Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Motorola Moto G's screen is 4.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.2 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2070mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2070 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 1440 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G).



The Motorola Moto G has the screen, power, build and battery to make much more expensive phones jealous.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 

The Moto G is an incredible bargain that punches well above its weight.

- Seth Barton , Expert Reviews 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 73 reviews

What's good

  • Good screen resolution
  • Decent battery life
  • Fast processor for price range

What's bad

  • No 4G LTE support
  • Limited on-board storage
  • Mediocre camera

Although priced in the budget range, the Motorola Moto G smartphone has wowed reviewers with its impressive screen and specs. This moderately priced phone boasts a 4.5” IPS screen with a resolution of 720p. In a side-by-side comparison with the Nexus 5, Laptop Mag found that the Nexus 5 offered more detail, but the Moto G rendered brighter and bolder colors. Critics also found the screen to be bright and easily readable in outdoor and indoor light settings.

In terms of specs, the G offers a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and up to 16GB of onboard storage. Although slightly slower when compared to more high-end smartphones, Digital Trends states that it is “a little rocket.”

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Various benchmark tests done by critics put general performance well under phones like the Nexus 5, however it is able to perform on par during more simple tasks such as browsing the web and using simple apps.

Reviewers note that the efficient processor and display deliver great battery life than standard smartphones. After a 24-hour run test, PCPro found that the G retains 70% of its capacity after 24 hours of mixed usage.

Despite its impressive performance in benchmark tests, the phone does have several drawbacks. One major issue for many reviewers is its lack of storage. There is no expandable storage available, though there is connectivity to Google cloud. Aside from lack of storage, experts also criticized the lack of 4G LTE support and mediocre 5MP rear-facing camera.

Overall, however, most critics find the Moto G to be an excellent phone for the price. GSMArena states that “it’s near impossible to match the Moto G’s bang for the buck.”

Techcrunch hails the Moto G as a “remarkable device” and The Verge states that it “truly redefines what a low-end smartphone can be.”


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Versus

Not such impressive value for money

from Digital Versus

The Moto G 4G doesn't offer the same exceptional value-for-money as its predecessor. There are now several good-quality 4G Android phones on the market for less than £160, including the Huawei Ascend G740 and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. That's not to take anything away from the G 4G; it's still a quality product with an attractive price-tag. But, just to hammer this point home, Motorola really ought to have pitched this model at the same price as the previous 8 GB version, i.e. £135. At £159, though, the new Moto G 4G is still just about worth the investment. It's just no longer the deal of the century.

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The Moto G 4G doesn't offer the same exceptional value-for-money as its predecessor. There are now several good-quality 4G Android phones on the market for less than £160, including the Huawei Ascend G740 and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. That's not to take anything away from the G 4G; it's still a quality product with an attractive price-tag. But, just to hammer this point home, Motorola really ought to have pitched this model at the same price as the previous 8 GB version, i.e. £135. At £159, though, the new Moto G 4G is still just about worth the investment. It's just no longer the deal of the century.

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GSMArena

A great improvement over the original model

Motorola Moto G 4G is definitely a phone many are looking forward to. It is the upgrade people wanted and Motorola delivered. The very popular Moto G was criticized about its lack of memory expansion slot and not so about the missing LTE connectivity. Well, here it is - the Moto G 4G with a microSD slot and LTE support. Motorola even managed to sneak a gyro sensor, as well. The rest of the hardware is pretty much identical to the Moto G. 

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Motorola Moto G 4G is definitely a phone many are looking forward to. It is the upgrade people wanted and Motorola delivered. The very popular Moto G was criticized about its lack of memory expansion slot and not so about the missing LTE connectivity. Well, here it is - the Moto G 4G with a microSD slot and LTE support. Motorola even managed to sneak a gyro sensor, as well. The rest of the hardware is pretty much identical to the Moto G. 

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Tech Advisor

Still the best budget Android smartphone

from Tech Advisor

Motorola's Moto G is the best budget smartphone around. At £135 it's got great build quality, an excellent screen, decent cameras and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon to be upgrade to 4.4 KitKat. It's only limited in the storage department and a lack of 4G support.

