Motorola Moto G Review

Call Quality

Despite a little bit of distortion through the earpiece, call quality is reasonably pleasant.

Listening through the earpiece, voices have a subdued, muffled tone to them. Naturally, it distorts them slightly, but for the most part, we’re able to comprehend our conversations without a whole lot of repetition from our callers. Likewise, the same qualities are present when switching over to the speakerphone. Oppositely, our callers have a better time on their end, seeing that they mention having an easy time making out our clear toned voice.

Battery

The battery capacity remains unchanged, and the results are pretty much average.

Another intriguing revelation with the new Moto G is that it’s sporting the same 2070 mAh battery from before. Having this in tow, we’re able to get an easy one-day of battery life with normal usage – albeit, power users will need to recharge the phone at some point. Putting it through our very own battery benchmark test, this year’s Moto G is able to achieve a tally of 6 hours, 17 minutes before calling it quits. It’s a valiant mark, but nothing extraordinary in comparison to the elites.

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.

hours Higher is better
Motorola Moto G (2014)
6h 17 min (Average)
Motorola Moto G
7h 12 min (Good)
Nokia Lumia 635
9h 35 min (Excellent)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)

minutes Lower is better
Motorola Moto G (2014)
151
Nokia Lumia 635
163

Conclusion


After playing around with the new Moto G, there’s no hiding who is the target audience that Motorola is trying to cater to with the phone. Sporting the same $179.99 outright price as before, we’ll hand it to Motorola for keeping its cost very low and affordable.

The Moto G is a simple, yet customizable designed phone that presents users with all of the core features of Android – without the redundancies of overbloated software features in tow. Therefore, if you’re looking to get something basic, preferably one that doesn’t require your signature on a contract, the Moto G is an option that you should check out.

Indeed, it’s not for everyone, but for those on a pinch, it certainly gets the job done. Even though it’s not one hundred percent in all categories, the overall package, combined with its low cost, makes it a formidable option in the entry-level segment.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.4.4
Kernel Version: 3.4.42-g6c9aef2-00110-gd543d01
Build Number: KXB21.85-17



Pros

  • $179.99 cost is extremely affordable for what it offers
  • Display is actually pretty good at reproducing colors accurately
  • Slight element of customization with its rear covers
  • Stock Android experience is simple & intuitive

Cons

  • Still no 4G LTE radio with this one
  • Video recording lacks continuous auto-focus
  • Processor can’t handle intensive operations
  • Larger size makes it tougher to operate with a single hand

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

9.2
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49 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

WOW No LTE, & it got a 8.5 with it's crappy battery. I just don't know!

3. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

This is not a high end device, never meant to be. In the mid-range, it reigns supreme. I think 8.5 is still low, because you get much more than you pay for. I think the rating is not in a relative scale btw.

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I beg to differ. Most mid-range phones offer LTE. To me this, plus the battery drop this phone below a 7 to the 6 to 6.5 range. I am sorry but this is the internet age, web-surfing, Instagram, Facebook, Vine, & everything else under the sun needs 4G LTE. We are not in 2009... The omission of 4G LTE is ludicrous...

7. Orion78

Posts: 197; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

It's 179 dude.......179. It deserves the score it got. Stop complaining.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No excuse... Price doesn't change anything. If you are mid-range phone you need 4G LTE. As a matter of fact $179.99 is too much money for a non 4G LTE device! This is a starter phone/low end device, this is no mid-range phone. I am sorry...

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I don't even have LTE I only have a 21 mbps 3G plan and it loads everything I want almost instantly and streams HD videos smoothly. So no LTE is not a must.

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I don't know where you live but here in the US 3G is really not good at all... 21mbps is very good for 3G. In the US 3G is nowhere near those numbers! I get double that on 4G XLTE...

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'm in Finland. But I mean the theoretic maximum speed is 21 mbps. When I actually test it with speedtest, I get somewhere from 9 to 16 mbps on download.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

ITS NOT A MID RANGE PHONE. DO YOU UNDERSTAND? Anything under $200 is considered a low end smart phone. This is also where the majority of Android sales come from. For a matter of fact 50 million mid range devices sold last quarter. Roughly the same 50 million high end Androids sold last quarter, and to top it off 150 million low end Androids sold. Which the Moto G is considered a low end device, even though it offers some mid to high end specs.

