Motorola Moto G Reviewed

Score

3.6 Overall
  • Performance
  • Hardware
  • Battery
  • Software
  • Price

motorola moto g review

Considering the popularity of high-end Moto x and its mass-produced relative Moto G, it was only natural that we would review at least one of them. For practical reasons, we have chosen to take a closer look at Moto G, probably that most popular of all of Motorola’s devices on the market.

Moto G was designed to be an affordable smartphone that doesn’t make any concessions in terms of technology, while remaining affordable. Speaking of design, Moto G seems to have some similarities with Moto X, at least when it comes to form. As for the rest of its features, Moto G has a slightly inferior camera, display size, cellular connectivity, and overall tech.

Display

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Moto G features a 4.5 inch LCD with a 1280×720 resolution and 326 PPI pixel density. A first look at its display tells us that it is well above average to say the least. Its viewing angles are good, no issues with pixel density or contrast, and no light leakage at the corners of the screen. The only real issue with the display is the slightly blue blue coloring, a blue-ish light that although doesn’t impede the phone’s usability, is pretty poignant once you’ve noticed it. Still, Moto G’s screen has a brightness of over 455 nits and features a contrast ratio of 1237:1.

Software

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The phone comes equipped with Android 4.3, which is the latest possible given the Qualcomm insides. Even so, Motorola has promised an update to 4.4 KitKat in January and we have good reasons to believe they’ll make good on that promise. Moto G also features an FM radio, a feature that strangely enough, you mostly get with low-end devices nowadays. Similar to its Moto X cousin, Moto G’s Camera, FM radio, Boot Services, and other built-in applications are updatable through the Play Store.

Hardware

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Inside Moto G, we find a Snapdragon 400 SoC running at 1.2 GHz. Feeding the SoC, there is a single channel 533 Mhz LPDDR2 memory interface capable of running 1080p30 fluently. Unlike Moto X which features 2 GB of RAM, Moto G uses 1 GB of LPDDR2. Although the 1 GB works well for the most part, there were instances in which background processes got suspended more often than usual, which may indicate there is a slight problem with the phone’s memory footprint. As for the storage, Moto G comes in both 8 GB and 16 GB form, although you automatically get 50 GB of Google Drive for two years.

Camera

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Moto G uses a 5 MP rear facing camera with autofocus & LED flash, and a 1.3 MP frontal camera. The rear camera has a focal length of 3.5 mm which goes as far as 37 mm focal length in 35 mm units, and a F/# of 2.4. The frontal camera is an Aptina MT9M114 1.3 MP, with a 1.9 µm pixels sensor. As for the app, Motorola decided on the same camera app as the Moto X, a decent enough app that had its UI updated recently. Probably the biggest change is the new manual focus and exposure, a feature that incorporates a weighted spot meter and a movable focus point.

Battery

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We should start off by saying that Moto G’s battery isn’t user accessible, even though the phone has a removable back door. The actual battery is a 2070 mAh, 3.8V battery, with a capacity of 7.9 watt hours. Interestingly enough, Moto G can run over 7.5 hours of 3G, which is much better than Moto X. The battery is also compliant with BC 1.2 and can pull as much as 2 amps on almost any compatible charger. In terms of battery life, Moto G is pretty steady.

Impression

Considering the fact that Moto G is marketed as an affordable smartphone for the masses, it behaves rather well. Furthermore, having used Moto X as well, it would be safe to say that there isn’t much difference between the two except maybe a faster response time when running basic applications. This being said, Moto G is definitely a device that provides exactly what a smartphone in its price range would be expected to provide.