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Motorola swept us off our feet with the affordable Moto G. But after two months and a software update, how has life fared for the little phone that could? 

Back in late November 2013, Alex Dobie and myself tooled up and headed to London to meet Motorola's latest Android smartphone. We already knew the name, but what we didn't know was just how much Motorola would blow us away that afternoon with the new Moto G. It's easy to pay lip service to budget devices and then forget all about them. But one thing was immediately clear; the Moto G was different. This was a phone we wanted to take notice of. 

Motorola has had something of a reduced presence in recent times outside of North America, with the last new UK release being the RAZR i about a year before. With the Moto G, it was back with a bang. Back with a product that was so well priced for what was on offer that folks would find it hard not to pick one up just to see it for themselves. 

In the two months or so since launch, I've used the Moto G regularly. It's easy to get swept up in the new high-end devices, but using the Moto G hasn't been the chore that using a budget phone once would have been.

Join us after the break for some long-term thoughts on the Moto G. 

Low cost, but up to the task

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The bottom bezel is massive, whichever way you look at it.

The first thing you notice — at least if you're familiar with the Moto X, that is — is the family resemblance with its bigger brother. Sure, it's pretty boring to look at round the front, but the screen size at 4.5-inches is just about right for me. The bottom bezel is massive, whichever way you look at it, but with the size of the phone I'm actually glad of it for once. No, I didn't bang my head, promise. The size and the shape of the Moto G means that the size of the bottom bezel puts that 4.5-inch display in the perfect location for how I hold the phone in my hand. Even on something like the iPhone with its smaller 4-inch display, I have to reach down with my thumb to hit the bottom icons, and it isn't comfortable. No such issues on the Moto G. Of course, not everyone holds their phone like I do, but the Moto G is a really comfortable device to use. 

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Then we come to the main visual cue on the phone — the colored backs (if you have them.) The early ones, including ours, came with the black back pre-installed. But it lasted about 12 seconds, while I figured out how to put the yellow one on. The removable back covers in various colors are really great, but damn, do they get dirty quickly. I've got a yellow and a red, and neither are looking particularly fresh right now. I'm not so down on it, since replacements are £8 (or about $15 in the U.S.). I don't want to have to keep buying them, but at least if they get too bad to clean down, it's a relatively cheap thing to replace. 

Besides getting grubby very easily, the phone has held up well. No major scratches or dents, even after a couple of scary falls onto a hardwood floor from about four feet in the air. The back cover generally pops off without damage, and the front glass is — so far at least — proving it can stand up to scratching pretty well. 

The gaps around the edge of the glass are just too wide.

The biggest issue with the actual hardware that I've had is pocket lint. Sure, it happens, and it's always irritating to see bits of it embedded around the edge of the display glass or in the earpiece. But man, the Moto G is bad with it. The gaps around the edge of the glass are just too wide, and as such from two months of going in and out of pockets and bags, I've now got a pretty permanent white border round the display. Maybe other folks aren't so frustrated by it, but I am. And no matter how hard I try, I can't get rid of it all. And even if I did, it'd soon come back. 

The display is still pretty awesome

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A 720p display at 4.5-inches works just fine. There, done. Well, OK, you want more? At the launch event for the Moto G, Motorola proudly declared it had a better pixel density (PPI)  than Apple boasted on the iPhone's Retina Display. This is true — just barely — at 329ppi to 326ppi on the iPhone. That in itself is impressive enough, but then consider the price difference between the two. The Moto G is more than £300 cheaper than the iPhone 5c and still over £200 less than the now two-year old iPhone 4s. 

Moto really has done the business with this display.

I regularly carry an iPhone 5s, and the display on the Moto G is every bit as impressive as the Retina Display. And that shouldn't be taken for granted. Browsing the web, looking at photos, watching videos is an excellent experience on the Moto G. Add to that great color reproduction, and Moto really has done the business with this display. Two months in, and I'm not left wanting for more at all. 1080p at this size would probably be a waste. 

KitKat tastes really sweet

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Apart from some areas, and some launch markets just coming on line, a large majority of Moto G owners should now be rocking Android 4.4.2 KitKat. We were promised it at the launch event, and Motorola delivered on time, and ahead of schedule for some. For its budget device. Other OEM's should sit up and take note. Since the Moto G ran a pretty much un-molested version of Android 4.3 anyway, we were never going to be disappointed with the update to 4.4. 

