Motorola has been a brand loved by most since the beginning. They built the first smartphone, but sadly down the line they kept on missing the mark and going off the radar for a few years. They came back with a new range few years ago with a revived company and outlook and boy-o-boy they are doing a splendid job.
With the new innings they have delivered excellent phones, especially in the budget smartphone category starting from Moto G (1st Gen).
Three generations later, we saw and Marvel in the form of Moto G, which is the first device in the budget segment that us waterproof and dust proof. Now, it’s the turn of the Moto G Turbo Edition, the smartphone that has most of its specs similar to the Moto G (3rd Gen) apart from improved hardware specs. We reviewed the smartphone to find out where it ranks in the sub Rs 15,000 market.
Moto G Turbo Edition vs Moto G (3rd Gen)
So let’s get straight to it. The Motorola G Turbo Edition is powered by Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor (two quad-cores), which is coupled with 2GB RAM, unlike the Snapdragon 410 processor that rides within the Moto G (3rd Gen).
There is a noticeable difference in the performance due to this mark up of the processor. So what is the actual speed? The Moto G Turbo Edition has a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor.
Two CPU’s? What does that mean? That means, the phone operates on the 1GHz processor for its major functions such as calls, messages, etc, but uses the 1.5Ghz processor as and when it requires. Basically, this helps the smartphone to stay alive for longer by using less battery.
Design and display
The Moto G Turbo Edition comes with exact same design as the Moto G (3rd Gen). The phone comes with a similar ribbed texture removable back for better grip, with the metallic strip that houses the 13MP camera, dual-LED flash and the Motorola logo.
The phone also features the identical display of Moto G (3rd Gen) — 5-inch HD (720x1280p) display with 294ppi (pixel per inch). Although the phone has sharp viewing angles, the colours seem to be a little dull with a slight yellowish tint to it. You can read the full details about the display and design for the Moto G (3rd Gen) review here.
The Moto G Turbo Edition comes with a 13MP rear camera with f2.0 aperture, auto-focus and dual-LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies. It comes with the basic modes such as HDR mode, slow motion, Panorama mode, geo-tagging, widescreen mode (9.7MP) and timer. Even though the camera specs are the same as the Moto G (3rd Gen), somehow the camera is not as good. The images appeared to be a little grainy with not so accurate colour reproduction.
However, the pictures captured in low lights were decent with accurate detail. The rear camera can take 1080p normal and 720p slow motion videos and the quality of the videos recorded with the phone was really good.
Software & Performance
The Moto G Turbo Edition runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. This almost-stock version includes the Motorola Assist that lets you alter the way you get your notifications. It comes with two gestures — double karate chop to turn on the torch and twist the phone to capture an image in camera mode — first introduced to us Moto G (3rd Gen).
Coming to the performance, in our experience, the phone delivers an absolute no lag performance while navigating through the phone’s menu, launching apps and switching between them. It offers excellent call quality and signal reception and we did not encounter problems while making calls even in areas where cell signal is relatively weak. The phone was able to lock to GPS without any hiccups.
Moto G Turbo Edition offers good gaming performance, too. We were able to play games like Asphalt 8 and free flow without encountering frame drops or freezes or heating issues. Now that is good! The sound output through the phone’s speaker outlet offered good sound quality. The phone comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, out of which 11.8GB is available to the user. It also comes with 32GB microSD card support.
For connectivity, Moto G Turbo Edition offers 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.Overall, the phone provides excellent lag free experience and doesn’t disappoint you. In few words, it is a very good performer.
At Rs 14,999, the Moto G Turbo Edition is a rightly priced phone with a water-resistant body, upgraded hardware and enhanced battery life.
Talking about the battery, the smartphone comes with the 2,470mAh battery, same as Moto G (Gen 3), but due to the octa-core processor and smart charging, the smartphone lasts longer than the Moto G Gen 3. It even charges faster as it takes about 30 mins to reach 50% battery.
Overall, this is a very good buy that comes with upgrades over the Moto G (3rd Gen), which was already an excellent performer. As far as the competition is concerned, in this price range the Lenovo Vibe P1 smartphone offers a better camera experience.
Having said that, with Moto G Turbo Edition, Motorola has come out with a yet another good smartphone, which will be a tough contender in the sub-R15K smartphone market.