Moto G

Motoro​la's latest is the best cheap Android phone you can buy, by a surprisingly wide margin

Outside of Google's Nexus line of products, good, inexpensive Android phones have been hard to come by. Instead, the word "cheap" has frequently gone hand in hand with "nasty" when describing handsets in the £100-150 (or $160-200) price range. That's outright, with no contract signed. But with its new budget phone, the Moto G, Motorola is seeking to change this.

In its recent presentation from Brazil, the new, fully Googlified Motorola took aim at both the low-cost competition and rival Android device manufacturers in general. The former, it said, typically consisted of compromised, out-of-date hardware that in turn delivered a lackluster user experience. And the latter had a wrongheaded approach to smartphone design, according to Moto VP Punit Soni, loading Android down with unnecessary bloat and features that compete with Google's ecosystem.

Instead the manufacturer insists its entry-level plan makes more sense by focusing resources on key specs like the display and CPU — and building apps, not intricate new UIs atop Google's OS. Moto G is the result — a budget Android phone unlike any other in its price range, and one that looks set to shake up the low-cost Android space.

Let’s see how it shapes up, as we give the Moto G the full review treatment.


The Good

Comfortable, ergonomic design with great build quality. Fantastic display. Speedy performance for the price. Superb value for money.

The Bad

No LTE. Back covers can mark easily. 8GB of fixed storage leaves little breathing room.

Conclusion

You can easily point to a lot of things that aren’t on the Moto G. But even so, it’s the best phone at this price point by far. Go buy one. Hell, buy two.


Inside this review


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Moto G hardware and build quality

With a mostly featureless front, flattish sides and a curved back, the Moto G isn't the most head-turning smartphone design it there. But what it lacks in pizzazz it makes up for in ergonomics and understated class. Much like the Moto X, it fits in the hand very comfortably, with smooth curves on all sides and no unwelcome sharp edges. Power and volume keys sit on the right edge within easy thumb (or middle finger) reach. And the back is the spitting image of Moto's larger flagship too, from the stylized lip at the top to the dimple under the camera where you'll find the only branding on the device, a single Motorola logo.

The design is simple, but it works — it's comfortable and unthreatening, but stylish. The phone ships with a standard matte plastic back shell — removable to access the microSIM slot — and Motorola will be selling aftermarket shells in a variety of colors. We've been using the bright lime-yellow back with our review unit and we've noticed it has a more premium finish than the bundled black one. Both backs seem more than a little susceptible to wear and tear, however. The standard black picked up visible wear around its edges in the first week of use, while the yellow one sported blue stains around its corners after a couple of days of being pulled in and out of a jeans pocket. Fortunately in the case of the yellow back, we were able to clean these marks off easily enough with a damp cloth. (After removing it from the phone, of course.)

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The display looks absolutely fantastic, and is all the more impressive considering the phone's price point

There's really not a whole lot to say about the front of the Moto G — it's 100 percent screen, save for an earpiece, notification LED and the usual sensors, including a front-facing camera. As the G uses software keys, there's nothing to see when the phone is powered off.

Switch it on and you'll reveal the Moto G's most powerful asset, the 4.5-inch 720p LCD display which looks absolutely fantastic, and is all the more impressive considering the phone's price point. It's bright and clear with colors that are vivid, but not over-saturated. What's more, viewing angles impressed with almost no discoloration when viewed off-angle. Clearly this high-quality panel is where most of your £135 is going — and rightly so, as its the thing you're going to be fixated on every time you pick up the device.

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The CPU is designed with energy efficiency in mind, and that's reflected in the Moto G's excellent battery life

On the inside, the Moto G rocks a Snapdragon 400 CPU — a quad-core variant that's a little different to the Snapdragon 400 we're used to seeing in recent Samsung and HTC phones. It's got four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHz, paired with an Adreno 305 GPU. The Cortex A7 is designed primarily with energy efficiency in mind, and that's reflected in the excellent battery life we've witnessed during our time with the Moto G. But its also no slouch in terms of general day-to-day performance. You'll certainly notice a difference if you use the Moto G side by side with any of the current crop of high-end Androids, mainly in terms of touch response. But at the same time its far from sluggish.

There's also 1GB of RAM — about as much as we'd expect for this class of device — and enough to keep things running smoothly most of the time. We did notice a couple of instances of the home screen launcher being dropped from memory, leading to redraws when we pressed the home button. However this was mostly after relatively long browsing sessions with multiple Google Chrome tabs open, and the launcher was pretty quick to spring back to life upon pressing the home key.

