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Motorola Moto G battery life test: the long-distance runner

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Motorola Moto G battery life test: the long-distance runner
The Motorola Moto G is a somewhat unique device. It comes at the price of a low-end handset, yet packs a large, gorgeous display, and powerful processor that others in its price bracket don’t have. It’s great value for the money, but how good is its battery and can it last you a full workday? The Moto G has finally gone through our extensive battery test and the score is in. The result? The Moto G blows almost all its peers out of the water, and ranks on the top of our battery ranks with an amazing score of 7 hours and 12 minutes. It achieves this score with a 2070mAh battery (that is not user-removable).

What this number represents is the amount of time you’d be able to use the handset without putting it down for a minute. Keep in mind that in this test we simulate real-life usage and don’t stress-test just one single feature like video playback.

The Moto G has a non-removable battery

The Moto G has a non-removable battery

How does this compare to devices similar to the Moto G? Simply put, it outclasses them. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, for instance, scored just 5 hours and 1 minute on the same test, nearly 30% less than the Moto G, and the HTC One mini got 5 hours and 41 minutes, 21% worse than the affordable Motorola.

Actually, the Moto G outscored even top-shelf devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, HTC One, and it even topped one of our battery champs, the LG G2.

It’s worth pointing out that our test measures non-stop usage, and in real-life we do put our devices to rest quite often. Given this battery score, we can safely say, though, that the Moto G will last you a full workday without breaking a sweat. Use it moderately, and you should be able to get nearly two days on a single charge. Well done, Motorola!

Motorola Moto G battery life test

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage.

Time
Higher is better
Motorola Moto G
7h 12 min (Excellent)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Good)
HTC One
5h 45 min (Good)
HTC One mini
5h 41 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
5h 1 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Average)
View all

Testing method:
As for our battery test, we use a simulation of real-life usage. A smartphone nowadays is used for much more than calling and texting, so we had to take this into account. The average smartphone user actually spends most of the time on the web and social media, and you might be surprised that this average Joe of a user actually listens to music and plays games more than he talks! To get a better understanding of that average use, feel free to take a look at the top activities we do on our smartphones.

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posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:29 3

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


That would be a great everyday work phone :D

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:48 4

2. hboy857 (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Phonearena battery test method is the best. Go Moto, keep up the good work.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:00

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3317; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I get nearly 7-10 hours on the 5S throughout the day. This number is paltry.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:34 6

5. av911 (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Great job with your tiny-ass screen.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:35 5

6. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1294; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Running the same test on the 5s they got a bit over 5 hours. So comparing apples to apples, it still beats the 5s. This is the same test run on each device, which is a more accurate comparison.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:59

11. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea I was about to say the exact same thing.

Just on this test....the Moto G did better than the iPhone 5S. I question the tests itself tho because I like to see the individual breakdown of each section. And regardless of what surveys, articles say....talk time is my most important battery life result...lol.

But yea...Myx could just added other phones in the pic from the drop down box.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:37 1

7. Planterz (Posts: 682; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Are you CONSTANTLY on your phone, like PA's script simulates? No, you're not. With similiar useage, you'd probably get 10-12 hours on the Moto G or maybe more.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:12

4. cripton805 (Posts: 913; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I got 20+ hours with moderate use on wifi instead of 3g. I love it.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:57

10. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


How are you doing that? The most I've gotten on Wifi only (Airplane mode on so I don't have my battery drained by cellular, obviously I had Wifi on though) is around 15 hours. Though, I do have it syncing 5 Gmail accounts...

How do you get that extra bump?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:04

12. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Syncing 5 Gmail accounts...could be part of it. Is the sync times long, short? I usually do manual syncing and have the auto sync be a longer time.

What I have learned over the years is we all have different definitions of light, moderate, heavy use.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:40

8. Planterz (Posts: 682; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Impressive. It outlasts the Razr Maxx's 3300mAh battery, and with my "normal" useage (FB, browsing, Words with Friends), I only drain about 30-40% in a 12 hour work day.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:55 4

9. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Only thing I would say about the tests is the Moto G isnt LTE, 4G. That may have an impact on results if you stick LTE phones on 3G only mode.

Just like in the past with iPhones vs Android phones....with no Flash on iPhones web browsing tests were not an entirely accurate test. I think Google has done away with Flash now tho.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:23

13. Planterz (Posts: 682; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


That's a good point about LTE.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:09

14. Sadiq (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Butt i just want lumia 1520 battery life test ..

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:24 1

15. Reality_Check (Posts: 261; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Stop being a "butt." They'll post it when its done.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 14:56

18. Victor.H (Posts: 409; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Currently, our test runs best on Android and iOS, but we are exploring all possibilities to run it on Windows Phone.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:36 1

16. saneok (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


I own this phone and have noticed the amazing battery life. After owning 2 HTC phones, this is such a great change! I never have to worry about the phone running out of juice, its amazing! I love my Moto G!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 14:11 1

17. Augustine (Posts: 676; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I'd gladly pay extra $20 to get LTE. Other than that, the G is a quite well designed phone.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 02:50

19. andynaija (Posts: 455; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


And a microSD card slot.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 05:42

20. CaptainDroid (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


one more added to the thousands of reasons to buy moto g...

posted on 07 May 2014, 09:40

21. graywh (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Got my wife a Moto G and I've been very impressed with the standby battery life, too. It's draining less than 1% per hour.

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