In 1973 Motorola showcased the world’s first mobile phone, which marked the begin of “the revolution of hand-held telephony”. After reigning for almost two decades, Motorola was then outdone by the competition – first was Nokia, then came Apple and presently it’s Samsung who’s in front. Our poor King Moto was pushed down the ranks and even quality devices like the DROID series, couldn’t get it back up. This was until last year.
In 2013, Motorola suddenly got its sheen back! With its powerful Moto X & more importantly the affordable Moto G, followed by Moto E, Motorola became an efficient flagship killer – by giving more (features) in less (price :P)! In India, Flipkart claims it has sold over 1.6 million Motorola devices in the past seven months!
And now it’s ready to roll again! Today, at an event in New Delhi, Motorola unveiled three devices – Moto G (2nd Gen), Moto X (2nd Gen) and Moto 360 (smartwatch). While the Indian pricing & availability is yet to be known for the latter two, Moto G (2014) is here. Available exclusively on Flipkart, can this Moto outdo its ancestor?
Moto G (2014)
(Debatably) It was Moto G that shifted the whole focus on ‘premium budget smartphones’. It offered hardcore specs at a killer price with a superior design .It got sold like hot cakes and received rave reviews along with excellent reception from consumers, critics and the media. Moto G soon became the most popular budget smartphone in its price bracket.
And after 10 months, it has a successor! The new Moto G has the same name with its launch year sufficed at the end in a bracket : Moto G (2014) a.k.a Moto G (2nd Gen). A 5-inch screen, an 8 MP f/2.0 rear camera (720p HD), 2 MP front camera and even a MicroSD slot (upon 16 gigs of internal memory) which we dearly missed, the new Moto G is a fair update over its predecessor. All the other specs are same as before – 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, a gigabyte of ram, 720p display, dust-water resistance and a 2070 mAH battery. The phone now features dual front speakers, a feature generally found on superior devices, that makes the phone boom louder.
As far as the flaws are concerned, the phone kinda disappoints with a 720p camera, considering what the peers offer. Also, Xiaomi Mi3 gives much (MUCH) more at the same price (though it’s difficult to get one!). However, with Pure Android experience, Motorola’s brand name, update features and superb build quality, Moto G compensates for its limitations. The phone runs on KitKat and has a promised update to the next version of Android (Android L). The phone now comes in white as well and supports colorful back shells as well.
Moto G (2nd generation) is available on Flipkart for 12,999 and the sales will begin at midnight. Flipkart would also be giving special offers for the launch day.Since Mi3 has temporarily been discontinued and Asus Zenfone 5 is “Out of Stock”, Moto G (2014) can achieve high sales due to its popularity and more importantly its legacy.