Motorola Moto G User Reviews
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The OG Moto G review in 2019
legiloca has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
It was around May of 2014 almost before or after the tome the 2nd gen. Moto G was announced. At that time, Motorola was at the hands of Google who is also dealing with Nexus devices. My phone was getting 1st class seat in Google’s update schemes, receiving them mere days after Google announces the roll outs.
Back then, I remember dearly that my Moto G at its height carried apps like a champ, it only slows down if heavy games like Plants vs Zombies 2 or WWE Immortals are being played, but hell it carried Facebook and Instagram like no problem.
But now, apps have become too heavy for Moto G to crunch, only a handful of games like Subway Surfers, Clash of Clans, WhatsApp are bearable but not Instagram, Facebook, even Messenger crashes.
Camera wise, it was already Average to Poor during its time and now, its camera seems forgettable in today’s standards, unless! Get a gimble and its video recording will look very stabilized although quality is a hit or miss since it’s just 720p.
Multimedia and Battery, the phone is still very capable of playing YouTube videos, yes it plays 720p at 60fps, its ‘basic’ loudspeaker on the back is plenty loud at 85 decibels, louder than even today’s phones which is kinda embarrassing but its sound quality is meh. Storage space luckily I got the 16GB model which is “plenty” during its time, but now I can only maintain a handful of apps to not fill the storage up, like I said, apps became heavier. Battery life I must say it’s still pretty much the same,...
Moto G - The King
Azhar_Yousuf has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Motorola showed the world that there are smartphones where you can make with stunning processors with lowest price. I have been using this device for nearly 11 Months and I haven't experienced a single problem and this is my very first review because this phone deserves it .
With the Quad Core Processor and along with the powerful GPU this phone performs its task more than its expected range. With the Stock User Interface which makes this device so smooth that you can slide around apps and multitasking works like a charm. Not to forget about the latest Android Update which is the Lollipop which adds this phone an extra advantage .
Funny how people thought that this would be a midranger because of the price tag which still is but its performance made the entire world to take a look at it and that is what we call as perfect marketing. Overall its a perfect device from Moto and sure is worth the Price tag.What more can I say - "Thank You Moto "
2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Report
Best of everything for the price!
goulav has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Love this phone! Especially for the price. The camera could be a bit better, but that's to be expected. Call quality isn't the best, but it isn't the worst either. The screen is absolutely amazing and very responsive. No 4G/LTE, but I bought that knowing the internet would be as fast. Overall, I'd recommend this phone in a heartbeat!
3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
Moto G 16GB
ermayo93 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Best phone of this type and price on the market. Superb mid-level android phone. Camera and battery(not user replaceable) are the only slight downfalls. Also no SD card port to expand storage. 4G version adds it.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
Exceptional phone at exceptional price
buggerrer has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have this phone since 5 months, still never seen a lag, that i saw the first time i saw an iPhone 4S running iOS 7 and a SGS4 running 4.3. It was freakin cool to troll all my friends with sgs4 because i had 4.4.2 and they was still at 4.3 :P camera is the only thing which is non an high-level hardware, altought it is still great for its usage and it even has slow-mo feature, which i still don't get why would be useful; the software part of the camera is even better. The Vanilla UI (aka AOSP or Android stock) contributes to the total absence of lags. The battery lasts one entire day with full usage (social, internet always on, AcDisplay and Tasker always running). Not a surprise that it's Motorola's most sold smartsmartphone ever!
8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.Report
Best mid segment phone
mobi_user has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
This is my second andriod phone. And a awesome one. The screen is brilliant. Giving a full retina display. The performance is super. It is best phone for everyday use. In-call quality, camera, smooth UI, and build quality are some of the highlights of this phone. I hate to use the 5 incher phones and 4 inches feels quite small. This phone is perfectly in the middle of both the segments and offering almost everything that I wanted in my everyday phone.
12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.Report
Best of the Cheap
kshell1 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Over the last week I have owned this phone I have ran graphic heavy games like CSR Racing, to GTA: San Andreas, taken pictures outside and inside both. The UI is fluid even when having several apps at the same time. The build quality is amazing for $100 through verizon. The games run smooth and fluid. The camera outside is pretty good, inside though it is subpar. Reception can be good sometimes bad sometimes. Call quality is kinda bad too be honest. The screen for the price is a beauty to behold. No pixels or wash out to be found. The contrast and brightness is very good. Android 4.4 on this device boosts the battery life immensely and last me through the day consistently. The internet browser is fluid on chrome unless you scroll quickly (common on even high end androids). The antutu benchmark score i received was 17093 which is on par with the Galaxy S 3, the Droid Razr HD, and other 2012 flagship phones and also with the Moto G's more expensive brother the X. All in all for the price it is the best ive owned.
