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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
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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

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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

How it Works? Systems on a Chip (SoC)

Systems on a Chip (SoC):

 

When buying smartphones and tablets, we often talk about their processing power, and make a big fuss of their speed, and whether they can offer single-, dual-, or multiple-core capabilities. And while we do focus on the processor most of the time, you’ll have to know that things aren’t as simple as that. Instead of just simple processors, we have Systems on a Chip (SoC) inside these devices that offer more complex functionality.

What is a System on a Chip?

Since smartphones and tablets are basically smaller computers, they require pretty much the same components we see in desktops and laptops in order to offer us all the amazing things they can do (apps, music and video playing, 3D gaming support, advanced wireless features, etc).

But smartphones and tablets do not offer the same amount of internal space as desktops and laptops for the various components needed such as the logic board, the processor, the RAM, the graphics card, and others. That means these internal parts need to be as small as possible, so that device manufacturers can use the remaining space to fit the device with a long-lasting battery life.

Thanks to the wonders of miniaturization, SoC manufacturers, like Qualcomm, Nvidia or Texas Instruments, can place some of those components on a single chip, the System on a Chip that powers your beloved smartphone.

What’s inside of a SoC?

Now that we know what a SoC is, let’s take a quick look at the components that can be found inside it. Mind you, not all the following parts are built in all the different SoCs that we’re going to show you later on, but in order to better understand how a SoC works, you should have a general picture of what goes inside it:

  • CPU – the central processing unit, whether it’s single- or multiple-core, this is what makes everything possible on your smartphone. Most processors found inside the SoCs that we’re going to look at will be based on ARM technology, but more on that later
  • Memory – just like in a computer, memory is required to perform the various tasks smartphone and tablets are capable of, and therefore SoCs come with various memory architectures on board
  • GPU – the graphic processing unit is also an important component on the SoC, and it’s responsible for handling those complex 3D games on the smartphone or tablets. As you can expect, there are various GPU architectures available out there, and we’re going to further detail them in what follows
  • Northbridge – this is a component that handles communications between the CPU and other components of the SoC including the southbridge
  • Southbrige – a second chipset usually found on computers that handles various I/O functions. In some cases the southbridge can be found on the SoC
  • Cellular radios – some SoCs also come with certain modems on board that are needed by mobile operators. Such is the case with the Snapdragon S4 from Qualcomm, which has an embedded LTE modem on board responsible for 4G LTE connectivity
  • Other radios – some SoCs may also have other components responsible for other types of connectivity, including Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS or Bluetooth. Again, the S4 is a good example in this regard.
  • Other circuitry

ARM vs x86 CPU Architecture

Throughout this article you will see us mention the ARM technology more than once, since the SoCs used by current Android smartphones and tablets are built using this ARM architecture. So what is ARM exactly? MaximumPC shares some details regarding the early days of ARM:

In the beginning, the ARM architecture was specifically developed for use in a PC—the Acorn Archimedes to be precise. In 1987, the Archimedes hit the market, powered by the ARM2 processor with up to 4MB of RAM and a 20MB hard drive. With only 30,000 transistors (less than half of the Motorola 68000’s 68,000), the ARM2 was one of the simplest 32-bit processors of its time. This lower transistor count, paired with the efficient reduced instruction set computer (RISC) architecture, allowed ARM2 to outperform Intel’s 80286 while consuming less electricity.

What’s important to remember is that ARM is still the preferred choice by SoC manufacturers, as the architecture ensures high performance at low power, which is what customers are unconsciously interested in.

The Intel 8086 CPU launched in 1978 was a 16-bit microprocessor that was followed by several successors whose names also ended in “86.” Thus, the x86 term was coined. Today the x86 architecture also includes 32-bit CPUs, which can be found in various computers that you may be using on a daily basis. The disadvantage of x86 architecture in mobile SoC is that they’re not as power efficient as ARM-based CPU. Only Intel currently develops an x86-based SoC for mobile devices, the Atom Medfield platform.