We got the visual tweaks on the homescreen, with a translucent bar top and bottom and all the white icons. The launcher remained the same – no Nexus 5-esque action over here – but the visual alterations while subtle, added a nice edge. And of course, no major visual changes for those regular folks who don't look into these sort of things as much as we do. 

The Moto G gives its owners that un-tampered Android experience that just hasn't been seen on budget devices of old.

And, for the adventurous, 4.4.2 brought the experimental ART runtime to the Moto G. I've used it for a little while, and yes, I do think there was a little performance bump. But I'm not so adventurous so I switched back. The best thing to note about the update is that – at least in my experience – nothing broke and performance is great. The Moto G gives its owners that un-tampered Android experience that just hasn't been seen on budget devices of old from the likes of HTC, Samsung, and the Chinese OEM's such as ZTE and Huawei. And that's possibly the absolute best thing about it. 

The camera won't win awards, but it's not horrific

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You buy a cheap phone knowing that you're not going to get an amazing camera round the back. And that's OK. Trade offs need to be made to make an all round great device like the Moto G for the price point it hit. But, I don't think the Moto G camera is that horrible. Outdoors. In good light. With HDR on. 

I'm also adamant that the update to KitKat has improved the overall performance of the camera. Not so much from an image quality standpoint, but the time it takes to process. Part of my initial frustrations were that HDR photos just took too long to capture and process, leaving them blurry if nothing else. KitKat seems to have improved that, with HDR images now capturing, processing, and sending you back to the viewfinder in a flash. Or it could be the Placebo Effect and I could be imagining it all. But I'm taking much better photos with it since KitKat arrived. 

Seeing the exposure change before your eyes as you move it around is a really simple way to help take better looking photos.

The Motorola Camera app is also proving a hit. Since we didn't get the Moto X in the UK until recently, the Moto G was our first experience with it. I love the simplicity, and I love the focus/exposure bracket. Seeing the exposure change before your eyes as you move it around is a really simple way to help take better looking photos.

Our original thoughts on noise remain however; there's plenty of processing going on to leave photos looking respectable and darker areas do still retain chroma noise. The further from the focus point you get too things get awfully soft looking in places. 

But, while outside things can be quite positive, indoors and in low light it's hard to be so pleased. I wouldn't expect anything outstanding, but the biggest problem I've encountered is the flash. It's just dim-witted, to the point you end up with a horribly out of focus photo or it's on too long and you end up with a photo that in no way represents the colors of the subject you're shooting. It's something I've highlighted before, but it's still misfiring. Thankfully, the slow focusing at least seems to be fixed. 

It's really a mixed bag, but with a little work you can get some nice enough looking shots. There's a gallery of some more recently taken ones below. 

Worth buying the Google Play edition over the regular one? 

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I haven't handled the Google Play edition, but I can honestly say that if I could buy one, I wouldn't. There's enough in the Motorola Moto G that there isn't in the GPe Moto G to continue to recommend the regular one. The software version is the same in most locations, and the Moto launcher actually looks nicer with the transparent top and and bottom bars than the GPe launcher. 

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But delving deeper, the added Moto features like Motorola Assist and Motorola Migrate are worth having. I'd have loved to see a driving mode in Assist on the Moto G, but for the average user it's more useful having it around. Same with Migrate. You're going to be moving from another phone, and while the average reader here might not need to use it, the Moto G isn't necessarily going to be picked up by your average smartphone nerd. 

Picking up a phone now without Trusted Bluetooth makes me a little sad.

Perhaps the feature I'm happiest with the most is Trusted Bluetooth Devices. In fact, I'm so happy with it, I want it on all my devices. And my MacBook. Picking up a phone now without Trusted Bluetooth makes me a little sad. It's such a simple, yet insanely convenient feature. I listen to music most of the day using a phone and a pair of Bluetooth headphones. With the Moto G, those headphones are my trusted device, and the phone never locks. I use another phone, and get frustrated every time I want to open the music app because I have to enter the unlock code. I love Trusted Bluetooth. 