6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Report
Mind-blowing in its class!!
CaptainDroid has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Motorola is back folks, it may not be the return I would have predicted - there's no flagship phone stuffed full of the latest tech - but arguably what the now Google-owned firm has done is even better.
The Moto G is a top notch, low cost smartphone and I wholeheartedly recommend this as the best budget mobile currently on the market.
I was genuinely impressed with the feature set on the Moto G, so if you're looking for a low cost phone you can stop searching - just go out and grab a Moto G right now.
It exceeds its rivals in several key areas, from the well defined 4.5-inch display to its 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. There's a lot to love about the Moto G for its price.....
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
best smartphone of 2013
sunilh121 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Has good spec but no SD card, what would have made this phone even better. The phone is smooth while multitasking and has a lot of good apps such Moto care. Some bugs need to be fixed.the camera is good enough to take photo. The battery last up to 1 and a half days for me. The phone is a bit too big for me because I have to use two hands to hold it.
9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.Report
Best phone for the price:)
salaal has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
A very good phone beats the crap out of the S4 mini simply overpriced! I love this phone in almost every way the price was the biggest factor I bought this phone for and when android 4.4 comes for it it will defiantly run like a horse:)
13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.Report
Motorola Moto G - A real big...no wait...a real GREAT thing!
Rogerj21 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
The motorola Moto G is by real a great smartphone!...this Android device makes every $400 plus smartphone (anyone!!) look a non-worthy device, because The Moto G is more than what you see in the specs and you will never gonna complain about ANYTHING of him and what you paid is les than $200 for it. This guy has started a new era and deserves a statue for the impact and the mindshift that he forces to the competition in the Smarthphone market. I gonna tell you why everybody has to take this guy as one of the most big deals in Smartphones history Point by point.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Report
919566556422 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
using this phone since 7 months such a good phone i have never seen i is good to us and handle very much good phone and value for money also This phone looks great in reality than on the pics. I can don't charge phone during 3 days and I can use it for everything internet, music, video, games and etc. At least this is not a phone, This is the human!
1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Report
Best budget smartphone to date
techninja has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Motorola has changed the game in budget smartphones. This device is absolutely amazing for the price point. Personally I believe that this smartphone is one of the best phones Motorola has produced.
- 2070 mAh
- Full days usage
- Better than average
- 720 x 1280 326PPI
- Absolute value
- 2012 flagship worthy
- Perfect one-handed use
- Great overall
- Good multitasking
- Fluent and effortless when switching apps
- great speed for social networking
Basically this phone is a high-end device for the mid-ranged market. 100% Value, Android lollipop. Love it. And for Love of Motorola, don't give this phone a bad review for not having an sd card slot. You do know that you can use a USB OTG Flashdrive with this device. Here's a link http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-JetFlash-Flash-Silver-TS32GJF380S/dp/B00GXYKVM4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433290586&sr=8-3&keywords=transcend+usb+otg
The Toyota Camry of Smart Phones
samm0 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
At first I considered this a donwgrade coming from a Galaxsy S4, but after a month I much happier with this fully decent phone. I wanted smaller yet capable phone, and I was always tinkering with my S4 for the sake of fully untilizing it. I was going to get the s5 mini, but went cheap and got this instead, and Google has really redifined the cheap smartphone. What impressed me first, was the simple UI and the lack of bloatware (US Celluar Version). I was originally going to instal CM or another bloat free rom, but it seemed pointless after ahwhile. Simply put the phone has no major flaw, nor is it cutting edge. And now I cant justify replacing it, becasue it just works and if I were to buy a newer cutting edge phone, it would just be for geeky reasons, not for function. If I break this phone I'm going to get a used one off ebay for $50, and keep life simple.
As for the specs, well, therye all decent.
The phone never lags with a normaly load of apps and activitiy, I dont care much for quad core but at least 1gb of ram is a must these days.
Camera is fine,
The speaker is suprisinly loud, the ringtone volume can be highenough to irritate.
The battery is adeqaute for a daily use, tends to be down to %20 by bedtime. screen is bright and PPI is respectable.
The case is smooth but wont fall out of your hand.