GPU architectures

The SoCs that we’re going to describe below use various GPU technologies coming from various companies. You’ll see GeForce, Adreno, ARM Mali, or PowerVR get mentioned a few times so here’s what these names mean:

  • GeForce – produced by NVIDIA, these are the ultra low power graphics cards found on Tegra 3 SoC
  • Adreno – produced by Qualcomm, the Adreno GPUs are part of the Snapdragon SoC made by the same company. Some Adreno GPUs can also be used on future Microsoft Windows 8 devices.
  • ARM Mali – as you may have guessed, Mali GPUs are designed by ARM and they’re currently used on various SoC designs including Exynos and NovaThor
  • PowerVR – PowerVR is a leading GPU designers, whose GPUs are found on various SoCs including Medfield, NovaThor (future designs), OMAP, and even Apple Ax.

SoC varieties

There are various SoCs out there, from different manufacturers that equip Android devices, from smartphones to tablets, but they’re not completely similar. Let’s take a look at some of the most important ones for you.

NVIDIA Tegra 3

Also known as Kal-El, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 series is one of the SoC sub-families of the Tegra family and it’s currently employed by various Android devices, including, but not limited to, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Pad, HTC One X (international version), the Asus Transformer Pad 300, the LG Optimus 4X HD and others. The rumored Google Nexus tablet will also reportedly come with a Tegra 3 SoC on board.

 

Tegra 3 comes with a quad-core CPU, but what’s interesting about it is that it actually has five cores. The design is meant to optimize power consumption in various device activity states and extend battery life. Each core is a Cortex A9 ARM chip, but the fifth one, which is made of a special low power silicon process, is limited to an optimal speed of 500MHz. This is because it will handle only certain tasks, and only in certain situations. The companion core will be used by the device when in standby mode or when dealing with certain tasks that don’t require faster processing. When the device is switched on (or better said in use), the other cores come to life and users can enjoy a great smartphone and tablet experience, with great graphics and processing speed.

In addition to the CPU, the Tegra 3 SoC also contains the graphics processing unit (GPU), northbrige, southbridge, and memory controller. The SoC supports video output up to 2560 x 1600 resolution and 1080p H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video codec (recording and playing high quality videos).

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4

Qualcomm is another important name when it comes to Android smartphones and tablets (but not only) as the American company is responsible for various families of SoCs used in various generations of smartphones and tablets. Since Snapdragon S4 is the Qualcomm SoC used by some of the most recent devices out there, we’re going to focus on it, but you’ll have to know that the S4 was preceded by other SoC generations.

Snapdragon S4 has a processor that’s similar to the ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, but built according to Qualcomm’s own design. In addition to the CPU, the Snapdragon S4 offers HD video recording and playing support and integrated Adreno GPU capabilities. But one of the most interesting things about the S4 is that it also packs a modem with radio capabilities required by smartphones and tablets with cellular circuitry.

Specifically, the S4 packs a 4G LTE modem, which explains why various companies launched their high-end devices with quad-core capabilities in international markets (using various SoC solutions other than the S4), but when it came to the U.S. launch, they replaced them with the S4 to offer 4G LTE support, even though it only packs dual-core processing powers. The S4 also handles Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, and Bluetooth on most devices.

There are various Snapdragon S4 SoC versions, built on both 40nm and 28nm technology (lower is better as it’s more power efficient) and they are used in some Android devices you may have already heard of, including the HTC One S, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, North-American HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sony Xperia S, North American Samsung Galaxy S3, and others.

Samsung Exynos 4 Quad

As you’d expect, Samsung has its own SoC platform, the Exynos family. Of those SoCs, we’re going to focus on its latest addition, the Exynos 4 Quad, that’s found on the international version of its 2012 flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Exynos SoCs are also based on ARM architecture, just like Tegra 3 and Snapdragon S4. The Exynos 4 Quad is built with 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process that’s ready to offer “twice better CPU performance” but 20% lower power consumption than the previous model, which was used in the Galaxy S II. Exynos 4 Quad packs a 1.4GHZ Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and the ARM Mali-400 MP4 quad-core GPU. The processor supports 3D gaming, fast multitasking and HD video recording and playback. The Exynos 4 Quad is used in the Galaxy S3 (international version) and in the Meizu MX Quad.

Previous Exynos generations can be found in the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy S, Droid Charge, Exibit 4G, Infuse 4G, but also in non-Samsung devices such as the Meizu MX and Meizu M9.