It's testament to what Motorola has done with the Moto G that there's little to no reason to go GPe. There's a cojant argument as to why you might want to do so with the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4, but the regular Moto G is good enough you'd be at a loss. 

Battery life to take on the biggest and best of them

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Using it as a hotspot, listening to music and constant emailing isn't enough to totally drain it in a day.

The Moto G doesn't have a removable battery, which initially was a disappointment. Despite the back cover being removable, inside you just see black plastic and a sticker. Thankfully, that hasn't proved to be much of a problem, since I'm regularly getting two days use out of it before it needs to find a charger. Mine doesn't have a SIM card in right now – since I'm using it with the newly switched on LTE in my area on another device – but the Moto G has always been in my arsenal when I've been travelling. Because even hammering it with using it as a hotspot, listening to music and constant emailing isn't enough to totally drain it in a day. 

And on the subject of LTE; it'll disappoint some people in some markets that are used to LTE on all of the things. But if you've never had it you won't miss it, and the lack of it has to contribute to the stirling battery life. 

Still the best budget phone you can buy. On any platform.

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After two months of use, the Moto G if anything is more pleasing than when it first came into our lives. At launch, we were convinced it was the best budget Android smartphone you could buy and that's still true today. I compared the Moto G to the similarly priced Nokia Lumia 625 back in November, because Nokia pretty much ruled the roost in the low-cost space. That is, until Motorola came along and gave it a swift knee in the gut. The Nokia felt like more of a hardware compromise, just highlighting yet further how good a job Motorola had done. 

So, two months in and a KitKat update in tow, the opinion is still the same. The Moto G is hands down the best budget smartphone around right now. And it's still a phone we'd recommend to anyone who wanted to listen. 

 

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Moto G, two months on

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Hah, I also bought it for my wife. No regrets and Migrate made things really easy

My one and only complaint is the carrier name in the status bar. Makes sense on the dual SIM version released in Asia but my carrier has a long name and it's entirely superfluous and annoying.

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Considering buying this for my wife too. BTW, what's up with this being bought for the wives? I think they can handle a high end phone and know what to do with them, no? :)

I have been using ART for a couple of weeks now and I don't really notice the difference. I guess that's a good thing as ART is newer so maybe in time the difference will show more. As for the phone I honestly think it is better than any of the Samsung higher end phones in many ways mainly because of the near vanilla android experience. Too much 'helpful' extra's with Samsung for me.

I have been running ART on my N5 for the past few weeks and have yet to encounter any problems. My wife and I both have Nexus 5's, so I did a quick comparison to my phone running art vs her phone running Dalvik. The results were certainly noticeable, ART performed better, but it was not THIS IS AMAZING! better. The battery life did seem to improve as well. So I will be sticking with ART unless I see a reason to go back.

Amazing device!! Screen is excellent, battery life is astonishing and 4.4 kitkat is the best Version of android made, can't wait to see what updates this phone is going to get in the future!!

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It's a prepaid phone going for dirt cheap. Unless the software matches the hardware on the X (including drivers) don't expect another update ever.

Not knocking the phone or moto, that is just life on prepaid to this point

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Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...

For a phone that seems to have all the elements of budget phone success, it is perplexing that Motorola has no intentions on consolidating on this.
Two months after launch, the Moto G has seen limited or no availability in developing (countries) markets, a section one would assume it would target to gain high numbers. The dual-SIM version shows as being sold-out on preorders in India and neither the single or double-SIM has surfaced in any African country, an area where with this price/function balance Motorola would totally sweep the market. Everyone is asking for the Moto G here. No one is seeing it.
In such markets, the attention span is short and the Chinese OEMs are not sitting on their oars either, working hard to entice budget phone buyers with even more feature packed phones (of questionable build quality).
The market is willing and waiting but they may tire soon. Your move, Motorola...

Some say international reach is how Lenovo will make Motorola profitable. Unfortunately I suspect they'll ditch the outstanding software support, superb build quality and stellar price point. Time will tell I suppose

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Note 3 is crap.. Sold mine.. 3GB ram and still full of lags.. I prefer using Moto G for $100, than to spend $850 (In my country) for something that lags and is full of sh*t.. :-)

While DaFonz is an idiot, the comment you made was on par with his.

