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Moto G5 Plus review

Moto G5 Plus review:

A worthy successor to the Moto G4 Plus

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Every time a new phone is launched, user’s hopes are pinned on the new features that it comes bundled with. That said, a successor or an upgrade is worthy of being called so, only if it fixes all that was wrong with its predecessor. We’re talking about the newly-launchedMoto G5 Plus.

From design to hardware, there’s a lot that Lenovo-owned Motorola has brought to the table with the G5 Plus. And all these improvements add up to make the Moto G5 Plus a much better device than its predecessor – Moto G4 Plus. But, since budget smartphones are on the rise in the Indian market, is the G5 Plus a good upgrade? Is it any better than competitors like Xiaomi, Honor etc? We got to spend some time with the device and this is what we think.

Design

Moto G5 Plus follows the footsteps of the company’s premium devices – Moto Z Play and Moto Z, in terms of design and ditching the plastic body for an aluminium finish. It is safe to say that the company has crafted a good-looking device in the budget segment.

The G5 Plus has a non-removable back panel with a round protruding hump for the primary camera module, along with an engraved Motorola logo below it.

Having a 5.2-inch display, the G5 Plus feels both thinner and smaller than the G4 Plus. The aluminium body has a matte finish with the borders sporting a glossy lining. The volume and power keys are placed on the right edge, while the SIM tray is located on the top. The bottom edge houses a microUSB charging port and the 3.5mm audio jack.

There’s a fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the display, while the front camera, earpiece (which also doubles up as a mono speaker) and sensors are up top. It all looks fine, however we would’ve appreciated capacitive buttons instead of on-screen ones, as they would’ve helped in saving some screen space.

Since the phone comes with a 5.2-inch display, it feels way thinner and smaller in hand. One handed usage is easier as well. The device has a good amount of weight to it and the matte finish gives it a better grip, in addition to enhancing the premium appearance.
Skipping to the display the Moto G5 Plus+ sports a 5.2 inch IPS LCD Full HD screen with 1,080×1,920 pixel resolution. While the display is crisp and has accurate colour reproduction, we found the sunlight legibility to be a little less, even with the brightness level set to maximum. That said, the display is great to work with indoors and in well-lit conditions. Viewing angles are nice too.

Over that, the display is protected with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display comes with water-repellent nano coating. All in all, we found the Moto G5 Plus to be a good-looking device, which comes in two colour options – Lunar Grey and Fine Gold.

Performance

Moto G5 Plus is the first smartphone in its price segment to come with Google’s latest Android operating system Nougat out-of-the-box and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with an Adreno 506 GPU. There are two configurations based on RAM and internal storage – 3GB RAM/16GB storage and 4GB RAM/32GB storage, and both support microSD cards of up to 128GB in size. We used the latter.

The fingerprint sensor worked fast during our testing and it unlocks the phone almost instantly. We ran the GeekBench test and the Moto G5 Plus scored 784 in single-core performance. It got a multi-core score of 3,741 in the same test. While in the AnTuTu Benchmark it scored a total of 63,349. These are decent scores for a budget smartphone. Overall performance during our time with the device was up to the mark, and everything from multitasking to random app switching worked seamlessly.

We even tried heavy games like WWE Immortals and Justice League and the smartphone handled them without breaking a sweat. The Full HD display makes content consumption a great experience on this smartphone.
Moto G5 Plus is 4G VoLTE enabled. During our usage, we found the call quality to be good. The phone easily latches on to the networks and we did not face any call drops (partly because we were in good network zone).

Having dual nano-SIM support, the G5 Plus’s additional SIM slot can also be used to hold a microSD card. The mono loudspeaker is good, however a louder one would have been so much better if you wanted to share the screen with friends.

Since it comes with the latest version of Android, the Moto G5 Plus has all the standard Nougat features like split-view multitasking and quick replies from notifications. We found all these to be quite helpful for a satisfying user experience.

Moto G5 Plus was touted as the first non-Pixel smartphone to come with Google Assistant. However, the smartphone does not come with Google Assistant out of the box. Reports suggest that the company will be rolling out a software update for the same.

What’s notable about the Moto G5 Plus is that it comes with near-stock Android. There are almost zero bloat ware apps, and the convenient Motorola additions such as gestures make everything even better.

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus packs a 3,000mAh battery. During our usage, it lasted for almost an entire day with moderate to heavy use. Thanks to turbo charging functionality, you can charge the battery to around 55-60% in just 15 minutes. However, overall standby time will obviously depend upon individual usage.

The Moto G5 Plus has 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, colour-balancing dual-LED flash and 8X digital zoom. It can also recognize barcodes and QR codes. During our tests, we found the photos taken from the G5 Plus’s rear camera to be impressive. The images have bright colours and are quite sharp. What’s best about the camera is that it can record 4K video at 30fps, in addition to shooting Full HD video at 60/30fps and HD quality at 30 fps.

However, since the device only supports Full HD screen resolution, 4K videos shot on the device can only be viewed on any other 4k device.

The front shooter has a 5MP module with wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture. On the test bench, we found the selfie camera to be just average. It gets the job done, but we won’t call it anything extraordinary.

Ditching the plastic body is a correct move by Motorola, it is high time budget devices got the premium quality appearance as midrange and flagship devices. In the G5 Plus, Motorola has a phone that can be even more successful than its predecessor. It has everything that we liked from the G4 Plus and comes with a few extras. At the global launch event of the smartphone, Moto G5 Plus was touted as the first non-Pixel smartphone to come with Google Assistant.

If you’re looking for alternatives in the similar price bracket, you can look at the Huawei Honor 6X.

MOTOROLA MOTO G5 PLUS

SCORE:- 8.0 

GOOD STUFF:

  • A mostly-premium design despite low price
  • Runs like a flagship phone most of the time
  • Long battery life
  • Works on any carrier
  • 4K Video recording

BAD STUFF:

  • Large bezels cancel out compact screen
  • Camera doesn’t live up to expectations
  • Software updates aren’t guaranteed

Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE Supported Phones

From list of Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE supported phones you can easily find your mobile supports Jio 4G or not from here. For making HD Calls on LTE,  you must have VoLTE supported mobile – It helps you to continue HD calls over Jio 4g network without switching to 2G or 3G network.

Reliance Jio to start launch 4G service for a list of VoLTE supported mobiles from Sept 5, 2016. Jio Commercial launch to take place on January 1st, 2017. Jio is now working on network testing till Dec 31st , 2016, till then company is giving Welcome Offer to everyone having 4G phones under Jio 4g support list.

Due to Reliance Jio unlimited 4G benefits, Millions of customers are jumping into pool of 4G network. Jio 4g launch will take place in Sept 5 for all VoLTE supported phones given here.

Reliance Jio is going to serve high quality voice service over 4g network across India. Jio launches LYF mobiles with name series Earth, Water, Wind & Flame supporting both VoLTE & VoWiFi.

Which 4g Mobiles support Jio 4G Sim

Jio offer VoLTE calls for supported 4G mobile and VoWiFi calls for Jionet & JioFi. If your 4g handset supports VoLTE then you can make HD calls directly othewise JioJion app comes very handy for same service.

Also make sure your 4g phone supports any of Jio 4G bands : Band 3 (1800Mhz), Band 5 (850Mhz), Band 40 (2300Mhz).

What is VoLTE ?

VoLTE is the short form of  Voice over LTE which means HD Voice calling over LTE Network. Voice call would become clearer and superior. 4g mobile must support VoLTE feature to make HD Voice calls.

What is VoWIFi (WiFi Calling)?

VoWiFi stands for Voice over WiFi which means you can make HD calls using WiFi service using 3G or 4G mobile. Jio offers VoWiFi service under JioNet and JioFi.

Can I access Jio 4G data using 4G phone with no support for VoLTE

No matter your 4g phone supports VoLTE or VoWiFi or not, you can still access data services using Jio 4g sim – Use JioJoin app for VoLTE calls.

Way to Check if 4G phone supports VoLTE

You can easily check whether your phone has VoLTE enabled or not : Just insert Jio 4G sim > Wait until network come – You will get VoLTE sign under Status bar as well as you can

How to know which 4g mobiles support VoLTE ?

Only VoLTE supported mobiles will get access to true HD Voice call from Reliance Jio 4g network. Additional settings & updates will come from phone brand.

