Motorola Moto G Prices & Tariffs

Motorola Moto G

Features

  • 4.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 5MP camera
  • 8GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day
  • 65.9mm wide
  • 129.9mm high
  • 11.6mm thick
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Average Score

88/100

Despite its low-end price, its specs adhere to the mid-range genre. The 4.5 inch display has a 720p (720x1280) resolutio...

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Motorola Moto G Specs

Display

Type IPS LCD
Screen Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Screen Size 4.5 inch (11.4 cm)
Touch Screen Yes

Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Front Facing -
3D Resolution -
Flash Type LED
Video Camera HD 720p @30fps

Music and Video

Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Video Calls Yes
FM Radio Yes
Audio Formats AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM, FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis
Video Formats MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VP8

Physical

Form Factor Slate
Width 65.9 mm
Height 129.9 mm
Thickness 11.6 mm
Weight 143 grams
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro No

General

GPS Yes
Battery (3G Talk) Up to 1 day
Battery (Standby) Not available
App Store Google Play
Processor Type 1.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Operating System Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Release Date November 2013

Connectivity

Main Connectivity 3G
Maximum Data Speed 21 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
USB microUSB 2.0
Bluetooth Yes
Networks GPRS, EDGE, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, CDMA 800 / 1900
Data Networks HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, CDMA 2000 1xEV-DO

Memory

RAM 1.02GB
Internal 8GB
Expandable -

Messaging

Push Email Yes
Text Messages (SMS) Yes
Picture Messages (MMS) Yes

Motorola Moto G Reviews

85/100

WhistleOut Review

"Despite its low-end price, its specs adhere to the mid-range genre. The 4.5 inch display has a 720p (720x1280) resolution, giving it 329 pixels per inch (ppi). That’s better than most mid-range handsets and sports the same ppi as an iPhone Retina Display."

Alex Angove (WhistleOut)
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100/100

"The Motorola Moto G’s most impressive feature is its screen. This is the first time we’ve seen a 720p screen on a phone that costs less than £140. "

Trustedreviews.com
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100/100

"We were pleasantly surprised by the sound this small device managed to put out. We tried it against the HTC One as in our eyes that sets a benchmark for sound quality from a smartphone, and in volume terms, the Moto G could compete."

Pocket-lint.com
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100/100

"The Motorola Moto G single-handedly says goodbye to compromised, sluggish budget smartphone and potentially kills off the mid-range competition too. Simply put, if you're not buying a top-end handset, then the Moto G is the obvious choice. "

Expertreviews.co.uk
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90/100

"The Moto G features a water repellent coating which means you'll be able to whip it out in the rain without fear of a short circuit, but it is not waterproof - so no jumping in the pool with it."

Techradar.com
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90/100

"We've not noticed any major lag and overall performance is great for a budget phone. This is another area where the Moto G punches above its weight."

pcadvisor.co.uk
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90/100

"The front is completely clean and nearly all-glass without any sort of branding. That’s how I like my phones, and I wished that more manufacturers would do that. The speaker grill is the only element that stands out, and I suppose that Motorola took this decision so that we could easily tell if it’s..."

Ubergizmo.com
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V.Positive

"Choose the Moto G if you want a more recent version of Android and a cheaper phone. The Galaxy S3 is a marginally better performer with a marginally better camera. But really these are two excellent smartphones that offer a glimpse of just how much phone you can get for relatively little cash these ..."

pcadvisor.co.uk
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90/100

"The camera has a bunch of extra settings including a burst mode -- simply press and hold the screen -- and a panorama mode. You can shoot in HDR too, which combines photos of high- and low-exposure in order to create a more balanced scene."

CNET UK (reviews.cnet.co.uk)
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89/100

"The carefully built handset is a great all-rounder, with particular credit going to the 720p display and hardware performance. Google has managed to repeat what it did with the Nexus 5: The Moto G is quite simply the best phone on the market in its price range."

Engadget.com
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85/100

"In good conditions, image quality from the rear camera is surprisingly decent. Overall color saturation and contrast isn’t quite in the same league as the top smartphone sensors, and white balance can be inaccurate, but for what it’s worth the Moto G can take a good shot..."

Techspot.com
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Positive

"When it comes to battery life, I got great performance. Intense sessions of Candy Crush Saga didn't zap the battery any faster than any other phone — though that game is a battery hog — and I got great standby time."

Mashable.com
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80/100

"Unsurprisingly, the Moto G doesn’t bother with expensive 4G connectivity and instead offers full 3G including HSPA+. I found the handset picked up a connection quite easily while out and about and mobile data speeds were reasonable where a decent signal could be found. "

knowyourmobile.com
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Positive

"Everything else in the basic feel of the machine is solid. Even the look of the Moto G under its removable back casing looks solidly constructed. Motorola understands the scrutiny this machine will be under by obsessive Android addicts - they've kept Moto G clean, even under the hood."

