Motorola Moto G (2016) and Moto G Plus, first impressions worth the increase of price

Moto G

Year after year, Motorola has renewed its line Moto G, one of the most recommended and even some award winner since its launch in 2013. This time we see how Lenovo launches a new version twice, Moto G and Moto G Plus.

This year the new Moto G grow and reach the 5.5 inches, go to a higher category of Qualcomm chip, Octacore Snapdragon 617 and become part of standard 2 GB of RAM. The Plus model has additional enhancements such as a camera or 16 Mpx fingerprint reader, however, be worthwhile even with the price increase in this range?

Design inspired by Moto X … but polycarbonate

The body of the new Motorola Moto G and Moto G plus boast that design that looked Moto X and even hinted that the Nexus 6 last year. We see a remarkable change from Motorola Moto G (2015) and the biggest differences are larger, partly due to the screen, and the features are on the way: water resistance or double front speaker.

The back is covered by a lid with rubbery finish, pleasant to the touch and improves grip of these 5.5-inch models.

Moto G
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The design at first glance is enough care and although the maximum thickness almost reaches almost one centimeter the rear, it is true that Motorola uses a curved back for improved ergonomics and cover the maximum thickness. The minimum on the sides is 7.9 mm.

We find it curious that the connector is maintained microUSB on the bottom of the terminal instead of passing to USB Type-C even imagine being a smartphone aimed at the midrange almost be more trouble than advantage due to having to buy adapters or cable to charge it.

We do not think an innovative design as such, too reminiscent of the models we have mentioned before, but we seem content to be a terminal 5.5-inch design. You can observe that keeps the weight of last year’s model.

FullHD resolution comes Moto G with its 5.5 inches

It is clear that Motorola clearly advocates a multimedia approach to content consumption with its fourth-generation Moto G. The evolution from the 5-inch screen with 720p resolution is more than remarkable: **improvement in diagonal and resolution**.

In our first tests we have seen how offers a fairly high level of brightness and although Moto G loses stereo sound, whole seems to gain in image quality. The behavior of the screen outdoors or automatic brightness management is something we will see in our analysis.

The increase in resolution would result in a noticeable performance penalty if they had remained the same family Qualcomm previous generation Moto G, but Motorola has made the leap to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 an Octacore with 8 -core Cortex A53 and GPU Adreno 405.

This measure is a clear success, something that makes a noticeable difference in this product line. We recall that last year the improvement in SoC was nil.

Great photographic bet: Pro HDR mode and automatic

It seems that Motorola finally has given a blow on the table and has integrated camera software to match. It is one of the few modifications on Android that has made the company.

It is a comprehensive, easy application for new users with automatic mode and manual settings in Professional Mode. We liked the exposure adjustment directly from the point of focus and auto HDR solution.

Although we will have to spend enough time with the phone to give a verdict to the quality of them, we have found some pictures that significantly improve camera last year’s model.

In the Plus model where we noticed a focus slightly faster than the Moto G model this year, and much faster than last year. As we say, we will do a complete review in our analysis.

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Welcome fast charging

Motorola has told us that this terminal is compatible with TurboPower technology it becomes how to call Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 by Motorola. Promises a time of use of 6 hours on a charge of 5 minutes.

While the battery of 3,000 mAh is a reasonable amount for the times we have to admit that the improvement over the 2,470 mAh of previous generations is remarkable. However we are also against a set of demanding specifications, and SoC chiefly screen.

It is one of the points that we wanted to try, since Android Marshmallow also has the Doze optimization and help in some way. Motorola promises a day of use, we will see if it is.

The second major difference between the Moto G and Moto G Plus is that the latter comes with a charger compatible with QuickCharge 2.0, whereas if you buy the Moto G model would have to be purchased separately.

Software & Updates

The new Moto G comes with Android 6.0.1 but we have commented that the upgrade to Android N is guaranteed. Motorola legacy software includes features Moto X and Motorola applications.

Apart from these applications camera and the rest is pure Android, similar to what you would experience with Nexus smartphone experience.

We look forward to thoroughly analyze the terminal but in our first contact with it we have seen how the system occupies about 1.2 GB of RAM and feel of fluidity of Android 6.0.1 is higher even than in high-end smartphones other brands.

The Plus model integrates a fingerprint reader on the front. It is not a physical button; it is only fingerprint sensor, no click or anything. It works quite efficiently despite being small in size.