How to make HD calls when 4G phone has no support VoLTE ?

VoLTE is software based feature available in 4G mobile. 4Mobile brand needs to send and update to device to enable VoLTE in 4G mobile. Alternatively, you can use JioJoin app for HD Voice & Video call, if VoLTE is missing in your 4g phone.

VoLTE supported Android mobiles

Most of latest Qualcomm and MediaTek chipset support VoLTE but usually features remains hidden. A system update is required to enable volte service. Android OS version 5.1 or above as it offer customized settings for VoLTE.

List of Reliance Jio VoLTE supported 4G Mobiles

Numerous VoLTE supported phones are available in India but few of them come under Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE support list. As per list sent to us from Jio we have added mobiles in following list.

Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE supported iOS devices

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6s Plus etc.

List of VoLTE 4g Phones under Reliance Jio Preview Offer-

Brand VoLTE Phones Phone Voice Spec
Alcatel Alcatel OneTouch X1 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel POP3 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel POP 4 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel POP Start 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel Pixi 4 4G + VoLTE
Alcatel Alcatel Pixi 5 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone Go 5.0 LTE (T500) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 (ZE500KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3 Laser(ZC551KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3(ZE520KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3(ZS570KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone 3(ZU680KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone Max (ZC550KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone Selfie(ZD551KL) 4G + VoLTE
Asus Asus Zenfone Zoom(ZX551ML) 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon Q4GPlus 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon 4GTAB-7 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon 4GTAB-8 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon ACE 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon POP 4G + VoLTE
Celkon Celkon Q4G 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee E8 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee F103(1GB) 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee F103(2GB) 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee F103(3GB) 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M4 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M5 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M5 Lite 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M5 Lite CDMA 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee M5 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee P5L 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee S Plus 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee S6 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee S6s 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee S7 4G + VoLTE
Gionee Gionee V6L 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 626 dual Sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 628 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 630 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 728 Dual SIM 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 820 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 820Q 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 820S Dual Sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC Desire 825 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 826 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 826 DS 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 828 DS 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 830 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire Eye 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC 10 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC 10 Life style 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One A9 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One E9 S dual sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One E9+ Dual Sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One M8 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One M8 Eye 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One M9 Plus 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One M9e 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One ME Dual Sim 4G + VoLTE
HTC HTC One X9 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Holly2 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Honor 4C 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor 4X 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor 5C 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor 5X 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Honor 6 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor Bee4G 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor6 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei honor7 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Nexus 6P 4G + VoLTE
Huawei Huawei P9 4G + VoLTE
Itel Itel SelfiePro it1511 4G + VoLTE
Itel Itel Wish it1512 4G + VoLTE
Itel Itel SelfiePro it1520 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus Bingo 50+ 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M370i 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M425 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M430 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M460 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M535 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M535+ 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M680 4G + VoLTE
InFocus InFocus M808i 4G + VoLTE
InFocusItel InFocus M812i 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua 4G Star 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua 4G Strong 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua 4G+ 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Ace 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Ace 2 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Ace Mini 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Craze 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Eco 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua GenX 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Music 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Power 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Raze 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua S7 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Secure 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Shine 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Super 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Trend 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Turbo 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua View 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Aqua Wing 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud 4G Smart 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud 4G Star 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Crystal 2.5D 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Fame 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Flash 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Glory 4G 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Jewel 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud String HD 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud String V2.0 4G + VoLTE
Intex Intex Cloud Swift 4G + VoLTE
LG LG K332 (K7 LTE) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG Stylus 2 (K520DY) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG K535D (LG Stylus 2 Plus) 4G + VoLTE
LG LGH630D (LG G4 Stylus 4G) 4G + VoLTE
LG LGH 442 (LGC70 LG Spirit LTE) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG K500I ( LG X Screen) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG H860 (LG G5) 4G + VoLTE
LG LG K520DY 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Aura 1 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Aura Power 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L55 HD 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L52 VR 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L51 HD 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L50 HD 4G + VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L45 IPS 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le 1s 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le 1s Eco 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le Max 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le 2 4G + VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le Max 2 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6600 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A2010 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A2020 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6000 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6000 shot 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6600 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A7000 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A7700 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo K3 Note 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe K4 Note 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe K5 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe K5 Note 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe K5 plus 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe P1 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe P1m 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe S1 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe Shot 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe X3 4G + VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo ZUK Z1 4G + VoLTE
Lava LAVA A71 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A72 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A76 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A76 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A88 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A89 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava A97 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava Ivory S 4g 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava V5 M 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava Pixel V2 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava V2s 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X10 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X11 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X12 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X17 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X28 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X38 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X41 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X41 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X46 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X50 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X50 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Lava Lava X81 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G3 Turbo Edition 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G4 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G4 Play 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto G4 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto X Force 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto X Play 4G + VoLTE
Motorola Motorola Moto X Style 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Bolt Selfie 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 5 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 5 Lite 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 5 Lite Special Edition 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 6 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas 6 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Amaze 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Blaze 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Blaze 4G Plus 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Evok 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Fire 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Fire 4G plus 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Fire 6 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Juice 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Knight 2 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Mega 2 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Mega 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Pace 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Play 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Pulse 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Tab 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Unite 4 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Unite 4 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Micromax Micromax Unite 4 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A3 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A5 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy A8 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy Grand Max 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J Max 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J2 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J3 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J5 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy K Zoom 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S4 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S4 4G 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S6 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE Plus 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note 3 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note4 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note5 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note 5 Duos 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note 7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Note EDGE 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Grand Prime 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung ON5 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung On5 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung On7 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung On7 Pro 4G + VoLTE
Samsung Samsung Z2 4G + VoLTE
Sansui Sansui S50 FD45S 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia X A 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia X A Ultra 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia X(F5122) 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z5 Dual(E6883) 4G + VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual 4G + VoLTE
TCL TCL 560 4G + VoLTE
TCL TCL 562 4G + VoLTE
TCL TCL FIT 5.5 4G + VoLTE
TCL TCL Pride T500L 4G + VoLTE
OnePlus Oneplus One 4G + VoLTE
OnePlus Oneplus 2 4G + VoLTE
OnePlus Oneplus 3 4G + VoLTE
OnePlus Oneplus X 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO F1 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO A37 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO F1 Plus 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO F1s 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO Neo 7 4G + VoLTE
OPPO OPPO R7k 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA A2 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Arc 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA L 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA I2 (1GB ) 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Arc 2 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA L2 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA I2 2GB 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA I2 3GB 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA I3 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Switch 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Icon T42 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Icon 2 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Mark 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Turbo 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic ELUGA Note 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic P55 Novo 4G 4G + VoLTE
Panasonic Panasonic P77 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Cube 3 V50JL 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon Graphite1 V45ED 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon Krypton 3 V50JG 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon Q1 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon V50FA3 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Videocon V50FG6 4G + VoLTE
Videocon Graphite1 V45ED 4G + VoLTE
Vivo Vivo V3 4G + VoLTE
Vivo Vivo V3Max 4G + VoLTE
Vivo Vivo Y51L 4G + VoLTE
Vivo Vivo Y21L 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi 2 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi4i 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi5 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Prime 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi Max 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi 3s 4G + VoLTE
Xiaomi Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo Black-1X M 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era 1X 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era 2X 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era 4G 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era 4K 4G + VoLTE
Xolo Xolo era X 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yuphoria 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yureka Note 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yureka S 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yureka Plus 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yunique 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yunique Plus 4G + VoLTE
YU YU Yunicorn 4G + VoLTE

 

 

List of VoLTE Phones working with Jio 4G Sim-

If you manage to generate Jio offer code then you will get 4G sim with following mobiles-