Intel Medfield

While you’re likely to find various Intel processors in all sorts of desktops, laptops and notebooks, the company has not really made a play for the mobile business until earlier this year. Intel announced at CES 2012 that it plans to attack the smartphone and tablet mobile business with its own SoC platform, codenamed Medfield, which should be found inside various mobile devices in the future.

So far, we have three such devices announced, the Orange San Diego (Santa Clara) theLenovo K800, and the Lava Xolo X900. Intel announced a partnership with Motorola (owned by Google) and we’re certainly curious to see the first Googlerola devices to come with Intel circuitry on board.

Medfield SoCs are built with 32nm HKMG technology, just like the Exynos Quad 4 Core but it’s not based on ARM architecture. Instead, Intel is relying on its own x86 technology to make these SoCs. Medfield SoCs can offer OEMs a 1.6-2GHz single-core processor and PowerVR’s SGX540 GPU.

Texas Instruments OMAP 4

While they’re not as popular as Qualcomm or NVIDIA SoCs, the OMAP family from Texas Instruments should definitely be taken very seriously. In case OMAP sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve seen such SoCs equip various Android devices in the past, including the original Motorola Droid that spawned the Android revolution, the Barnes & Noble Nook Color and Nook Simple, the Motorola Bravo, the Motorola Defy, the LG Optimus Black, the Motorola Droid 2, the Samsung Galaxy S LCD, but also non-Android devices like the Palm Pre and Pre 2 or the Nokia N9.

The latest TI OMAP SoCs family is the fourth-generation OMAPs, or OMAP 4, which relies on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 45nm-based architecture. There are various OMAP4 SoCs, but all of them will offer PowerVR graphics. The OMAP 4 4470 model stands out because, in addition to the dual-core CPU, it has two companion Cortex-M3 cores that are supposed to take over smaller tasks to increase power efficiency, just like the fifth core found on the Tegra 3. The 4470 model also comes with 1080p full HD video recording and playback support.

Here are some Android devices that pack TI OMAP 4 SoCs: Motorola Atrix 2, Motorola Droid 3, Motorola Droid Bionic, Motorola Droid RAZR, Motorola Xyboard, some Samsung Galaxy S2 models, Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Optimus 3D and LG Optimus Max. But an OMAP 4 SoC can also be found on the BlackBerry PlayBook for example.

ST-Ericsson NovaThor

The NovaThor SoC platform developed by ST-Ericsson is not that known in the mobile business, although we already have certain devices that rely on this SoC including the Sony Xperia P, Sony Xperia U, Sony Xperia Sola, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Samsung Galaxy Beam and the HTC Sensation for China. The NovaThor SoCs used so far come with 1GHz or 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processors, single core ARM Mali 400 GPUs, and wireless support (GSM/EDGE/HSPA/HSPA+, depending on the model used.) Current NovaThor SoCs are built on 45nm process technology, although ST-Ericsson plans to launch more power-efficient models that will come with 32nm/28 semiconductor technology and that will feature faster CPU speeds, Power VR graphics and even LTE support.

Other SoCs

We couldn’t talk about Systems on a Chip without mentioning what the competition is using. Apple has its proprietary line of AX chips (A4, A5 and A5X), which have been used on all of its iOS devices starting with the original iPad. The flagship Apple SoC is the A5X, which currently equips the new iPad, but Apple is rumored to be working on a new model, the A6, that’s going to be found on board of future iOS devices.

Which one is best for me?

The obvious question you may have is, which of the SoCs above is best for me? .

In case you’re buying one of the last-gen Android tablets and smartphones available out there, which will surely pack one of the SoCs mentioned above, then you’re likely to get a similar performance across the board. Sure, every SoC manufacturer will defend its own brand with words like “power efficiency,” “high performance,” “3D graphics,” “full HD video,” but all these competing platforms will offer overall enjoyable user experiences with few differences between them. The fact remains that you shouldn’t buy a new device after looking only at SoC capabilities, but you should consider more factors like display technology, wireless connectivity, camera performance, and storage, in order to make a more informed purchase.

