In India there are many jokes that I find funny and entertaining and in one of them Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, says to the former Chief Minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, 'if you give me Bihar for 2 years and I will transform it into America'. To this Lalu Prasad answers, 'if you give me America for 2 months and I will convert it into a Bihar'. It got a laugh out of me, but reason I am telling it to you is because I can almost draw an analogy with this joke and the Moto M - I am guessing you may have realised that it is because the Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo took over Motorola recently.
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Moto M may lose out on the processor
Now the question is, why I am making such a comparison. Well because this new Motorola phone that costs a whopping 18,000 rupees (prices change from time to time, to check out the current price click here or here) has a MediaTek processor. A processor that in spite of so much hype is still regarded as a second grade processor compared to snapdragon or even to Huawei's homemade Kirin processor and even after good many years of its launch has found no place in the hearts of people who believe in maintaining their status quo through a smartphone. The only similarity between Motorola and MediaTek is that they both start with an M. I mean just a few years ago Motorola phones coming with MediaTek processor was just a bad distant dream. Motorola, a name that itself was enough to find its place in the hands of good smartphone loving consumers and considered at par with Apple, Blackberry is today seen to be sharing the same fate like blackberry and Nokia Lumia phones.
Now coming to the specs of Moto M, it has a 5.5 inch full HD display at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch along with a corning gorilla glass. Running on Android 6.0.1, The Motorola Moto M is powered by 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor, about which I have already mentioned.
The battery disappoints
Another flaw that I found with Moto M is its meagre 3050 mah battery. I mean come on Lenovo. Your own Chinese smartphone brothers like Xiaomi are giving 4000 mah battery in its new 5 inch Redmi 3 prime. Really not fair.
Coming to camera, I am finally able to say one good thing which I found at par with brand Motorola, Moto M houses a 16 megapixel rear camera along with auto focus and flash and an 8 megapixel fixed focus front camera that gave me some good pictures.
Other than this, the Motorola Moto M is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
In Conclusion - the verdict on Moto M
At a point of time when smartphones of Chinese origin are making entry after entry into the Indian market and when phones like Xiaomi Mi 5 at 22, 999, LeEco Le2 Max at 17,999 and Lenovo Z2 Plus at 14,999 are offering snapdragon 820 processor which is considered to be the king of all processors, in my view it would be very difficult for Moto M to stand apart as something very special. But then, I cannot ignore the hardcore loyal lovers of Motorola who have found no other phone other than their cute Moto to be good enough. All I can say is, only time will tell whether brand Moto will make Moto M a winner or not.