Motorola introduces Moto Maker for Moto 360

Moto Maker is an innovative idea to customize your Motorola device. Unfortunately it is not available for Indian buyers. Motorola today launched Moto Maker for Moto 360 buyers in the US. Buyers can customize this Android wearable device and have it delivered. Moto Maker for Moto 360 offers three case finishes: dark metal, light metal or champagne gold, 9 wrist band and 11 watch faces. Of-course watch faces can be changed later as well.

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Moto Maker has been an unique selling point for the Moto devices in the past. I hope they come up with more customization options for the Moto 360 apart from the ones that are available now. With the set of options available now, I just see it as a customization feature and not personalization feature. Also, India is not less a market than the US. These features must be made available for Indian buyers. Indians are big fans of customization and personalization. In a country like India, every one of us strives to stand out differently from the rest of the crowd and the Moto Maker is also driven by that principle. For now, we Indians could just play around with the Moto Maker website and just drool at the options available.

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Moto X 2nd generation – Now available in Flipkart – Starts at Rs 31999

The Moto X, 2nd Genration mobile is available in India exclusively through Flipkart. The regular black edition is priced at Rs 31999, while the white and leather black are available for Rs 33999. The Moto X 2nd generation is a very minor upgrade from its 1st generation brother. It has 5.2 inch OLED full HD display, Gorilla Glass 3 and 16 GB of Internal storage with 2 GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.4.4 and is powered by 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974-AC) processor. Moto X has a 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED ring flash and a 2MP front camera which has the capability to record video at 1080p. The first generation Moto X is available at Rs 23999 for all its color variants now. I feel that the X2 is not a phenomenal upgrade over X1. The camera and the display are the only noteworthy upgrades, but I still would recommend the Moto X first gen as it has a smaller display and almost the same batter capacity, leading to better batter life.

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Moto G price dropped by Rs 2000 in Flipkart

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In the wake of low cost high performance devices being launched in India, like the Xiaomi MI3, the need for price drop in Moto G was more than needed for it to sustain in the market. The Moto G is now priced at Rs 12000 in Flipkart. It was launched at Rs 14000 and it was a turning point for flipkart and mid-range mobiles in Indian market. I personally feel that this is a great mobile even at Rs 14k and now with the price drop, it just makes the deal sweeter. Go ahead and buy the Moto G if you are looking for a good value for money mobile and a mobile with is easily available to buy.

Moto G – 16 GB – Rs 11999

Moto G – 8 GB – Rs 10499

Moto E Review – valuE for monEy

The PhonE and its Design

Moto G, was a grand success for Motorola. It had the stripped down hardware spec from the higher end Moto X. Yet it was powerful and sensible to meet the needs of a mobile that needs to run the latest version of Android. Hence the Moto G was offered to the end customer at a very affordable price. The Moto E, is plans to penetrate the market even deeper. It is mainly for people who don’t want to dig deep into their pockets for a smart phone experience. So Motorola started stripping down the hardware to the bare minimum essentials and this the Moto E was born. It is the most affordable smart phone in the market now, that can deliver the best value for money.

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It inherits a lot of the design DNA from its bigger cousin the Moto G and X. It is solidly built and weights a little over 140 gms. It is slightly thicker at 12.3 mm and has curved edges and back
for an ergonomic fit. The material used is plastic. The back cover is removable and you can choose differently colored back covers as your design statement. At the back you have 5MP camera. If you remove the cover, you can see the slots for the SIM cards and SD card. The 1920 mAh battery is also seen in the boot, but its is non-removable

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At the top, you have the headphone jack and the bottom houses the micro USB charging port. On the front there is a speaker below the display. The earpiece along with the LED notification light is at the top of the display. There is no front facing camera. The display has a pixel density of 256 ppi and can support a resolution of 540 x 960. It a corning gorilla glass protected display and it is pretty decent for a cheap entry-level device. The bezels are rather thick on the top and bottom, giving the device a weird old look when compared to modern devices with very thin bezels. Very much like the Moto G, the Moto E is also water-resistant. Overall, this is a sturdily built device and a sensibly designed hardware.

Under the hood

The Moto E is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core snapdragon 200 processor. It has 1 GB of RAM and a dedicated Graphics processing Unit Adreno 302. They are not the best available in the market, but for this segment and the price you are paying, this is the best you can get. The mobile has a 4 GB of inbuilt memory and which can be expanded up to 32 GB using micro SD card. The inbuilt memory is 4 GB but 2 GB is already used by the system and the remaining space is insufficient to install large apps. It must have been a minimum of 8 GB. Overall the performance is not off the charts, but the hardware ensures that you get a smooth android user experience.