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Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...

You're crap. Everybody can't afford a Galaxy Note 3. This is a great phone for people that don't have 800 dollars to drop on a smartphone and are off-contract.

As you say, haters gonna hate.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

I was hot for one of these until I heard about the sale of Moto to Lenovo. That sale will inevitably mean that the Moto G will return to the same state as other Android phones. I.E., updates now in limbo more or less. Not to mention the market it was aimed at will soon be forgotten in the quest for ever increasing profits.

Oh well, we loved you while we knew you. Time to look for a new phone candidate.

Just don't opt for the GPE Moto G for use on T-Mobile, unless you live in a refarmed area. You'll be stuck on Edge speeds, because it only supports the 2100mhz frequency band.

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No, there isn't always gpe. Only if you're American and believe it or not many of us aren't.

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True, but I checked Corelogik's location first, and saw that he's in the US.

But yeah, it sucks that GPE devices aren't available outside the US. I don't really understand the reasoning behind the decision, but I hope they change the policy soon.

Well, he replied to someone that does live in America and suggested a product that is available to them. So, your comment doesn't really apply to him or the person he replied to.

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It's a great phone that works flawlessly , so why would you need it "updated" so badly? I just don't get all this update scare. The only reason I was messing w rooting my phones before is that they were buggy and lagged so I impatiently waited for new custom Roms or ota updates, which often caused even more frustration. Now, I couldn't care less.

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Wow. Just wow.

Nobody can know any of this for sure. And by the time any of it would come to pass if it was going to, the Moto G would be a memory.

I considered this for my dad in a market where we can only get the 8gb storage option, and went for the $130 Lumia 525 and a 32gb SD card so he can use it as a phone and a music device. I would not recommend an 8gb device.

Unfortunately I agree. 8GB is no where near enough. Shame because other than that it's a great phone.

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After purchasing a $100 Moto G with only 8GB onboard storage, I can TOTALLY relate to your problem, and can confirm that it's a problem on the device as well. Take pictures, use Google+, download apps, use Play Music... all of those things can destroy storage fast.

For a phone that seems to have all the elements of budget phone success, it is perplexing that Motorola has no intentions on consolidating on this.
Two months after launch, the Moto G has seen limited or no availability in developing (countries) markets, a section one would assume it would target to gain high numbers. The dual-SIM version shows as being sold-out on preorders in India and neither the single or double-SIM has surfaced in any African country, an area where with this price/function balance Motorola would totally sweep the market. Everyone is asking for the Moto G here. No one is seeing it.
In such markets, the attention span is short and the Chinese OEMs are not sitting on their oars either, working hard to entice budget phone buyers with even more feature packed phones (of questionable build quality).
The market is willing and waiting but they may tire soon. Your move, Motorola...

I just got kitkat yesterday, have had the phone a month on Verizon pre paid here in the US, I am still in LOVE with this phone.. hand down a winner!!

Great article I got mine in December as a replacement for a useless xperia go and I'm still impressed with it. I wouldn't recommend 8gb one though I've got the 16gb myself. As for this lenovo stuff im not to bothered as far as I'm concerned the phone great as it is and we can't predict what lenovo will do with motorola we just have to sit and wait

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I like the phone a lot but I was really disappointed with the camera. I've seen older phones that weren't as powerful as the moto g do way better with 5MP cameras.

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Yeah, but I think they did a good job of choosing the corners to cut to hit their target price point. I'd much rather the phone have a sub-par camera and the best internals possible than a good camera at the expense of RAM or something else.

Buying 2 for mom and cousin.
This is the best phone for the price and if we forget about the camera it beats in performance some in 300-400 $ range

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People just love to spread FUD about things of which they have very little understanding.

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If I could add comments to people around here (some sites you can do that to remember them) he would be marked as "clueless"

>And on the subject of LTE; it'll disappoint some people in some markets that are used to LTE on all of the things. But if you've never had it you won't miss it, and the lack of it has to contribute to the stirling battery life.

this doesn't fly anymore. not in 2014. we're not animals!

no LTE, no sale!

This is a budget phone. You can't expect LTE on a phone that starts at under $200 off-contract. LTE modems are expensive, dude.

