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Motorola Moto G Review

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Motorola Moto G Review
Call Quality

Right away, our ears notice some evidence of noise emitted by its earpiece, which is accompanied with hollow sounding voice. Switching to the speakerphone, it produces some crackling at the loudest volume setting. Comforting at the very least, our callers mention having an easy time comprehending our voice from their end.


Working with a 2070 mAh battery, it’s a small capacity no doubt, but at least we’re pleased with what it’s able to crank out. Fully charged and ready to go, we’re able to get roughly 17 hours of normal usage out of it.

Battery life

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.

Higher is better
Motorola Moto G
7h 12 min (Good)
Motorola Moto X
5h 50 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
5h 1 min (Poor)
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People will argue that the Nexus 5 is the device to beat in order to win over that reputation for having the most bang for the buck value. Although it does offer its own set of value, the Moto G is actually able to triumph it in another way – one that targets consumers who want nothing other than a BASIC smartphone, without complications to the experience, coming at a cheap price.

Unlike those wonky and sometimes depressing entry-level smartphones, the Moto G has enough variety in its design and software experience to give consumers something to look forward to. Yes, it’s lacking several things we believe nowadays as being standard, like 4G LTE connectivity and 1080p video recording, but nevertheless, those are just some of the small compromises that Motorola needed to make in order to deliver its product.

Sporting an outstanding outright price of $179 for the base model, it’s something many people believe to be mind-boggling. Just when we thought $349 for the Nexus 5 was pretty darn good, but this obviously takes the cake. It’s unlocked, there’s variety with its color casings, and the Android experience is also easy to understand, so it’s hard not to like it. All told, Motorola is defining what it means to be an entry-level player.

Software version of reviewed unit:
Android version: 4.3
Build number: 14.10.0Q3.X-84-16
Kernel version: 3.4.0-g741c020-00002-g4becdcd


  • $179 contract-free price
  • Color variety
  • Simplified Android experience


  • Choppy performance
  • Underwhelming performance from its camera
PhoneArena rating:
9 Excellent
User rating:
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posted on 13 Dec 2013, 03:19 33

1. nokia12 (Posts: 580; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

First time PA gave a correct rating for a low end device :P

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 03:57 18

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Bcoz this phone deserve this rating.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 12:13

45. MFJ (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Apr 2009)

Can't they take a Lint roller to the damn phone before taking pictures of it?....you guys try to give a professional review and the phone looks like it came out of the dryer before taking the photo's.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 17:35

60. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

I think you are seeing spots before your eyes.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 01:21

61. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

No theres specs of crap on the phone. Go look at it on a good display.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 08:49

66. LeetPawner (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

for a price tag of that less on the moto g... The moto G has the best display in it's class and colors look pretty good,Of course it can't be compared with a HTC one but you can buy like almost 3 moto G's to have given the same amount of money that you will give on a HTC one

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 03:38 12

2. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Seriously, stop complaining about the lack 1080p video recording and LTE connectivity. It's still not the standard in the low end market

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 18:29

31. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

And most of the countries that Motorola is aiming this at don't have LTE yet anyhow. To be fair to PA, it does seem like they typically test high-end phones and the writers probably use a high-end phone as their daily device when not testing new phones.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 19:05 2

33. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Well, John V. does that all the time, so there's actually no reason for me to complain about him complaining. I'll just fall back to GSMArena's review

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 20:21

34. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

Hahaha, I enjoyed MKBHD's youtube review for myself....not as in-depth though

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:21

40. sgodsell (Posts: 4756; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

One thing that was not mentioned about the camera on the moto g is that it will take slow motion videos, something only found on more expensive smart phones. Also this review mentioned nothing about the water resistant coating, or the USB otg support. Making this phone more worthy of that price.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 03:49 36

3. taikucing (unregistered)

Moto G vs Galaxy S4 mini
- quad core vs dual core
- 1280 x 720 vs 960 x 540
- 326 ppi vs 256 ppi
- 2070 mAh vs 1900 mAh
- $179 vs $380
- Android 4.3 (4.4 soon) vs Android 4.2.2


posted on 13 Dec 2013, 03:58 11

5. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

That's a tough decision :P

You forgot GG3 vs GG2 and waterproof nano coating on Moto G.

In favour of Galaxy s4 mini:
5mp vs 8mp
1 GB ram vs 1.5 GB ram
720p video recording vs 1080p
Non-Removable battery vs Removable Battery.

Still, I'll chose Moto G, though

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 07:00

19. nokia12 (Posts: 580; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

s4 mini beats the crap out of moto g in performance

that's a 1.7 ghz dual core krait.. moto g starts showing its weak performance when doing a little bit heavy multitasking
also gaming is going to be way more smoother than moto g because of low res..

moto g is a rockstar no doubt but don't compete it with s4 mini its not meant to be.. and s4 mini has been out for 6 months now

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 07:08 7

20. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

What do you mean, 'don't compete it with s4 mini' ? Moto G is a slap on Samsung's face for overcharging its devices.

