With the bunch of releases in the recent past, there is no scarcity of budget smartphones. But there is no sparkle found in the upper mid-range segment. Filling the gap, Motorola has announced its Moto M. Motorola phones are performing well over a while, but the design is where users are compromising. Serving the need of a good mid-range smartphone with great design, Moto M launched in India.
There are many smartphones in the market which offers either best specs or fantastic design. But only a few offer the combo of design and performance. With the Moto M price in India of Rs.15999, the company again gets the device in reach to just above budget level. Here we provide you best of our Moto M review which helps you get to know about the new Moto.
Design is the section where Moto M is certainly an improvement over plastic observed in previous Moto phones. Moto M claims the first all-metal smartphone in Indian market from the manufacturer. The manufacturer has concentrated more on looks. As a result, the device came with the most stylish look ever excluding the recent. Moto Z.
The front portion of the device a typical slab without any physical keys with just camera sensor on top. The bezel length is slightly a bit big which is only for ‘moto’ branding, and we found no other use of it. Volume rocker keys and power button took their position in right edge as usual. The rear panel sports a Primary camera and a fingerprint scanner.
On the top, you get a 3.5mm audio out jack and a secondary noise cancellation microphone. A hybrid SIM slot is positioned on the left edge which provides you an option to choose between secondary SIM or MicroSD card. A couple of iPhone like vents are provided on either side of the micro-USB port on the bottom. One of the vent houses an Audio out speaker
Moto M feels a bit heavy and is about 155 grams and measures 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm in dimensions. Overall Build quality seems pretty good with a water-repellent nanocoating on top. Don’t mistake as it just helps prevent damage from exposure to liquids, but is not promoted as waterproof.
Moto M feature a 5.5 inch full HD Display covered by Gorilla Glass 3 which similar to the likes of competitors. It offers 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution with a pixel density of 401 ppi. The ratio of the screen is 73.1% to the body which is acceptable considering 5.5-inch size. The IPS LCD capacitive display works well at its range. Color reproduction is good but needs higher brightness level to attain the best experience. The gamut offers great viewing angles and colors are accurate as well.
The main thing which disappoints users a bit the IPS display what they get in spite of spending Rs.15999. Motorola choosing IPS over AMOLED does result in consuming more power. Rest, there are no complaints about the display quality, and the color rates are quite refreshing. Concerning display, Moto G4 offers almost same display comparative to Moto M at a slightly lower price.
Moto M packs a MediaTek Helio P15 chipset in India. The manufacturer provides an option to choose up on 3GB or 4GB RAM capacity. However, 3GB RAM internal storage and 4GB RAM variant features 64GB internal memory. The device is powered by a 2.2 GHz Octa-core Cortex-A53 processor in India. The processor is coupled with Mali-T860MP2 Graphic Processor Unit to enhance the graphic experience.
The Mediatek Helio P15 chipset won’t disappoint you with its performance. It serves the best in surfing the web and gaming with ease. You won’t actually complain anything with Multitasking or such. Moto M is a decent smartphone for all your regular needs. The app launches quickly and switching between the apps is also speed. Moto M doesn’t have any noticeable lag issues as well.
The fingerprint scanner provided on the rear side works really well. It unlocks phone quickly using your fingertip and is secure. Dolby Atmos feature which took place for the first time in Motorola range does provide quality audio output. The audio out speaker on the bottom edge incorporates Dolby Atmos technology and provides an excellent three-dimensional sound. However, this is limited just to its channels alone. You will experience a new level of music and movie with amazing audio richness and power.
Gaming review of Moto M will also receive thumbs up for you. You don’t find any lag or frame drop while playing games. Heating issues may occur if you play high graphic games for a longer duration.
Moto M offers stock version Android without any customization. You get an Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. You don’t find heavy bloatware as well, Parent company Lenovo hasn’t packed the phone with its policy of heavy UI. Most of the apps which Moto M gets are very handy. You avail all the Google default apps. And you there is no need of going in search for other browsers as long as it is Chrome. Update for Android 7.0 Nougat yet to roll out by the company.
The performance from Software side is smooth, and Moto M comes with up Google photos. This allows you free storage of photos and videos for two years of at original quality in Google Photos. The storage is automatically backed up and is searchable to find and share photos faster than ever.
If you are a great fan of Moto G4 camera, don’t expect Moto M to reach its level. The smartphone is equipped with 16 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture with a good range of camera options like phase detection autofocus and LED flash support. The camera performs quite well in the daylight. Color saturation is good, and depth of field is also observed good while taking macro shots.
The HDR mode works well, and you can notice the notice the difference when it is on and off. Properties are keen in pictures taken on normal mode, Images are punchier as well. Focusing speeds are not that speed, and you need to wait for a while to focus the object.
Camera performance disappoints a bit in indoor lighting conditions. White balance fails to provide maximum out of the sensor. Colors in the images lack clarity followed by some noise. Color reproduction is not very accurate in low light conditions. Its predecessor Moto G4 plus proved to be better in many cases.
Moto M sports another 8 MP front facing the camera with 1/4″ sensor size. The front camera is good at its range, and the sensor carries out well in taking selfies and video calls. Moto M is capable of recording a video of 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second. Lack of laser autofocus system results in slow focusing even while recording a video.
The device is backed by a 3,050mAh inbuilt battery which is a suitable mate for the specs. On a moderate usage, the handset doesn’t run out of juice more than a day. If you are a heavy user by nature, you need to charge it every 18 hours. You won’t face any issues with the battery for regular activities like surfing internet, usage of regular apps, music and call network.
The battery charges quickly with the bundled adapter. Motorola didn’t claim the device has a fast charging support. But the battery charges fast comparatively.
- Excellent Built quality and design
- Good Display
- Great Performance
- Camera could have been better
- Price is a slightly higher
Moto M is different midrange focusing mainly on performance. The phone brings you great style along with some good software. The built quality is the pride of the device and is beautiful as well. It does pack all the updated smartphone specs but is hard to compare with the peers. Frankly, you don’t find any notable reason to choose it over Moto G4 plus except for the design.
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