A user review for those who want an honest comparison b/w the Mi 4i and the Moto G 3rd gen:
I was initially unsure about which phone to choose between the Mi 4i and the Moto G, but then I got the opportunity to use both so here's a review based on the comparison. My review is based on average usage pattern of a couple of calls, a lot of texts, Hike/WhatsApp/FB messages, some browsing, a little (not very graphic intensive) gaming, watching videos on YouTube and on the phone, single SIM usage, and 60-70% time on Wi-Fi. I won't go into configurational details but base my review on the day to day performance as I found it. These are my conclusions:
1. Performances: Day to day performance is fast, zippy and completely lag-free on both. Coming from my Samsung phone, both phones feel really amazing. I found the Moto to be slightly snappier (with 18 apps running!) when compared to the Mi 4i (with 6 apps running), but the difference might be too minor to notice in day-to-day performances for most users.
2. Heating Issues: The Moto heats up a little when charging, but apart from that it is completely free from heating of any kind. Unlike other reviewers, I'll have to laud Xiaomi's efforts with the Mi 4i though: the new upgrades have reduced the heating levels to a bare minimum, and now it only warms up a little with heavy use. However, the Moto in contrast experiences nothing of the sort at all.
3. Battery: The battery on the Moto G can last easily over a day, but it would be wrong to expect more of the 2470mAh battery. However, with the same usage pattern, the Mi 4i's battery easily lasts two days for me.
4. Display: The screen is where it really lags: pixels, I'm afraid, are very much visible and you'll be rather disappointed if you're viewing it from a 6-10inch distance. There's also a yellow-ish tint. In comparison, the Mi 4i's screen is way nicer. However, brightness and viewing angles are exceptionally good on both devices, and sunlight legibility was equally good on both.
5. Camera: The camera on the Moto G is disappointing if you think it's a 13MP/5MP shooter, esp. if you're coming from the Mi 4i's superior performance. The camera on the Moto is faster, has a minimal interface; the Mi 4i provides far more options in terms of filters, etc. Video quality on the Moto is better than on the Xiaomi in my experience.
6. Storage: Device storage is where the Moto G beats the Mi 4i hands down. I had no problem storing and accessing my entire season of FRIENDS on the Moto, something I wouldn't dream of on the Mi 4i. You get 5GB on the Mi Cloud on the Xiaomi, while you get Google+ backup on the Moto so cloud storage probably isn't something you need to worry about. Both devices have USB-OTG though, and it works just fine on both.
7. User interface:
- Vanilla Android on the Moto with it's superior bloat-free feel is amazing, particularly after TouchWiz! Though both devices have the same amount of RAM, the Mi 4i's bloatware eats into the RAM and leaves only about 900MB RAM with NO active applications. This might explain why the Moto feels smoother despite the lower core-config.
- I personally prefer the comfort of an app drawer as well as folders: something which only the Moto G offers. Even Nova Launcher keeps crashing on the Mi 4i, which is a negative for someone who might want to customize the UI. Both the Lenovo K3 Note and the Mi 4i lack the app drawer I've come to love, offering only folders and buttons in an Apple-esque fashion. However, others prefer the latter kind so it's really upto you.
- If you care about the quick-access buttons on the notification tray, the Moto G might be a bit of a shocker for you. For instance, there's no "Silent" button or dedicated "Mobile Internet" button. Switching on/off the mobile data is a two-step process which should have been a one-step process, and that's kinda annoying for me. The Xiaomi's configuration in this department - only in this, mind you - like most phones, is pretty standard: hence it's probably a little easier to use.
9. Assisting features: Moto additions to stock Android are actually useful, such as the active display. However, the mi 4i offers notification lights even if not the active display. Overall, I find the active display on the Moto to be more useful than the light - but then, if you're used to the notification lights, you might be missing that on the Moto.
10. Telephony: Both phones offer superior calling facilities and there's no call drop. The active noise cancellation works really well on both devices.
