The Moto G is the most successful Motorola smartphone of all time

The Moto G is the most successful Motorola smartphone of all time
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.

According to Motorola, the Moto G is "the most successful, highest-selling smartphone in Motorola's history." On first glance, you might think that can't be right, but by far Motorola's best selling device was the OG Razr, which was not a smartphone. The OG Motorola DROID was also quite popular, but it was Verizon only and because of that, it was U.S. only. 

The Moto G not only has the amazing price point going for it, but it has also been released in Brazil, Latin America, U.S. Canada, Europe, and India. And, the Moto G was already a best-seller in India before the official release by Motorola. Apparently, a smartphone that offers more than you'd expect for under $200 is a winning formula. 

source: Motorola MWC Press Dinner

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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



1. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

woot.. nice! I though the Motorola Droid was the best..

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Go to and it is. They sold bunch.

2. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 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: Jul 16, 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: 521; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

They shouldn't be proud of that. Same situation as Nokia.

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

43. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

false, see the blind test again, s4 loses

21. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

31. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Sniggly, opinions are not facts.

32. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Where did I assert that they are?

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Thank you

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's no mistake for thinking that.

33. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 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: 521; Member since: Jul 13, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Motorola has actually been insistent that they make a pretty good profit on the Moto G.

38. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 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: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

It really is a nice product.. if i wasn't into high end android phones.. i might buy this phone..

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What about the profit margins?

6. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

The LTE version has a microSD card reader.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Pure divine mind helps.

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Indeed, the Moto G is a great value.

10. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 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!

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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).

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