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There's a choice of 8 or 16 gigabytes of built-in storage available — the former for £135, the latter for £160. The 16GB model isn't easy to track down online at the time of writing, but our 8GB review unit leaves 5.52GB free for your own apps, photos and other stuff. That's not a lot of breathing space, but not unexpected for a phone so cheap. Naturally, as a device that follows Google's design guidelines for Android, there's no microSD slot.

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Connectivity-wise, the Moto G tops out at 21Mbps HSPA+, so there's no LTE or DC-HSDPA on offer here. You do at least get pentaband coverage, which means you'll get support for most HSPA networks around the world, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the states. (Update: The original Moto G spec sheet specified five HSPA bands on a single model. It has since emerged that there will be two GSM Moto G models, a global version with quad-band HSPA support and a US-only model with tri-band support.) Besides that there's WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, but no NFC — another completely understandable omission.

Overall the Moto G hardware tale is one of sensible, measured components wrapped in solid build quality that puts much of the plastic competition to shame, particularly in the entry-level space. It's not a great gaming platform — the processor sees to that as much as the limited storage space. Motorola's various compromises make sense, and the device's spec sheet tells the story of a hardware budget cleverly spent, most significantly when it comes to the display and CPU.

Moto G specs

Moto G specs

More: Full Moto G spec sheet​

Moto G software, OS and features

On the surface, there's not a whole lot about the Moto G's software that stands out. It's running near-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (with a KitKat update promised for January 2014) and the only major visual distinction is the transparent background of the software keys in the home screen launcher. Besides that it’s almost identical to Android 4.3 running on a Nexus device.

Moto G software

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99 percent of what you see is the work of the Android design team in Mountain View

The decision to go with vanilla Android is a very deliberate one for Motorola. Of course it makes sense now that it's owned by Google (and since earlier this year, very publicly so). But its also part of Moto's war on bloat and inefficiency — the company wants to emphasize performance and responsiveness over flashy graphics. And in any case, you could certainly do a lot worse than the look and feel of stock Android 4.3.

So 99 percent of what you see is the work of the Android design team in Mountain View, with the main additions from Motorola coming in the form of apps and features. These include Motorola Assist, which allows you to toggle certain settings based on where you are or what you’re doing. For instance you can silence the device and and auto-reply to certain contacts while you’re in a meeting (based on your Google Calendar events), or keep things quiet at night by telling the app to mute notifications between certain hours. Assist is a neat, useful feature, but it's nowhere near as capable as similar offerings from some rivals, such as Sony’s endlessly customizable Smart Connect app.

Motorola appsYou also get Motorola Migrate, a new app to help you automatically import your own content — contacts, texts, call history, media and other stuff — from an older phone. But perhaps more useful on a day-to-day basis is the trusted Bluetooth feature, which lets you disable lock screen security if paired to a “trusted” device. As we’ve found using the Moto X, this feature works great if you use your phone with a smartwatch or some other wearable device.

What you don’t get is any of the fancier features from the Moto X, such as active notifications, the shake gesture to load the camera app, or touchless controls (wherein you can say “OK Google Now” anywhere, at anytime, to launch a search). Motorola tells us that’s a limitation of the phone’s hardware, mainly to do with the fact that it’s using an off-the-shelf Snapdragon 400 as opposed to a custom creation with low-power processors to handle sensor input. But our disappointment is more than offset by the Moto G’s low price, and it’s entirely understandable that these advanced features are currently outside the reach of a budget product.

Moto G official accessories

Bumper

Motorola has launched a full complement of accessories alongside the Moto G. There’s a wide range of brightly-colored, replaceable back panels to add a splash of color to the device, as well as more traditional bumpers in various colors to protect the phone from knocks and scrapes. And if you’re carrying the Moto G loose in a bag there’s an official flip cover to keep the screen protected. These come with a built-in magnet to automatically power the screen on when opened.

In the UK, the flip shell will cost a respectable £18.99, while the bumper is a mere £9.99. Moto also offers wired earphones for £34.99, and USB battery packs in various sizes will apparently vary in price depending on region.

To learn when the latest accessories come into stock, hit up the ShopAndroid newsletter.