We can talk about processors all day but its performance IRL that matters and I can assure you,'s4 mini DOESN'T beats the crap out of moto g in performance'.

Besides I've been using it for a month now and trust me it hasn't broken a sweat as of now. Plays Riptide GP2 and Asphalt 8 like a butter.

Battery life is amazing. The only thing I miss is MicroSD against S4 mini. Camera is better on S4 mini too but I don't use it that much.

P.S. - Coming from a Samsung fan. Bought Moto G as a affordable 'holding off' phone until GS5 comes out.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 07:42

21. nokia12 (Posts: 580; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

samsung is not overcharging .. motorola is undercharging and going for lesser profits than sony,lg,sammy

in the same way As nexus 5 renders every phone out there expensive and overpriced be it samsung,Motorola,nokia,htc,lg

2nd even PA also mentions it starts to get slow downs when doing a little heavy multitasking and 2-3 other reviews have said also..

try playing batman dark knight rises or amazing spiderman and you will see some slowdowns.. these are real gpu taxing games

don't get me wrong i myself am going to get moto g but credit should be given wherever its due

s4 mini is priced way more than it should be ( 320 $ is fair price ) but it also gives more benefits hence it is not correct to compare the two

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 08:39

25. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Okay I downloaded and ran Batman and TBH it was a bit choppy (had to delete Dead Trigger :(

But I don't understand how GS4 mini will perform any better as it has the same GPU. Moreover, they are almost same on almost all benchmarks. Infact, it beats GS4 mini on Antutu and Quadrant. Even PA said GS4 mini has a choppy UI.

My point with pricing was, that GS4 mini doesn't offer enough for the premium its charging. For that price aren't you better off with Nexus 5 for 30$ more ?

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 11:34

28. nokia12 (Posts: 580; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


posted on 13 Dec 2013, 11:40

29. nokia12 (Posts: 580; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

for rest of us nexus 5 costs 500 $ out of USA .. nexus 5 is still a luxury for most people

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 18:52

32. Nakir (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2013)

I read somewhere that Batman game is not optimized for this device yet, thats the reason why its choppy.. The moto g is even able to run newer and more demanding games perfectly, its not due its hardware but the game itself.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:29

41. sgodsell (Posts: 4756; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Why does everyone forget about the slow motion video capture or USB otg on the moto g.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 04:11 2

8. shahulvm (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)

Yes, I agree. Although Samdung products are good, I feel they are way over priced.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 05:17 2

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Not anymore than it's rivals, in some cases Sammy's actually cheaper (S4, S4 Mini vs. 5S, 5C). It's actually the Moto G that's way underpriced, the only other option for this much bang for this kind of buck is the entry level Lumia. The G makes even the Nexus line-up feeel pricey.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 06:12 8

17. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Moto G is poor man's Nexus...lol

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 05:26 2

59. menotu (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Jan 2014)

amazing that a f(*)(ing phone has become a status symbol .. URANIDIOT

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 08:51

67. LeetPawner (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

Poor Nexus? A weaker Phone then the Nexus 5 yes but It beats nexus 4 in the benchmarks...

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 07:51

22. robocopvn (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

just like you compare the lower Intel celeron CPU to the high-end one which runs at lower clock. Quadcore doesn't mean anything, you can check a lot of cheap chinese tablet running quadcore :))

It doesn't mean moto G is a bad phone. For the price, it's the best for somebody who doesn't wanna play intensive 3D game on the smartphone, it works flawlessly for daily uses : web, mail, call, SMS, videos, facebook, twitter, viber etc....

and I'm gonna buy one for my father :D

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 08:16 1

24. geodude074 (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

That's a bad analogy.

Celerons actually have near equal single-threaded performance in comparison to i3's and even i5's with equal clock speeds.

Also, cheap Chinese tablets have bad quad-core processors because they're made from no name manufacturers. Qualcomm on the other hand is a well known and reputable manufacturer, and I don't doubt that their quad-core Snapdragon 400 is no slouch.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 12:53

30. robocopvn (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

that's why I want to say the quadcore doens't mean it's faster than dual-core, by any mean. The quality of the core it's self is much more important.

For example the Dual core S4 pro used in 1020 and xperia SP will defenitely outperform the Moto G quad core

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 03:59

6. FoxTeam (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

Good Phone, still I want to buy Moto X ...

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Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

OS: Android 5.0 4.4.4 4.4.3 4.4.2 4.4 4.3
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Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (329 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
Size5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches
(129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm)
5.04 oz  (143 g)

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