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it's penny wise and pound foolish to drink expensive champagne (data) out of a dirty mayonnaise jar!

Data is not expensive champagne. It's cheap beer you can buy from a drugstore. Drink it from a dirty mayo jar or from a fancy wineglass, it's still the same cheap beer.

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Hey, guess what? Not every country is the U.S. Take the UK for example. We've only had LTE for about a year on one carrier, and now get it on four carriers but it's still not exactly the norm for everyone. 

So here, we're obviously animals. Because the majority of our smartphone buyers probably don't even know what LTE is. 

well so much for all of those pompous Brits who've been telling us how bad the US has it with our carriers! we might pay more but at least we're not living like animals! any educated buyer would future proof themselves and not go backwards. and any tech savvy friend would advise the lesser savvy to do the same!

This is sarcasm, right? I mean, there's NO way you can be serious. Or, are you?

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I still haven't decided if Gekko is a painfully jingoistic idiot or a really boring troll.

Also, I don't give a shit, because he's boring and annoying either way.

Agree, and more.

Gekko is a jingoistic, prejudiced, intolerant, bigoted arrogant, ignorant, self entitled, a-hole, annoying fool, unfortunately like many of my fellow Americans; e.g.
the recent Google Doodle thread.

And yes, Gekko occasionally trolls.

Not that I agree with his statement, but I get the distinct impression that some of you don't know what the term 'jingoism' actually means. Being overly nationalistic is not the same thing, but I guess I can forgive ignorance when it comes to my fellow Americans.

Very good update, thanks for that!

The motoG is somehow very appealing to me, even though I find my N4 perfectly adequate. I have got to pick one up at some point, as a backup if nothing else.

I only wish it had a better camera, and it would be about perfect. I do like to snap high quality photos on the fly, so I hope they can work a better camera in there at some point.

As far as no LTE, I could care less. My nonLTE N4 pulls down more speed on fricken prepaid than I have seen from LTE on other major networks, non prepaid at that. So people need to get over the LTE high horse, and admire the motoG for what it is, not what it isn't.

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The phone rocks. I use a galaxy s3 on boost Mobile and I'm STILL tempted to get the motto g. The pros: CRAZY AMAZING BATTERY LIFE (my wife regularly has 40%battery left after 13 hours of use) quad core processor that's faster than my s3 and official kit Kat. The cons: the camera I'd only 5mp, the screen is SLIGHTLY smaller and no SD card support. Ask yourself what's more important

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Plus I pay more than this for shoes regularly. This phone is a steal at that price

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Yep I dropped mines three times and thought for sure it would be scratched up or even cracked, nothing, this little thing is a beast.

I recommend this phone to all my friends who want a new phone, but don't want to pay to much :) It's 200 or 230 euros over here, which is great! Mostly phones cost more in euros than dollars.

If I could buy this to get on my unlimited Verizon plan, it would be sweet. Too bad Verizon has it locked to the prepaid service

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It's only locked to their prepaid service for six months. After that six-month period is over, then you're free to use it with your unlimited data plan.

Yes, but who wants to pay for 2 plans for that six month period? I just want the phone damnit!

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So there is no way to get the Moto G on Verizon without 6 months of prepaid? Or from somewhere else for use on Verizon without a data plan? Would be perfect for my Dad but I can't figure out how to make it work.

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Two questions:
1) can I buy a "Verizon version" and NOT get service? I'm thinking of using it as a Android/iPod Touch alternative for my son (not old enough to have/need a phone)
2) after the six months have passed, could I potentially activate on my family share plan?

I think its supposed to be activated for six months before taking it to postpaid.

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Anyone have a link to the wallpaper in the picture with the time as "17:09" I like that wallpaper and can't find it anywhere

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im saw those when i did the google search. however im running cm11 and after installing the app i dont see the option to choose the wallpaper app. any links?

Your review makes me feel so smart! I have had this phone from its second day on the market. Happy enough in a month to get one for my wife. She likes it also, especially with her flip cover in blue. I'm just not fashionable.

Loving mines, the battery is insanely good, the phone just gets the job done, just ordered a white back cover which probably cost 15 cents to make but cost $15, ha.

I love this phone. As a phone I'd give it a 9/10 overall due to price vs quality.