One such example is the American Galaxy S3 which packs a dual-core processor, part of the Snapdragon S4 SoC, instead of the quad-core processor that’s found on the Exynos 4 Quad SoC. This is because the American Galaxy S3 is supposed to offer LTE support, and it’s the S4 SoC that happens to have an LTE modem included, not the Exynos 4 Quad. So while some Galaxy S3 buyers will complain about not getting the full quad-core power promised by the international Galaxy S3 version, they still get that precious LTE support, in a (hopefully) power-efficient manner.

In case you want to buy a new/second-hand older Android device, then you should pay attention to its SoC and its capabilities, and check out performance comparisons (benchmark tests) to see how your chosen device fares against other devices.

And let’s not forget that all companies mentioned above are already working on next-gen SoCs, and we can’t wait to see what next year’s smartphones and tablets will be able to do thanks to new internal components and improved operating systems.

Motorola Quench XT5

Motorola is aiming to be Android top dog and to achieve that takes not only awesome high-end smartphones like the Atrixes, but also phones that take potential buyers’ wallets into consideration. This resulted in the Quench XT5, a phone that takes on the LG Optimus One P500 and the Samsung Galaxy 3. We clearly liked both of the aforementioned devices, so the XT5 has quite the task ahead of it.

Design


The candybar XT5 just screams cool the moment you lay eyes on it. The exterior is mostly comprised of a matte black finish, with a dash of chrome thrown in for good measure on the rims. The front is mostly glossy and it houses the 320×480 3.2-inch Gorilla Glass encased display, which is pretty high quality for the resolution it runs at. Below the display lies the four generic touch-sensitive keys, but Motorola have also included call answer/end keys, as well as a trackball below that. The power button and the 3.5mm audio jack are on top, a flapped micro-USB port is on the left and the right houses the volume rocker and the click button used for the 5 megapixel fixed focus camera which is located on the back. The Motorola logo also doesn’t take up the usual spot centered above the display, but is instead positioned on the top left, which is pretty cool if you ask me.

Well designed and built

 

 

 

The phone doesn’t feel rugged but it does feel extremely solidly built. It’s not bulky either, which is a bonus as a solid light phone is pretty hard to come across these days. Overall, the XT5’s design gets a major thumbs up.

Features and Performance

Interface

The XT5 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor, which is clocked at 600MHz, and comes with stock Android 2.1 Eclair. Eclair’s a bit of a bummer, not by itself, but simply because the Optimus One ships with FroYo out of the box, and even the perennially slow Samsung have announced a FroYo update for the Galaxy 3. Motorola on the other hand, are being rather defiant about updating their phones, and there’s no news on if/when the XT will get an OS update.

One might expect the 600MHz processor to cause a performance bottleneck, but contrary to expectations, the XT5 performs admirably. The touchscreen, even when using multi-touch, is responsive and there’s minimal to no lag present and even that only shows up when the phone’s undergoing heavy multi-tasking. The accelerometer is also quite responsive and it recognizes tilts quickly and accurately.


Performs pretty well, too!

 

 

 

 

The call answer/end buttons are a bit of a headscratcher. While the OS can be configured to allow those buttons to activate the display (it’s not enabled by default), the call end button doesn’t take you back to the home screen. It’s not a dealbreaker by any means, but I would have liked to have at least an option that enabled that function. The clickable trackball, on the other hand, works fine and is a real help while browsing the web.

There are three different keyboard layouts for text input, which can be changed at will by swiping over them. These include the standard QWERTY layout, the numeric keypad and even a half-QWERTY keypad. The keys are well spaced out, especially in landscape mode, so typing isn’t much of a hassle.

Media

The video player on the XT5 is decent, as its augmented by a pretty good screen. It only plays files of resolutions of up to 640×480 (640×360 for 16:9 videos), but the codec support is pretty good, with DivX and H264 both supported.

Where the Quench surprisingly shines is the music department. The DAC is high-grade stuff for a phone in this budget range and sounds better than most PMPs – it’s loud enough and provides a decent soundstage with good bass and treble levels. Of course, the problem that music players on most Android Phones have – complete lack of EQ Settings – returns, but a quick install of any of the third-party music players available on the Android Market will unlock the true potential of the XT5’s DAC.

