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 (Average)
HTC One mini
5h 41 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
5h 1 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto X
5h 50 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto G
7h 12 min (Good)

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" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 2070 mAh

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21 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

That would be a great everyday work phone :D

2. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

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

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

5. av911 unregistered

Great job with your tiny-ass screen.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

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

10. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 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?

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That's a good point about LTE.

14. Sadiq

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Butt i just want lumia 1520 battery life test ..

15. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

18. Victor.H

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

16. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 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!

17. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

19. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

And a microSD card slot.

20. CaptainDroid

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

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

21. graywh

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 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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