More: Hands-on with Moto G accessories

Moto G camera review

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The camera's not amazingly good, but it's also not terrible

In addition to its fairly basic 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, the Moto G packs a 5-megapixel rear shooter with LED flash which can record 720p HD video. As you might expect from a budget smartphone, it’s not an amazingly good camera. However it’s also not terrible, mainly due to Motorola’s camera software.

The Moto G shares the Moto X’s camera app, which looks similar to the stock Android camera app, but it’s different — and better — in quite a few ways. Photos are taken by tapping anywhere on the screen and other features are activated by swiping gestures — swipe to the left to view the photos you’ve just taken in the Gallery app, or swipe inwards from the left edge to bring up a wheel of options including flash, HDR, focus modes and panorama.

Camera app

This is not a camera for the impatient

By default the device is set to “Auto HDR” mode, which automatically senses scenes with wider dynamic range and takes an HDR shot instead of a standard exposure. That’s a good thing considering the sensor’s relatively narrow dynamic range, and it’s also the main reason we were able to capture so many decent-looking pictures on the Moto G. But that also means it’s typically slow to capture images, an issue compounded by the fact that it’s also pretty slow to focus. This is not a camera for the impatient.

The Moto G can capture 5-megapixel images in 4:3 orientation or 3.8-megapixel shots in 16:9 mode, which crops out the top and bottom. Viewed at full-size, it’s clear there’s a good deal of noise reduction, compression and sharpening going on to make the camera’s output presentable. That means a lot of fine detail gets scrubbed away, even in bright conditions. In turn, nighttime and indoor shots quickly become smudgy and blotchy — and blurry, too, if anything happens to be moving. And despite the best efforts of Moto’s software post-processing, quite a bit of chroma noise remained in darker areas of many shots.

One particularly useful software feature is the ability to manually control focus and exposure by dragging a bracket around the screen. This allowed us to capture a few great-looking macro images, such as the shot of the berries in our sample gallery. But again, it’s something that requires patience and a little skill to use.

All in all, it felt like many of the Motorola camera app's fancier features were wasted on the Moto G's very basic imaging hardware. Nevertheless, with patience you can coax good-looking outdoor images out of it. Just don't expect any miracles.

Video performance followed a similar pattern of fairly soft images, narrow dynamic range and noticeable chroma noise — though the frame rate was at least consistent. There's also a slow-motion video capture mode, though this too is limited by the Moto G's relatively low-end optics.

But let's face it — if you're buying a Moto G, it's probably not for the camera. The fact that it can take good photos some of the time is a bonus, but realistically it makes more sense to prioritize the display and processor over cameras on a budget handset, just as Motorola has done here.

Moto G battery life

Moto G battery

Screen on timeWith a 2070 mAh battery and an energy-efficient Cortex A7-based CPU inside, is not surprising to find that the Moto G delivers excellent battery life. We had real difficulty depleting the battery in under 24 hours with our day-to-day usage patterns — and when we did it was with a healthy six hours of screen-on time behind us. When idle, the the device uses almost no power at all, even with accounts syncing in the background. And even relatively strenuous tasks didn’t seem to impact available charge too drastically. Music playback and web browsing over HSPA, for instance, didn’t produce the rapid increase in battery usage we’re accustomed to seeing on other Android phones.

The Moto G was also unfazed by hostile radio environments during our testing. For example, busy stations in central London which quickly sap the batteries of many other devices had no such effect on the Moto G — or at the very least, this characteristic battery drain was significantly reduced.

Of course it's still wise to plan on a nightly charge, but if you do you shouldn't have to worry about battery life at all. And it’s refreshing to say that about any Android phone, let alone one at this price point.

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The Moto G is a lesson to other manufacturers in how to make a good, cheap Android phone

Depending on your perspective, the Moto G can be seen as a ridiculously cheap phone considering its quality, or a ridiculously good phone for its price. Either way, it’s a lesson to other manufacturers in how to make a good, cheap Android phone. The screen is the best you’ll find on a budget handset, the CPU, while by no means high-end, strikes a great balance of performance and energy efficiency, allowing the built-in battery to drive the device through a full day of use with ease.

Camera performance isn’t exactly trailblazing, but nor is the Moto G’s shooter the complete dud it might have been. Similarly, while we’re disappointed to see that the Moto X’s headline features are absent, this is an understandable omission.