Slashgear.com
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76/100

" I use my phone a lot, probably a lot more than the average buyer, but regularly got through to the end of the day with 40 percent or more left on the battery meter. With light use you should be able to squeeze two days from a single charge."

TheVerge.com
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Average Score

(15 Reviews)

88/100
 

Motorola Moto G Review

The Motorola Moto G is a super-affordable phone that doesn’t sacrifice too much in the way of hardware and user experience. Within its price category it’s way ahead of the competition in power and specs. Best of all, it runs the vanilla Android UI, meaning that you'll gets Android updates faster than just about anything else.

Design

3.5/5

When you're shopping for an affordable device you aren't necessarily looking for looks, but that doesn't mean you have to ignore style all together. The Moto G won't be winning any beauty pageants, but it doesn't look cheap either.

It combines a mild-mannered front with a matte-finished rear panel, neatly side-stepping the crummy glossy look of the quintessential budget smartphone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t boast the added grip of soft-touch and is actually quite slippery in the hand. It’s comfortable to hold, but you don’t want to cling on too lightly.

Unlike with its big brother the Moto X, there’s no Moto Maker customisation options for the Moto G. There are, however, coloured ‘shells’ (read: cases) that you can grab from Motorola. These shells all look pretty stylish, and you can even buy yourself a Moto G-specific pair of SOL REPUBLIC JAX headphones to match or compliment your chosen case.

Under the hood

5/5

The real appeal of the Moto G is its value for money. Despite its low-end price, its specs adhere to the mid-range genre. The 4.5 inch display has a 720p (720x1280) resolution, giving it 329 pixels per inch (ppi). That’s better than most mid-range handsets and sports the same ppi as an iPhone Retina Display.

The quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU is backed up by 1GB of RAM. Compare that to the Galaxy S4 Mini – a much more-expensive mid-range device that has a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and a lesser resolution of 540x960.

There’s 8GB or 16GB of storage on the Moto G, but the 16GB version is harder to find and more expensive. Unfortunately there is no MicroSD slot. In another device this would caused concern, but for what Moto is asking we can hardly fault it. The camera is either 5MP or 3.8MP, depending on what aspect ratio you’re shooting in.

User experience

4.5/5

The Moto G comes running Android 4.3 out of the box, but you should be prompted to update to 4.4 KitKat the instant you finish setup. If you aren't, jump in to the settings menu, hit About Phone and look in System Updates. Make sure you’re connected to a WiFi and have plenty of battery for the update. It’s well worth it and will help your Moto G operate faster and more efficiently.

This might be a budget smartphone, but it operates like a solid mid-range device. It’s relatively devoid of lag, handles most games without a struggle, has a smooth user interface and has no problem with multitasking.

Unfortunately, the 720p screen lacks a little lustre. Colours aren’t particularly vibrant nor are whites overly pure. This isn’t really an issue for a phone like this, but don’t go thinking that this 720p screen will out-perform a Retina display or something found on a high-end device. It’s good, but it’s not that good.

The only real trouble we had was when viewing the screen in direct sunlight. The panel isn’t very bright. Set to maximum it was comparable to other devices on around 70% brightness. It was usable, but stood out as the low-point of the whole experience.

No 4G

A lack of 4G isn't surprising in a low-priced smartphone, but it seems out of place with the Moto G. The rest of the user experience is so atypically hassle-free that the lack of fast broadband is jarring to say the least. It's the only element of the Moto G rig that drags it back to the lower-end.

If you’re deciding between a mid-ranger and the Moto G then you need to take this in to consideration. Most mid-range smartphones have 4G and, honestly, once you've gone 4G you won't want to go back. If you’re just comparing phones of a similar price then you’ll have to decide between the general user experience of the Moto G and faster internet on another, probably less-practical device.

Camera

3.5/5

The camera takes 5MP shots in 4:3 but defaults to 3.8MP. Despite this low megapixel count the 16:9 shots turn out pretty well. They’re certainly not going to be winning you any photography competitions, but as a point-and-click shooter it’s adequate. Just make sure you turn on the drag & drop manual focus in the camera settings, which for some reason is off by default.

Low-light shots are predictably pretty meagre. Shots are quite grainy and tend to be weirdly colourised. Images captured with the flash also suffer from noise, but at least they avoid the white-washed look of many smartphone flashes.

Verdict

The Moto G isn’t perfect, but it’s the best phone we’ve used in its price range. It’s smooth, faster than the competition, takes decent photos and even looks pretty nice. Even if you don’t like the look you can grab any one of a bunch of Moto Shells, which is a bonus. Most budget smartphones only have one or two cases available, which can definitely cramp your style.

We can definitely recommend the Moto G if you’re in the market for a cheaper phone. Even if you’re looking for something more up-market it’s well worth considering, just so long as you remember that it lacks 4G internet.

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