11. Build Quality: Both phones have solid build quality, but the Moto G feels much nicer and sturdier in my hand than the Mi 4i. It's heavier and bigger though, which means I'm afraid of dropping it half the time. I'm guessing guys won't have this problem, but for us girls, the Mi 4i is definitely much easier to hold. The Gorilla glass + water protection (IPx7 rated), however, makes me feel safer using the Moto. The Mi 4i has survived 2 drops in as many months so far, though, so I wouldn't worry too much if I were you.
12. Speakers: Despite the single speaker on the Moto, it's extremely loud and clear in terms of the sound quality! Listening to music is a pleasure, particularly vocals. The Mi 4i is slightly less loud in my experience, and the speakers (located on the back) tend to get muffled if you keep it on a desk or pillow: but this might be subjective. This is something you don't need to worry about on either phone, though, because both are fairly decent in this category.
Anonymous, 16 Aug 2015Please bhai log..tell me thd truth about this phone..some are saying that vertical lines are s... moreI've been using the Moto G 3rd gen for a couple of days now, and so far these are my conclusions:
1. I don't have any verticle lines on my device so far.
2. The phone heats up a little when charging, but apart from that there's absolutely no problem with heating. Although I should note that I haven't tried heavy gaming on this device yet, but even with 18+ apps running, there's no heat.
3. Camera quality is very average. I've used this, the Mi 4i, the ASUS Zenfone 2, and the K3 Note camera. Of these 4, the Moto G's camera is decidedly the worst one. The odd thing is that the video quality is better than the Mi 4i's. (Mi 4i has the best camera in this range, hands down.)
AnonD-257385, 15 Aug 2015I bought the phone.. Had it for a day or so.. I was pleased with everything for the bucks I ha... moreEnd of the day ppl its a phone, is there really any need to go above a 5mpx camera?....most are selfies :))) who cares?. ID rather OS work smooth and APPS
Anonymous, 16 Aug 2015Android will get killed by windows 10 one day, trust me.I dont thinkso? Windows 10 and app store people been waiting a decade. roll the dice.
aniket, 15 Aug 2015im using moto g3 2gb and 16gb from 10 days and im first user of moto g3 phone is just awesom... moreHey..I bought this phone 2days ago..net speed in 2g is very bad..a WhatsApp image too takes so much time to see...I don't know if there is any mistake in settings..help please
AnonD-156573, 15 Aug 2015I agree, camera is not that good and has some heating issues due to waterproof body. Can't emi... moreAs far as I know, the moto G 1st and 2nd gen aren't waterproof, but they don't have vents to 'emit heat'. Water proof body doesn't mean it heats.
Anonymous, 15 Aug 2015Oh...OK You have two accounts, one Anonymous and the other jd. Both under same IP.
Does anyone know when the 3rd Gen will arrive in australian shops and about what price?.
levin, 15 Aug 2015Moto g 3rd gen user pls tell how to make video call.Download skype for make a videocall. Otherwise you can't make a videocall direct.
AnonD-399059, 15 Aug 2015OMG... this is pathetic.. I bought this phone few days back which as battery and heating issue... morePlease bhai log..tell me thd truth about this phone..some are saying that vertical lines are seen on screen..some are saying about heating problem....and please tell me about camera quality...is it good ??
Anonymous, 15 Aug 2015They must have used Snapdragon 610 or Intel. Snapdragon 410 is very slow, even with 2 GB RAM. ... morecome on, my samsung A7 use snapdragon 615 still had problem , lag sometimes even loading phone arena web site lag and not responsive..... nothing is perfect cest la vie.
Does anybody know whether the always-visible google searchbar can be removed? I think it's pretty annoying that it shows on all pages
AnonD-257385, 15 Aug 2015I bought the phone.. Had it for a day or so.. I was pleased with everything for the bucks I ha... moreI agree, camera is not that good and has some heating issues due to waterproof body. Can't emitt heat easily so body gets heated after some use. Display is ok.