Specs summary


The Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)'s screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2470 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 33.3 days standby time, 1440 minutes (2G), 1163 minutes (3G), 541 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

It’s playful and decent at the same time and that’s exactly what Moto is known for.

- Navneet Narula , Mobile Magazine 

Motorola's mid-range masterpiece, the Moto G, is a formidable smartphone that should not be overlooked.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

Based on 43 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent camera performance in good lighting
  • Smooth performance
  • Customizable in Moto Maker service
  • IPx7 rated

What's bad  

  • No optical image stabilization leads to blurry photos
  • Lots of digital noise in low-light situations
  • Mediocre viewing angles and sunlight legibility

Motorola proved with the Moto G 2 that budget phones could offer excellent hardware at a low cost. The company continues this tradition with the Moto G 3. At half the cost of premium smartphones, the Moto G 3 offers plenty of bonus features even flagship phones don't offer such as an IPx7 rating, which means it can be submerged in water for up to half an hour. As with the Moto X range, users can fully customize their phone with the Motorola's Moto Maker service. The phone itself features an all-plastic trim with curved corners and a curved rear. Instead of the soft-touch back of its predecessor, Motorola went for textured plastic for the Moto G 3 giving critics more of a grip. Despite the positives, Tech Radar describes it as a "chunky, largely plastic phone" though they add it is "perfectly fine." Other experts agree with this assessment and add that although it certainly feels cheap due to the plastic body it has a solid build quality.

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The one thing Motorola did not upgrade for the Moto G 3 is the screen. It sports the same 5-inch, 720p display as its predecessor, leading to a relatively low pixel density of 294ppi. Still, critics were fairly satisfied with the screen overall as it provides accurate and bright colors. With that said they found overall viewing angles and sunlight legibility fairly average with Greenbot adding, "The display has a propensity to be a bit too bright at night, which can contribute to some serious eye strain."

The Moto G offers two different setups: 8GB of internal storage with 1GB of RAM or 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. Naturally the one with the higher storage and RAM ends up costing more than the base version. Both models come with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and mid-level graphics processer. In general, reviewers describe the performance of both models as "zippy" though they did find the 16GB version to be slightly faster in comparison. The biggest selling point of the Moto G 3 isn't its performance, it is the battery life. The 2,470mAh battery provided experts with a full day of battery life with moderate usage and around 2 days of very light use. While the back cover of the phone is removable, the battery itself is not.

Another big upgrade for the Moto G 3 is the 13-MP main camera. When compared to camera on the Moto G 2, critics saw a marked improvement in picture quality. In good lighting situations they were able to capture images with good detail and vibrant colors, especially in HDR mode. It does not come with optical image stabilization so they unfortunately ended up taking a lot of slightly blurry photos. The problem became especially obvious when they took low light pictures. Not only did they have problems with the focus, the noticed pictures also had a lot of digital noise. Besides the main camera, it also upgraded the front camera to 5MP.

Overall, reviewers still consider the Moto G 3 the best smartphone for its price. Android Authority states, "The many positives of this handset definitely outweigh…the shortcomings in the display and camera." Wired adds, "The Moto G punches above its weight in almost every way…It's the clearest indication yet of the great things to come from truly affordable phones."

Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


A great midrange all-rounder at a very keen price

from APC
The third generation Moto G is proof that you don’t need to drop a tonne of money to get yourself a decent phone. It doesn’t have the fastest processor, the sharpest display or the best camera, but it does punch above its weight in all areas... Full review
What Mobile

Excellent camera, good performance, and impressive battery life

from What Mobile
Budget handsets rarely have the consistent experience which the Moto G offers. You’ll struggle to find a device at this price-point with a better camera, while the battery life is more than enough for most users. Motorola’s continued use of a near-stock Android experience keeps things running smoothly and the included Moto app manages to be more than just a gimmick. While the tweaks are most certainly subtle, it remains one of the best budget Android handsets that money can buy... Full review

