Motorola Moto G (3rd Generation) - Black - 16 GB - Global GSM Unlocked Phone
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- Advanced water resistance
- 13 MP camera which includes a color-balancing dual LED Flash
- 5 Inch HD display; Brilliant display quality and the strength of Corning Gorilla Glass
- Quad core processing power in a great value product
- 5MP rear camera with a VGA front facing camera
- Great 24hr battery performance with a 2470mAh battery
- Expandable memory; Slot for an optional micro SD card with up to 32 GB capacity.
- 4G LTE Speed; Browse, stream music, watch video, and play games at blazing speed.
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Advanced water resistance
IPX7-rated protection keeps your phone safe from splashes and accidental drops in water.
*Designed to withstand immersion in up to 3 feet of fresh water for up to 30 minutes provided the back cover is properly sealed. Not designed to work while submerged underwater. Do not use while swimming, or subject it to pressurized streams of water. Not dustproof. See Motorola.com for details.
13 MP camera
Capture true-to-life photos with a 13 MP camera that includes a color-balancing dual LED flash.
Pure Android experience plus Moto innovations
Simplifying what you’re doing. Anticipating what you’re going to do. Your phone does it for you.
Go about your day without stopping to recharge.
* All battery life claims are approximate and based on a standard mixed use profile. The mixed use profile is based on Motorola devices on major 4G LTE networks with excellent coverage and includes both usage and standby time. Out-of-box settings are applied to the mixed use profile to project batteryperformance. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.
4G LTE speed
Browse the web, stream music, play games, and watch videos at blazing speed.
5” HD display
With a sharp, 5-inch HD display, every photo, video, and game looks its best.
- Product Dimensions: Width: 72.4mm Height: 142.1mm Curve: 11.6mm
- Operating System: Android OS Lollipop
- Display: 5” HD
- Weight: 155g
- Battery: 2470 mAh All Day Battery
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU
- Memory: 8 GB
- Camera: 13MP rear facing; 5MP with display flash front facing
- Bluetooth Technology: Version 4.0 LE
What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
It has advanced water resistance.13 MP camera which includes a color-balancing dual LED Flash.5" HD display; Brilliant display quality and the strength of Corning Gorilla Glass. Quad core processing power in a great value product.5MP rear camera with a VGA front facing camera. Great 24hr battery performance with a 2390mAh battery. Expandable memory; Slot for an optional micro SD card with up to 32 GB capacity.4G LTE Speed; Browse, stream music, watch video, and play games at blazing speed.
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-Excellent build quality
-Looks and feels like a far more expensive device
-Stock android runs very fluidly
-Great daylight photographs
-A real brand name means better support and warranty service
-Some minor autofocus issues
-Low-light photograph quality is lacking
-Screen isn't the greatest
-1GB of Ram on lower end model can be limiting
Summary: After playing around with the Moto G (3rd Gen) for a couple of hours I was convinced: this is one of the best sub-$200 phones out right now. The combination of a great build quality, stable operating system and decent camera make it a winner for those who don’t need a high-end device.
Build Quality & Appearance:
When I first picked up the Moto G (3rd Generation) my mind was blown. The build quality of this device is excellent for its price range. The plastic it is made of has a nice texture and is firm: there is absolutely no flex or ‘cheap’ feeling to it. It’s great that the phone has waterproof capabilities too. I wouldn’t personally take it swimming, but it’s just a little bit extra peace of mind. I’m a big fan of the feel of the textured back. It adds a nice edge to an otherwise plain smartphone. The front looks like a standard smartphone and while a bit boring I couldn’t find anything to fault with it.
The screen is one of the more disappointing parts of this device. It is 720p, and even with a smaller screen size it is possible to see individual pixels. There is a “screen-door” effect, meaning that the black lines between pixels are slightly visible. That being said, the screen has quite nice color and tonal range and it looks good from most angles. The screen is not a deal breaker, but I wish Motorola had sourced a 1080p screen for this device, especially at the higher price point of the larger storage model.
Performance & Storage:
The touch screen is quick and responsive and the U.I. runs extremely smooth even on the 1GB ram / 8 GB rom version. I would suggest getting the 2 / 16 GB version when it becomes more readily available but if you’re a light smartphone user the smaller storage space will be enough. This phone offers expansion via Micro SD so you can store media including pictures and videos on it.
One feature that surprised me about The Moto G (3rd Gen) was how good daylight photographs are. After having used a dozen budget smartphones in this price range, I wasn’t expecting much. Previous generations of this phone haven’t had the best camera so I wasn’t expecting much, but it seems Motorola has really stepped up their game and used a sensor was great colour, adequate detail and speedy shooting.
Despite having excellent daylight photo quality, there were a few issues I noticed with the camera. First, the autofocus in the default camera app was quite poor. It would lock focus on an object then not refocus fast enough. Often, this meant I would miss focus. When I touched to focus it would often choose to focus on the object beside the one I tapped on. It is possible to mitigate the autofocus issue with a different camera app installed. Second, night time photography suffered from severe noise and detail loss. They were still far better than other phones I've used at this price point, but not as good as higher end models.
Audio Quality and Signal:
Through my time with the device I didn't have any issues with audio quality or signal. Calls were clear and callers said I sounded good to their ear. The speaker wasn't as loud or clear as it could be, but it was better than many other budget devices I have tried. Media audio through the headphone jack was fine. Wireless stayed connected with no noticeable lag nor signal loss.
