Motorola Moto G 2014 Review

Back for round two, the Moto G’s successor takes the same approach of catering to those on a tight budget, but it’s now sporting a larger chassis due to the increase in size of its display. On top of that, it receives the usual set of hardware upgrades in the process – so it’s very much bears the traditional qualities of any successor. Stickered with the same starting cost of $179.99 outright, the new Moto G aims to continue being the darling in the entry-level segment of the market...
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49 Comments

38. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Don't cry about battery ,, Android L is really promising in battery (in some case upto 36% ) ,,, so what we lost in battery department this year will be compensated after getting L update ,,and that will be fast too,, So we get SD storage, Better camera, big screen(subjective ), surely L update ,,, and all just in 179 buck ,, what more u want

21. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Gotta love how people (not John V, he did a good job treating AND recognizing the phone as a low end w/ mid range specs) treat this phone like a high range and expect it to have all features you'd find in a phone like the Nexus 5 or Moto X. It's a $180 dollar phone... Expecting it to have stuff from +$300 devices is just stupid.

23. TheYellowDart

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

To me to this phone is to the low end market what the nexus 5 is to the midrange. Offers a lot of what the higher price category has with a few drawbacks. I think the moto g is astonishingly good for the price. Things like LTE vs 3G should depend on your market anyway, so choice is key there and I'm sure the LTE version is just around the corner. Sure the batter isn't the greatest but if it gets through the day at this price range it's fine by me, and while some folks Damn the notion of having a case or a spare batter charger handy it's all this phone needs to get more out of it along with an SD. Great job moto!

24. mathesar

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I'm curious how come the new 2014 Moto G scores slightly higher in all of the performance benchmarks (Quadrant / Antutu etc.) vs. the original Moto G when they're running the same hardware?

30. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

optimized OS

25. RodStiffington

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

John V, Portillo's is an excellent choice. I trust John V in ALL his decision making.

26. kevin1498

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

This is still a good phone if price is a factor. I do wish they would have slipped in a bigger battery though.

29. ViewFromTheTop

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

SuperAndroidEvo and techguyone are spot on IMO. Last year's MG was revolutionary. It redefined what mid-range should truly feel like. But looks like they've drank the Samsung potion of 'incremental updates' rather than trying to revolultionize the segment again. The only thing right about it is the larger screen but it should have also had the Snapdragon 610/15 (at least the 410), 1080p recording, bigger and better battery and 4G LTE. They could've easily charged $200 for that. If not more. It will still sell enough because of the goodwill garnered from last year, but they drop the ball again next year, the original Moto G will become like the next RazR - A one hit wonder.

39. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Don't cry about battery ,, Android L is really promising in battery (in some case upto 36% ) ,,, so what we lost in battery department this year will be compensated after getting L update ,,and that will be fast too,, So we get SD storage, Better camera, big screen(subjective ), surely L update ,,, and all just in 179 buck ,, what more u want

32. RodStiffington

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

Are you guys forgetting the point of the Moto G? It wasn't developed to meet first world standards, so all of this LTE, quad core processor, battery and camera debates are kind of pointless. I can’t understand why people are getting so heated. The Nexus line of phones was built for developers in established communities and Google allowed anyone to purchase them. The Nexus 5 was a huge success because regular consumers (and developers) LOVED its value. Even today the Nexus 5’s feature/build quality to price ratio is stunning. Try living in an undeveloped or underdeveloped community. You'll see firsthand the "value" cellular customers experience in the marketplace (prob. a bazaar). A terrible low end phone (prob. Nokia) priced at a mid-range price. The Moto G is batting 1.000 in what it was designed to accomplish….and Motorola hinted an LTE version of the Moto G (2014) was in the works. sgodsell hit the nail on the head. Mid-range phone for low end price? :::broken glass::: AUSTIN 3:16 says I just peed my pants! Oh, HELL YEAH!!!

42. Furbal unregistered

Got one in white heading my way as a back up phone right now (shipped this morning). Im glad peoples expectations on this site are not what is average for the public.

33. baldilocks

Posts: 1506; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

That Quadrant score for the Nexus 5 is misleading. Just by rooting the phone and installing the correct binaries, it can score over 21,000 on Quadrant.

35. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Still an awesome deal. Sure, the only main differences are the screen size, battery and cameras, but it's still a bargain. Compare it to several other phones at that price point and it's easily one of the best for the price, even if some of those phones do come with LTE.

40. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Don't cry about battery ,, Android L is really promising in battery (in some case upto 36% ) ,,, so what we lost in battery department this year will be compensated after getting L update ,,and that will be fast too,, So we get SD storage, Better camera, big screen(subjective ), surely L update ,,, and all just in 179 buck ,, what more u want

43. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

I was really hoping to hear some of the speakers on your test! I am wondering now if I should be concerned as that is a pretty large decibel drop in output between the first Moto G at 87 decibels, Which was great and one of the reasons I liked to now 74.2 db on the 2014 version. Assuming the two front firing speakers offset the difference anyone?? Although other devices too score lower and sound loud..

44. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Well after looking online further I believe John & PA got the decibel output wrong. As I read another review that has it at 84db & I have seen a video demonstrating the speakers as well. So the sound should be just fine.

45. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

The new moto G seems to be a home run with the bases loaded... But when you notice that it has no LTE and that it is only 3G capable you notice is really a triple play! The BLU Studio 5.0 LTE may have a lower quality 5" screen but it has LTE capabilities (microSD slot and removable battery) for only $189.

47. 95sumit31

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 07, 2014

MOTO G 2 is the best Android Phone under this budget , for full features, price and specifications do visit infinitetechinfo.com/2014/09/moto-g-2nd-generation​-price-and-features/

48. 95sumit31

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 07, 2014

MOTO G 2 is the best Android Phone under this budget , for full features, price and specifications do visit infinitetechinfo.com
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