BRAND PHONE OFFER CODE VOLTE
Apple iPhone 6 Need to get VoLTE
Apple iPhone 6S Need to get VoLTE
Apple iPhone 6S Plus Need to get VoLTE
Apple iPhone SE Need to get VoLTE
Blackberry Priv Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Coolpad Max Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Mega 2.5D Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Coolpad Note 3 Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Coolpad Note 3 Lite Need to get VoLTE
Coolpad Nexus 5X Need to get VoLTE
Google Nexus 6 Need to get VoLTE
Huawei Honor 5A Need to get VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Ascend D2 Need to get VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Ascend P7 Need to get VoLTE
Huawei Huawei Nexus 6P Need to get VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 524 Need to get VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire 526 Need to get VoLTE
HTC HTC Desire EYE Need to get VoLTE
HTC HTC J butterfly Need to get VoLTE
InFocus Infocus M370 Need to get VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn Quattro L45 IPS Need to get VoLTE
Karbonn Karbonn A71 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G3 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K7 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG X cam Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Stylus 2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Spirit LTE Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Stylo/ LG Stylus Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Optimus Vu II Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Optimus LTE III Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Optimus LTE 2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Optimus GX Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K7 LTE Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K10 LTE Need to get VoLTE
LG LG isai VL Need to get VoLTE
LG Nexus 5X Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Google Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G4 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G3 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G Pro Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G Flex 2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G Flex Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G3 4G LTE 32GB Need to get VoLTE
LG LG G4 Stylus 4G Need to get VoLTE
LG LG Spirit 4G Need to get VoLTE
LG LG X Cam Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K520 – Stylus 2 Need to get VoLTE
LG LG K10 Need to get VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Max 2 Need to get VoLTE
LeEco LeEco Le 2 Pro Need to get VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Z2 Pro Need to get VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe Shot Need to get VoLTE
Lenovo Lenovo A6000 Plus Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 550 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 640 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 640XL Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 735 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 830 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 950 Need to get VoLTE
Lumia Lumia 950XL Need to get VoLTE
Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 (Q450) Need to get VoLTE
Micromax Canvas Mega 2 Q426 Need to get VoLTE
Nextbit Nextbit Robin Need to get VoLTE
Onida Onida I4G1 Need to get VoLTE
QiKU QiKU Q Terra Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z3 Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z4 Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia A4 Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Dual Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia SP Need to get VoLTE
Sony Sony Xperia Z2 Need to get VoLTE
Vivo Vivo Y21L Need to get VoLTE
Zopo Speed 8 Need to get VoLTE
ZTE ZTE Blade S6 Need to get VoLTE
ZTE ZTE Blade S6 Plus Need to get VoLTE

Jio’s own LYF handsets-

BRAND PHONES VOLTE VOWIFI
LYF Earth 1 Yes Yes
LYF Earth 2 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 1 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 2 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 3 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 4 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 5 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 6 Yes Yes
LYF Wind 7 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 1 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 2 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 3 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 4 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 5 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 6 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 7 Yes Yes
LYF Flame 8 Yes Yes
LYF Water 1 Yes Yes
LYF Water 2 Yes Yes
LYF Water 4 Yes Yes
LYF Water 5 Yes Yes
LYF Water 6 Yes Yes
LYF Water 7 Yes Yes
LYF Water 8 Yes Yes
LYF Water 10 Yes Yes
LYF Water 11 Yes Yes

 

4G mobile is missing from Jio VoLTE support list !

No problem, You can either contact mobile vendor via Chat or Mail-Support or keep eyes on this page for further details on VoLTE supported phones

List of 4g supported phone without VoLTE

Phones added below support 4g without VoLTE feature. VoLTE is missing for now or may be added later via OTA update – You can use JioJoin app to make HD calls & SMS.

Brand Models
Acer  Liquide Z530, Liquid Jade 2, Liquid Jade Primo
Alcatel  Pride T500L, POP 4+, Pop star
Asus  ZenFone 2 Laser ZE550KL, Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (16 gb), Zenfone 2 ZE550ML, Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL, Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 ZE500KL, Zenfone Max (ZC550KL), Zenfone Selfie,Zenfone Zoom
Blackberry  Classic Q20, Leap, Passport, Porsche P9982, Porsche P9983, Dtek 50
Benq T3
BLU Life Mark, Life Mark
CoolPad  Note 3 Lite, Note 3 (8676i02), Note 3 Plus
Elephone P7000, S2 Plus
Gionee  CTRL V6L LTE, Elife S7, Elife E8, F103, Marathon M4, Marathon M5, Marathon M5 Plus, M5 Plus, S Plus, S8, P5L, Elife S6, F105, P7 Max, S6pro
HTC  Desire 820, Desire 626, Desire Eye,Desire 820S Dual Sim,Desire 828 DS, Desire 820Q,Desire 626 dual  Sim, One M8 Eye, One M8, One A9, One M9 Plus, One E9+ Dual Sim, One ME Dual Sim
Huawei  Honor 4x, Honor 5x, Honor 6, Nexus 6P(32 GB), Nexus 6P(64GB), Honor 6 Plus, Honor 7, Honor 7i, Mate 8, Nexus 6P(32 GB), Nexus 6P(64GB), P8, P9
iBerry  Auxus Stunner, Auxus Prime P8000
iBall Cobalt 5.5F Youva, Cobalt Solus 4G
Infocus  M425, M430, M530, M680, M808I, M812I, M460, M810
Intex  Aqua 4G+, Aqua 4G Star, Aqua Turbo 4G, Aqua Ace, Aqua Ace Mini, Aqua GenX, Aqua Super, Aqua Trend, Cloud Flash, Cloud Swift, Cloud 4G Star, Cloud 4G Smart
Itel IT1411, IT1512, it1520, SelfiePro it1511
Lava  Pixel V2, V5, A76, Iris X10, Ivory s 4G, Pixel V2, V2(3gb), V2S
Lenovo  A2010, A76, A6000, A6000 Shot, A6010, A6000 Plus, A6010, A7000, A7000 Turbo, K3 Note,K3 Note Music,  K4 Note, K5 Note, Phab Plus, S90, Vibe P1m, Vibe S1, Vive X2, Vibe X3,  Vibe P1,
Meizu M3 Note
Micromax  Canvas Nitro 3 4G, Canvas Blaze 4g, Canvas Fire 4G, Canvas Knight 2 4G, Canvas 5, Canvas Blaze 4G Plus, Canvas Pace 4G, Canvas Fire 4G+, Canvas Xpress 4G, Canvas Mega 4G, Pulse 4G, Juice 4G, Yu Yutopia, Yu Note,  Yu Yureka 3, Yu Yureka S, Bolt Ninja 4G(Q4201), Bolt Selfie (Q424), Bolt Supreme 6 (Q409), Canvas 5 lite special edition( Q463 ), Canvas Evok (E483)
Microsoft  Lumia 640 Dual, Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual, Lumia 950 Xl Dual
Motorola  Moto X 2nd, Moto G 3rd, Moto X Force, Moto Turbo
OnePlus  OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X
OPPO  X, Neo7, R7 Lite, R7 Plus, R5, N3, R5S
Pepsi P1
Phicomm Energy 653
Panasonic  Eluga Icon, Eluga I2, Eluga L2, T45, Mark, Switch, Eluga Turbo, Eluga Arc, Aluga Icon 2, Eluga I3
Qiku N4
Samsung   Galaxy J1 4G, Grand Prime 4G, Galaxy S5 Plus
Sony  Xperia M4 Dual, Xperia C4 Dual, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia  Z3, Xperia  M5, Xperia M5 Dual, Xperia  Z3 Plus, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia  Z5, Xperia  Z5 Compact, E4G Dual
Swipe  Elite 2, Elite Note, Elite Plus
TCL  Pride T500L, P561U(fit 5.5)
TP-Link Neffos C5 Max (TP702B), Neffos C5L(TP601B)
Vivo  V1, V27L, V1 Max, X5 Pro, X5 Max, V51L, X33, Y51
Wibridge BLEU WI 208
Wickedleak Wammy Note 5
Wor(l)d Space Phone 5GS
Xiaomi  Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 2 8GB, Mi4i, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi Note Prime, Mi 4C, Redmi Note 2
XOLO  X11, Era 4G, Blade Q Lux 4G
Zopo Speed 8
ZTE Grand X Max Plus, Nubia Z7 Mini

Note: If you don’t get OTA update for now please use JioJoin app to experience same benefits. please note that Jio Welcome Offer is available only to selected 4G Volte phone

 

 

BlackBerry Z3 launched in India; available on pre-order now for Rs 14,990

BlackBerry Z3 launched in India; available on pre-order now for Rs 14,990

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BlackBerry just launched the Z3 at an ongoing press conference in New Delhi today. The new budget smartphone is priced at Rs 15,990 but will be available for a special pre-order price of Rs 14,990.

