Update: You can now read our Moto G 2014 review!

Introduction


When the Moto X was coming to light, it was rumored that it would’ve been given a low price point to contend with Google’s line of Nexus devices. In reality, that wasn’t the case. Fear not though, because Motorola recently introduced the world to its Moto G – a close sibling to the Moto X that’s aiming to shake things up with its outright cost of $179. Sure, it’s not expected to be a cutting-edge thing or high spec’d, but then again, some people out there will more than likely be pacified by a humble offering that gets things done.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Information

Design


This thing is nearly identical to the Moto X! From its subtle curved rear casing, to its overall size, the Moto G doesn’t tread too far from the design formula in play with its higher powered sibling. Unlike many of today’s prized possessions, the Moto G is extremely form-fitting, which makes it super easy to handle – more so when its curved rear casing gives it an ergonomic and comfortable feel in the hand. We’re not too surprised that it’s comprised out of polycarbonate plastic, but we fancy the idea of it having a removable rear covers, which lends to giving people some color variety.

The façade of the phone is pretty clean looking, save for the earpiece, LED notification light, proximity/light sensors, and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that are all lined up along the top edge.

Again showing us its close ties to the Moto X, the Moto G employs all the same ports and buttons around its trim – and they’re even positioned in the same places too! Specifically, they include the microUSB port for charging/data connectivity, power button, volume control, standard microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, and noise cancelling mic.

Finally, the rear hosts its 5-megpapixel camera, which features an LED flash and only 720p video recording. Nearby, we have small circular cutouts that make up its speaker grill – while the Motorola logo is tucked in the tiny indentation on the rear. Like we’ve explained, it features a removable rear casing, which then gives us access to its SIM slot. However, the 2070 mAh battery itself cannot be removed.


Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Motorola Moto X

Motorola Moto X

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches

129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5c

Dimensions

4.9 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches

124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Motorola Moto X

Motorola Moto X

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches

129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5c

Dimensions

4.9 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches

124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Display


The Moto G has a modest 4.5-inch 720p LCD display, with pixel density of 329 ppi, it’s able to deliver a fair amount of crispness with things like fine text in the web browser. Furthermore, there’s some vibrancy splashed on that’s a result from the faint hint of saturation seen with its color reproduction. Checking it outdoors with the sun present, it proves to be challenging due to its weaker brightness output and the slight distortion at wide viewing angles. It’s not the most superb screen we’ve seen, but it doesn’t need to be either, just because it works for what it is.

Motorola Moto G 360-Degrees View






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