- 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.”