 

Customers will be able to make the bookings from The Mobile Store, Flipkart and all BlackBerry Exclusive stores from June 25 to July 2.

 

The addition of the Z3 also marks the entry of BlackBerry Maps in India, a feature that’s long been missing from the BB10 platform here. Maps features 3D, voice guided, Turn-by-turn navigation as well.

 

The Z3, which is designed for Indonesia, is the first new BlackBerry phone since chief executive John Chen took the helm of the crisis-hit company in November.

 

The handset is also the first to be produced from the Canadian firm’s partnership with Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn, which makes gadgets for Apple, and is a key test of whether the new strategy will work.

 

BlackBerry India MD Sunil Lalvani started by talking about the recent financial results which saw BlackBerry turning in a surprising profit. Clearly money in the bank gives you the greatest adrenalin rush. Lalwani also highlighted recent gains, including 33K BES 10 servers within a year of launch, cash up to $3.1 billion, 16 out if 20 G20 governments use BlackBerry and 7 out of 8 G8 governments.

 

Lalvani even showed off global media quotes after the results which have been markedly different from the negativity some time ago. Underlined that BlackBerry is not exiting handsets — said there was no reason to do a 5 year deal with Foxconn otherwise.
‎Battery was the first thing highlighted and rightly so as our review attests — one of the highlights of the Z3, followed by the build quality.
Android ‎apps compatibility that BlackBerry executives never spoke about publicly earlier is also being openly touted. So is the recent Amazon App Store announcement though details are not available on the specifics — if the BlackBerry store will have curated content and apps, etc, or just the same Amazon app store that can also be side loaded today.

 

The phone has a 5-inch touchscreen, like most of BlackBerry’s newest handsets which do not have the physical keyboards of the older devices. While the resolution is lower than the Z10, the panel still manages good colour reproduction. Other features include a dual-core, 1.2GHz CPU from Qualcomm, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, expandable memory up to 32GB as well as connectivity options like NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB 2.0.

 

The Z3 also manages to pack in a relatively large battery of 2500mAh capacity, which gives it really good battery life.

 

However, though the BlackBerry Z3 retails for the equivalent of Rs 12000 in Indonesia, there is a subsidy element there by local telcos. In India, telcos don’t subsidise smartphones and BlackBerry also faces duties, taxes and forex uncertainty. For instance, in the past couple of days the Indian rupee has seen its biggest fall in nearly four-and-a-half months thanks to the ongoing Iraq crisis and worries on oil imports. While BlackBerry executives were tight-lipped, retail sources said that they were receiving indicators of the Z3 being priced around Rs 14,000 or slightly higher depending on these issues.

India is among the seven countries where the Z3 will be alunched, BlackBerry had told Tech2 at the official launch in Jakarta. But the exact launch dates were not disclosed as the company wanted to see the response in Indonesia, before formulating marketing strategies for other regions.

 

The BlackBerry Z3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC which has a dual-core processor along with 1.5GB of RAM. It is a mid-range handset, featuring a 5-inch full touch display with a 540×960 resolution and running the latest version of BlackBerry 10 OS. Apart from that you have a 5MP rear camera and a 1.1MP front-facing camera.

 

The BlackBerry Z3 is expected to compete with the likes of the Moto G and Lumia 630, and also against the newest range of Windows Phone handsets by Micromax

 

Review:

A durable, full-featured device built for BlackBerry’s biggest fans.

The BlackBerry Z3 is the latest BlackBerry 10 device and was built exclusively for Indonesia. This is the first product of the Foxconn / BlackBerry partnership worked up by John Chen. The time from inception to production on this device was just a matter of months, so it already looks like the deal is paying off.

BlackBerry Z3

At launch, the BlackBerry Z3 smartphone will be available in a limited edition model — the BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition — featuring the inscription “Jakarta” on the back of the phone to commemorate the launch of the first BlackBerry smartphone built specifically for the Indonesian market. BlackBerry is all about the people, so the Z3 invites these users to “Be part of We.”

Indonesians are “ultra” BlackBerry users, and as such, BlackBerry is giving a bit back in the form of an exclusive device, just for them. The Z3 Jakarta Edition doesn’t have the latest or greatest specs, but it holds down what BlackBerry users do most — communicate. The Z3 makes the latest hardware accessible to the masses of people that just want to stay connected. It won’t turn out to be a mainstream device by any means, but it will provide those in Indonesia and similar regions the ability to have an awesome BlackBerry 10 phone at a great price with no big compromises.

Z3 Video Walk through:

 

 

BlackBerry Z3 Specs and features

Low end, but not low performance

The BlackBerry Z3 doesn’t have the newest hardware inside, but it has what it needs to keep the BlackBerry 10 OS running smoothly. Behind the 5” glass LCD screen lies a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 8GB of flash memory and 1.5GB of RAM. A big 2500mAh battery powers it all — and it does so in grand fashion. I was able to stretch over a full day on the Z3, though I wish I had more time to test it out for the long haul. Also good to note is that there is no LTE in this model. The Z3 is being targeted toward Indonesia and other parts of Asia (hence the Jakarta name) and LTE isn’t available in most areas where this particular variation of the device is to be sold.

BlackBerry Z3 camera

All the standard fare is here — Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and even Miracast support. The back camera is a mediocre 5MP, while the front-facing lens is just 1.1MP. It’s not the worst camera we’ve seen in a BlackBerry (yes, Bold 9900, that’s you) but it still not great. It did however take some decent shots providing the lighting was good.

It’s not the worst camera we’ve seen in a BlackBerry (yes, Bold 9900, that’s you) but it’s still not great.

To me it feels like the Z3 is a good amount lighter than the BlackBerry Z30 (to which we’ll be making plenty of comparisons), though that’s not the case. At 164g, the Z3 comes in at just a touch lighter than the Z30’s 170g. It’s smooth all around and actually feels really good in the hand. It’s not slippery at all thanks to the textured back, and it’s not too slim to lose hold of. In fact, it may even prove a bit too wide for those with smaller hands. The Z3 slides right in and out of my pockets, but it does have a bad habit of showing off screen smudges in all their glory.

BlackBerry Z3 buttonsBlackBerry Z3 bottomBlackBerry Z3 card slotBlackBerry Z3 bottom bezel

The Z3 also has BlackBerry Natural Sound, just like we saw (or heard) on the Z30 to give a much more realistic listening experience in things like BBM Voice. A built-in FM radio tuner also allows for radio without having to use a network connection.

I also had a bit of trouble at times using the swipe gestures from the top and bottom bezels. It wasn’t often, but when it happened it was certainly frustrating. Lots of swiping with no reaction. I assume it’s just due to the way the display is designed and all flow together, but I’ll see how much it happens and/or annoys me going forward.

Overall the Z3 feels extremely solid. It’s essentially one big piece from head to toe, and it doesn’t feel at all “cheap” or that it won’t last. It’s made with durable materials and it in for the long-haul.

BlackBerry Z3

2.87 in

72.8 mm

0.36 in9.26 mm

5.51 in

140.0 mm

5.78 oz (164 g)
5.0″ qHD540x960220ppi24-bit color
2500 mAhTalk: 15.5 hrs 

Standby: 388 hrs

 

  • Rear: 5MP, auto focus, 5x digital zoom, 1080p HD videoFront: 1.1MP, 720p HD video
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8230Dual-core processor1.2Ghz
  • 1.5GB RAM8GB internal storagemicro SD
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSPA+Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGEWi-Fi 802.11b/g/nBluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR
  • BlackBerry OS 10.2.1BlackBerry Natural Sound

 

BlackBerry Z3 hardware

Sleek, durable and definitely BlackBerry

The Z3 fits right in line with other BlackBerry 10 devices. The big 5” glass screen looks great on the front, and the flying B logo sits in the middle of the textured back. There’s no removable battery door on the Z3, so that gives it smoother lines and just feels like it flows better all around. The hardware looks basic (which it is) but it still looks good. It’s not too flashy, but it’s got a great look to it at the same time — though it’s not meant to be a high-end device with a high-end look.

Without a removable back, that leaves the SIM and SD card slots on the right side of the device, under a flimsy little door. I’m not a fan of these type of flaps, but there isn’t really much choice on this one. On the left are the power and volume buttons. I’m not a big fan of the power button placement and would have rather it been on the right side or top of the device, but it’s just something to get used to.