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The Moto G easily the best cheap Android phone you can buy right now. (And probably the only Android phone at this price point that delivers a user experience of this quality.) Every criticism of the Moto G has to be framed against its ludicrously low price point. It’s closer to mid-range handsets like the HTC One Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini in hardware potential and feature set, but nearer the likes of the HTC Desire 200 and Galaxy Young in its pricing. It’s frankly amazing that a manufacturer is able to put together a device like the Moto G for £135 and make money selling it.

And that just makes us all the more disappointed that Motorola is not yet represented outside of the entry-level space in Europe.

 
There are 122 comments

MexPride says:

No but seriously Moto stepped it up good for them. Me next phone will definitely be Motorola.

Hey Mex! Definitely Moto G is a great device. I just got it from FlipKart and the smoothness of the OS is really amazing. At this price range this is probably the best device around. The only con that I found in 2 days of testing it out was the not so great camera. The camera is really nice outdoors, but indoors it was okay. But anyway, I'll say that you can't get everything for this price, can you?

Also, for the Indian users, the device is available from FlipKart, so come on and order from there. Can't you use google and find the best discount? For all the lazy ones, the best price for the device is available here - http://bit.ly/MotorolaMotoGIN

Cheers!

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Channan says:

I'm dying laughing. That was probably the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life.

jonathan3579 says:

I wish stupid ass 'first comments' got deleted and repeat offenders got banned.

MexPride says:

I wish dumbass people that actually think those comments are serious should get banned.

ScottJ says:

I think obtuse people that actually think those that dislike "first" comments should be banned, should themselves be banned.

MexPride says:

Banception?

I wishing banning people that request other be banned got you banned and then banned from being banned...ba dan danned.

Me next

TLB69 says:

I with you brother by the way... Why you mad bro?

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

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Munnay says:

This is a very brilliant move by Motorola, and an excellent phone for it's price.
Now all that's left is for Motorola to make it available in developing countries like India, Africa, Pakistan etc. where phones are sold unlocked only, which makes them too expensive for most people to afford.

I'd definitely buy one if it were available in India, it's much much better than the Chinese and Indian phones available here at the same price.

SEGROUKIN says:

Sorry to ruin the moment man but since when did Africa become a country?

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djeborn says:

+1 Nice!

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Munnay says:

Sorry about that. I'm new here and I see I've already made a mistake. I was in a hurry and it totally slipped my mind that Africa is not a country. I don't know how to Edit comments here, otherwise I would've corrected it.

Sorry Again.

wezi427 says:

Why apologize? It's a mistake. I knew what you meant. I guess that makes them feel intelligent to point that out.

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Markieb says:

+1 ^^

With out a microsd slot and storage so low, it's likely to fail.

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MERCDROID says:

How do you figure? The target market for this device isn't power users.

When the Nexus 4 first debuted and then went on sale in July, the 8GB version sold out faster than the 16GB version, both times. That should tell you something: price trumps storage capacity, to a point.

This device will do great, in the markets that it's intended for.

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joshua.worth says:

You mean November of course since the Nexus 4 was released for sale on November 13th 2012

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wezi427 says:

In willing to bet that you are wrong, if you are talking about the 16gb version.

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ak110707 says:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQbiNvZqaY Ignore the trolls who have nothing better to do mid-day than poke fun at your error. Haters gonna hate, enjoy listening to Toto's Africa.

rebretz000 says:

For the price I may buy one as a backup.

TLB69 says:

I wish you people would grow up and stop all this first stuff.Now that I've told you all off for not letting me be first and yes,I'm mad bro.Back to topic,the Moto G is a piece of junk because I want one and can't get one.Yes,I'm mad bro.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

MERCDROID says:

Why you mad bro?? (lol, I had to)

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Synycalwon says:

Holy bezels Batman! That bottom one is huge and seems like a waste of space, especially considering it has on-screen buttons. :(

It's only there to give people something to complain about.

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Tough to complain when the phone is ergonomically great in the hand, just like the Moto X.

tdizzel says:

You must be new here. There's nothing that's tough to complain about. Post a column about anything and people will complain. Its just how things work.

Jonneh says:

Andrew's a writer here. I think he knows. :-) He was just using the phrase.

MERCDROID says:

Thanks, for the great review, Alex!!

I may definitely have to get one of these, when they launch in the States.

Posted via my "Gift from God" Nexus 5.

Ry says:

Yup. More good stuff from Alex. I'll probably buy one just because.

