Friday, April 11, 2014

A user's review of the Moto G 16GB Dual Sim Edition (Malaysia)

Well looky here, what did this bloke received? A very well packed package from
 It's arguably the bestest and cheapest budget branded mobile phone your hard earn dough can get you at a very affordable price... circa 2014!
 My dear ol' Sammy was starting to tell me that it's struggling to keep up with the mountain of messages coming in. Would take seconds to move from one screen to another and so, it was time. It had been good and a worthy companion not to mentioned a gifted present from my MIL... :) (Thanks Mum!)

But a year on, after struggling, I decided to put it out of its misery. So for just over RM700, you get this:
So how is it and what's my impression after almost 2 weeks of usage?
a) Blazingly fast with it's Quad Core. No lags in opening up my WhatsApp messages and humonguos text message inbox, not to mention contacts list.

b) 16GB seems to have filled up really fast... so if you decided to get the 8GB version, either you have absolutely zero or no intention to fill it with piccies, videos, etc or you'll find yourself empty and devoid of that free space!

c) Moto Migrate App - This was a very simple and effective life saver for transferring EVERYTHING (almost 99.5%) of all of my data (videos+piccies) to text messages to contacts. The 0.5%? It missed a few files... Better than doing it manually by myself I'd say! And it even tranferred stuff from my MicroSD card too!
So how does it work? Simple. Download the Moto Migrate App from Google Play Store onto your current phone, power on the Moto, and select migrate from another phone and the settings. Make sure that throughout this whole process both phones are connected via the same Wifi. At one point, a QR code will appear and ask you to take a photo of it through your current phone's camera... and the magic happens after that! Sit back, and watch it transfer...

d) Dual Sim - You can only have one running at 3G and the other will be at 2G. You can colour code and you've got a variety of colours to choose from. So it'll colour code the respective calls and texts accordingly. FYI, both slots uses MicroSim cards. If you're like me, using a dinosaur sim card, I think you can just visit a local phone supplier and they'll probably be happy to trim it for you... through a piece of equipment that resembles a stapler! :P

e) Accompanying this phone in its package was an extra Shell (back cover) and a screen protector. The extra shell as most have found out, is slippery not rubberish textured unlike the Original Black. So...

f) Ditch the screen protector from them and go outside and get another one. Reason? This accompanying one is a fingerprint magnet. If anybody wanted my prints, it'll be so damn easy for them! Just lift the screen protector!!! Sheeeeesh. So barely after 3 days, I got rid of it and changed it...

g) Battery life isn't phenomenal, isn't bad either. You see, on weekends, I go around with 2 Sim cards slotted in as I don't see the need to carry my official phone along... So just the Sim will do. And leaving it with 2 Sims and on 3G, it easily lasted through the day on Standby and surfing...

h) Even though one has disabled the Sim 2 option, the Sim 2 icon still remains in the notification bar thus taking up valuable space... Apparently, one has to perform some magic with it's code (go visit XDA if you're adventurish enough). Me, I've got no time, so, i'll just have to live with it.

i) When needing to switch between inserting/removal of SIM cards, best to disable BOTH Sims and then enable Airplane function. Then safely, eject or insert the SIMs in/out. This will save you the hassle of having to reboot your device.

k) Camera - haven't had really a chance to test it out, but frankly if an iPhone 5S can't really satisfy me, this definitely wouldn't! Reason? I've gotten accustom to SLR images... so don't ask, okay?

k) Screen brightness - Mine is set to something like 8% (on the scale) as I find that even at that level, it's insanely bright!!!

l) Finally, the screen display. Just one word describes it: Gorgeous. 'nuff said. Frankly speaking I'm hard pressed to see the difference between this and my missus's S4 FullHD...

I wished it came out with 4G but that's wishful thinking! Will need to try the OTG option but otherwise, if you're looking for almost top specs but with a budget limit, this is it. Alternatively, Xiaomi's handsets do present a compelling competitor but it's running on MIUI and that's somewhat complicated and different even though it's Android based.

Oh... it's running on 4.4.2 which is the latest in Google's Android OS. How cool is that? Most phones aren't! But since it's been bought over by Lenovo, only time will tell whether it will get future updates as good as it's old removed cousin Nexus...

The End.

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