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The third generation Moto G is an Androidsmartphone developed byLenovo's Motorola Mobility, announced on July 28, 2015.[1] The phone was first unveiled at a launch event in India.[2]

Specifications Edit

The third-generation Moto G has a 5-inch display with HD resolution of 1280x720p and features CorningGorilla Glass 3, a 13-megapixelcamera similar to the one from theNexus 6 with many features including HDR and on screen brightness setting option, a quad-coreSnapdragon 410processor, the latest version of Android, the phone back is a removable textured plastic, comes in multiple colors available in Motorola's Moto Maker and it is water resistant through the use of nano-coating and internal rubber gaskets, giving it an IPX7 rating, this phone has the capacity to resist water for up to one meter(about three feet)for 30 minutes.[3] The low end model comes with 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, and the high end model comes with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.[4] This phone also features a 2470 mAh Li-ion non-removable battery. Both models support LTE.

The phone runs a near-stock Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, this phone could be upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.[5] The phone has both a single-SIM and dual-SIM variant. Motorola launched the device in India priced at ₹11499 and ₹12999 but users can buy the smartphone as low as ₹10499 with Motorola partners program.[6]

The phone cannot run Google Cardboard as intended due to lack of gyroscope (gyro is only available on the 1st Gen XT1039 and the 2nd Gen Moto G). Also, there is a magnetometer/compass in Moto G 3rd Gen as can be shown using apps like compass or CPU-Z to display sensor readings.

Variants Edit

Model Carriers/Regions CDMA bands GSM/GPRS/EDGE bands UMTS/HSPA+ bands LTE bands Notes
XT1540 US (unlocked), Canada (Telus), Latin America (Tigo, Movistar Mexico) N/A 850, 900, 1800, 1900 850, 1700/AWS, 1900, 2100 B2 (1900), B4 (1700), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B17 (700) Single SIM
XT1541 Europe N/A 850, 900, 1800, 1900 900, 2100 B1 (2100), B3 (1800), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B20 (800) Single SIM
XT1542/43/44 Brazil, Latin America N/A 850, 900, 1800, 1900 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 B4 (1700), B7 (2600), B28 (700) Dual SIM (XT1543/44), DTV (XT1544), XT1542 variant is a single-SIM model on plan with Movistar Colombia.
XT1548 US (Sprint, US Cellular, Virgin Mobile) 800, 850, 1900 850, 900, 1800, 1900 850, 1700, 1900 B2 (1900), B4 (1700), B5 (850), B12 (700), B17 (700), B25 (1900), B26 (850), LTE-TDD: B41 (2500) Single SIM
XT1550 Asia, Australia N/A 850, 900, 1800, 1900 850, 900, 2100 B1 (2100), B3 (1800), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B28 (700), LTE-TDD: B40 (2300) Dual SIM

A Moto G Turbo Edition with a faster eight core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, IP67 rating, and Quick Charging was revealed for sale in Mexico and Colombia on 13 November 2015,[7] and is also available in India.

Reception[edit] Edit

The 3rd generation Moto G received a very positive reception. The Moto G's performance from its 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 410 paired with 2GB of RAM was significantly faster than the 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 with 1GB of RAM in the Moto E, and almost as quick as devices powered by the 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 such as the Huawei P8 Lite, which has been attributed to the Moto G's largely bloat-free build of Android 5.0 "Lollipop". While the2nd generation Moto G was regarded as a sidegrade rather than a true successor to the 1st generation since it retains largely the same specifications (albeit for a larger screen and slightly improved camera resolution), the 3rd generation is considered a big improvement over its 1st generation and 2nd generation predecessors.[8] The rear camera photo quality (outside of low light conditions) was much lauded considering the Moto G's budget price (sharing the same sensor as the much more expensive Nexus 6) and its predecessors' poor camera performance, as was IPX7 water/dust resistance (unique among the Motorola Moto series as of 2015). Ars Technica proclaimed "the fact that the Moto G is so competent drives home the superfluousness of so many flagship phone features—the move from 720p to 1080p to 1440p and beyond, faster SoCs, ever-thinner metal-and-glass slabs. Those things are all nice to have, but you’d be hard-pressed to argue that any of them are essential".[9]

There has been some criticisms of the 3rd generation Moto G. Notably the IPS LCD screen's calibration was poorer than its 2014 predecessor, and despite brighter and more vibrant colours and wider viewing angels, it still suffered muted greens and washed-out outdoor performance.[8][10] Low light camera performance was dissapointing, and similar criticism was leveled at the Nexus 6 which shares the same camera sensor. The low-end configuration (8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM) leaves only 4GB out of the box for storage (not all apps can be moved to the MicroSD slot) while the lack of RAM cripples multitasking, and some markets such as Canada do not have the 2 GB RAM / 16 GB storage variant available.

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