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MERCDROID says:

Yeah, it'll be an impulse buy, for sure.

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jdbii says:

Might be interested in selling Nexus 4 and getting this.

MERCDROID says:

Same here.

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Why? Its a downgrade in about every level except battery life. It doesn't even have the Moto X touch less features.

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MERCDROID says:

Well, I already have a Nexus 5. I'd like to switch it up a little. To be honest, I really have my sights set on the Moto X. But, I'm not opposed to selling the "4," buying the "G," and pocketing some cash in the process.

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I have had the "G" for two days and so far I am liking it. I will not be selling my Nexus 4, but not sure what would entice my to swap my SIM back into it (KitKat probably).

To me the "G" feels better in the hand

MERCDROID says:

I'm sure it does. It appears to be more ergonomic, compared to the Nexus 4's squarish frame.

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jdbii says:

This.

KidAndroid says:

I reviewed the Moto X so I had it for 2 weeks and I was just given the Moto G from my carrier as a gift so I've had time with both phones and yes the Moto X has some features that the Moto G diesnt have out of the box. The thing is that with a few downloads I now have every single feature on my Moto G that is on the Moto X (active notifications, Touch less controls, twist camera) so the only advantage the Moto X has on the G is that the back of the X is much much better with its soft touch rubber material as opposed to the slippery matte plastic back of the G. I don't know if they'll make a big difference but they have the replacement backs for the G that just might make the factory back plate not as much of an issue and then you have a Moto G with everything the Moto X has but better battery life & a slightly worse camera and you have it for 2-3 times less. I'd buy the Moto G over the Moto X because of all this and save the money.

Alex_Hong says:

I'm doing that exactly. Main thing for me, Battery life.

jdbii says:

And this.

Dat battery life. But then again, dat screen, dat energy efficient chip and dat lack of LTE probably helps a ton.

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MERCDROID says:

Agreed.

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tylerjames09 says:

With this launching in the US with Kit Kat, this will be an incredible backup phone to my Nexus 5.

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Mobius360 says:

If T-Mobile carries these in store at the actual price I can see these flying off the shelves.

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MERCDROID says:

I'm not sure, if T-Mobile would carry it in-store. I'm really hoping Best Buy picks it up.

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dragonsamus says:

Good job, Motorola! The phone looks awesome for what it costs. I will definitely be recommending it to friends who need lower priced phones.

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Ry says:

Moto knocked it out of the park in this price range.

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SEGROUKIN says:

Great price and awesome battery life. Would make a great backup device.

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JeffDenver says:

"8GB of fixed storage leaves little breathing room."

OMG I have been assured by many users on this site that 8 gigs is all you should ever need on a phone because internet!

tdizzel says:

Ignorant comments like this just make me snicker

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jonovw says:

You're the one using your phone and that may differ from what others recommend

Xader says:

I'd say that would be true if we all had unlimited data. But virtually all carriers are going to tiered data.

Combine this with limited coverage in many places, and local storage (be it on-board or expandable) is an absolute necessity to me.

YMMV

Jonneh says:

Jeff, you left off your winky emoji at the end. You freaked them all out.

omega1300 says:

Looks and sounds like a great handset for a great price!

(See Apple? That's how you do it!)

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Ry says:

Dear Phil,

Please send Alex a Moto X.

:)

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MERCDROID says:

Sincerely,

Ry and Mercdroid

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Ry says:

lol!

JeffDenver says:

This is a great phone at this price. Nice battery actually. Very good camera for low end. And Vanilla Android...finally Moto gets it.

gaozhonghua says:

Wish you can share a full video of this Moto G! Impressive review indeed..

Orion78 says:

For that price point, this is a fantastic phone. Might get this as a backup.

tylerjames09 says:

Sorry in advance if this is a dumb question, but I remember seeing some CDMA bands---would this indicate that this is set up possibly for some CDMA carrier(s) (i.e. Sprint, Verizon, etc.)? Thanks

Ry says:

Verizon has announced that the Moto G is coming to Verizon Pre-Paid in Q1 2014.

tylerjames09 says:

Thanks!

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kcerica says:

My mom finally wants to buy a smart phone and she wants to switch to a prepaid plan. She was looking at the LG Optimus L9. I will have to compare the two phones, I have a feeling I'm going to get her to wait for the Moto G.
I can't believe they're not releasing before Christmas in the US

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MERCDROID says:

My opinion: They don't want the Moto G to cannibalize any possible carrier Moto X or Nexus 5 holiday sales.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, the L9 is locked to T-Mobile, whereas the Moto G is unlocked. I'm not sure, if that's an issue for you, just wanted to point that out.

