If you look at only specifications, Motorola's latest device, the Moto G (3rd Gen) aka Moto G (2015) lags behind other budget smartphones like Lenovo K3 Note, Micromax Yu Yureka Plus, Xiaomi Mi 4i, Xolo Black and Asus Zenfone 2 ZE550ML among others.
Many smartphone makers are trying to woo gadget lovers with handsets featuring great features and yet at an affordable price. But Motorola has stuck to offering a device with an overall package.
Moto G (3rd Gen) doesn't boast of big screen with great display resolution like its counterparts, and its processor and battery are just decent, which will make many think at the first glance that it is inferior to other budget smartphones currently available in the market. However, a phone is not just about looks, display and features. Other factors like hardware-software integration, performance, user experience and durability are even more important, and it is in this field that Motorola's new device has scored.
The budget smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display with 720x1,280 pixels (294ppi pixel density), which is decent in terms of both size and screen resolution, compared to other handsets currently available in the market. It also has Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor under the hoods, which is not that impressive. Storage (1GB RAM for 8GB variant and 2GB RAM for 16GB model, expandable up to 32GB) and battery (2,470mAh) are also decent, but it has a few reasons to come out victorious in the market.
First thing that will catch the anyone's attention is the looks, and Moto G (3rd Gen) has it. Its design is a merger of Moto X and Nexus 6, making it look good and stylish. It is also good to hold in the hand.
Build quality is another strength of the device. Moto G (2nd Generation) has decent build quality, but significant improvement has been seen in its successor, making it one of the best budget smartphones.
Moto G (3rd Gen) also has IPX7 certified water-proofing feature, which means its users don't have to worry even if it slips down the toilet, as it's water-resistant up to one-metre-deep for 30 minutes.
The device also runs on Google's latest version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and its integration with the hardware is good, making operations smooth. Its 13mp main camera and 5mp front snapper is same as the one seen in Nexus 6, and it is capable of taking good pictures.
Despite not so attractive specifications, Moto G (3rd Gen) has other advantages like solid build, looks, waterproof, decent camera, good battery life and smooth performance that makes it one of the best budget smartphones currently available in the market.