Motorola Moto G

AKA: Motorola XT1032

Available at: Boost Mobile, U.S. Cellular, AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, Straight Talk

8.2/10 AVG.
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The Motorola Moto G has the screen, power, build and battery to make much more expensive phones jealous.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 
Cnet

The Moto G is an incredible bargain that punches well above its weight.

- Seth Barton , Expert Reviews 
Expert Reviews

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING

Based on 69 reviews

What's good

  • Good screen resolution
  • Decent battery life
  • Fast processor for price range

What's bad

  • No 4G LTE support
  • Limited on-board storage
  • Mediocre camera

Although priced in the budget range, the Motorola Moto G smartphone has wowed reviewers with its impressive screen and specs. This moderately priced phone boasts a 4.5” IPS screen with a resolution of 720p. In a side-by-side comparison with the Nexus 5, Laptop Mag found that the Nexus 5 offered more detail, but the Moto G rendered brighter and bolder colors. Critics also found the screen to be bright and easily readable in outdoor and indoor light settings.

In terms of specs, the G offers a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and up to 16GB of onboard storage. Although slightly slower when compared to more high-end smartphones, Digital Trends states that it is “a little rocket.”

Various benchmark tests done by critics put general performance well under phones like the Nexus 5, however it is able to perform on par during more simple tasks such as browsing the web and using simple apps.

Reviewers note that the efficient processor and display deliver great battery life than standard smartphones. After a 24-hour run test, PCPro found that the G retains 70% of its capacity after 24 hours of mixed usage.

Despite its impressive performance in benchmark tests, the phone does have several drawbacks. One major issue for many reviewers is its lack of storage. There is no expandable storage available, though there is connectivity to Google cloud. Aside from lack of storage, experts also criticized the lack of 4G LTE support and mediocre 5MP rear-facing camera.

Overall, however, most critics find the Moto G to be an excellent phone for the price. GSMArena states that “it’s near impossible to match the Moto G’s bang for the buck.”

Techcrunch hails the Moto G as a “remarkable device” and The Verge states that it “truly redefines what a low-end smartphone can be.”

Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Motorola Moto G's screen is 4.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB or 16 GB Flash. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2070mAh

The phone is powered by a 2070 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Motorola's performance ratings are: 14 days standby time, 1440 minutes talk time, 544 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Prices (Where to Buy)

Motorola Moto G - No Contract Phone (U.S. Cellular)

from Amazon.com

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No

Motorola Moto G LTE - No Contract Phone (U.S. Cellular)

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  • Condition: New
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  • Contract: No

Motorola Moto G - US GSM - Unlocked - 16GB

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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No

Motorola Moto G (2nd generation) - US GSM - Unlocked - 8GB Black

from Amazon.com

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No

Motorola Moto G (2nd generation) - US GSM - Unlocked - 8GB White

from Amazon.com

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No

Resources

Manuals / User Guides
Helpful Links
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Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING

Based on 69 reviews

What's good

  • Good screen resolution
  • Decent battery life
  • Fast processor for price range

What's bad

  • No 4G LTE support
  • Limited on-board storage
  • Mediocre camera

Although priced in the budget range, the Motorola Moto G smartphone has wowed reviewers with its impressive screen and specs. This moderately priced phone boasts a 4.5” IPS screen with a resolution of 720p. In a side-by-side comparison with the Nexus 5, Laptop Mag found that the Nexus 5 offered more detail, but the Moto G rendered brighter and bolder colors. Critics also found the screen to be bright and easily readable in outdoor and indoor light settings.

In terms of specs, the G offers a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and up to 16GB of onboard storage. Although slightly slower when compared to more high-end smartphones, Digital Trends states that it is “a little rocket.”

Various benchmark tests done by critics put general performance well under phones like the Nexus 5, however it is able to perform on par during more simple tasks such as browsing the web and using simple apps.

Reviewers note that the efficient processor and display deliver great battery life than standard smartphones. After a 24-hour run test, PCPro found that the G retains 70% of its capacity after 24 hours of mixed usage.

Despite its impressive performance in benchmark tests, the phone does have several drawbacks. One major issue for many reviewers is its lack of storage. There is no expandable storage available, though there is connectivity to Google cloud. Aside from lack of storage, experts also criticized the lack of 4G LTE support and mediocre 5MP rear-facing camera.

Overall, however, most critics find the Moto G to be an excellent phone for the price. GSMArena states that “it’s near impossible to match the Moto G’s bang for the buck.”

Techcrunch hails the Moto G as a “remarkable device” and The Verge states that it “truly redefines what a low-end smartphone can be.”