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Motorola's Moto G is the best budget smartphone around. At £135 it's got great build quality, an excellent screen, decent cameras and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon to be upgrade to 4.4 KitKat. It's only limited in the storage department and a lack of 4G support.

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Coolsmartphone

Designed to be as fluid and functional as a flagship device and yet cost a portion of one

from Coolsmartphone

Overall the Motorola Moto G with 4G is a nifty little device. It basically has most things you’d want in a budget device and it has a user experience that feels like something costing twice the price. Once again hats off to Motorola for creating the Moto G. This new 4G version of the Moto G keeps it relevant for another 6 months and the inclusion of a Micro SD opens it up to many people who want a small cheap device with expandable memory.

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Overall the Motorola Moto G with 4G is a nifty little device. It basically has most things you’d want in a budget device and it has a user experience that feels like something costing twice the price. Once again hats off to Motorola for creating the Moto G. This new 4G version of the Moto G keeps it relevant for another 6 months and the inclusion of a Micro SD opens it up to many people who want a small cheap device with expandable memory.

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Cnet

Best budget phone gets even better with 4G LTE, but a little pricier too

from Cnet

With its decent specs and rock-bottom price, the Motorola Moto G was already a fantastic bargain, not only outpacing its low-end rivals, but offering much more than most mid-range mobiles. The addition of 4G LTE and expandable storage addresses our two original quibbles with the Moto G.

There's been a small price increase, meaning it doesn't have the same bargain bragging rights as its 3G-only sibling. With its excellent display, easy to use version of Android KitKat, expandable storage and comfortable design however, it's one of the best all-round budget phones you can get and certainly worth a look if you're after a 4G phone without a top-end price. 

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With its decent specs and rock-bottom price, the Motorola Moto G was already a fantastic bargain, not only outpacing its low-end rivals, but offering much more than most mid-range mobiles. The addition of 4G LTE and expandable storage addresses our two original quibbles with the Moto G.

There's been a small price increase, meaning it doesn't have the same bargain bragging rights as its 3G-only sibling. With its excellent display, easy to use version of Android KitKat, expandable storage and comfortable design however, it's one of the best all-round budget phones you can get and certainly worth a look if you're after a 4G phone without a top-end price. 

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Tech Advisor

The best budget smartphone ever

from Tech Advisor

For your ton, you'll get a nice albeit fairly basic looking handset. There's nothing interesting going on here, with just the essential buttons, ports and a classic smartphone shape. It does have some style though; interchangeable covers which are relatively cheap provide easy access to customisation.

That's not all you're getting either. The Moto G has a quad-core processor, 8- or 16 GB of internal storage a 5Mp camera and the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat. It's not too surprising that there's no NFC or features such as infrared or wireless charging. The only really downside of the device is a lack of expandable storage; there's no microSD card slot here....

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For your ton, you'll get a nice albeit fairly basic looking handset. There's nothing interesting going on here, with just the essential buttons, ports and a classic smartphone shape. It does have some style though; interchangeable covers which are relatively cheap provide easy access to customisation.

That's not all you're getting either. The Moto G has a quad-core processor, 8- or 16 GB of internal storage a 5Mp camera and the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat. It's not too surprising that there's no NFC or features such as infrared or wireless charging. The only really downside of the device is a lack of expandable storage; there's no microSD card slot here.

Motorola's Moto G is the best budget smartphone around. It's got great build quality, an excellent screen, decent cameras and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon to be upgrade to 4.4 KitKat. It's only limited in the storage department and a lack of 4G support.

 

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Tech Ticker

Packed with features yet doesn’t cost much

from Tech Ticker

As we said at the start, there are a lot of options for consumers in the mid-range segment but Moto G is the first device we thoroughly enjoyed using. For a starting price of Rs. 12,500, there’s little to complain about the device. The only things that goes agianst the device are the camera and the limited storage with no option to expand. Motorola however, tries to compensate by giving 50GB of free Google Drive storage for two years.
 

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As we said at the start, there are a lot of options for consumers in the mid-range segment but Moto G is the first device we thoroughly enjoyed using. For a starting price of Rs. 12,500, there’s little to complain about the device. The only things that goes agianst the device are the camera and the limited storage with no option to expand. Motorola however, tries to compensate by giving 50GB of free Google Drive storage for two years.
 

