers more than you’d expect from a mid-range device.

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