When Motorola launched its first generation Moto G in India, it came up with two versions: One had 8GB internal storage while the other one had 16GB memory. While the 16GB version was better, the 8GB version wasn’t a bad option. It was cheaper and given the market conditions at that time made some sense.
But with the second generation Moto G, Motorola ditched the 8GB version in India. It was a sensible move even though Motorola lost out on selling a cheaper version of the phone. Lots of consumers don’t realise this but 8GB is too less nowadays, especially with gaming apps requiring more and more space on the memory card. Offering the 16GB version in the market was Motorola’s commendable attempt to keep things and choices simple for consumers.
But now with the third generation of the Moto G, the company is bringing the 8GB version back. Worse, the difference between the 8GB version and the 16GB version is more than amount of internal memory available to users.
But first the price. The 8GB version of the third generation Motorola Moto G is available at a price of Rs.11,999. The 16 version, meanwhile costs, Rs.12,999. The difference is Rs.1,000. And that is exactly why the 8GB version is a bad buy.
Not only the 8GB version has less internal storage, it also has less RAM. Both have implications in the longer run. People who install a lot of apps, or click lots of photos, are going to feel the need for more space within a month or two of buying the new Moto G. This is particularly a concern because the new Moto G also has a beefier camera, which is going to click larger size images.
At the same time, the 8GB version has 1GB RAM, which is adequate but not as nice as 2GB RAM in the 16GB version. RAM plays a vital role when a user is juggling between several open apps on the phone. While more RAM, on its own, is not always better, it is desirable. It is safe to say that in the long run 2GB RAM in the 16GB version of the new Moto G is going to be more helpful than 1GB RAM in the cheaper phone.
The different between the versions of the new Moto G would have been justified if the price of the 8GB version was lower, say somewhere close to Rs.9,000. But with a difference of just Rs.1,000 in price, it doesn’t make sense to buy the Moto G 8GB version over the Moto G 16GB. If you are spending Rs.12,000 on your phone, it will be a wise decision to add anotherRs.1,000 and get the 16GB Moto G (3rd gen).