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Tech Advisor

The best ever budget smartphone

from Tech Advisor

Motorola's Moto G is the best budget smartphone around. At £135 it's got great build quality, an excellent screen, decent cameras and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon to be upgrade to 4.4 KitKat. It's only limited in the storage department and a lack of 4G support.

Read full review

Motorola's Moto G is the best budget smartphone around. At £135 it's got great build quality, an excellent screen, decent cameras and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon to be upgrade to 4.4 KitKat. It's only limited in the storage department and a lack of 4G support.

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Brighthand

Built well, plenty fast, and fit with a sharp, beautiful display

from Brighthand

The Moto G is the kind of phone people need to buy and support if they really want to boost the collective quality of low-end smartphones. It is an outstanding bargain regardless of who you buy it from, and it destroys any other phone in its price range on almost every level. It is more akin to a slightly dated flagship than it is to a traditional budget device.

However - and this is a big however - its lack of LTE is a killer. If you live in a region where true 4G is the standard, I'd recommend pinching a few more pennies and picking up a more modernized bargain like LG's Nexus 5. That device is up-to-date in every way, and it doesn't suffer from limited storage space and poor camera quality as much as the Moto G does.

Still, Motorola and Google deserve to be commended for the value they've created here. Let's just hope the rest of the smartphone world follows their lead. 

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The Moto G is the kind of phone people need to buy and support if they really want to boost the collective quality of low-end smartphones. It is an outstanding bargain regardless of who you buy it from, and it destroys any other phone in its price range on almost every level. It is more akin to a slightly dated flagship than it is to a traditional budget device.

However - and this is a big however - its lack of LTE is a killer. If you live in a region where true 4G is the standard, I'd recommend pinching a few more pennies and picking up a more modernized bargain like LG's Nexus 5. That device is up-to-date in every way, and it doesn't suffer from limited storage space and poor camera quality as much as the Moto G does.

Still, Motorola and Google deserve to be commended for the value they've created here. Let's just hope the rest of the smartphone world follows their lead. 

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UnleashThePhones

Delivers so much of a better experience

from UnleashThePhones

If you currently own an ageing smartphone and are looking to enter the Android eco-system, this is the perfect device to enter it with. If you are using one of the dozens of un-branded or local branded Android devices on the market and want something with better quality components, go for the Moto G. If you are coming from a high end device like the Galaxy S4, the One or something similar, the device will be a downgrade in specs. You will feel the pinch in terms of storage space and possibly resolution due to it being a 720p display. However, you may fall in love with the 4.5″ compact size of this device, the insanely good standby time and the smoothness of near-Stock Android KitKat.

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If you currently own an ageing smartphone and are looking to enter the Android eco-system, this is the perfect device to enter it with. If you are using one of the dozens of un-branded or local branded Android devices on the market and want something with better quality components, go for the Moto G. If you are coming from a high end device like the Galaxy S4, the One or something similar, the device will be a downgrade in specs. You will feel the pinch in terms of storage space and possibly resolution due to it being a 720p display. However, you may fall in love with the 4.5″ compact size of this device, the insanely good standby time and the smoothness of near-Stock Android KitKat.

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Really Good for the price!

I've been using this phone for less than a year, but so far so good! I have no complaints about anything other than the amount of storage available on this phone. I would buy again

Great Smartphone

Moto G has good battery life. it doesn't hang- good processor. it has a good touch. bright colors. easy to use the only thing lacking is the camera, front as well as the rear.. overall a good phone. I love it