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Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)

Not such impressive value for money

from Digital Versus (5 months ago)

The Moto G 4G doesn't offer the same exceptional value-for-money as its predecessor. There are now several good-quality 4G Android phones on the market for less than £160, including the Huawei Ascend G740 and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. That's not to take anything away from the G 4G; it's still... More

  6/10

A great improvement over the original model

from GSMArena (7 months ago)

Motorola Moto G 4G is definitely a phone many are looking forward to. It is the upgrade people wanted and Motorola delivered. The very popular Moto G was criticized about its lack of memory expansion slot and not so about the missing LTE connectivity. Well, here it is - the Moto G 4G with a microSD... More

Still the best budget Android smartphone

from PC Advisor (7 months ago)

Motorola's Moto G is the best budget smartphone around. At £135 it's got great build quality, an excellent screen, decent cameras and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon to be upgrade to 4.4 KitKat. It's only limited in the storage department and a lack of 4G support.

  9/10

Designed to be as fluid and functional as a flagship device and yet cost a portion of one

from Coolsmartphone (8 months ago)

Overall the Motorola Moto G with 4G is a nifty little device. It basically has most things you’d want in a budget device and it has a user experience that feels like something costing twice the price. Once again hats off to Motorola for creating the Moto G. This new 4G version of the Moto G ke... More

  7.5/10

Best budget phone gets even better with 4G LTE, but a little pricier too

from Cnet (9 months ago)

With its decent specs and rock-bottom price, the Motorola Moto G was already a fantastic bargain, not only outpacing its low-end rivals, but offering much more than most mid-range mobiles. The addition of 4G LTE and expandable storage addresses our two original quibbles with the Moto G.There's been... More

  8/10

The best budget smartphone ever

from PC Advisor (10 months ago)

For your ton, you'll get a nice albeit fairly basic looking handset. There's nothing interesting going on here, with just the essential buttons, ports and a classic smartphone shape. It does have some style though; interchangeable covers which are relatively cheap provide easy access to customisatio... More

  9/10

Packed with features yet doesn’t cost much

from Tech Ticker (about 1 year ago)

As we said at the start, there are a lot of options for consumers in the mid-range segment but Moto G is the first device we thoroughly enjoyed using. For a starting price of Rs. 12,500, there’s little to complain about the device. The only things that goes agianst the device are the camera an... More

  8/10

The best ever budget smartphone

from PC Advisor (about 1 year ago)

Motorola's Moto G is the best budget smartphone around. At £135 it's got great build quality, an excellent screen, decent cameras and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon to be upgrade to 4.4 KitKat. It's only limited in the storage department and a lack of 4G support.

  9/10

Built well, plenty fast, and fit with a sharp, beautiful display

from Brighthand (about 1 year ago)

The Moto G is the kind of phone people need to buy and support if they really want to boost the collective quality of low-end smartphones. It is an outstanding bargain regardless of who you buy it from, and it destroys any other phone in its price range on almost every level. It is more akin to a sl... More

  8/10

Delivers so much of a better experience

from UnleashThePhones (about 1 year ago)

If you currently own an ageing smartphone and are looking to enter the Android eco-system, this is the perfect device to enter it with. If you are using one of the dozens of un-branded or local branded Android devices on the market and want something with better quality components, go for the Moto G... More

Lemon

(2 months ago)

This is the first smart phone I have had. I didn't even last a year. I took it to Hong Kong, took the sim card out so I didn't get a long distance phone call and only wanted to use free wifi. I used wifi for about 5 minutes to check email then shut it off. The second time I turned it on to check ema... More

  1/10

This phone absolutely rocks

(4 months ago)

Even though there are a couple of tradeoffs such as no expandable storage and no 4g LTE this phone has more than made up for it in terms of speed, build quality, and performance. I would absolutely recommend it to my friends. Overall, best darned prepaid smartphone I've ever owned period. BTW the b... More

  9/10

Low price

(5 months ago)

This phone is awesome. Good Display, decent battery life, great screen at that price. The only problem is the camera, not that good and the flash would make eyes black for a sec. Do you know that that you have ART runtime option in your Moto G, which is featured in KitKat. And you can enable it from... More

  9/10

Best bang-for-buck

(6 months ago)

Speedy. Cheap. Awesome screen. Near-vanilla android experience. (Thank-you Motorola!). You're not going to find a better phone for under $450.

  10/10

Good device

(7 months ago)

I have been using this device for 5 months and it is a good one. After 5 months of heavy usage, there is a slight big of lag in the device and a bit drop in battery backup. However on following some things mentioned in the following site, I saw a huge change in device performance.

  7/10

Best budget phone, ever

(9 months ago)

Amazing phone for the $150 price point. The screen is very good and it comes with a decent battery also. Trendy looking, speedy updates, quad core processor. The camera is definitely not high quality, just OK. Wish for an SD slot. Cannot complain for the price

  8/10

Great for its price

(about 1 year ago)

It's a really good phone for its price, but there are a few hassles. First, the stock launcher only allows 5 pages on the main screen; no more, no less. Second, there's no memory expansion capability. It's also somewhat fragile. Do not press the vol. dn and power buttons at the same time or it could... More

  8/10

Exceptional for its price

(about 1 year ago)

It's a great phone. It has a good amount of memory, a nice screen size, good resolution. It's very fast, even for casual gaming. What's best is the very low price, which is very low for the phone's performance, which competes against higher priced phones. The only thing is that this phone has poor W... More

  9/10

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