7.4/10
Informr score
The Motorola Moto G Fast currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Decent performance
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Solid battery life
  • Includes fingerprint scanner
  • Expandable storage
  • Software shortcuts

What's bad

  • Poor audio quality
  • Mediocre camera quality
  • Disappointing display
  • Weak multitasking

Many reviewers have nicknamed the Moto G Fast the new Moto G7 Play. Like the rest of Motorola’s G family of phones, it boasts a budget price without skimping too much on features. But is the negligible difference in price between this phone and its slightly higher priced sibling worth the compromises?

Design

On the larger side of Moto G phones, the Motorola Moto G Fast has a striking finish. Its pearlescent white plate comes in handy for hiding fingerprints while its chrome accents provide a bit of visual flair. It’s also rated for resistance to dust and small splashes but definitely won't survive a dunk in the pool.

The power button and volume rockers both sit on the right side of the phone while the Motorola emblem on the back doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Overall, reviewers liked the look of the phone, noting it is shiny without being slippery.

Display

The Moto G Fast has a 6.4-inch display. The screen is bright and has awesome color accuracy. However, it lacks the sharp image quality of other budget phones and text is ever so slightly blurred. This is not really a deal-breaker but it might cause extra eye strain over extended periods of use. Being a 720p display puts it at a disadvantage when for a little more its big brother, the Moto G8 Power, has a 1080p display.

Performance

The word "fast" in the phone’s name was based on comparisons to rival budget phone processing speeds. In that regard, it outperforms the budget models of LG or Samsung.

The phone has less RAM than Motorola's own Moto G8 Power model though, coming in at 3GB of RAM versus 4GB.  But this might not mean much unless you’re an avid mobile gamer or multitasker. Just be wary: the more things you have open, the less responsive and "fast" the phone becomes.

Software & Storage

Moto G Fast comes with Android 10 installed. However, this is a budget phone and some sacrifices were made. Namely, a lack of storage space compared to similarly priced phones. The phone only comes with 32GB of internal storage space. But worry not, they made it easy to add a microSD card slot for up to 512 GB more storage.

Cameras

The triple-rear camera is an exciting idea at this price point. But the cameras disappointed many reviewers. It’s not all bad news though.

The phone offers 4k video capture and in good lighting the camera’s all do fine. It was mostly in low light or indoor applications which reviews noted performance suffers. A lot of reviewers complained of added noise and blurring to pictures without adequate lighting.

The Moto G Fast includes a selfie camera at the front of the phone but many reviewers were disappointed to discover it only boasts 8MP compared to the 16MP offered by many phones in 2020.

Battery Life

When tested, reviewers reported easily making it through an entire day without needing to charge the phone.

Love to watch movies or TV shows? You’d be pleased. Despite the less than crisp picture, the phone was reported to offer 14.5 hours of battery life when playing HD video at full brightness. If you run low on battery you won't have to worry as the phone supports fast charging.

Audio

Audio on the Moto G Fast is the most negative aspect in most reviews. Tinny with a lack of bass and all-around flat sound, the audio leaves a lot to be desired.

If you like wearing headphones, this might not be important though. The phone has a headphone jack which is a plus since many phones are moving to only support Bluetooth or USB Type-C headphones.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic body with chrome accents
  • 6.4 inch, 720p display
  • 2GHz Snapdragon 665 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 32GB of internal storage with optional SD added storage
  • Rear-triple camera (16MP/2MP/8MP)
  • Front-facing 8MP selfie lens
  • 4,000mAh Battery

Bottom Line

Buying a phone on a budget involves sacrifices. Many reviewers question the value on offer with the Moto G Fast. However, if you can find a good deal, the phone offers respectable performance.

CNN says, “In comparison to the Moto E, if you care about photography and don't mind spending [a little] more, we'd suggest going for the Moto G Fast. Along with a better set of cameras, you get a faster device with a larger display and better battery life.”

PC Magazine, “If [the price of the Moto G Fast] is the absolute top of your budget, the Moto G Fast is a perfectly fine choice, but if you can spend a little more, we recommend going [for the] Moto G Power.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
6.4"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phandroid

The Moto G Fast from Motorola is a great device for the price. The build quality and software really stand out when compared to other devices in the category. But if you want slightly better performance, a higher resolution display, and even better battery life, the $229 Motorola Moto G Power is a m...

- Nick Gray, Phandroid
Wired

The $200 Moto G Fast is quite easily the better buy over the $150 Moto E. The promise of one Android version upgrade and the USB-C port is worth the extra $50. And overall, I think it's the better pick over the rest of the Moto G lineup too.

- Julian Chokkattu, Wired
Digital Trends

The Motorola Moto G Fast isn’t perfect, but in my view, it’s the best you’re going to get in this price range. It has a modern design and excellent performance in this price range, plus a solid battery — and the latter two are extremely important to consider if you’re buying a budget phone.

- Christian de Looper, Digital Trends
Tom's Guide

The Moto G Fast is a great choice for anyone who can’t spend more than $200 on a new smartphone, thanks to strong battery life, a serviceable display and cameras and good enough performance. However, those willing to part with another $50 will want to upgrade to the Moto G Power, which is a better h...

- Adam Ismail, Tom's Guide


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Screen Size
6.4"

The Motorola Moto G Fast's screen size is 6.4 inches with 720 x 1560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery.

Moto G Fast Specs

Overview
Release date June 12, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/750/850/900 /1500/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.74 W/kg
Body: 1.37 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Pearl White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.187 x 7.57 x 0.905 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 189.4 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1560 pixels
Pixel density 268 pixels
Size 6.4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (2 MP, F2.2, Macro), 3rd camera feature (8 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), HDR, Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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