Good & cheap

from Brighthand

It’s amazing how much you can get for so little these days. The third generation Moto G, which provides users with the second-most-recent version of Android, a 5-inch display, great battery life, Motorola’s useful (but unobtrusive if you don’t want it!) software suite, and even some decent internals, starts at a mere $180 unlocked. It’s mind-boggling. You’ll undoubtedly make some concessions – especially in the build and camera departments – but if you’re just looking for smooth, up-to-date Android functionality at a cheap price, the Moto G is... Full review


Big phone at little cost

from Techly

While there’s small points that can leave you wanting more – camera, battery charge-speed, only an okay screen – and you may or may not like the thick design, the Moto G is super phone for a comparatively low price. While the RRP is $369, we’ve seen it under $300 at even just a cursory search. And that’s a massive $700 difference to something at the top level, which just isn’t affordable for some.

We couldn’t recommend it to someone who’s been using a modern flagship – basically anything equal or higher than a Samsung S6, iPho... Full review

Digital Trends

Excellent value for the price

from Digital Trends

If you’re looking for a good smartphone, you don’t need the latest and greatest, and you’ve got $200 burning a hole in your pocket – look no further than the Moto G. The customization options, high-res camera, and long-lasting battery take it to another level that most budget phones don’t come close to approaching.

Motorola built a solid phone and didn’t compromise the spec sheet in any major way. The Moto G may not have cutting-edge specs, but it’s all the phone your average user needs. In fact, if you told a power user that this is the... Full review


Excellent value for money

from TechSpot
One of the best aspects of the Moto G remains the price tag: at just $180 for the 8GB model with 1 GB of RAM, this smartphone is exceptionally affordable and a very decent value proposition considering the hardware inside. Spending an extra $40 is worth it if you want more storage and RAM, but there’s no denying that either option is a great choice if you’re after an entry-level smartphone... Full review
The Indian Express

Still the budget benchmark

from The Indian Express
If you are caught in between this intense price versus hardware battle in the budget smartphone market, then you can safely consider buying the new Moto G. It caters well to the needs of most smartphone users who are looking to get a decent deal in the price range of between Rs 10,000 and Rs 13,000. However, it is totally up to you whether you wish to spend that Rs 1000 extra for double RAM and ROM... Full review

The best budget phone

from GottaBeMobile

The Moto G is absolutely one of the best smartphones I’ve ever used that costs under $400. See what we did there? The Moto G is a excellent all-around smartphone that has enough to compete with higher cost devices. It’s only $179, but we’d gladly compare it to or recommend it over some more expensive devices.

Many manufacturers are trying to do what Motorola has done with the Moto G, and there are a lot of great cheap Android smartphones. At the end of the day though, the Moto G still takes the crown as the best budget smartphone.

It might not deliver... Full review


Improved on the original formula

from Coolsmartphone

I’ve won over by the Moto G since the first iteration in late 2013. With the 3rd generation Motorola have improved on the original formula and brought water resistance and improved on the second gen’s bigger screen and body. I must say I really really like the Moto G 3rd generation. I like it so much I’m using it as one of my main devices and have even used one of my precious Google Play Music authorisations on it. The only thing I find myself wishing the Moto G 3rd gen had is an AMOLED screen, mostly so that Moto Display uses less battery power. Expandable memory, a great... Full review

Talk Android

Mid-range never felt so good

from Talk Android

Specifications don’t matter. The Moto G performs well above what’s expected for a phone that costs less than $200. The display is accurate, the processor can endure heavy multitasking, and the camera pulls off amazing shots. Find another phone that you can say the same about. Right, the only way you could is by spending hundreds of dollars more. But by spending $179, you’re getting a phone that performs smoothly and feels like it was crafted just for you. So many inconsistencies exist between devices of any price yet the Moto G can give flagships from other companies a run... Full review


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