 

Jack it in

 

 
The bundled handsfree is of an earbud design so it could be either a good or a bad thing, depending on your preference, but they are built decently and sound decent too. They’re obviously no match for a good pair of earphones, but as bundled handsfrees go they’re fantastic.

 

 

Connectivity

The Quench XT5 is 3G enabled, HSDPA even, along with the other standard connectivity options like EDGE and GPRS. WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP is also included.

On the software front, the phone comes pre-loaded with Gtalk, MySpace and Facebook apps, you’ll have to get the Twitter app yourself. E-mail support includes your standard POP/IMAP accounts, along with Gmail.

The phone ships with GPS, a-GPS support and even has a GPS tracker that, as the name gives away, tracks your movements if you enable it. This is in addition to the pre-loaded Google Maps app.

Misc. Features

There are quite a few handy tools thrown onto the XT5. There’s Documents-to-go, a notepad, a file browser and an RSS reader. Being a stock OS, it also has access to virtually every application on the Android Market.

Camera

The 5 megapixel fixed focus camera comes with a bunch of options. There are options to change the white balance, colour effects and even parameters such as sharpness, contrast and saturation.

As for performance, the camera doesn’t do dim lighting very well but the well-lit pictures are pretty decent.

 

 

Battery

The 1270mAh battery manages to hold its own against the XT5, providing talktime of about five hours on an average. Off a full charge, it lasted for around two days with regular usage which includes WiFi, music, videos and calls and three days with light usage, so I’d say that’s pretty impressive.

Of course, the functionality of the auto-brightness feature goes a long way to help this. However, the phone lasted that long without any app killers or battery saver apps, so one could probably go even higher with those installed.

Verdict

The Motorola Quench XT5, which is available at some places for Rs. 13,990, is quite the sleeper hit. The OS is smooth as butter, music playback is excellent and the Gorilla Glass-encased display ensures scratches don’t affect your viewing experience. Add to that the quality build and the good battery life and the XT5 becomes a fantastic mid-range Android option.

I only hope Motorola follow this through with a Froyo update, and also fix the couple of minor niggles along with it.

 

Specifications :


General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, July
Status Available. Released 2010, August
Size Dimensions 114.9 x 56.8 x 12.6 mm, 80 cc
Weight 114 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches
– Gorilla Glass display
– Trackball
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
– MOTOBLUR UI with Live Widgets
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 100 MB storage, 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, LED flash
Video Yes, 320×480@15 fps
Secondary No
Features OS Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
CPU 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio No
Games Downloadable
Colors Brown
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Via third party application
– Social networking integration with live updates
– Digital compass
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/DivX/H.264/H.263 player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
– YouTube, Google Talk
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Po 1270 mAh
Stand-by Up to 560 h (2G) / Up to 545 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 8 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 30 min (3G)
Misc SAR US 1.16 W/kg (head)     0.59 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 1.16 W/kg (head)
Price group Rs. 12,000 TO 14,000


New Motorola DEFY Review

Motorola DEFY:


Introduction:

When you buy an expensive gadget like today’s smartphones that cost as much as your monthly salary, you’d like to guard your precious from being a victim of a clumsy accident. But life is full of such sorry surprises, and there are times when we drop our phones – sometimes fortunately on office carpet floors, while sometimes on concrete roads. Worse is a fact that most phones today have large touchscreens, and god forbid if it were to fall flat on the face resulting in a cracked display.

And its not just phones falling, there are other circumstances that may wreck your phone. Using you phone duing a heavy downpour is also quite tricky. I cannot even imagine the plight of somebody who suffers from excessive sweating and has to constantly wipe his phone for the fear of the ear-piece going bad.

To counter this, there have been attempts by phone makers to make something that can withstand these troubles. The most recent of these is the Samsung Marine. But other than the commendable toughness, it was a mere spartan phone and not something that the gadget-savvy person would want to use.

