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The Moto G goes through a 30-minute underwater session, lives to see another day

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The Moto G goes through a 30-minute underwater session, lives to see another day
Motorola's Moto G is many things -- well-crafted, shockingly cheap, and a well-looked after device in terms of its software. But being waterproof is one quality we don't actually grant the device. As it turns out, perhaps we should.

When the Moto G was first introduced, we were made aware that at least some parts under the hood were treated to a nano-coating, which is known to exhibit waterproof qualities. But the Moto G was never marketed as a waterproof smartphone -- a selling point for an increasing amount of people, go figure. But perhaps it should have been, since it turns out that the affordable handset is quite the diver. Smartphone reviewer, Erica Griffin, put a unit of the Moto G through what should have been a world of pain, by first submerging the phone for 15 seconds, then 30 seconds, and, finally, 30 long minutes. As you gleaned already, this story has a happy ending -- the Moto G (dubbed 'WALL-E' by Griffin for its unyielding character) made it through and was pretty much fully operational, despite its body being soaked with water to twice its weight. Griffin demonstrated that all the major components worked just fine -- the camera, the spaker and receiver, Wi-Fi and 3G radios, and the display/touch screen, were all unaffected from the experience once they had a few hours to recuperate.

Of course, we have some personal experience with smartphones and water ourselves, so we are curious to see if  'WALL-E' will continue to function properly in the coming weeks, but for now, it suffices to say that the Motorola Moto G is one heck of a smartphone for its price point.

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posted on 31 Jan 2014, 03:23

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4812; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm currently using the Xperia Z, is it stupid if I change to Moto G? Yeah, I know it's a stupid question. :P

Btw, that Audible sponsor advertising is annoying.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 03:42 2

2. tech2 (Posts: 1310; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Its not a bad idea if you use it as a 'holding-off' or even a spare phone. Display, great battery life, Android 4.4 are its advantages. I am currently using one and its smooth as a butter. You can sell ur Z and get Moto G and you'll only need to pay the difference which I am sure will be pretty minimal.

That Audible sponsor is their source of income. Infact, we should be congratulating them on supporting such individual start-ups and rewarding great reviewers such as Erica Griffin, who need to BUY every device they review.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 04:00 1

3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 346; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Moto G is the beast & value for every penny.I don't think Lenovo will make such great moto phones.
Erica Griffin is one of my favorite reviewer.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 06:34

4. hboy857 (Posts: 130; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Her review really is insanely in-depth. She is my third favorite tech reviewer.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 07:12 2

5. faizan-sharif (Posts: 41; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


in my country moto g arrived for $290 dollars and that too 8GB , i do nt think any one is that stupid to buy at this price leaving s3 available at expense of further $56

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:32 1

6. buccob (Posts: 1046; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


And now is time for her to sell it on ebay as "mint" condition...

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