Moto G: 5 things to know before you buy it

Written by Mihir Patkar | Mumbai | Updated: Mar 8 2014, 19:20pm hrs
Moto GMoto G, priced at Rs 12,499, is not without its shortcomings.
Motorola Mobility's Moto G is arguably the best budget smartphone you can buy right now, but it is not without its shortcomings. Its easy to go ga-ga over a handset that offers so much for so low a price, but there are certain things you should know about it before you plonk down your hard-earned money. (Read: Motorola Moto G quick-read review)

1) Theres no USB cable and no headphones, so youll have to buy your own

Its quite disappointing that these two basic amenities arent packaged with the Moto G when devices at less than half its price ship with them. Thats going to be an added cost to you, so dont forget to factor it in. For a basic cable and in-ear headphones, youll have to spend an extra Rs 550and more if you want quality materials. By comparison, the Micromax Canvas 4 ships with flat tangle-free cables while several other manufacturers like Wickedleak and iBall throw in an additional battery to swap.

2) The battery cannot be removed or swapped for a different one

Speaking of swappable batteries, while the 2070mAh battery of the Moto G is going to be enough for most users, power users will want more. But if you absolutely must have a smartphone with a removable battery that you can swap out when the need arises, then the Moto G isnt for you.

3) There is no microSD card slot for additional memory

The lack of a microSD memory card slot can be a major drawback and even a deal-breaker for many. If you like to store a lot of music and movies on your phone, the Moto Gs 8GB or 16GB of internal memory is going to be too little. Plus, just three HD gamesFIFA 14, Asphalt 8 and Call of Duty: Strike Teamtake up 5GB of space now, so what do you do

4) The camera is a major letdown

The Moto G has a 5-megapixel snapper on the back which is only good for photographs to be taken in bright daylight. There are a number of issues which we touch upon in our quick-read review of the Moto G, but its shoddy low-light performance means that anyone who likes shooting photos indoors, at parties or at nights will not be happy with the results of this. You should not get rid of that point-and-shoot camera.

5) After-sales service

One of the main reasons to consider a reputable company like Samsung over local manufacturers is the superior after-sales service that international firms typically offer. But thats not the case with Motorola. The metros are well served, but move outside those, and youll find only one or maybe two service centers for cities and states the size of Chattisgarh, Pune, Goa, Mangalore, Chandigarh, etc.

Despite these limitations, does it make sense to buy the Motorola Moto G