BlackBerry Z3 buttons

On the top is the lone 3.5mm headphone jack, on the bottom the microUSB port. I like this placement because it means that we could see a dock of some sort for the Z3, though it’s unlikely and we’ll probably just be stuck with standard chargers for a while. Also note that there’s not microHDMI port as on some other BB10 devices — but again, not a deal breaker.

The BlackBerry Z3 is of a “what you see is what you get” design.

The Z3 really does feature a plain and simple design. The Z30, Z10 and Q10 all have various design elements to make them more appealing, but much like the Q5, the Z3 is more of a “what you see is what you get” design — but one that I happen to like. It’s also very durable and will stand up to constant use. It’s not “plastic” or cheaply made — it’s a solid device that will last for years to come.

Display

BlackBerry Z3

Overall the Z3 has a nice display. the LCD screen lights up bright on all 5” and I don’t really have any complaints. The only issue I ran into was using the device in direct sunlight, but that’s something you’ll run into on a lot of devices. Colors are sharp, whites are bright and everything looks good. The pixel based resolution of the Z3 is 540×960 but through the magic of upscaling, the scaled resolution is the exact same of that of the BlackBerry Z30 which is 720×1280. The glass also stretches from edge to edge thanks to the design of the Z3, giving you more screen and less bezel.

Battery Life

BlackBerry Z3 battery

I wish I would have had more time to run the Z3 through a good battery test (I only had about 4 days) but overall the 2500mAh battery did a great job. I was able to get through a day with no hiccups, and I’m sure I could stretch to near two should the need arise. The battery is more than enough to keep things going on the Z3, so I don’t foresee any issues on that front. Of course, part of that comes from the fact there’s no LTE on this model, though a version with LTE is planned for future release.

Camera

BlackBerry Z3 taking a photo

One place where the Z3 falls short is the camera. It’s obviously not built as a photo-taking machine, but it still could stand to be a bit better. The 5MP rear camera does an okay job of getting decent images providing the settings are right, but the 1.1MP front camera really isn’t good for too much — especially taking good photos. Both will serve their purpose of snapping quick images or using video chat however, but sadly you won’t be getting any masterpieces from the Z3 camera. The camera does have Time Shift mode and some great filters though, so that definitely adds some points — and hey, at least it’s got auto-focus.

A quick shot from the Z3 and Z30 for comparison (Z3 of the left, Z30 on the right):

BlackBerry Z3 sample photoBlackBerry Z30 sample photo

BlackBerry Z3 software

The same BlackBerry 10 you know and love

The Z3 is running OS 10.2.1 out of the box, so that means it’s on par with the current BB10 devices. All the latest updates are there — BBM stickers, quick settings, Priority Hub and the ability to install Android apps OTA (over the air). The BlackBerry OS 10.3 update will be along soon, which will also bring even more new features to the Z3 as well as other BlackBerry 10 devices.

We won’t dive too much into the OS itself, but you can check out every bit and piece of OS 10.2.1 in our recent BlackBerry 10 review – 2014 edition..

BlackBerry Hub & Sharing

BlackBerry 10 Hub on the BlackBerry Z3

The BlackBerry Hub is the centralized location for all of your notifications on the Z3, and it’s accessible anywhere, anytime. A simple swipe to the right from the homescreen and you’ll see the Hub where you can view your email, text messages, phone calls, social notifications, BBM chats and more. New features like BlackBerry Priority Hub and pinch gestures allow for even deeper use of the Hub as well. The Hub is really one of the big selling points of BlackBerry 10 and proves to be extremely useful and powerful for multitasking.

Sharp Sharing makes it faster and easier for you to share nearly anything on your device. When choosing to share an item, BB10 will offer suggestions on who and how to share pictures, files, links, and documents based on your past activity. It adapts automatically to learn where and what you share most, so as you share more and more, the options you want are right there when you open the share menu.

Typing

Being a device for Indonesia, Bahasa Indonesia is ready to roll on the Z3 keyboard. Thankfully the BB10 keyboard is awesome so you can easily add in English (or any other language) and seamlessly switch between them while typing. The Z3 is also equipped with local dialects as part of the language, i.e. Basa Jawa and Basa Sunda, which enable the keyboard to understand the words in those two local dialects. As a result, you will be able to type in multiple languages such as English, Bahasa Indonesia and Basa Jawa or Basa Sunda simultaneously.

The BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard on the BlackBerry Z3

The virtual keyboard on BlackBerry 10 is still one of the best on mobile. Here you’ll find plenty of options for auto-correct and word prediction, and you can take full advantage of the swipe features that we’ve loved since we first saw them.

Apps

The good thing about the Z3 is that there are already loads of apps available. Any app with a Z30 variant will be fitted to the Z3 and ready to roll. So that means thousands of apps can be used right off the bat. BlackBerry World has all of the latest apps that Z3 users will be looking for. Apps for travel, lifestyle, music, video, games and news are all there.

Thanks to BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 there is now an even greater set of apps available for the Z3. Android apps can be installed OTA (over the air) directly to the device, eliminating the need to hook up to a PC to sideload. That means popular apps like Instagram, Path or other that aren’t available in BlackBerry World can be used on the BlackBerry Z3 with no noticeable differences. You’ll still have to seek out the APK files for these apps, but there are some great resourcesavailable as well as third-party apps stores like Snap that help out in that area.

BBM

The Z3 is rocking the latest version of BBM, so that means BBM Channels & stickers are ready to go. Indonesian users love stickers, so having them ready to roll out of the box will be a huge benefit. The users that will be buying the Z3 are doing so for the communication factor (more so than gaming, apps, photos etc) and having so many communication features within BBM will be a huge bonus. Out of the box the Z3 has BBM chat, voice, video with screen sharing, groups, BBM Channels and stickers. An exclusive Indonesia sticker pack will also be available at launch for a limited time from local artist Susiyo Saptoadi representing Punakawan Characters.

BBM on the BlackBerry Z3BB10 browser on the BlackBerry Z3

Browser

The BlackBerry 10 browser is still one of the best there is, and browsing on the Z3 is awesome. The big 5” screen leaves plenty of room to check out your favorite pages. Browsing is fast and smooth and extremely intuitive. Share features are always just a few taps away, and of course you can access the Hub from within the browser for quick reference. The BB10 browser still features Adobe Flash as well.

Instant Previews

Instant Previews are new to OS 10.2 and really add a lot to the notification experience. Rather than just having an audible alert and LED, Instant Previews allow for some notifications to show a short dropdown banner across the OS, letting you know just what message has come in. These previews work for email, Twitter, SMS, Facebook and BBM. Messages like even allow for quick replies right from the notification, without having to leave whatever app you’re currently using.

 

BlackBerry Z3: The Bottom Line

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A low-end device that wins high praises

  • The BlackBerry Z3 has a solid and durable design, great battery life, and a simply great price point.
  • Low hardware specs, a crappy camera, and that it’s only available in certain regions will hold the BlackBerry Z3 back.
  • When it comes down to it, the BlackBerry Z3 is a good — not great — device. The specs are on the lower end, but it still performs extremely well. It’s not a powerhouse like the BlackBerry Z30, but it’s geared toward those that are looking for pure communication, which is what BlackBerry is all about. It’s durable, has amazing battery life, and will certainly find a place amongst BlackBerry fans.

Overall I really do like the BlackBerry Z3. It’s not sporting the highest specs, but it doesn’t have to be. For the markets in which it will be available, the Z3 will be a great upgrade for many users. OS 10.2.1 runs great with no slowness or lag, and the battery life is more than enough to stay powered through even the longest of days. The biggest drawbacks I found are the low-resolution cameras (both front and back). Some may not like the plain design of the Z3, but the fact that it’s so durable and not “cheap” (which could be said about the Q5) should outweigh the design choices.

The target customers are communicators and pride themselves on having the latest tech, and the Z3 covers those bases quite well.

Z10 users should welcome the upgrade, but I can’t say that those using a Z30 will want to change things up to a Z3. The Z3 doesn’t have the internal specs of the Z30, but it’s still got a great look and feel. You’d be trading off a bit of speed (though not really noticeable) and camera quality. Long story short, it’s a great upgrade from BBOS andmaybe the Z10, but if you’re already using a Z30, the Z3 probably won’t phase you at all.

