The Moto G goes through a 30-minute underwater session, lives to see another day

The Moto G goes through a 30-minute underwater session, lives to see another day
Motorola's Moto G is many things -- well-crafted, shockingly cheap, and a well-looked after device in terms of its software. But being waterproof is one quality we don't actually grant the device. As it turns out, perhaps we should.

When the Moto G was first introduced, we were made aware that at least some parts under the hood were treated to a nano-coating, which is known to exhibit waterproof qualities. But the Moto G was never marketed as a waterproof smartphone -- a selling point for an increasing amount of people, go figure. But perhaps it should have been, since it turns out that the affordable handset is quite the diver. Smartphone reviewer, Erica Griffin, put a unit of the Moto G through what should have been a world of pain, by first submerging the phone for 15 seconds, then 30 seconds, and, finally, 30 long minutes. As you gleaned already, this story has a happy ending -- the Moto G (dubbed 'WALL-E' by Griffin for its unyielding character) made it through and was pretty much fully operational, despite its body being soaked with water to twice its weight. Griffin demonstrated that all the major components worked just fine -- the camera, the spaker and receiver, Wi-Fi and 3G radios, and the display/touch screen, were all unaffected from the experience once they had a few hours to recuperate.

Of course, we have some personal experience with smartphones and water ourselves, so we are curious to see if  'WALL-E' will continue to function properly in the coming weeks, but for now, it suffices to say that the Motorola Moto G is one heck of a smartphone for its price point.

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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



8. hammy__hamster

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Dropped my Moto G phone into water yesterday, took it out within a couple of seconds. It seemed ok, but then went into repeated boot loops. Opened it up, no visible water inside (prob because of water repellant treatment). Followed the steps below, and after 24 hrs the boot loops finally ended and it is now working fine. Despite the water repellant treatment, water sitting on surfaces can cause problems both immediately and longer term (through oxidation). Thorough drying out only possible through evaporation: iimmersion in rice is pointless with these sealed units, as it's a capillary action desiccant which only works via physical contact with water molecules. It may appear to work in warm places - but it's the warmth that's doing the heavy lifting. So: power off immediately after retrieving from water; remove back to expose as much of the interior as possible; remove SIM card. Then keep the phone in a warm place (eg in airing cupboard,on a radiator - NOT in an oven or microwave). Leave for 24 hrs; then attempt re-activation.

7. bilwil72

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2014

I can top that, about 4 weeks ago my moto g slid through my jacket pocket velco strap., into the water as i was tying up my boat. water was 5-6 foot deep mud bottom ,brackish water part salt, anyway got a long handle dip net and was able to find it after about 30-40 min, shook it many times to remove as much water as could, it kept trying to come on ,after i had turned it off,(could not remove battery to stop it from coming on) anyway took hair dryer,(low heat) and blew and shook, then put in refrig for hours and then put on low watt light with tin foil separating it, and left overnite, next day took back off(many little torx screws) did not try to remove battery, but saw red dot on stick on paper dots, top and bottom, (i guess water indicators)had a few spots water in it, blew out, hair dryer, put back on , no problems for 30 days(yet), only thing my vibrater is very weak? but all things are working fine, speaker is good, use everyday..i was not as lucky with my samsung galx s2, it fell from shirt pocket , into toilet, and came on under water, anyway not right since..

6. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And now is time for her to sell it on ebay as "mint" condition...

5. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

in my country moto g arrived for $290 dollars and that too 8GB , i do nt think any one is that stupid to buy at this price leaving s3 available at expense of further $56

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Moto G is the beast & value for every penny.I don't think Lenovo will make such great moto phones. Erica Griffin is one of my favorite reviewer.

4. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Her review really is insanely in-depth. She is my third favorite tech reviewer.

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I'm currently using the Xperia Z, is it stupid if I change to Moto G? Yeah, I know it's a stupid question. :P Btw, that Audible sponsor advertising is annoying.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its not a bad idea if you use it as a 'holding-off' or even a spare phone. Display, great battery life, Android 4.4 are its advantages. I am currently using one and its smooth as a butter. You can sell ur Z and get Moto G and you'll only need to pay the difference which I am sure will be pretty minimal. That Audible sponsor is their source of income. Infact, we should be congratulating them on supporting such individual start-ups and rewarding great reviewers such as Erica Griffin, who need to BUY every device they review.

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