On another topic, I had also expressed my desire to have that one good mid-range Android phone that gives me less compromises without costing a bomb. Enter Motorola DEFY — the answer to both the above mentioned problems. It is an Android phone that’s made to last, without making you sell your kidney in exchange. Read on to find out about our Tough Love for this ‘Rola!

motorola defy

Design and Build

The Motorola DEFY is a tough phone; it’s built to withstand water and dust. The darn thing is built like a tank and feels extremely solid in hand. We’ve tried throwing this phone on the floor, dipping it in a cup of water, and it has survived our torture till now. The display is protected by Corning’s now famous Gorilla glass — that is resistant to scratches. Rubbing pointy keys on it didn’t leave any sign of damage. The phone may appear large in the press shots, but trust me when I say that this is THE most comfortable 3.7-inch screened phone I’ve held. The dimensions and weight are fairly petite and it comfortably slips in and out of your pocket.

motorola defy

Most of its front face is occupied by the touchscreen. It is sufficiently large, and the high 854 x 480 pixel resolution delivers good crispness while reading text or photos and videos. It is sufficiently bright and the ambient light sensor makes it quickly adapt to surrounding lighting conditions. The touch response is also pretty accurate. Below that are all four of the Android-specific keys — menu, home, back and search. Their touch response is equally spot-on and they’re backlit too.

motorola defy side

Above the screen is an earpiece that’s well-protected from not just dust particles but even water droplets. There’s a tiny LED status light next to it that blinks if you have missed a phone call or received any other notification like a text message. There are only three physical buttons on the phone — the power button and the volume control keys. They are a little hard to press but we assume that’s a side-effect in trying to avoid any passage of water or dust via them. Once you get used to it, they aren’t too bad to use. The other two openings – the 3.5mm earphone jack at the top and the microUSB port to the left – are protected by rubber coverings.

motorola defy

At the back, you’ve got the camera sensor and a tiny singular LED flash. There’s a tiny hole next to the lens that acts as an opening for the secondary noise-cancellation microphone. The rubberised back plate is easily removable by the flick of a switch; revealing a fairly large 1540 mAh Lithium ion battery. The SIM card slot and the microSD card slot lie underneath the battery. The speaker opening is also at the end of the backplate.

motorola defy top

Overall, we were hard-pressed to cut any points when it came to the phone’s exterior.

User Interface and Performance

The DEFY runs Google’s Android 2.1 OS, which is two generations behind the latest 2.3 (Gingerbread) version. But when most new phones selling in the market feature at least Android 2.2 (Froyo), we were slightly disheartened.

Nonetheless, this version of Android is decorated with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR UI enhancement. Despite people’s opinion about it, we like it. There are a total of seven homescreens that can be easily sifted through, thanks to a bookmark-like menu that appears at the bottom. There are many things to like about it, such as the extra widgets that let you put a calendar in monthly view or toggle flight-mode or even add a sticky note; these are things that aren’t seen in vanilla versions of Android.

motorola defy UI

The Motorola on-screen QWERTY keyboard is well-designed and a breeze to type on with good word prediction and correction. If the keys feel too cramped in portrait mode for you, then flip it over sideways and you should find the landscape QWERTY keys to be well-sized and well-spaced. There’s also Swype built-in if you fancy text input without having to tap on those on-screen keys.

motorola defy UI

Adjusting the cursor on the screen is ripped off from the iPhone, with a magnifying rectangle instead of a typical magnifying glass. But hey, it works so we aren’t bitching. The default music player automatically downloads lyrics, thanks to the integration with the TuneWiki service that we’re fans of — nice touch Motorola, nice touch. Lastly, There’s a file manager built-in too.

Let’s talk of UI swiftness. The DEFY is powered by an 800 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor with an ample-sounding 512MB RAM. In our experience, never did I feel the phone to be slow or laggy at any point of time. Yes, it may not be buttery smooth, but it definitely can’t be called laggy. Probably the only area we felt it lag was during pinch-zooming photos in the Gallery app; we assume that’s because all the images were stored on the memory card. Pinch-zooming on the browser on the other hand was fairly smooth. Thanks to the good screen resolution, reading websites on the browser was a pleasant affair; especially when you flip the phone sideways into landscape mode.

