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Motorola Moto G review

8/10 AVG.
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8/10
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The Motorola Moto G currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 73 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Versus

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...

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
GSMArena

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...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Tech Advisor

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.

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Coolsmartphone

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...

- James Pearce, Coolsmartphone
Cnet

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...

- Andrew Hoyle, Cnet


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Screen Size
4.5"

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

Processor
1.2 GHz

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: 5.0.2 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos 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 8/16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2070mAh

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

Moto G Specs

Overview
Release date November 15, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
variations
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.2 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.17 W/kg
Body: 1.06 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2070 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 468 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 544 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 455 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1440 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13 x 6.6 x 1.2 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 143 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 329 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
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 No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Slow motion video
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, QCP
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
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 No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola XT1032

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

LTE model has expansion slot for MicroSD cards (up to 32 GB)

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