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Android Interface

As we saw in the Moto X and G, the Moto E’s user interface is almost stock Android and it runs on the latest version of Android, the Kitkat. Apart from a few Motorola specific applications, the
device has pure android experience out of the box. Motorola is also committed to get the Moto E on to the latest version of Android available with it quick updates. Currently it is running on the Android 4.4.3, while 4.4.4 is available for the Nexus devices. The messaging app and dialer has been tweaked a bit by Motorola. Apart from the regular suite of Google apps, there are a few Motorola specific apps. The Migrate app helps you transfer messages, contacts, photos, videos, music and call logs from another Android phone over to this one. The Google camera and gallery have both been replaced by Motorola equivalents. There is an app called Motorola Assist which is basically your electronic personal assistant. The Alert app is a safety feature that lets you contact your emergency contacts at a press of a button and sound the alarm.

Camera

Let me get the verdict first. Camera is a great disappointment in the Moto E. First there is no front facing camera. The rear camera is 5 Mp and has no flash. I could shoot better photos on my 5MP camera on the 5 years old Nokia N95. It has no autofocus and the entire photo clicking experience is skewed. The moment you click a picture, the frame freezes to show a highly distorted image. You are not sure if the image has come out well. But actually in the final image, there isn’t much shake. There are not many options to play around in the camera. It is a very basic interface which screams “You want camera? I got one” and that’s it.

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Entertainment

The segment of potential buyers for the Moto E, is particularly interested in entertainment like no other. The Moto E has a decent sized display at 4.3 inch diagonally. It is crisp and decent viewing angle. The audio quality is not bad either. The phone speakers are pretty loud but it offers no isolation. The only problem I see here is the storage capacity. Though you can extend the storage by up to 32 GB, internal storage is much faster and reliable.

Telephony

The Moto E is an excellent phone. The call quality is very good and I faced very few or no dropped calls even when the signal was weak. Juggling between the 2 sim cards is pretty easy and well-managed both for calls and messages. But what worries me here is the high SAR value at head. There is no official proof that mobile radiations are harmful for users, but to be safe I would stay out of any device that has a SAR value of anything above 1.0.

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Battery

The Moto E has a non removable 1920 mAH battery. It is clear that Mot E is a not a processing power house. It neither has a large display and runs on a near stock Android. Hence the battery backup is really good. Using the Moto E with a bit of internet data and always on WiFi, a bit of browsing and a normal usage of telephony, messaging along with a light gaming, reduced the battery backup from 100% to 30% in 19 hours. The idle usage is also very less. It consumed just 2% while I was fast asleep for 8 hours.

Competitors

Moto E is retailing for Rs 7000 now. There are a bunch of cheap mobiles from Samsung, Micromax or other equivalents in this price range. But in terms of build quality, software interface and quality of product Moto E trumps all of them. If you feel that you need a better camera and a larger storage, and willing to extend the budget a little further, there are other choices like the Nokia Lumia 630 or even the Moto G. Check out the comparison here. But if budget is a constraint Nokia 525 and the Nokia X are other alternatives. But Lumia 630 and 525 are Windows phones and X series are forked android interface. If you are very specific about android, the Moto E is your destination.

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Judgement

Moto E is a plain straight forward mobile that has no fancy features like the NFC or Biometric scanner. Apart from the Camera and storage I have nothing to complain about the Moto E. It is well-built and has decent display and runs all day long on a single charge. It has a good processing power that can run most of your applications and games. At Rs 7000, you can never get a better phone than the Moto E.

Moto G – Official Flip Cover

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Unlike Moto X, the Moto G doesn’t get the Moto Maker tool for customizing the look of your device. But I am not complaining really, because I understand the cost factors considered here. But Moto G is also customizable to an extent, thanks to its removable back cover. The default back cover is black, but 6 vibrant colors are available in the shells. Chalk (White), Violet, Royal Blue, Turquoise, Lemon Lime and Cherry (Vibrant Red).

You also get the Flip Shells which protects the back as well as the front. It comes in 7 colors, black being an addition to the above listed colors. Check out my hands-on video with the Moto Flip Shell in Vivid Red for the Moto G.

The Grip Shells are not yet available in India. Basically its a TPU rubber jacket with added grip. But off all these, I feel that the flip shell is the best designed accessory. Though am not a big fan of using flip shells, this one is an exception, because it is designed with a purpose and integrated well with the design of the Moto G.