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Great review...waiting for the 16gb to release in UK..Supposed release date is 12 dec right?
any idea about availability of shells

kullkid92x says:

Your move Apple... Google has Motorola churning out 180$ phones and Microsoft has Nokia doing the exact same thing.

The picture is becoming much clearer why Apple only dominates in the States.

Ry says:

Have you seen their profits? Apple's fine with their marketshare.

Zig261 says:

There's a good reason why they charge such insanely high prices for their iPhones. To make sure they get the most of their profits, even if the phone sales are extremely low.

Impulses says:

Yep, Apple has predominantly been a low market share / high profits premium hardware company. That isn't likely to change, the only real danger is if market share shrinks to Mac proportions they lose a lot of leverage and the ability to control parts supply like they currently do...

They're nowhere near that though, I actually see WP competing more with Android than iOS. I say that having owned 0 WP devices and 0 Apple devices except for a second gen iPod touch btw. I was actually hopeful about MS'tablet strategy but it's staggering a bit, going back to RT for Surface 2 was a mistake IMO.

sojibby says:

Their rapidly falling marketshare? Yes I'm sure they are happy about that. They don't care at all, that's why they sued HTC into near oblivion and are trying to do the same to Samsung.

bbycrts says:

I've heard that sales of the iPhone 5c - the "budget" model - are pretty unimpressive. People who buy the iPhone are happy to pay a premium price for what they see as a premium product. They couldn't care less about the competition for low cost phones. Part of the reason people want iOS (only PART of the reason, mind you) is for the status of having it.

Duncan1982 says:

Its the brand name iphone that lodges and many stay as they believe in what WAS a great product. Apple will always set prices high always have and i honestly dont believe the 5c was an attempt at a budget phone rather an attempt to con people into that its cheaper than the 5s so to them theoretically it was their budget device not in the global market sense though. Apple used to mean something but have at this point lost their way, but i am not writing them off (yet) i can get with suing to a degree but on every issue and Apple win alot so they know at this point they dont have to consentrate on whats important to the customer rather they are in the suing business and hey its working lol

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alexlam24 says:

Nexus 5 is cheaper than a 5C. *mind blow*

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vargaslc says:

I would love to see a moto g vs nexus 4 comparison. A used nexus 4 with kitkat vs moto g with kitkat is a though fight!

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hodan says:

I love my One, but talked my buddy into a Moto X. Kevlar. Good form factor. It'll last him 5 years.

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ki11ak3nn says:

I feel like my mom should have gotten this instead of her Lumia 521.

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MetalMike901 says:

I love my n4 but for some reason I want this! Maybe it's that insanely good price tag, but I think this could be a game changer if people wake up that contracts are ripping them. I sincerely hope google is able to disrupt, or heck blow up, the carrier contract model. T-Mobile is trying to be disruptive, but they don't have a fraction of the resources that google has. I am cheering google on as loudly as possible to kill the carrier greed!

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Impulses says:

If Tmo is the uncarrier than Moto is definitely the unOEM right now.

And I'm on Sprint with a Nexus 5 btw (happily so, for now), very exited by Moto's current heading though. Let's just hope they start turning a profit for Google so they can continue to operate as an individual division, it's working for them.

kelayz says:

I have the optimus f6 LTE on t mobile and I have LTE 95% of the time where I work (sub contractor I'm all over) and with moderate use to heavy usage after 5pm (start at 6am) my battery life is at 30% by 8pm.

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bbycrts says:

I am a big Motorola fanboy - own the Moto X now. But no LTE = no sale for me, even if I'd never owned another smart phone. It is becoming a standard even in the cheapest handsets. One huge omission in what otherwise looks like a great package.

tdizzel says:

Psst... The US isn't the only country in the world. LTE isn't standard everywhere.

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bbycrts says:

But I live in the US. And I hear noise that the G is coming here. And I think it's a mistake to launch it here without LTE. Bully for the rest of the world - if I was in a country that didn't have LTE - or the prospect of getting LTE - it would be tops on my list. But I share my own impressions based on my own experience - and that experience says I'm not considering even an outstanding entry-level phone if it doesn't have LTE.

sojibby says:

I think you'd be surprised how many people just don't have any use for LTE. I might ask google a question once or twice a month, definitely okay with 3G for that. Even then it's never anything I couldn't wait until I got home or found a wifi hotspot to ask. I take everything I want with me so no streaming.