I think the Z3 will be a big seller in Indonesia. Those users are big communicators and pride themselves on having the latest tech, and the Z3 will cover those bases well. We’re still not sure if we’ll see an LTE version land in North America or other areas, but for now I don’t think it matters much with other devices already on the roadmap. Many people won’t see the Z3 as a good upgrade or even a good move for BlackBerry having those lower specs, but considering the market and the quickness from inception to finished product, the Z3 is a very well-rounded device overall. The Z3 is available starting this week in Indonesia, and should be arriving in other regions of Asia soon as well.

 

 

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2014, February
Status Available. Released 2014, May
BODY Dimensions 140 x 72.8 x 9.3 mm (5.51 x 2.87 x 0.37 in)
Weight 164 g (5.78 oz)
DISPLAY Type Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 540 x 960 pixels, 5.0 inches (~220 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8 GB, 1.5 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSPA+
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, 1080p
Secondary Yes, 1.1 MP, 720p
FEATURES OS BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon 400
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait 200
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Black
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– SNS integration
– BlackBerry maps
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Video editor
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC/WMA player
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 384 h
Talk time Up to 15 h 30 min
Music play Up to 84 h
MISC Price group Rs. 15990/-

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

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The Moto G promises to deliver a premium smartphone experience for a third of the price of current high-end phones. In India, it’s currently selling like hot cakes. Considering the hype surrounding this handset, the Moto G deserves a special review treatment. Unlike others, we don’t just run benchmarks on a phone and then write an article around it. In smartphones, performance and app count only tell you the ‘smart’ part. In this review, we will also tell you how well does the Moto G perform as a ‘phone’.

 

 

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Budget smartphones might not attract as much attention as their high-end counterparts, but there is no denying that these devices are in massive demand, especially in markets like India. Motorola’s Moto G is an attempt to grab buyers’ attention by offering a number of features at an extremely reasonable price.

After a brief sabbatical, Motorola has returned to the Indian market with its Moto G smartphone, which is an affordable device for cost-conscious consumers worldwide. This phone was designed as part of Google’s plan to focus on creating a distinctive lineup of devices for different markets. Now, with Lenovo recently acquiring Google’s stake in Motorola Mobility, we don’t know whether or not the company will stick with the same strategy.

Motorola underscored its plan to focus on emerging markets by unveiling the Moto G at a huge event in Sao Paulo, Brazil in November last year. The budget-friendly smartphone was supposed to have reached Indian shores by January 2014, and it’s here after only a short delay. As promised, it comes at a decent price.

We got our hands on the black version of the Moto G (single-SIM). Does this low price come at the cost of performance?

Look and feel
The first thing that struck us about the Motorola Moto G was its novel packaging. When it came to our doorstep, we didn’t realise that the sleek box hid a mobile phone inside. Amazingly everything from the device to the charger fits within this slim box.

The Moto G is a candybar phone. It doesn’t have any contours – the design is very basic yet modern. When we first looked at the Moto G, we mistook it for the company’s flagship Moto X.

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The G looks like a replica of the Moto X (except for its size), which is not really a bad thing considering the premium look of its elder sibling. However, the Moto G is different in a few ways. It’s definitely thicker, measuring 129.9×65.9×11.6mm compared to 129.3×65.3×10.4mm for the X. At 143 grams, the Moto G is also heavier than the Moto X (130 grams). However, we assume that for an average buyer in this price segment, thickness and weight of a smartphone are not the biggest concerns. The Moto G features curved edges that offer a good grip.

The Moto G’s front panel is dominated by a 4.5-inch screen, which is only marginally smaller than 4.7-inch display found on the Moto X. The front panel features a black strip of glass around the screen that visually differentiates the plastic front and rear panels. Notably, the Moto G does not have any logo or branding on the front.

There’s a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera which to the left of the chrome earpiece. There are no soft-touch capacitive buttons on the front panel, a design touch that is commonly seen on the Nexus range of devices. It’s worth pointing out that Google’s Nexus 7 (2013) tablet’s front panel also bears a lot of similarities to the Moto G. The new Nexus 7 features a glass strip around the screen, identical to the Moto G.

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It seems Google wanted to align the industrial design of its hardware products. The Nexus line and Motorola’s two recent phones do have a family resemblance that sets them apart from Samsung’s and HTC’s phones.

Motorola has also used a nano-coating on the Moto G that acts as light water repellent. This does not make the Moto water resistant, but it can protect the smartphone from light splashes of water, which is still an interesting touch for a smartphone at this price point.

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The curved rear panel is made of a soft-touch polycarbonate, and is comfortable to hold. Yes, it sometimes gets badly smudged by fingerprints, but this is nothing that cannot be cleaned. The panel is removable even though the battery isn’t. Motorola has announced that there will be accessories including rear shells and flip covers (both in seven colour options) and Grip Shells (in five colour options). This means that customers will have a choice of colours, something we generally see on Nokia’s Lumia range.

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The power and volume rocker buttons are placed on the right side of the Moto G, while the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top and the Micro-USB port is on the bottom panel. The placement of the physical buttons is fine and we had no problem reaching them even when we were not looking at the device. The Moto G’s back houses a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash with a speaker grille to its left. The Motorola logo is embossed just below the LED flash and is identical to the one found on the Moto X. Peel off the back panel and you can get to the SIM slot, which accepts a Micro-SIM. The unit we received was a single-SIM device, though Motorola has introduced a dual-SIM Moto G variant in India.

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The Motorola Moto G has an overall solid build, though it does feel bit plasticky. Yes, it follows a tried and tested design rather than a radically new one, but it certainly has its own identity and there’s no mistaking it for any other phone from any other company.

Screen
One of the biggest highlights of the Moto G is its 4.5-inch 720×1280-pixel IPS LCD, which works out to a density of 329 pixels per inch. Notably, the Moto G’s screen is a bit sharper than Apple’s iPhone 5s, which offers 326ppi.

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Motorola has also used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the Moto G to protect it from scratches. It’s worth pointing out that Gorilla Glass is usually found on premium devices priced at Rs. 30,000 and above.

The IPS LCD screen doesn’t have the fullest colour reproduction like the HTC One and LG G2 or the deepest blacks like Samsung’s high-end Galaxy smartphones (Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3) with AMOLED screens do, but it is bright and colours are consistently vibrant. Thankfully the viewing angles are never a problem. The screen is not very reflective and visibility in bright sunlight was also acceptable. Further, the Moto G’s 4.5-inch screen is fine for video playback and gaming.

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Text on the Moto G is always crisp and clear.

There is no denying that many brands have launched smartphones with full-HD screens of late, but after using the Moto G for some time we felt that 329ppi is more than enough for a screen of this size. Motorola has definitely upped the ante for phones in this price bracket.

Camera
The Moto G sports a 5-megapixel rear camera accompanied by an LED flash, and also has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. At this price point, we didn’t expect a higher megapixel count. The camera delivers decent but uninspiring shots in good lighting conditions.

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We tested the Moto G’s rear camera both outdoors and indoors in a variety of lighting conditions and found that images taken outdoors during daylight came out well, though they were a little over-saturated and we could detect a little bit of noise at the edges. You can notice that detail is lacking if you zoom in to a photo taken with a Moto G. Other than that, we found the quality of images taken in sufficient light to be satisfactory. However, the same could not be said for indoor and low-light shots. Photos taken in artificial light (without using the LED flash) are not very impressive, as background noise does tend to creep in.

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The Moto G’s rear camera can be set to take 5-megapixel shots in the 4:3 aspect ratio, while 16:9 shots will come out at 3.8 megapixels.

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The Moto G’s camera app is not stock and adds a bit of flavour the otherwise vanilla OS. Motorola’s camera app has a circular control bar that pops out from the left of the screen when tapped. Additional features include 4X digital zoom, slow motion video, burst mode, auto HDR mode, Panorama and tap to focus. The Moto G’s burst mode allows users to take up to 99 shots at once; users just need to long-press the camera soft key on the screen to start shooting. Notably, there are no ISO and exposure control settings on the Moto G.

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The 1.3-megapixel front facing camera can be used for selfies and video chats. We found that videos and images captured indoors or even outdoors with this camera were a bit grainy.

We would have liked a physical button for the camera as one has to rely on the soft key on the screen to click images.