Battery life is decent. With moderate to heavy use I got just over a day out of it, occasionally rounding off into the second day. This is with some text messaging, taking a few pictures, browsing the web for a while, social media and listening to music. It nearly matches any flagship device, which is quite astounding at this price point, though the heaviest of users still may not find it enough. It's worth noting that there is no removable battery so if you do run out you will need a portable battery or a wall outlet.
I’m thoroughly impressed with what Motorola has put together. With most budget smartphones some things are sacrificed in order to keep the cost low. Other than the screen, this phone is on par with many of the budget phone specs in its price range. It’s not a phone for power users but most people would be happy with it. The Moto G (3rd Gen) would be a perfect buy for casual smartphone users and those who don’t need all the big specs of a high end device.
I considered this purchase somewhat carefully and have a lot to say about it. I've only had the phone for a week, but I'm quite satisfied so far. It does all the things I need it to do, plus a few extras thrown in.
What I was looking for:
Price: $200 or less
Size: Must fit in hand
OS: Anything but Apple (price requirement probably excludes that anyway)
Features: WiFi and LTE capability, FM radio, average camera, removeable but decent battery, headphone jack, decent memory/processing and enough storage for some books, music and podcasts.
What I got:
All of those except the removeable battery, plus water resistance and a relatively crisp screen. I did have to buy an SD card to expand the storage from 8GB to 32BG, but I didn't mind that. I don't use a lot of apps, but if you do, you'll probably need more than 8GB.
I also like the quick access to the flashlight and camera. The first time I used the flashlight and camera, a pop-up informed me that I could access either with a chopping motion (flashlight) or twisty motion (camera) even when the phone is locked. I don't know how common that is on smartphones because this is my first one, but the little tutorial tips were easy to follow. The only drawback to this is that someone could take pictures with your locked phone. In order to view the pictures already on the phone, however, it has to be unlocked. This doesn't bother me personally, but could be an issue for some folks. I believe this feature can be disabled.
What I use it for:
Texting, getting email alerts so I don't have to be logged into my work and personal email AND near my computer to know I have an email, calendar reminders and general organization, alarm clock, Kindle replacement (I just can't read on my desktop), amateurish snapshots, Netflix, web browsing, viewing and editing work documents on Google (just quick, little things, not extended work), maps, flashlight.
What I do not use/need:
1) LTE. I don't have a data plan and don't intend to get one any time soon. I wanted the capability so I'd have that option, since I don't plan on buying a new phone until I absolutely HAVE to. I can't comment on how well the phone works for on-the-go data b/c I use it exclusively with wifi.
2) Camera. I mean, I use the camera, but I'm not any sort of judge of the quality. I've had trouble with blurry pictures, but I'm 99% certain that's user error. When I take my time, the pictures look good to me. Better than what I really need, in fact.
3) Navigation. Since I don't have a data plan, I only use it as a replacement for a physical map. I download maps ahead of time if I think I'll need them, but otherwise I don't use this function. I suspect the quality of the GPS would have more to do with the network than the phone anyhow.
4) Lots of processing power. I'm not a "power user." I have a desktop for that. When I'm out and about, I'm doing something else, so I don't have a lot of need for a lightening fast, top-of-the-line model. However, I have to say that for the price, this phone moves pretty fast. There's very little lag in the interface and most web pages and videos load without issue on wifi. The Imgur app runs pretty smoothly, even when viewing large albums. So does Google maps. For me, the phone goes above and beyond in that regard.
Other models I looked at:
BLU Studio Energy
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
Why I chose this model over those:
The Studio Energy's superpowered battery appealed to me, but when I tried one out at the store, it moved rather sluggishly. There were also some reports online of stability issues and defects. The volume and quality of some of those reports gave me pause.
The Samsung model seemed good on paper, but some reviews mentioned that the display and camera were subpar for the price. The price difference between the Moto E and Moto G was small considering the extra power the G has. And I liked the way the display on the G looked: very crisp and pretty visible in full sunlight if you turn the brightness all the way up. All in all, the Moto G just seemed like a better phone for the price. And everyone I know who has had a Motorola phone (including me) liked it and experienced few problems.
I'm sure there are other phones out there that would have served my needs, but so far this one is working out splendidly. It definitely doesn't feel like a budget phone. The only cons are the battery life and the fact that the battery is not removeable. Not that the battery drains THAT quickly; even with a few hours of listening to the radio and streaming video, it still lasts the whole day. But if you're going to use it a LOT, you'll need a battery pack or something. The fact that I can't remove/replace the battery bothers me, but again, the tradeoff is the water resistance. My previous (flip) phones sustained water damage just from being in my pocket when it was hot out (EVERYBODY SWEATS, OKAY?) or rained. According to one review I watched, the phone kept playing video when submerged in a glass of water. Though it should be noted that it is only water RESISTANT. Motorola doesn't claim that you can submerge it in liquid without damage. However, I do like that little bit of extra protection, since I want to be able to keep the phone for a while.
If I run into problems, I will update, but so far I'm very happy with this purchase. I feel like I got a lot (though obviously not all) of the benefits of joining everyone in the 21st century without paying the horrendous price tag that many people pay. ($800 for a phone? You could put together a reasonably decent gaming desktop for that. It's just not my bag.)
THREE-YEAR UPDATE: I dropped this phone a million times (went through three or four of those ten-dollar cases). The flashlight broke (loose connection - light only comes on if you squeeze the phone) and the screen became separated from the case. Screen cracked when I tried to pop it back. I think all those falls damaged the hardware because there were performance issues near the end. Given the level of punishment I subjected it to, I'm fully satisfied with the three years it gave me. Shame the new Motorola budget models don't have the water resistance, though.