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

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.

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!

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
LG G2
6h 48 min (Average)
HTC One
5h 45 min (Poor)
HTC One mini
5h 41 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
5h 1 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy Note3
6h 8 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto X
5h 50 min (Poor)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto G
7h 12 min (Average)

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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Moto G
  • Display 4.5 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB,
  • Battery 2070 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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