Software/ Interface
When the Moto G reached our office, the device was running Android 4.3 out of the box. However, we soon encountered an alert that said “Please update your Moto G to Android’s latest version (4.4.2).” Motorola had rolled out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Moto G ahead of schedule in December last year.

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The Moto G with Android 4.4.2 KitKat is most updated smartphone in its price segment and offers a stock Android experience.

The Nexus 5 was the platform lead for Android 4.4 (KitKat) and the Moto G bears a lot of similarities to it in terms of software. Android 4.4 has a number of visual changes compared to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), including a new launcher that makes the interface even more minimalistic. The Moto G also has flatter design elements, more muted colours in the status icons, more transparency, and smoother transition animations.

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We noticed a smooth flyaway animation on the Moto G, similar to the one seen on the Nexus 5, while moving between the app launcher and homescreen. The Moto G’s app launcher features app icons and widgets; now due to the icons being larger, you’ll see a grid of 4×5 instead of a 5×5.

The Moto G offers five customizable homescreens, and lots of widgets and apps classified into preloaded and downloadable categories. Notably, you cannot go beyond five homescreens, unlike with the Nexus 5.

Shortcuts for the dialler, Chrome browser, main menu, Messages and camera app remain visible when you swipe between homescreens. Notifications in the tray can be expanded with a two-finger pull gesture, and there are buttons for clearing all notifications and showing the quick settings shortcuts. These include toggles for Brightness, Settings, Wi-Fi, Network, Battery, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, and Location settings. Unlike the Nexus 5, the Moto G does not have a quick Alarm clock shortcut.

Long-pressing on the Moto G’s homescreen brings up options to change the wallpaper. A choice of still, live and custom wallpapers are now available under a single menu.

Another feature that gives the Moto G a clear advantage in the affordable smartphone segment is the voice guided search feature. This was also first seen on the Nexus 5. A user can initiate a voice search on the Moto G when it’s unlocked by simply saying, ‘OK Google.’ However, it is only available when the language is set to US English.

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The Moto G also includes a revamped Phone app that now automatically prioritises contacts based on who you talk to most often. The app includes a search bar, space for the most frequently called contacts and favourites, and shortcuts to the contact list, dialling pad, call history and settings.

The Moto G also features a new Photos app that allows viewing and editing of locally stored and Google+ images. The new Photos app features deeper integration with Google+ and can be used to tag photos.

The Email app on the Moto G has also been revamped, and it now displays pictures of contacts for emails. Navigation has been made identical to the Gmail app and you can swipe messages to delete them.

The Moto G also includes Google Drive, Keep, Play Games, Play Movies, Play Movies, Play Books, Play Newsstand and Quickoffice for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can print documents through the Google Cloud Print plugin, or apps made by printer manufacturers.

Motorola preloads two other major apps on the Moto G. Motorola Migrate can help move the contents of an old Android phone to your new Moto G. Motorola Assist allows users to silence the device while you’re sleeping or driving. We tried it out, and noted that the app automatically sent a text message to callers in the time we told it we were busy.

Performance/ Battery Life
The Moto G is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM onboard. The Moto G comes in two storage capacities: 8GB and 16GB, and does not support expandable storage. We received an 8GB unit, of which only 5.5GB was user-accessible.

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Even though the Moto G falls in the budget smartphone segment, the limited storage on the device is definitely a limiting factor. Google is offering 50GB of free Google Drive storage for two years for every Moto G buyer, which is additional to the standard 15GB available to every Google account user. However, cloud storage is no substitute for physical storage, especially since budget users won’t have very expensive data plans.

The Moto G definitely ups the ante in terms of innards. Brands such as Micromax and Xolo, which have come to dominate the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment, usually use MediaTek chipsets.

The overall experience of navigating through the Moto G’s interface was extremely impressive, thanks to all the power under its hood, and the fact that the UI is devoid of unnecessary bells and whistles such as transition effects. We did not experience any lag at all while launching apps, playing light games, scrolling through web pages and switching between apps on the Moto G.

With its quad-core processor running under the hood, the Moto G manages to chug along just fine. We multi-tasked all day, which included chatting via WhatsApp and Hangouts, browsing the Web and playing games like Temple Run 2 and Plants vs. Zombies 2 without any trouble. In day to day activities the Moto G worked smoothly and we were never left wanting for more power – that is until we tried a few heavy games like Shadow Gun and Dead Trigger.

The clarity of the Moto G’s loudspeaker is good, but isn’t too loud and breaks at its highest volume. Motorola does not supply any headphones in the Moto G box, which is a surprising omission.

The Moto G’s 4.5-inch IPS LCD HD screen is good for movies and videos. We were impressed with the colour reproduction and viewing angles on the Moto G.

Call quality on the Moto G was impressive and the device was able to latch on to cellular networks even in weak signal areas, which came in handy at times. Our tests were performed on a single-SIM model, although Motorola will be selling the dual-SIM version here.

The Moto G scored well in our benchmark tests. We recorded a score of 11,874 in AnTuTu, which was right behind the Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S III. Quadrant gave us a score of 8,569 which is ahead of HTC’s flagship smartphone from two years ago, the One X. On the graphics front, the Moto G remarkably reached 11 frames per second in the GFXbench test, and 5629 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme run-through.

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The Moto G packs a 2070mAh battery which is non-removable and can deliver a mixed usage time of up to 24 hours, according to Motorola. We were able to get about a day (22 hours) of normal usage on the Moto G, which consisted of Web browsing and watching videos on YouTube, a few calls lasting for about an hour, with Wi-Fi switched on, the display set to auto brightness, and the usual notifications for the messages, emails, Facebook, Hike and WhatsApp enabled.

With heavy usage, which included calls lasting for about two hours, 3G turned on all the time, casual photography and watching a movie for around two hours, an hour of casual gaming (Temple Run 2 and Dead Trigger), and notifications enabled, the device lasted for about 12-13 hours, which was not bad.

In our video loop rundown test, the Moto G was able to able to deliver 8 hours and 30 minutes of battery life.

Verdict
What makes the Moto G special is the fact that it is one of a very small number of devices running the latest version of Android, and one of the only ones priced this low to be doing so.

The Moto G scores heavily in terms of style and substance, and our only major quibbles are the non-expandable storage and below-par camera performance. The 4.5-inch HD screen is wide, and yet the phone is small enough to hold in one hand and type easily with a thumb. Most of all, praise be, the Moto G is also extremely affordable.

This phone is definitely aimed at price-conscious Indian smartphone buyers, and its array of colourful back shells will attract the style-conscious as well. Yes, it isn’t perfect, but it isn’t meant to compete against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or LG G2. At its price, we’re willing to overlook its faults.

The Moto G is available in two variants: 8GB for Rs. 12,499 and 16GB for Rs. 13,999. At this price point, no other phones offer an experience that is as good, so in that sense the Moto G is a game changer. If you have your eyes set on the Moto G, we recommend you spend the extra bucks and get the 16GB version, given the limited user accessible storage available in the 8GB version. Our only other complaint with the Moto G is the average camera, but the only phone that offers a better camera in the same price bracket is the Nokia Lumia 720, so the newest Motorola smartphone is a winner overall.

Pros: 
Crisp IPS screen; Excellent gaming performance; Latest Android Kitkat; Great music output; Good battery life.
Cons: 
Questionable call quality; Disappointing camera; Shoddy bundled accessories.

Moto G
Street Price: Rs 12,500 (8 GB), Rs 14,000 (16 GB version)

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Full Specifications:

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA 800 / 1900 – CDMA version
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – for T-Mobile, AT&T
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – CDMA version
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2013, November
Status Available. Released 2013, November
BODY Dimensions 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm (5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 in)
Weight 143 g (5.04 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 8/16 GB, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB Host
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, stereo sound rec., HDR, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.3 MP
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black (front panel), 7 color options (back panel)
– SNS integration
– Google Drive (50 GB storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Organizer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail
– YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time Up to 24 h
MISC SAR US 1.17 W/kg (head)     1.06 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.79 W/kg (head)
Price group Rs 12,500 (8 GB), Rs 14,000 (16 GB version)
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 967:1 (nominal), 2.477 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 81dB / Noise 75dB / Ring 82dB
Audio quality Noise -92.1dB / Crosstalk -91.4dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 54h

Nokia 108: ultra-affordable camera phone

Nokia 108: ultra-affordable camera phone

 

 

Those on a tight budget, but yearn for a camera phone from a global brand, Nokia will soon come to your rescue. Before you jump the gun, no it’s not an ultra-cheap Lumia, but a feature phone instead. The ultra-affordable camera phone is the Nokia 108, which will also come in a dual SIM variant. The 2G-compliant phone does not come with 3G, EDGE, or Wi-Fi support, so the only way you can share images is via Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM, or a microSD card reader. Although India doesn’t feature in the local product listing pages, but rest assured, like all Nokia handsets, this $29 (Rs 1820) one will land in the local markets as well, by the end of the year.

