Motorola Moto G

AKA: Motorola XT1032

Available at: Boost Mobile, AT&T

8/10 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  
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The Moto G is an incredible bargain that punches well above its weight. - Seth Barton, Expert Reviews  
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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 54 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: 4.4.2 KitKat) 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)

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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 54 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 (8/10 Avg. rating)

Packed with features yet doesn’t cost much

from Tech Ticker (28 days 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 and... More

  8/10

The best ever budget smartphone

from PC Advisor (about 1 month 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 month 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 slightly... More

  8/10

A game changer

from NDTV (2 months ago)

What makes the Moto G special is the fact that it is one of a very small number of devices running the latest version of Android, and one of the only ones priced this low to be doing so. The Moto G scores heavily in terms of style and substance, and our only major quibbles are the non-expandable storage... More

  8/10

It certainly fits the definition of what an affordable smartphone should be

from TechSpot (2 months ago)

The Moto G is a budget Android smartphone done right, finding success in a number of levels starting with suitable performance across the OS. The Snapdragon 400 SoC is surprisingly powerful, and when combined with a skin-free Android build, it was able to deliver a smooth user experience. Even relatively... More

  9/10

The best budget phone money can buy

from GigaOM (3 months ago)

The Moto G is not without its faults, but for the price, you’ll be hard pressed to find any phone that’s this solid overall. For example, Boost also offers the ZTE Warp for the same exact price as the Moto X. The Warp is a two-year-old phone that features a low-res screen, an ancient single-core... More

Pure Android KitKat at an unbeatable price

from Cnet (3 months ago)

If you yearn for pure Android KitKat on the cheap, the Moto G Google Play Edition is worth the price, but power users should look elsewhere.

  6/10

An amazing phone, for the price of course

from Coolsmartphone (3 months ago)

Motorola and Google have done a good job with the Moto G, they have shown the world that a sub £150 phone doesn't have to be pants, they have shown the world that you don't have to spend £300+ on the latest Nexus phone or way more for the latest HTC or Samsung. I guess the ball is firmly... More

  7/10

Incredible value for money

from Digital Versus (3 months ago)

The Moto G hits hard for a handset of this price. It has a great screen and a responsive interface; you'd almost forget it's a budget phone. The camera and storage are always there to remind you of its caste, but otherwise it's a rare feat for an entry-level smartphone.

  6/10

The smartphone fuses high-performance hardware with a reasonable price

from Notebookcheck (3 months ago)

Google led the way with its Nexus 4, and to-date with the Nexus 5. It now applies this strategy to the bought out manufacturer Motorola - high-performance hardware alongside appealing looks, and a good build at an affordable price. The Moto G is currently priced at 169 Euros (~$229) for the 8 GB version,... More

Great for its price

(about 1 month 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... More

  8/10

Exceptional for its price

(4 months 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... More

  9/10

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