Another complaint we have was with the playback of our test DivX files, some of which had a slightly stuttered frame-rate. Note that these exact files may have played smoothly on an HVGA-screened 600MHz processor phone (like the Optimus P500), but we guess here the 800 MHz processor has to flex more for the DEFY’s higher WVGA screen resolution.

motorola defy UI

It is unfortunate that the DEFY runs Android 2.1, but it does implement a 2.2 feature in this version — mobile hotspot, which lets you turn your mobile phone into a wireless router. Also, you may not be able to install apps on an SD card on the DEFY yet, but the phone comes with an ample 2GB internal storage, out of which roughly 1.2GB storage is free for you to use. Another cool trick — this phone is DLNA certified and also has a built-in app for two-way sharing and streaming of media onto another DLNA certified device like a TV or a gaming console.

Network reception and Call Clarity

We’ve always had a high regard for Motorola when it comes to call quality and network reception. I even went on record with my Milestone review saying that it was the best phone for calling I’d ever used. The DEFY doesn’t let that expectation down — it had a great network reception. I never faced any dropped calls during the time of testing.

The earpiece volume was fairly loud and clear to me, and although people on the other end said that my voice sounded a little different, never did they complain about any lack in clarity. The loud-speaker on the DEFY is quite powerful, especially during phone-calls. On a sour note, people wanting to make video-calls will be disappointed to learn that the DEFY doesn’t have a front-facing camera.

To point out a network-related issue — My GPRS connection from time to time would just stop working. Now, I can’t put the blame on the DEFY since I’ve experienced the same issue with even other Android phones. But generally, turning the flight mode on and off again would resolve the issue in most cases, where in the case of the DEFY, a couple of times even restarting the phone didn’t help. I can’t say if the issue is with the operator or the phone, so till I try the DEFY with another operator, I’m going to give it the benefit of doubt.

Multimedia

The DEFY comes with a 5 megapixel autofocusing unit. There’s no physical shutter button, so you’ll have to use the on-screen one. Now, it won’t autofocus if you place your thumb over the virtual button, but as soon as you release, it focuses and takes the snap in a second. There’s no touch-to-focus either.

I’d call the quality of the snaps as decent. Despite good lighting, the photos appeared slightly dull and the darker colors also appeared a little over-saturated. Still, they were fairly clear and are worthy of uploading to your online photo gallery. The LED flash isn’t powerful and will help illuminate objects that are very close to it. It also captures decent clarity videos although in a low VGA resolution, but they turned out to be fairly smooth in terms of frame-rate. All in all — the Motorola DEFY isn’t a pro-camera phone, but it’ll get the job done when you really need it.

The audio quality via the bundled earphones is average. On connecting a better sounding pair, it did go up well enough for me not to carry my MP3 player everywhere.

Battery Life

Battery life has always been a sore point with Androids, so please don’t confuse our cheer over the DEFY’s battery life of almost an entire day with heavy usage. And by heavy, I mean HEAVY — hours of phone-calls, internet usage, downloading apps, taking snaps and monkeying around with the interface.

There’s also a power optimization tool that prevents the phone from using mobile Internet for certain hours at night. With that and moderate usage, you can expect this phone to last you more than a day.

Price and Verdict

The Motorola DEFY is selling right now for Rs. 18,100 at online stores. We wouldn’t call that over-the-top pricing, especially since you’re getting a really sturdy phone with a fair amount of features. From the time I’ve started using it, I’m absolutely loving this phone for what it is. The only real missing link for the DEFY would be the Android 2.2 update, which is speculated to be released in the second quarter of this year. That’s only going to make the phone compatible with more apps from the Android market, along with an improvement in the UI speed, thanks to the optimizations Froyo has brought upon.

If you’re looking for a good mid-range Android, then the DEFY is your only good choice — and we’re not saying it in a bad way at all! If the price of this phone drops down to Rs. 15-16k, and it gets blessed with the Android 2.2 update, then this deal is going to be really, really hard to resist.

