Motorola made a spectacular comeback in India last year with the first generation of the Moto G handset. This smartphone soon became the first option in terms of ‘value for money’. After the launch of three generation devices of this handset, there is confusion in the market. There are many options available to the user. The credit for this goes to Chinese companies. The Moto G handsets do fall behind in terms of specifications in the under Rs 15,000 range, but its brand value has time and again wooed the consumer.

To stay in the competition, Motorola has introduced the Moto G Turbo Edition. It will be considered an upgrade to the Moto G (Gen 3). Change is not revolutionary. The Motorola TurboPower feature has also been included with upgrades in processor, RAM and storage.

moto g turbo edition It will be compared to the Moto G (Gen 3) in every sense, except for the price. We are very curious to know how effective this strategy of the company will prove to be.

look and design
In terms of design profile, nothing new appears on the Moto G Turbo Edition. The weight and dimensions of the previous generation device and the latest handset are the same. The front panel of the handset we got for review was black and the rear panel was gray-blue. The rubber finish has been given in the rear part which gives a strong grip to the hands. It is clear that this is the most attractive and strong build handset available in this price range.

The panel ensures that the Moto G retains its IP67 certification status. Rubber has also been used on the inside, which serves to seal the micro-SIM and microSD slot. Whenever you remove the panel, an alert pops up on the screen asking you to put the panel back on correctly.

The Moto G (Gen 3) is just a waterproof handset, while the Turbo Edition also gets dust protection. It has been claimed about both the smartphones that if they are kept in fresh water at a depth of three feet for 30 minutes, nothing will happen. That doesn’t mean you should do that.

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The curved back has become the hallmark of Motorola’s style these days. For this reason, it becomes easy to use the phone with one hand. It is a bit heavy, 155 grams. A plate has been given for beauty under the camera on the rear panel. It will unknowingly or unknowingly grab your attention.

The earpiece and mic grille on the front panel are present along the bulge. Both give the feel of being a stereo loudspeaker, while the grille at the bottom does that role. The power button is on the right. Below it are the volume rocker. Next to the audio socket on the top is the second mic. There is also a Micro-USB port on the top.

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Moto G Turbo Edition supports quick charging. It has been named TurboPower. Motorola says that after just 15 minutes of charge, this handset will last for 6 hours. The charger provided with the handset is bigger than expected. It gives an output of 12 volts. We have only one complaint, it comes with a fixed USB cable, which means you will need to use a separate cable for data transfer. The funny thing is that the detachable USB cable was shown on Motorola’s website and promo material.

Specifications and software
There are two variants of Moto G (Gen 3). You can choose between 1GB RAM-8GB storage and 2GB RAM-16GB storage. At the same time, Moto Turbo is available in only one variant (2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage). It is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset. Adreno 405 GPU is integrated for graphics. The storage can also be expanded up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

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The screen is of 5 inches with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. As of today, handsets with higher resolutions are available in this price range. On top of this is the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also has a 2470 mAh battery. The rear camera has a 13-megapixel sensor along with dual-LED flash. With the rear camera, you will be able to record videos of 1080 pixels. A 5 megapixel camera has been given for selfie. Both the SIM slots support LTE.

The biggest highlight of every Motorola handset is its stock Android experience. The UI of the Moto G Turbo Edition has also not been customized much. You will get Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and there is also information about getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the future. Some changes have also been made. The most important of these is the Moto Display feature. Whenever the handset detects motion, the screen will automatically show notifications.

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Some shortcuts have also been given, such as if you keep the handset in your hands and rotate the wrist twice, the camera app will be launched automatically. Or, by shaking the handset twice sideways, the flashlight will be turned on directly. These are useful features, but there are no tools available for them. Users can perform these actions unintentionally and they also know how to turn off these features.

The size of the photo has been fixed by default at 9.7 megapixels, which is a bit disturbing. It starts recording video as soon as you tap on the video camera icon which is a good thing.

performance
Motorola seems to be lagging behind in terms of screen resolution. For many people, a screen of 720 pixels is not enough. Viewing angles are good, but overall its screen is a bit dull compared to the rivals. The sound is loud and clear most of the time. The experience of playing games and watching videos on this smartphone was great. We are also happy that the screen did not get too hot during this period.

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Photos taken outdoors in broad daylight came with a very warm color cast. We weren’t very satisfied with the reproduction, sharpness was generally good. Photos taken in low light were good, especially for the handset in this price range.

The phone’s battery performance surprised us in the video loop test. It lasted for 7 hours 36 minutes while the Moto G (Gen 3) battery lasted longer in the same test. It is possible that this is due to a change in the hardware. However, there are no complaints about the battery during normal use. The battery comfortably lasted for a day. The quick charging feature is fun. However, carrying the phone’s charger everywhere can be a hassle.

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our decision
Many affordable handsets have been launched in India since the Moto G (Gen 3). Some of these are equipped with full-HD screens, 3 GB of RAM, fingerprint sensor. Motorola’s owner company Lenovo also sells its Vibe S1 handset for even better specification for an additional price of just Rs 1,500. If Lenovo gives that space to Motorola by discontinuing its Vibe line of handsets, then better specifications can be expected in the coming days.

We were tempted by the Moto G (Gen 3) in terms of experience. Knowing that in terms of specifications, it was very weak from its rivals. The new Moto G Turbo Edition is a bit better than it used to be, but it’s nowhere near enough to take Motorola to the forefront of the race. It can help Motorola stay competitive, nothing more.

The waterproof feature and stock Android are two important reasons why users choose Motorola. Quick charging is like value addition. We believe that buying Moto G Turbo Edition will be a safe and wise decision. It will not disappoint you.

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