The Moto G is the most successful Motorola smartphone of all time
0. phoneArena 25 Feb 2014, 19:20 posted on
The first time you read that headline, you might be a bit surprised, but the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. Motorola has dropped quite a bit of interesting information today from the news about the next Moto X and a smartwatch in the works, to talking about the expansion plans for the current Moto X. But, Motorola also has an interesting tidbit on the Moto G...
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1. remyrz (Posts: 188; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)
woot.. nice! I though the Motorola Droid was the best..
7. akki20892 (Posts: 3446; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Go to Amazon.com. and it is. They sold bunch.
2. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Makes me happy to think there's a decent smartphone experience for people who can't afford the latest greatest flagship.
40. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
I think motorola is the only company that has figured out how to make great android smartphone and i think with the help of lenovo they will make the perfect phone!
3. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
They shouldn't be proud of that. Same situation as Nokia.
13. Doakie (Posts: 1251; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I dunno man. I have a Note 3 and a Moto G. The Moto G is an excellent phone. There's nothing wrong with a hit even if the profit margins aren't big. Knocking Motorola because the G's specs aren't flagship is very short sighted because technically the iPhone doesn't have the hardware specs to hang with the Android heavy hitters but it's a relevant phone. If going only by spec sheets the only thing the iPhone has going for it is the 64 bit processor, and in reality the biggest thing that the iPhone has on the Android flagships is its excellent camera. I've owned a lot of phones and I like my Moto G as much as I liked my HTC One, and that's saying a lot because I really liked the One. The only complaint I can find about the G is that it has a lackluster camera. Too grainy to take actual pictures of memorable occasions. Either way it's the best bang for the buck I've ever seen in wireless.
15. PapaSmurf (limited) (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)
To be completely unbiased, the iPhone has Touch ID, which is imo my personal favorite. The cameras on the S4, Note 3, Z1, 1020, 1520, Icon and G2 surpassed the 5S. The Z2 and S5 will without a doubt be better. The Moto G is one hell of a phone for the $179 price.
21. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
After 2+ years of using a Moto android device AND not being allowed to upgrade to the latest and best Android OS really p*ssed me off.
What I like about the iPhone 5S is that it is light and well built. I will never own any smartphone that weighs 5 ounces or more again. I think 4.5 ounces might be the limit for me.
25. Sniggly (Posts: 7015; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Ardent, please don't make the same mistake Mxy does in judging current Motorola by the metric of how it used to be run. We have a solid year now of evidence that suggests Motorola has put its past behind it, and so far Lenovo has been very encouraging in its assurances that they'll continue Motorola's positive track record.
As for weight, I actually prefer something with a little weight. The iPhone is *too* thin and doesn't fit well with the curve of my hand. the Moto X does a much better job of this.
46. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
It's no mistake for thinking that.
33. Scott93274 (Posts: 931; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
For me, well built means durable. The iPhones have up to this point been some of the most fragile phones on the market, and incredibly unforgiving if you happen to drop one. You may say that the next iPhone is rumored to have sapphire displays, maybe, but they're also supposed to get a significant boost in physical size as well, in which case you’re out of luck in your preference for size and weight of your phone. I would like to point out that I'm simply disagreeing with your statement, and in no way saying that the quality of the OS or hardware are substandard to alternatives in the market.
34. Landmarkcm (Posts: 433; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
For the range it's in though the camera on the G I think is really underrated. It certainly beats any of the 5mp shooters that LG has. Now those are grainy! Although like you said it wouldn't be my choice for something extra special but on the go it's good enough & even better with the Kitkat update & an app I use. I really like how the g's flash can light up a pitch dark room as well.
36. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Don't get me wrong I'm not criticizing the phone itself. Just the fact that as a company it's bad for Motorola that their most successful product is a very low margin phone. It is the same for Nokia. No wonder why both companies are bankrupt and were bought by big ones. There is no pride in that.
39. Sniggly (Posts: 7015; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Motorola has actually been insistent that they make a pretty good profit on the Moto G.
38. yadu004 (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)
Make a phone for that price range dude and then talk!!!
Try to appreciate the effort behind making that product. It is not as easy as talking rubbish in the comment section of a website.
Probably Doesn't even know what processor is inside his phone. Comes talking, like he built a Note 3 all by himself.
4. maccess (Posts: 601; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
It really is a nice product.. if i wasn't into high end android phones.. i might buy this phone..
6. cripton805 (Posts: 920; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I got mine for $99 at Best Buy with Boost Mobile. I love it.
By far the happiest Ive ever been with any phone due to the pricing.
329ppi screen at this price cant be beat. Long lasting battery. Powerful enough to meet my needs and almost no bloat. Winning!
Also, looks sexy too. Cant deny that.
19. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Too bad you can't change the battery or drop in an SD card.
I'd consider one if you could.
48. cripton805 (Posts: 920; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
All of my pictures and videos are backed up whenever I charge my phone. Automatically. The only thing I need space for is games or music. And even if I did want music, Id just stream it anyway. I was hesitant at first, but I quickly found out that I didnt need an SD card. Games on the other hand, would require better hardware. So, at the same time it would be kind of pointless. The games it does run well, usually the files arent too big. I dont need tons of games. Just a couple. It plays gameboy roms pretty well and the files on those are small. So, its like back in the day when I was a kid with a gameboy. I love mine.
54. TylerGrunter (Posts: 910; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
The LTE version has a microSD card reader.
10. PBXtech (Posts: 977; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Just hope Lenova keeps the Motorola momentum going, Google found a great recipe with the G and X, it'd be great to see them develop further.
