- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet
The Motorola Moto G has the screen, power, build and battery to make much more expensive phones jealous.
- Seth Barton , Expert Reviews
The Moto G is an incredible bargain that punches well above its weight.
- Good screen resolution
- Decent battery life
- Fast processor for price range
- 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.”
Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)
Not such impressive value for money
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 a quality product with an attractive price-tag. But, just to hammer this point home, Motorola really ought to have pitched this model at the same price as the previous 8 GB version, i.e. £135. At £159, though, the new Moto G 4G is still just about worth the investment. It's just no lo... Full review
A great improvement over the original model
Still the best budget Android smartphone
Designed to be as fluid and functional as a flagship device and yet cost a portion of one
Best budget phone gets even better with 4G LTE, but a little pricier too
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 a small price increase, meaning it doesn't have the same bargain bragging rights as its 3G-only sibling. With its excellent display, easy to use version of Android KitKat, expandable storage and comfortable design however, it's one of the best all-round budget phones you can get and c... Full review
The best budget smartphone ever
For your ton, you'll get a nice albeit fairly basic looking handset. There's nothing interesting going on here, with just the essential buttons, ports and a classic smartphone shape. It does have some style though; interchangeable covers which are relatively cheap provide easy access to customisation.
That's not all you're getting either. The Moto G has a quad-core processor, 8- or 16 GB of internal storage a 5Mp camera and the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat. It's not too surprising that there's no NFC or features such as infrared or wireless charging. The only really dow... Full review
Packed with features yet doesn’t cost much
The best ever budget smartphone
Built well, plenty fast, and fit with a sharp, beautiful display
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 dated flagship than it is to a traditional budget device.
However - and this is a big however - its lack of LTE is a killer. If you live in a region where true 4G is the standard, I'd recommend pinching a few more pennies and picking up a more modernized bargain like LG's Nexus... Full review
Delivers so much of a better experience
If you currently own an ageing smartphone and are looking to enter the Android eco-system, this is the perfect device to enter it with. If you are using one of the dozens of un-branded or local branded Android devices on the market and want something with better quality components, go for the Moto G. If you are coming from a high end device like the Galaxy S4, the One or something similar, the device will be a downgrade in specs. You will feel the pinch in terms of storage space and possibly resolution due to it being a 720p display. However, you may fall in love with the 4.5″ compact... Full review
Really Good for the price!
I've been using this phone for less than a year, but so far so good! I have no complaints about anything other than the amount of storage available on this phone. I would buy againLess
Moto G has good battery life. it doesn't hang- good processor. it has a good touch. bright colors. easy to use the only thing lacking is the camera, front as well as the rear.. overall a good phone. I love itLess
This phone has a major design flaw - it won't allow you to disable the Google now launcher or any Google app so if the apps are unstable you are basically screwed. For me it kept launching and simply disabling the app would have fixed this but I didn't have the option - you can't uninstall it. It also doesn't come with a decent music player so you have to download an app (ad-supported or you pay), it doesn't allow you to put it into silent mode, only vibrate or volume unless you want to turn off all sounds including your alarm, it doesn't come with a pre-installed texting app, disabling Moto Actions still does not allow you to turn off the "shake to activate camera" option it only works in turning off the instant flashlight, you can't save pics directly to sim card you have to manually drag and drop them there, and the list goes on. Highly uncustomizable phone and the longer you have it the more of a pain in to a$$ it becomes. The people at Motorola are clearly lacking in common sense to make a phone like this. Only plusses are the camera quality (although it's difficult to zoom and focus), and the battery. DO NOT BUY!Less
This phone sux. It always gives me problems. Your better off buying a different phone . Don't go with wind moble!!
Don't buy phone through wind moble.. The Motorola moto g sux.. It NEVER works. It's costs more to fix then the phone it self.Less
This is the first smart phone I have had. I didn't even last a year. I took it to Hong Kong, took the sim card out so I didn't get a long distance phone call and only wanted to use free wifi. I used wifi for about 5 minutes to check email then shut it off. The second time I turned it on to check email, it started to get slow. So I shut it off. The third time I turned it on it would not get past the Motorola logo and I couldn't shut it off. I used my wife's tablet to go on the internet to find out what the problem was and try to shut it off. It took a while to reboot it to finally turn it off. Check Youtube to see what are common problems with it. When I took the phone back to Koodo to fix it because it is still under warranty, they mentioned the technician couldn't figure out the problem and gave me another new Moto G. The first call I made, the phone shut off and started up again on its own. For two more days it did the same so I took it back. A week or so later I get it back from repair and it did it again. I took it back again and it did the same. They repaired it three times and my warranty is coming to an end soon and it keeps turning off and starting up on its own. So I asked what is a better phone and renegotiated my contract.Less
This phone absolutely rocks
Even though there are a couple of tradeoffs such as no expandable storage and no 4g LTE this phone has more than made up for it in terms of speed, build quality, and performance. I would absolutely recommend it to my friends. Overall, best darned prepaid smartphone I've ever owned period. BTW the battery life is fantastic.Less
This phone is awesome. Good Display, decent battery life, great screen at that price. The only problem is the camera, not that good and the flash would make eyes black for a sec. Do you know that that you have ART runtime option in your Moto G, which is featured in KitKat. And you can enable it from developer options.Less
Speedy. Cheap. Awesome screen. Near-vanilla android experience. (Thank-you Motorola!). You're not going to find a better phone for under $450.Less
I have been using this device for 5 months and it is a good one. After 5 months of heavy usage, there is a slight big of lag in the device and a bit drop in battery backup. However on following some things mentioned in the following site, I saw a huge change in device performance.Less
Best budget phone, ever
Amazing phone for the $150 price point. The screen is very good and it comes with a decent battery also. Trendy looking, speedy updates, quad core processor. The camera is definitely not high quality, just OK. Wish for an SD slot. Cannot complain for the priceLess
Prices (Where to Buy)
Online Buying Options
Manuals / User Guides
- Motorola Moto G Manual (PDF)
AT&T, Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular, Cricket, Sprint, Straight Talk, U.S. CellularReview Sources Have a question?
Visit the Motorola Moto G Q&A Forum to ask the community a question or help others.Share / Embed