Motorola Moto G 2015 review: Still packs a punch

Motorola Moto G 2015 review, the back design
Moto G 2015 review: Every detail, inside out!

Motorola has made a name for itself in past few years for making easy to use and reliable Android smartphones. The Moto G has been the torch bearer in the current renaissance of Motorola as a brand. Though Motorola belongs to Lenovo now but still it has that Google feel fresh in its products so for a long time we are going to see really clean Android phones from them. From last 2 years Moto G has been the best budget smart phone. People who always need a decent and a sturdy phone with good performance prefer to invest in Moto G. Now with the third version, Moto G3, Motorola has improved a lot. Let’s see what those improvements are in this Motorola Moto G 2015 review.

Design of the Moto G 2015:

Motorola Moto G 2015 design and build quality

As compared to the last year’s release, Moto G3 has done much work in the design area. The design and still simplistic with the buttons at the same right and left hand side of the phone, curved corners and a 5 inch screen. So there is nothing to complain about the design of the phone. But there are changes in the speaker phone and earpiece area. The earpiece is a bit smaller now. Also, the stereo speakers are not hidden which is not going well with many users. One problem that is being faced by many is the hollow grooves, which accumulates dirt and becomes a hassle to clean.

The traditional plastic back is now swapped with textured plastic back, which the gives the device a little different look. And thanks to Moto Maker Program, now you can choose what panel to use as bacl on your Moto G3. Though options are limited, but it is a step ahead to get the look you want without hiding your phone under back covers. Even though the device is water resistant now, there is still the option to remove the back cover. And the water resisting technology doesn’t even make phone heavier or cranky. Overall design of the phone will not get you wow what a phone from your friends, but it’s a balanced value for price in case of budgeted Smartphone.

Display on the Moto G 2015:

Motorola Moto G 2015 display quality

Moto G3 has the same 5 inch, 1280×720 pixel screen, just like the last year’s model. This failed to impressed many people who live for pixels! With Gorilla Glass 3 for protection, the screen gives you decent quality of pictures, videos and reading experience. The brightness has improved from 390 to 449 nits, giving better viewing experience to users. As of now, one needs to manage with the decent specs of display provided to you by Moto G3. May be next year’s model will be upgraded to full HD or 2k HD display. There is still some distortion in little areas, which can be ignored, but is noticeable to the eye at some points in certain apps. The 720p display also makes sure that the overall battery life doesn’t take much of a hit and the on screen time is also better than similar battery size smartphones.

Moto G 2015 review: Performance

The overall performance of Moto G3 is smooth and slick. With 1.4GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, the phone hardly lags and works pretty well for day to day tasks. But when it comes to performance on the benchmarks the device is only near average and below par than many other similar priced smartphones out there like Xiaomi Mi 4i or the Infocus M810. There are two variants of the device available, one in 8 GB storage and the other one with 16 GB for which you need to fish out 1,000 INR extra. The memory is easily expandable up to 32 GB using Micro SD card. As of now, there is hardly any performance lag that we have noticed while day to day usage. Also, thanks to IPX7 certification, the phone is now water proof. One can submerge the device into 1 meter for 30 minutes, it will still work fine. But using while in shower is still not advisable! There is also a noise cancellation dedicated mic available for smooth call quality and during our normal usage we found that only on 4g networks we had dropped calls other wise it works well on 3g and 2g networks. 4g is still catching up in India so it would take time before we can actually have a perfect review of 4g calling.

Motorola Moto G assist and motorola actions
Moto G 2015 has better actions which serve as shortcuts, better Assist features and it’s overall a “smarter” smartphone than its predecessors!


Moto G3 comes with a 5 MP front camera and 13 MP back camera. The image quality has vastly improved, thanks to the amazing 13 MP camera which has the same sensor as the Nexus 6 and dual LED flash at the back camera. You might have some issues while clicking in low light as the camera disappoints in those areas. But overall, decent pictures can be clicked with this device. There is massive improvement in camera from its predecessor the Moto G 2014.

Here are few camera samples from the Moto G3 from the front as well as the back camera:

Battery Life and connectivity:

Well, battery of Moto G3 will definitely disappoint you as the phone packs in a lot but still doesn’t have too much of battery mAh packed in. The phone will work for at most 13-14 hours with normal amount of usage including music and calls. The battery is at 2470 mAh, which might make you carry a power bank or charger with you in case you are a heavy user. One of the best things that Motorola has done is, it has given you 4G connectivity. That too with suave features and a decent price. The battery does last whole day long if you have low to average usage.

Here is our full video Moto G 2015 review where in many other points have also been covered in great detail:

Here’s our comparison video of Infocus M810 vs the Moto G3:
Here’s our comparison review of Xiaomi Mi 4i vs Moto G 2015:

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Written by Aditya Nath Jha

Aditya Nath Jha is an Engineer from New Delhi, India. His areas of interest include Gadgets, WordPress, speed optimization & latest technology.
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