I think this it a "best" phone, much like the Camry becasue it works well in all catagories, its not going to win the race, but it also wont let you down either.
matt8174 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have to say, the moto G is good value for money. I comes with a bright, crisp 720p display, a snappy processor, and great call quality. The screen is the real highlight here, 4.5in being perfect for 1 handed use. The processor runs most games well, such as monument valley and hill climb racing, but struggled and stuttered when faced with some of bloons TD5's higher levels. The main problem i have with this phone is the camera. Put simply, it never performs well, especially not in the dark. Also, the back cover has developed a worrying creak, and the battery is too small, and it stutters too much in everyday use. But overall, i would recommend it, as it is now only £100. Just be wary, don't buy it for the camera.
akashgaara has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
It was really great in the beginning but after six months it started to lag a lot and opening of apps takes a lot of time and i am not using any music or pictures. I rarely take pictures and play games. I use the phone only for social networking apps. Whatsapp hangs like a lot after six months of usage
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edgr0594 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
A really good device, it has a great display and the device is really fast, now the only things that I do not like of the device is that has to low memory and is not capable of to have an SD card, the camera is really great.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Report
Theorbspike has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The phone has got some quite good specs, not excatly high end but there good considering it's price but I would suggest buying the moto g 2nd gen or 2014 because its got much better specs for not much more money.
faiyaskhan has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
i have been using this phone from last 6 months,its great and beautiful to use,before this phone i had apple 4s though in my view moto g is greater than 4s,its gaming everyday usage is good and it is very nice phone with best price. I really like moto g. Just I wish that I could use SD card but isn't,ok its good
3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Report
Happy With My Moto G
sanchezkk has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I love this phone despite of it's flaws, I know they will work themselves out with the update. Hopefully this phone will see Android 5.0/ Android L. I haven't had a smartphone in quite a long time and when I saw this phone, the manager of the store i bought this from was very positive about this phone and compared this to the Galaxy S series phones. The way he placed them next to each other and to find out I would be getting this phone for $40 after the Port-In Instant Rebate, I was getting a heck of a deal. I'm quite glad that i bought this phone.
4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Report
Good job by motorola
vjekoslav125 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
For that price, excellent phone, I got it for 3 months and I am very satisfied. Fast and does not lag, camera could be better, but for that price is ok. Just I wish that I could use SD card but isn't so important for me.
Best phone ever had
trppednsanity has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Smoothest and best phone ever had.. I scored 20177 on atutu bench with faux kernel no oc... its a really nice phone for a very cheap price beats a galaxy s3 and comes close to lg nexus 4 phone. Its perfect for the ave user and ave gamer too but me being a hard core gamer i wish i went with the moto x cause its essentially the same phone but better graphics im just not paying 4 times as much for twice the graphical power ill just wait till someone can properly oc the moto g and just do that
toolplay has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
low price to quality phone...
i used to prefer sony xperia line, but not anymore. the quad core processor and the 1gb of memory ram convenceme to buy it... awesome performance.. search for physical tests on youtube
5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
Great Phone for such price
ibulp has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I recommend this phone for anybody looking for a smart phone and can't afford .. this phone will give you the best of the best except i think 5 mp camera is not enough , Battery is awesome, daily usage and speed is just what will you expect
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Report
Amazing 3G Phone, OTG Gives Me Unlimited Storage, Best Battery, Choose Wisely
motorider has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I bought the non-4G on Amazon, and chose this specific 3G US GSM model intentionally because the optimized US GSM radio model works as fast as my previous 4G phone, and picks up a better signal than my previous HTC Sensation 4G. I use T-Mobile for low cost, high quality service. I bought the Micro USB to USB adapter on Amazon for under $5 and plug in one of my several 32GB flash drives, so storage is no problem. The 16GB on the phone is ample, but with the adapter, and the APP ES File Explorer, it's like having a desktop. The battery life is simply amazing. As an example, my GF has wi-fi on all day, and ends the night with 80%, and I use heavy and have never seen it fall below 50%. I am running Android 4.4.3. if you follow the steps to properly charge the phone after all updates, and there are a few, you will not regret this phone. For about $200, I own an amazing phone. Having 2 high quality camera's, I am not too disappointed in the camera, but if you want the very best phone, then spend the extra $100 and go for Moto X. You cannot go wrong and the specialized 3G GSM US model is simply spectacular. It's so easy to use, especially with Ask Google, which is IMO, better than Siri, but each have their own pro's and cons. I could have bought any phone and can afford them all, but I found my decision to buy this one, was brilliant. Not too big, although the screen is so sharp and pretty big. I used the Cruzerlite cover, Fosmon cover, and recommend the AM Film screen protector. Android...
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report