11. Landmarkcm (Posts: 433; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Best! midrange almost upper mid range phone really I've ever owned & I have had alot! Had this from amazon running excellent on Tmobile. Now I picked one up from and switched to Aio wireless which is great and saves a few more dollars, & right now the moto G there which was only 149 is down to 99 bucks!http://www.aiowireless.com/sho
12. Sniggly (Posts: 7015; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I wish we knew what the specific sales figures were for the phone. It sounds like they've found a winning formula and should stick with it, with the Moto X successor offering a more premium experience (but still priced at about 400 off contract like it is now).
16. Arthurhkt (Posts: 94; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
The only reason i bought a Moto g, backed by Google and true reasonable price, but now i start regretting, since Google sell of Motorola to Lenovo, i have no faith on their future update any longer
18. Sniggly (Posts: 7015; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
To be fair to Motorola, they DID just get 4.4.2 out to the Verizon Moto X, with the other carriers likely soon to follow. At this point they have to wait for Google to drop another update (or run through and fix minor bugs) before they need to send out another update themselves.
20. Scott93274 (Posts: 931; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I've been checking a dozen times a day for the past 5 days to see if my phone will update to 4.4.2, but no luck. I wish Verizon would hurry up already. I know it's stuipd, but the wait is driving me nuts. I gues maybe I'm a bit OCD. But Verizon's distribution methods aside, I'm very happy with Motorola's timely updates.
22. Sniggly (Posts: 7015; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, the soak test did just wrap up (and once again it was very weird). I'm not sure that the update actually did go out yet, but if not, it's about to since the soak is done (and my phone doesn't have any issues).
24. Scott93274 (Posts: 931; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Yeah... I know I need to chill, I'll get it before too long. I went ahead and did the setup that would permit me to take part in future soak tests so maybe one day I'll get lucky and get selected.
26. Sniggly (Posts: 7015; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You very well might. As long as you don't root your phone (and maybe even if you do) I think you'll be allowed in the Feedback Network. I know I got in without a problem.
28. Arthurhkt (Posts: 94; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
I already got the 4.4.2 few week ago(MALAYSIA version), i do understand that they have to wait for Google to release the latest version of Android. But what i concern is, without the Google backup them, i fear the Kit Kat were officially the last update of Moto G, unless there is some influence from Google side with Lenovo, or else i can't see how Lenovo will continue support the update of the Moto g. Not to mention whether they still will keep the near-stock Android UI or replace it their MIUI
29. Sniggly (Posts: 7015; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I think Lenovo will be smart enough to realize why the Moto G is selling (great update support, unscrewed with UI, great price and quality for that price). They're unlikely to mess with the formula, especially since they did have to agree to unspecified terms with Google in order to take over Motorola.
44. Arthurhkt (Posts: 94; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Well ok with that, i guess there is still some hope with my Moto g, but anyway i am curious that, does Moto g consider a Google phone?
30. Scott93274 (Posts: 931; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Well, all Android phone developers get the update roughly around the same time. It's then up to the phone developer to tailor the OS to their specific phone and ensure that it functions. Due to the lack of customization to the Moto X & Moto G interfaces, they've been able to update their phones faster than other companies. The fact that they were owned by Google did not give them an advantage when it came to updates. Even without Google as a parent company, the Moto X & G should get updates up until about 18 months after their initial release. After that, I think is when companies discontinue OS update support. Someone correct me if you see anything wrong with my statement.
23. saiki4116 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
Those who dont play games and are not so heavy users, this phone is perfect fit.The response it got in India is Amazing.
5-star ratings in Flipkart
Most one star ratings are given to non availability of Product.E-commerce is still in nascent stages in India
27. Sniggly (Posts: 7015; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
That's pretty awesome news. It really sounds like the Moto G is a bona fide hit for Motorola, and if they keep it up we may not have to be worried about their return to profitability after all.
37. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
I'm not being mean or anything but why do Indians always have to speak about India in those kinds of articles? I'm not american myself but I don't take any opportunity to talk my country. Not only in phonearena but every site I visit. Specially tech sites. I'm not criticizing, just asking.
41. Scott93274 (Posts: 931; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I think including India in this article is relevant, seeing as the Moto G was recently released in that market and sold out in hours. That's huge news and very relevant to the story. FYI, I am American... So what?
53. saiki4116 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
It's not like that, I have given those stats, only to highlight the fact in a price sensitive market, that a quality product with reasonable pricing can be a runaway success. Samsung is pricing them higher, because it wants to ride the wave when it lasts.
35. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
if only Moto G has a camera like Nexus 4, then it will be the best thing ever happened in smartphone industry, but with such a price, we should be contented.
45. frustyak (Posts: 151; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
The "OG Razr" and the "OG Motorola DROID". What's "OG"?
50. andynaija (Posts: 463; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
Well OG really means "original gangster" but just remove the gangster part I guess idk....
47. Nizar-ma (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Sep 2012)
moto g is my first android phone and i like it .
49. mobi_user (Posts: 108; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
Let you guys know, Motorola is send out a new software update for Moto G. Moto G is the best phone in mid-range section. No doubt in that.
51. genkidama20 (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
And Motorola still lost $1.245 billion in 2013... so unfortunate. I hope Lenovo can revive them. Imagine a successful product with successful profits. Watch out world!
52. Scott93274 (Posts: 931; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I know and it's a damned shame. I only hope that they recover that loss as I'm really quite fond of the company now. Maybe the Moto G world wide sales will get them back in the black.