Buyer Beware

This phone has a major design flaw - it won't allow you to disable the Google now launcher or any Google app so if the apps are unstable you are basically screwed. For me it kept launching and simply disabling the app would have fixed this but I didn't have the option - you can't uninstall it. It also...More
This phone has a major design flaw - it won't allow you to disable the Google now launcher or any Google app so if the apps are unstable you are basically screwed. For me it kept launching and simply disabling the app would have fixed this but I didn't have the option - you can't uninstall it. It also doesn't come with a decent music player so you have to download an app (ad-supported or you pay), it doesn't allow you to put it into silent mode, only vibrate or volume unless you want to turn off all sounds including your alarm, it doesn't come with a pre-installed texting app, disabling Moto Actions still does not allow you to turn off the "shake to activate camera" option it only works in turning off the instant flashlight, you can't save pics directly to sim card you have to manually drag and drop them there, and the list goes on. Highly uncustomizable phone and the longer you have it the more of a pain in to a$$ it becomes. The people at Motorola are clearly lacking in common sense to make a phone like this. Only plusses are the camera quality (although it's difficult to zoom and focus), and the battery. DO NOT BUY! Less

This phone sux. It always gives me problems. Your better off buying a different phone . Don't go with wind moble!!

Don't buy phone through wind moble.. The Motorola moto g sux.. It NEVER works. It's costs more to fix then the phone it self.

Lemon

This is the first smart phone I have had. I didn't even last a year. I took it to Hong Kong, took the sim card out so I didn't get a long distance phone call and only wanted to use free wifi. I used wifi for about 5 minutes to check email then shut it off. The second time I turned it on to check email,...More
This is the first smart phone I have had. I didn't even last a year. I took it to Hong Kong, took the sim card out so I didn't get a long distance phone call and only wanted to use free wifi. I used wifi for about 5 minutes to check email then shut it off. The second time I turned it on to check email, it started to get slow. So I shut it off. The third time I turned it on it would not get past the Motorola logo and I couldn't shut it off. I used my wife's tablet to go on the internet to find out what the problem was and try to shut it off. It took a while to reboot it to finally turn it off. Check Youtube to see what are common problems with it. When I took the phone back to Koodo to fix it because it is still under warranty, they mentioned the technician couldn't figure out the problem and gave me another new Moto G. The first call I made, the phone shut off and started up again on its own. For two more days it did the same so I took it back. A week or so later I get it back from repair and it did it again. I took it back again and it did the same. They repaired it three times and my warranty is coming to an end soon and it keeps turning off and starting up on its own. So I asked what is a better phone and renegotiated my contract. Less

This phone absolutely rocks

Even though there are a couple of tradeoffs such as no expandable storage and no 4g LTE this phone has more than made up for it in terms of speed, build quality, and performance. I would absolutely recommend it to my friends. Overall, best darned prepaid smartphone I've ever owned period. BTW the battery life is fantastic.
Even though there are a couple of tradeoffs such as no expandable storage and no 4g LTE this phone has more than made up for it in terms of speed, build quality, and performance. I would absolutely recommend it to my friends. Overall, best darned prepaid smartphone I've ever owned period. BTW the battery life is fantastic. Less

Low price

This phone is awesome. Good Display, decent battery life, great screen at that price. The only problem is the camera, not that good and the flash would make eyes black for a sec. Do you know that that you have ART runtime option in your Moto G, which is featured in KitKat. And you can enable it from developer options.
This phone is awesome. Good Display, decent battery life, great screen at that price. The only problem is the camera, not that good and the flash would make eyes black for a sec. Do you know that that you have ART runtime option in your Moto G, which is featured in KitKat. And you can enable it from developer options. Less

Best bang-for-buck

Speedy. Cheap. Awesome screen. Near-vanilla android experience. (Thank-you Motorola!). You're not going to find a better phone for under $450.

Good device

I have been using this device for 5 months and it is a good one. After 5 months of heavy usage, there is a slight big of lag in the device and a bit drop in battery backup. However on following some things mentioned in the following site, I saw a huge change in device performance.

Best budget phone, ever

Amazing phone for the $150 price point. The screen is very good and it comes with a decent battery also. Trendy looking, speedy updates, quad core processor. The camera is definitely not high quality, just OK. Wish for an SD slot. Cannot complain for the price



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 15, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.2 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.17 W/kg
Body: 1.06 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2070 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 468 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 544 minutes
3G Surfing Time 455 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time 1440 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 840 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.0 x 6.6 x 1.2 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 143 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 329 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Slow motion video
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, QCP, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola XT1032

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

LTE model has expansion slot for MicroSD cards (up to 32 GB)
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