This phone is not for you, but just because you use LTE all the time doesn't mean the majority does. In addition to the many in cities that don't use it, there isn't even LTE *coverage* in a lot of areas. Those people don't want to pay extra for it.

ajace says:

You're ALREADY paying for it so why not get a phone with LTE. ex: T-mobile, there is only one rate for 4G, regardless of whether that 4G is HSPA or LTE. Same goes for Sprint. Why get a phone that's only WiMax compatible when the rates are the same for LTE?

At $180 unlocked, not all phones are offering LTE at that price point. Even phones that sell in the $300-$400 price point aren't always a given to have LTE on board.

I would of course prefer if it were there, even if it did add $10 (or whatever) to the end price, but you can see why they kept things to the absolute minimum to keep the price low. At this price point, people aren't necessarily going to be clamoring for LTE.

Nice Review

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Ben Hanson says:

8GB of fixed storage shouldn't really be in the Cons when the Moto G comes in a 16GB option too, as you even mentioned!

Buy two? Pah, I know smartphones are a one percenters game, but some of us are still plebs here, so I'll go with one.

Tungjen says:

Question: What was the overall battery time that went along with those 6 hours 4 minutes of SOT?

He stated that was the only way to drain the battery in less than a day, so you can presume just shy of 24 hours :) .

But really, at that point the specific battery time doesn't matter. If you can easily make it a complete day and into the next, then the specifics don't matter as much.

MERCDROID says:

Agreed.

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Jacques says:

I seriously may be considering this as my backup phone over an older Nexus.

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TheMimic12 says:

I hope the next step is a slightly more expensive moto phone that is a combination of the moto g and the moto x. Ideally it would have similar specs to the moto g, but with a few more bells and whistles, but keep more of Motorola's innovations in the moto x.

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This is an amazing device! My Nexus 5 at best gives me 3-4 hours screen on time. 6 hours is mind blowing!!! Congrats Dennis Woodside and team!!

alexlam24 says:

Should've gotten a Nexus 4 a couple months ago...

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sidharth says:

I think for this price you get really bad phones from Samsung and HTC. Motorola has done the right thing by not focusing on useless frills and create a perfectly usable mid range device. I know which phone I am recommending when people ask my opinion on the low or mid range phone to buy.

I am receiving my Nexus 5 this Monday. I am sure if Motorola continues on this path (which include quick updates) I will but their next flagship even if it is not a Nexus.

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asemi says:

An excellent phone for its price range. Shame about the camera though. I know they must cut corners somewhere but at least I expected it to be on par with Lumia 620 which IMHO offers the best camera as well as being a great all-rounder in entry level phones. Moto G full resolution samples remind of those of cheap Lenovo phones in that they come out a bit fuzzy most of the times because the camera is difficult to focus.

That said I will still consider to buy Moto G when it arrives here, provided other manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, etc don't come up with their respective budget phones that rival Moto G.

HarishN says:

So the MotoG sells for $179 in the US (at least that is what I remember) and when you compare it to the Nexus 4 (which sold at $199 before it was taken off the market), I am trying hard to understand why this is a better phone. No 1080P, no NFC, a slightly poorer processor, lesser memory (and I am assuming poorer quality too in terms of speed). How is this a good deal? I would have preferred that Google kept their Nexus 4 line along with Nexus 5. Yes,when compared to other "low-cost" phones that are available in the market today, this is a great deal but let us not forget that Google continues to make money with this just as Amazon (who sell at cost) and Apple (who sell at a premium anyway) do while other low-cost manufacturers have no choice but to cut corners.

Until we have a more level playing field, where a device manufacturer gets a cut of the money google makes (which I doubt they do) from the play store, such devices are going to be one of a kind instead of a norm.

MERCDROID says:

You can't really compare the Nexus 4 to the Moto G. The Nexus 4 was a high-end device that was subsidized by Google, whereas the Moto G is a budget handset that is being sold unsubsidized.

The Nexus 4's "fire-sale" prices were an effort by Google to purge unwanted stock, and it's not officially available anymore; the Moto G is being sold without a slashed price-tag.