The phone packs in a VGA snapper, and is being marketed as a secondary handset for people, thanks to its long battery life – 13.8 hours of claimed talk time, up to 45 hours music playback time, and 31 days standby. The handset will be available in red, black, and white, and the yellow and cyan variants will join the family later. For its price, it seems quite a decent deal.

  • 2G (GSM 900/1800); dual-SIM variant.
  • No EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi support.
  • Dimensions: 110.4 (l) x 47 (w) x 13.5 (d) mm; 70.2 grams.
  • 1.8″ TFT display with 65k colours.
  • 32GB microSD card support.
  • 2.0 mm charger connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio.
  • VGA Camera.
  • 900 mAh battery with 13.8 hours of claimed talk time; up to 45 hours music playback time; 31 days standby.

Specifications

 

Also available as Nokia 108 with single SIM card support.
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
SIM Dual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by)
Announced 2013, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, Q4
BODY Dimensions 110.4 x 47 x 13.5 mm, 70.1 cc (4.35 x 1.85 x 0.53 in)
Weight 70.2 g (2.47 oz)
– Flashlight
DISPLAY Type TFT, 65K colors
Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches (~114 ppi pixel density)
SOUND Alert types Vibration, Polyphonic(32), MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Phonebook 500 contacts
Call records Yes
Internal 4 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE No
WLAN No
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0
USB Yes (charging only)
CAMERA Primary VGA, 640×480 pixels
Video Yes, QVGA@15fps
Secondary No
FEATURES Messaging SMS(threaded view), Email
Browser No
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes
GPS No
Java Yes
Colors Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow
– WAV/MP3/AAC player
– MP4/H.263 player
– Digital clock
– Calculator
– Calendar
– Converter
BATTERY Li-Ion 950 mAh battery (BL-4C)
Stand-by Up to 600 h
Talk time Up to 13 h 40 min
Music play Up to 41 h
MISC Price group Rs. 2000/- ($29)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S: The Key Differentiators

Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S: The Key Differentiators

 

Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S: The Key Differentiators

After every iPhone launch, the new handset gets compared to its predecessor. However, this time around this has become a three way comparison since the company has unveiled a couple of iPhones at the same event. Now before throwing numbers and jargons, let me tell you that the iPhone 5C is a plasticky version of the original iPhone 5. From screen to processor, the innards are almost the same. The most significant difference is that the 5C is thicker, heavier, and less classy than the iPhone 5. On the other hand, the iPhone 5S looks almost identical to its predecessor, but packs in quite a few unique features. Apart from the faster chip and improved camera, the Touch ID feature is noteworthy. On the software front, the latest iPhones will ship with iOS 7. But since the iPhone 5 will also receive the latest version of the OS in coming weeks, it’s certainly not a differentiator.
So here’s what’s same and different in these three members of the iPhone family:

Screen
iPhone 5 – 4″ IPS screen with 640×1136 pixels, Scratch resistant.
iPhone 5C – 4″ IPS screen with 640×1136 pixels.
iPhone 5S – 4″ IPS screen with 640×1136 pixels, Scratch resistant.

Yes, the iPhone 5C is probably the only Rs 35,000+ phone to lack the scratch resistant layer.

Construction
iPhone 5 – Aluminium body.
iPhone 5C – Colourful polycarbonate.
iPhone 5S – Aluminium body.

While I love colours, the 5C seems like an iPhone trapped in a Lumia’s body. On the other hand, the iPhone 5 and 5S win you over with their elegance.


Processor
iPhone 5 – A6 chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz (dual-core).
iPhone 5C – A6 chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz (dual-core).
iPhone 5S – A7 chipset clocked at 1.7 GHz (dual-core).

According to Apple, the A7 chipset is twice as fast when compared to the A6. The A7 also has a companion processor, the M7, which is designed to free the primary processor from computing the motion data (coming from accelerometer, gyro, and compass).

Camera
iPhone 5 – 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, ƒ/2.4 aperture.
iPhone 5C – 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, ƒ/2.4 aperture.
iPhone 5S – 8 megapixel camera with dial-LED flash, ƒ/2.2 aperture.

The iPhone 5S sports a 15% larger camera sensor compared to its predecessor. Throw in an aperture of ƒ/2.2 in the mix, and you get a camera that should do better in low-light photography.

Battery
iPhone 5 – 1440 mAh Li-polymer.
iPhone 5C – 1510 mAh Li-polymer.
iPhone 5S – 1570 mAh Li-polymer.

The iPhone 5 had a marathon battery. And since the battery capacity has been slightly increased in the recently announced iPhones, expect it to get even better.
Battery details sourced from GSMArena.com

Unlock Method
iPhone 5 – Password.
iPhone 5C – Password.
iPhone 5S –  Touch ID.

Thanks to the fingerprint identity sensor, you can unlock your iPhone 5S by placing your thumb on the Home button. This feature is missing in the iPhone 5 and 5C.

For more details check out the comparison table below:

 

 

 

 

 

Source: techtree

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 launched in India

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 launched in India

 

Samsung-Galaxy-Mega

Samsung has launched its Galaxy Mega large screen smartphones in the Indian market. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 will be available across the country within a week from today for a price of Rs. 25,100 while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will be available in mid-June for a MRP of Rs. 31,490.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is a dual-SIM device that has a 5.8-inch screen with qHD(540×960 pixels) resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor alongside 1.5GB RAM and features an 8-megapixel rear camera, as well as a 2-megapixel front facing camera. The phone comes with 8GB expandable storage and has a 2,600mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 sports a 6.3-inch 720×1280 display and features the same camera as that of Galaxy Mega 5.8. It is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The Galaxy Mega has 1.5GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and A-GPS. The phone comes with a 3,200 mAh battery and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone comes with 16GB internal storage capacity and has a microSD card for expanding the storage up to 64GB.

The GALAXY Mega smartphones will offer split screen capability for a variety of applications including email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, amongst others. The devices will also feature the much touted ‘Air View’ feature, that lets users preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts without opening them.

The phones are being launched with special offers from RCOM and Vodafone. RCOM customers buying the phone will get 2GB data per month free for 3 months and unlimited access to Big Movies library, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Vodafone customers will get 2GB data download(2G+3G) per month for two months.

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 key specifications

  • 6.3-inch HD display of 720×1280 resolution
  • 1.7GHz dual-core processor
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, can be expanded by up to 64B
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 4.0, GPS
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 3200 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 key specifications

  • 5.8-inch display with resolution of 540×960 pixels
  • 1.4GHz dual-core processor
  • 1.5GB RAM 8GB internal storage, can be expanded by up to 64B
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2-megapixel front camera 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 4.0, GPS
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 2600 mAh battery

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 I9150

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GT-I9150
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GT-I9152 (SIM 1 & SIM 2)
3G Network HSDPA
SIM Optional Dual SIM (Micro-SIM)
Announced 2013, April
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, May
BODY Dimensions 162.6 x 82.4 x 9 mm (6.40 x 3.24 x 0.35 in)
Weight 182 g (6.42 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size 540 x 960 pixels, 5.8 inches (~190 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB storage, 1.5 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
NFC No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 1.9 MP
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
CPU Dual-core 1.4 GHz
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors White, Black
– SNS integration
– MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time
MISC Price group Rs. 25100/-

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA
4G Network LTE – GT-I9205
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2013, April
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, May
BODY Dimensions 167.6 x 88 x 8 mm (6.60 x 3.46 x 0.31 in)
Weight 199g (7.02 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 6.3 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8/16 GB storage, 1.5 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
NFC Yes
Infrared port Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR
Video Yes
Secondary Yes, 1.9 MP
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPU Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors White, Black
– SNS integration
– MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time
MISC Price group Rs. 31,490/-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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