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

There is nothing high-end here. There is more mid-range stuff, but with the price it makes it low-end... I was trying to complement it by saying it was mid-range but it isn't has you stated. The lack of 4G LTE is definitely entry-level for sure. +1

41. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

This device is frikkin' $180... Chill the heck out. Those mini Mid rangers are the same thing except could be almost twice as expensive. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a device for the range of $200-$300.

27. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

You're wrong dude. You missed the point that this is a budget, mid-level phone. 4G is not a must in this category. Most people can do just fine with 3G. Higher end phone are going to have 4G capability but you are also going to pay $500-$700. So the rating is valid.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Learn what low, mid, and high end categories are in terms of pricing. Anything below $200 is low end, Anything between $200 - $400 is mid range, and anything above $400 is high end.

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah that's fair. I can definitely go with that. +1 to you.

34. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

SuperAndroidEvo, there is a version WITH LTE for your information. The first ones that moto released is the basic version. I also dont see anything about the waterresistant feature it has? Motorola had it spray coated with hydrofobic something so it doesnt die after waterdamage (tho it has no IP rating because it isnt meant to go in water)

37. 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

46. MaDTH

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

if you want a budget smartphone with the same price,processor,ram and aditional LTE and NFC go for the Xperia E3 its a awesome one :D

49. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

maybe because it costs only $179 and has a 5'' 720p screen, an 8mp camera and so on?

2. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Feels like moto dropped the ball this year, shame they had the worlds attention. G should have had a bigger battery, better processor X should have had a bigger battery and the stereo speakers of the G and a sd card slot I suspect they'll feel it in lost sales, shame.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Despite the less than impressive battery of the Moto X, I think think it has several killer features that set it aside from the competition. There's currently isn't a smartphone on the market that I would trade my 2013 Moto X for excluding the 2014 model. They really are that good.

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes but you have no idea what it's like to actually use the phone for 7 plus hours of screen on time & charge it every 2 days. I can't EVER go back to charging my phone every 12 to 14 hours. I am sorry, I am much too busy. After work I am doing other things & I need my phone to work... Every second day I charge my phone at night & the following morning I can do ANYTHING with my phone for the next 2 days without having to think about it. That's a lovely feeling you have yet to experience! You can have it all, but Motorola won't let you cause they stuff horrible batteries in their phones. You truly don't know how hurt I am by this... I REALLY wanted the Moto X '14 edition. I honestly thought Motorola wouldn't limit the Moto X again with a sub-par battery... But alas they did! (-_-)

22. cookies

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Quite a busy person to be replying to every single comment. Price/specs ratio my friend. If this is worth a dollar it'll be 15/10 be it entry level specs, 4G or no 4G.

31. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Just so you know... I am using my phone to answer you right now. Why??? Cause I can do whatever on my phone with out having battery issues... Ohh & yes I am busy but can multitask. It literally takes a few seconds, unlike constantly charging a phone with a bad battery!

28. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

I suspect the Moto G and Moto X will be very successful. You are looking at the phones from a phone enthusiast, tech guy perspective. These phones are geared toward the common person that has a tight budget. They will continue to succeed with that segment. The spec to price ratio is unbeatable except for some of the Chinese brands.

36. 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

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I'm impressed at what they've done with that tiny battery...

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Even if costs a little more, I find it weird that I find the 1st gen Moto G LTE a much more compelling option...

14. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

The Moto G 4G trumps this, if you don't need (or don't want) the 5" screen. I'm much more tempted by the G 4G after seeing this one.

17. mmayer54

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Guessing ANOTHER $219 model will come out in a few months with LTE, 16GB, and hopefully at least 2500mAh+ battery capacity.

18. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

i was gonna upgrade to this from my current moto g, seeing the battery is still the same, i'll pass... what is wrong with motorola, the new moto x only saw a slight increase in battery power too with the increased screen...just when you think they're back on track, they shot themselves in the foot....
Moto G (2014)
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2070 mAh

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