Pros:

1. Battery life is insane. My wife regularly gets over 2 days per charge
2. Screen is fantastic for the price of the phone
3. It's light weight but doesn't feel cheap. (Looking at YOU Samsung!!!)

Cons:

1. Camera is only decent. I'd say 6/10 if I had to rate it
2. No LTE, but 3G in my area is fast enough
3. Storage space could be higher. 16GB ain't what it used to be! :)

Just got it for a steal for my wife. A Boost Mobile store in my area was selling it for $10 as a promotion for new customers. It's only the 8GB model but still is fantastic! I'm very impressed with how good it is and with the kitkat update it keeps up with my nexus 5 pretty well too. And the camera is better than I expected as well!

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Bought a few days ago. Awesome phone for the price point, highly recommend! -Had a Galaxy S4 when it came out this phone tops it without the lag!

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This article is ridiculously bias. Great colour reproduction? Not really. OK reproduction. Very magenta. Great camera? The camera is the weakest feature. It blows! You think £8 for a wafer thin piece of plastic is 'cheap'. Really?? I stopped reading your fairly blatantly Google subsidised advertisement at that point sheesh.

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Find the words "great camera" in the article. It actually said for its price range you shouldn't expect a good camera. Nowhere does it say it's great.

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Great device my sister is 12 and doesn't put the phone down. She even makes fun of her friends who own an iDevice saying "How do you use that boring phone" she's becoming a phone nerd like her older brother haha

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Thanks for the post.

Moto G is a cool smartphone in such a low price. Everything is very cool in it....hardware, software.....but if they only put the removable battery then this will be very cool features on this device.
By the way, one major problem : *.mkv format video file does not play smoothly on it even it is Quad core n Adreno with good screen features!!

Thanks in Advance

I bought a Telus Moto G when it first arrived in Ottawa, unlocked it to work on my Paygo Rogers account. Returned it the next day! Why? Phone reception at my office desk was non existent! Replaced it with a Nokia 620 also unlocked to my Rogers account. Reception at my office desk excellent! What use are features if it doesn't do its main job as a phone! Love the Nokia 620 and it only cost me c$95.

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I disagree with "Still the best budget phone you can buy. On any platform." That award will easily go to the Nokia Lumia 520.It costs half of Moto G while am sure it offers more than half of the features of the Moto G,i can tell since i own one.But that aside Moto G is the "Still the best budget Android phone you can buy".

I disagree. I too own a Lumia 520 and I don't think it's any where near as good as the Moto G. If your argument is based on price you're arguing for value-for-money, not out and out best. The 520 has a lower resolution screen which in my experience has some touch responsiveness issues, a less impressive camera on the back, no camera on the front, worse battery life, and that's all on the hardware. 

I pitted the Moto G against the more equally priced Lumia 625 and it came out ahead there as well. So no, I don't think the Lumia 520 is easily the best budget smartphone. Cheapest, maybe. But that's not the point being made. And Windows Phone 8 still falls short of Android in several areas. 

My mom is literally buying one right now on my recommendation. I had to explain she didn't need insurance because the phone cost is as much as the deductible.

Really wish they had this little guy on Sprint, so I could get one for my mom. She's still using a damn flip phone, and I want to convert her so bad!

I am a Blackberry user who is currently between devices. I bought the moto g because of reviews. I was not disappointed. However will be rocking bb10 again as soon as I can afford a new device!! (my q5 had a sad encounter with my tile floor)

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I have the boost mobile moto g and after it received its android 4.4.2 update it can no longer connect to the boost network ... it has had three factory resets and tried to program manually and still nothing. . Plus under network settings on the network name it used to say boost mobile and now it says motorola anyone have any thoughts on whats wrong with it ?

The biggest issue with the actual hardware that I’ve had is pocket lint. Sure, it happens, and it’s always irritating to see bits of it embedded around the edge of the display glass or in the earpiece. But man, the Moto G is bad with it. The gaps around the edge of the glass are just too wide, and as such from two months of going in and out of pockets and bags, I’ve now got a pretty permanent white border round the display. Maybe other folks aren’t so frustrated by it, but I am. And no matter how hard I try, I can’t get rid of it all. And even if I did, it’d soon come back.