For the price, the Moto G has a lot to offer. Other than purchasing an unbranded Chinese handset (which is difficult, depending on area), it's practically unheard of to get a quad-core device, with a 720p display, the latest version of stock Android, and customizability for under $200.

And, as this device is brand new, it's unfair to compare it to devices that are no longer available or are being sold "used" on sites like Craigslist and eBay.

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Duncan1982 says:

Many great comments this^^^^amongs many sensible posts well "almost always" lol, great to have a discussion and freedom of speach and all that but i do hope there is a report option in the AC's update as some go to far. Back to the point the Moto G is a very capable device and it may not be for the hardcore tech user but its not aimed at that market-hence its a budget device and just like the Nexus 5 is great at this market so is Motorola so keep it up :-)

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HarishN says:

Very sensibly written MercDroid. Just wanted to let you know that I work for Mot myself (the part that is still Mot!) and have been one of the top beta testers since the "CLIQ" time period. So obviously have a big soft-corner for the Motorola made phones (and even the other day was wondering if I should buy the MotoX simply because I have never owned a non-Motorola device before this but ended up with Nexus-5 because I was paying full-price).

So I am perfectly okay with the G and happy for Mot that they are getting great reviews and really hope that this will be their ticket to profits (which in turn will help them sustain the brand). That said, I couldn't help thinking of this small detail. Google does subsidize their phones and tablets (and I mentioned that as well) but the cost of making a phone today realistically (in volume) is not so high that phones need to be sold at $650 or $750. It can definitely be sold for lesser (around 400ish) but there are two things that are roadblocks to this. Manufacturers reluctance to give up on their margins and carrier's reluctance to sell it for a lower price for the fear of people not signing up contracts. The G breaks that barrier which is great but I just want more devices to do that.

" Go buy one. Hell, buy two. " jajajaja

cbaus says:

Too bad they couldn't get active notifications on this bad boy, it's my favorite feature on my X.

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rohanwesz says:

Should I switch from Lumia 720 to this one? I miss Android and Windows Phone is so annoying sometimes. I think Lumia's camera is way better, but that's it...

subsy says:

Really want the Grip Shells, but cant find them in the UK yet - anyone found any?

lovo says:

Looks promising tho this is the kind of phone I get my mom who fears contracts avoids the big 4 carriers because of pricing and has a cheap android running froyo its b great for her use case I'll stick with my moto X tho

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paul-c says:

Definitely want one.

Any idea in how Wireless charger will be for this? Do you think Moto X wireless mat and case woud be compatible?? Looking forward for that!!!

jade44 says:

thanks to the moto G we can really get an idea about the beneficiary margin that samsung make on these products, when compared to the galaxy ace 3 which is much less powerful than the moto G in every aspect and despite that it is more expensive

mattopotamus says:

This is one of the few phones where I would prefer the manufacture's version. The added features that moto put in is part of the reason the phone is so good!

suman1968 says:

i am interested about moto g.i am not a tech savvy.plz advice me.

buggerlugz says:

"It's not a great gaming platform — the processor sees to that as much as the limited storage space."

Didn't try the 16gb one did you? As for the processor, I am yet to find a game it can't handle.

jim rose says:

got moto g a month ago, its walkin all over my hulking big tablet in ALL regards. This makes the wimpy i phone look for cover and having personally done several in-hand comparo's i gotta say i wish i had me some moto stocks. Unreal build quality, understated elegance, and durability make moto g the everymans i phone killer, dont just take my word for it go grab one and be immersed in googality on the cheap!

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mir1971 says:

Moto G (16gb) vs Redmi Dual Sim phones
Moto G is a reasonable phone for price however after using moto g for 2 months I replaced a dual sim moto g (16gb) with the Redmi.

Here are my reasons:
- both dual sim phones
- Equiv screens
- Moto G bigger storage but Redmi expandable to 32GB
- Redmi system software is better than Moto G Stock Android version 4.3. Redmi version of 4.2.2 is fast and stable and gives more control over apps and permissions. - Moto G's Kit Kat v4.3 had a number of stability / app issues (eg Skype was particularly bad)
- Moto G virtual key board better (as bigger and vibrates on each key in every app). Both have 3 function buttons below screen but prefer Redmi (buttons are set lower and ‘touch and hold’ settings is customisable for Seetings / Home / Back buttons (so more useful)
- redmi faster for data download
- redmi SG$188 vs $333 for 16gb Moto G
Overall redmi wins

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