Moto G is a fantastic smartphone and is one of the top selling smartphones on Flipkart under 10K or $179. Before we share some alternatives, let’s dive into the past and share with you a little fascinating story about the Moto G.
Motorola Moto G Success Story
Motorola officially introduced its first Google Android mobile in the world in October 2009 which was known as “The Motorola Cliq”. The announcement was made by Motorola’s Co-CEO Sanjay Jha at the Mobilize 09 Conference in San Francisco. But the model was not able to attract many buyers.
On August 15,2011 Google Inc. , the search engine giant, agreed to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion which was its largest acquisition, gaining mobile patents and giving it wings to expand in the hardware business.
However, Google was incurring Losses because of Motorola Mobility and plans to turn it around did not succeeded, Google gave up and decided to off load the unit.
Google decided to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo. On January 29, 2014 “Google sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.”
Motorola unveiled the “Moto G 1st Gen” in November 2013, but it came slowly and gradually to different markets.
Moto G was launched with exclusive tie up with Flipkart and became so successful that changed fortune for Motorola and Flipkart. Moto G was released in India on 6 February 2014 in an exclusive deal with the Indian E-Commerce company Flipkart. On Flipkart portal Moto G was the best selling mobile.
According to Motorola, the Moto G is “The most successful, highest-selling Smartphone in Motorola’s History.” The other one was the Moto Razr, one of the most stylish smartphone ever made.
After getting colossal success from Moto G, Motorola launched something which was expected from their side. The Moto G was succeeded by the second generation Moto G on 5th September 2014, popularly it was known by the name “Moto G 2nd Gen” or “Moto G 2014”.
Moto G 2nd Gen was also one of the best selling smartphone due to great design, impeccable specs and latest Android OS support.
Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen
The specifications of Moto G 2nd Gen are as follows:
The Moto G (Gen 2) features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) display.
The mobile is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 305 GPU.
The second-generation Moto G features an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
Notably, the smartphone – like the Moto G – features dual front speakers, above and below the display.
Connectivity options on the Moto G (Gen 2) include 3G, Wi-Fi 80211.ac,
Bluetooth 4.0 , Micro-USB, and 3.5 mm audio jack.
It measures 141.5*70.7*10.99 mm, and weighs 149 grams. It is powered by a 2070 mAH battery.Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen runs on Android Lollipop and offers fluid stock Android experience.
The smartphone sports a curvy design and with it’s contours and more rounded edges is easy to use with one hand and is a delight to work with.
The earlier price for the smartphone was Rs. 12,999 which got reduced to 11,999 and now it trades for Rs. 9,999.
But now we are in July 2015 almost 10 months post release of Moto G2. The smartphone faces a strong rivalry from various other competitors in the segment. Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen is still a great choice for smartphone buyers. More on the verdict should you get one, but let’s explore some more options that can be alternatives to the Moto.
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5 Best Alternatives to Motorola Moto G Smartphone
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G – Price Rs 7,999
Redmi Note 4G first went on sale in India in December 2014. It was Xiaomi’s first 4G device to be introduced in India, with support for both 4G bands(TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE).
The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch HD IPS display.
It is powered by 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 processor. The device has on-board storage of 8GB and can be further expanded up to 32GB via micro-SD card.
The smartphone comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera along with a 5 MP front shooter for clicking selfies. It is powered by a 3100 mAh capacity battery and runs on Xiaomi’s custom mod MIUI 7.0 over Android Kitkat 4.4.2.
Micromax YU Yureka – Rs 8,999
The Cyanogen OS based YU Yureka is another good mobile buy under Rs 10,000. It is one of the top selling smartphone on Amazon India.
The Micromax YU Yureka runs on Cyanogen ‘s CM11 OS on top of Android 4.4.4, which allows you to customise the phone to your liking. The Micromax Yureka is upgradable to Android Lollipop 5.0 the latest OS version.
It sports a 5.5-inch 1280×720 pixel IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Yureka is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system on chip with 1.5 GHz Quad-core Cortex A53 and 1GHz quad-core Cortex A53 CPUs.
It boasts of 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. You can expand it by adding up to 32GB via micro-SD card.
Huawei Honor 4x – Rs 9,999
The Huawei Honor 4X is one of the best camera Smartphone you can purchase below Rs. 10K. The Huawei Honor 4X smartphone comes with 5.5 inch 720×1280 display powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor. The smartphone offers dual sim 4G connectivity for high speed data connection.
The smartphone has 13-megapixel rear camera with Autofocus and Led flash for clicking life like images.
The front camera on the Huawei Honor 4X is also 5 MP which is wide angle and capable of clicking good quality selfies.
It runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box paired with the company’s new Emotion UI 3.0 which is smooth and easy to work on.
The Snapdragon 410 chipset is supported by 2 GB of RAM and Adreno 306 GPU which is good for gaming.
The Honor 4X sports 8 GB of inbuilt storage, which can be further expanded via a microSD card (up to 32GB).
Meizu M1 Note – Priced at Rs 11,999
A slightly expensive but good option is the Meizu M1 Note which is priced at Rs. 11,999 on Amazon.
The Meizu m1 Note sports a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display and also has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
It is powered by MediaTek MT6752 SoC Octa-core Cortex A53 cores. The smartphone has adequate 2GB of RAM.
The M1 Note runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat atop which it has its proprietary Flyme 4.0 skin.
On the camera front, you get a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera.
The battery life is fantastic with 3,140 mAh battery under the hood. A good alternative to the Moto G 2nd Gen.
Lenovo K3 Note – Rs 9,999
Lenovo’s K3 Note is the latest smartphone you can buy based on flash sales system. Available on Flipkart, the K3 Note sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution, It has an incredible pixel density of 401 ppi.
It supports 4G and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with a layer of its own Vibe UI.
Under the hood, it is powered by 64-bit Octa-core MediaTek MT6572 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. The smartphone has adequate 2 GB RAM.
On the camera front, the K3 Note comes with a 13-megapixel rear snapper with dual-LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The 16 GB onboard storage is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.
The connectivity options include 4G , Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS and Bluetooth. A 3000mAh battery completes the package.
5 Major Pros Which Still makes Moto G2nd Gen a good value for Money smartphone.
- It has one of the best design and shape which you will like when you start using the smartphone, smartphone sports a curvy design which is easy to use.
- Has least Amount of bloatware like the Google Nexus devices andyou will enjoy the pure Android lollipop experience.
- The rear camera is though 8 MP but offers great image and video quality compared to the rivals.
- The Screen is HD 1280*720 with 5.0 inch screen size which offers great display to read , watch videos and play games.
- Battery life is very good for Moto G 2nd Gen and is one of the best optimized smartphones by Motorola.
Verdict – If Moto G2 is Available at Rs. 9,999 then one should go for it. Also the Moto G 3rd Gen is expected to release this month end at 28th July 2015. As Moto G3 is coming soon we can see price cut for the current Moto G.