Motorola DEFY Review

A midrange android that’s built to last

Dust/Water Proof and Sturdy Build, Extremely comfortable size and weight, Big high-resolution screen, Speedy interface, Thoughtful UI Customizations, Consistent Network reception, “Loud” speaker, Decent camera performance

Runs Android 2.1 (for now), no front-facing video-call camera, slight stutter in DivX playback

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Specifications:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2010, September
Status Available. Released 2010, October
Size Dimensions 107 x 59 x 13.4 mm
Weight 118 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 854 pixels, 3.7 inches
– Gorilla Glass display
– Touch sensitive controls
– MOTOBLUR UI with Live Widgets
– Multi-touch input method
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes, check quality
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 2 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 2GB included, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, image stabilization
Video Yes, VGA@30fps
Secondary No
Features OS Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair), upgradable to v2.2
CPU 800MHz Cortex-A8 processor, TI OMAP3610 chipset
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Black, White
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Dustproof and water-resistant
– Digital compass
– MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC+ player
– MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk
– Facebook, Twitter, MySpace integration
– Document viewer
– Flash Lite
– Photo viewer/editor
– Organizer
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Po 1540 mAh
Stand-by Up to 238 h
Talk time Up to 6 h 48 min
Misc SAR US 1.52 W/kg (head)     1.53 W/kg (body)
Price group

Samsung’s The second wave

Bada OS welcomes two new phones today – meet the Samsung S5250 Wave 2 and the Samsung S5330 Wave 2 Pro. The Wave successors plan to expand the reach of the Bada OS with more competitive pricing.

The ‘Wave 2’ name suggests that the duo boasts specs even more impressive than the original Samsung Wave, but that’s not the case. The Samsung S5330 Wave 2 Pro as you might have guessed already has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard but other than that it’s almost identical to Samsung S5250 Wave 2. Both however don’t have a lot in common with S8500 Wave.

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Samsung S5250 Wave 2 and Samsung S5330 Wave 2 Pro official photos

The screens are 3.2″ TFT units with WQVGA resolution – so, the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro screens won’t provide the sweet image quality of the high-res SuperAMOLED that the first Wave had. The rest of the specs are equally toned down.

The Samsung S5250 Wave 2 and S5330 Wave 2 Pro are 2G only, though they do have Wi-Fi 802.11n to step up when the quad-band GSM/EDGE doesn’t cut it. The camera is 3MP and there’s a microSD card slot to expand the internal memory. Bluetooth and GPS round off the relevant specs of the new members of the Bada OS club.

One of the key features of Bada – Social Hub – is the go-to place for contact info and communication. The Samsung S5330 Wave 2 Pro and S5250 Wave 2 cover social networking, IM and email with ease.

There’s no pricing info yet, but the Samsung S5250 Wave 2 and Samsung S5330 Wave 2 Pro will become initially available in Russia and South East Asia probably this month.

Specifications:

Samsung S8500 Wave ( For reference)


General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2010, February
Status Available. Released 2010, April
Size Dimensions 118 x 56 x 10.9 mm
Weight 118 g
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.3 inches
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Multi-touch input method
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
– Scratch-resistant surface
– TouchWiz UI 3.0
– Handwriting recognition
– Smart unlock
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
– DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine)
Memory Phonebook Yes, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 1.5 GB system storage, 390 MB user available storage
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, image stablilization, touch focus
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, video light
Secondary Yes
Features OS Bada OS
CPU ARM Cortex A8 1GHz
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, Palringo IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS, FM recording
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Ebony Gray
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support, Samsung Mobile Navigator
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Digital compass
– TV-Out
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV/Xvid/DivX video player
– Organizer
– Picsel document viewer
– Image editor
– Voice memo
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-by Up to 600 h (2G) / Up to 550 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 15 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
Music play Up to 35 h
Misc SAR EU 0.99 W/kg (head)

Samsung S5330 Wave 2 Pro

Also known as Samsung Wave 533

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2010, June
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2010, August
Size Dimensions 109.5 x 55 x 15 mm
Weight
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 400 pixels, 3.2 inches
– QWERTY keyboard
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– TouchWiz UI 3.0
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Yes, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 80 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Video Yes
Secondary No
Features OS Bada OS
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM recording
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Various
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Organizer
– Image editor
– Voice memo
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh
Stand-by
Talk time

Samsung S5250 Wave 2

Also known as Samsung Wave 525

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2010, June
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2010, August
Size Dimensions 109.5 x 55 x 11.7 mm
Weight
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 400 pixels, 3.2 inches
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– TouchWiz UI 3.0
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Yes, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 80 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Video Yes
Secondary No
Features OS Bada OS
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM recording
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Various
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Organizer
– Image editor
– Voice memo
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh
Stand-by
Talk time

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