Motorola Moto G Review

Motorola may not be the first go-to brand for most smartphone users, but for those who’d rather not spend too much on the likes of Apple, Samsung, or Sony, the Motorola Moto G may be your best bet. But will it fulfill everything you need from a smartphone, or is it merely a less capable, cheaper alternative?

Design and Build

The Moto G measures 65.9x129.9mm, which is an acceptable size, and weighs 143g, a little lighter than some flagship phones. Surprising enough, the Moto G fits one hand perfectly, and was obviously built with user comfort in mind. The curved back has a matte finish which is a delight to hold. The back is removable with 15, vibrant color options to choose from, drawing the attention of users who are particular to color and style. Though built on plastic, the device is simply attractive and is actually impressive considering the £135 price tag.

Display

The Moto G’s 4.5-inch screen puts out a 1280x720 resolution with a density of 329ppi. It produces vibrant colors and it is in fact one of the sharpest displays in its class. It has good viewing angles and great detail, and stands out even when compared to other flagship devices.

Performance and Hardware

Run by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and backed up by 1GB of RAM, it performed really well compared to some devices with better specs. The Moto G responds quickly to tasks and does not lag, which is far more important that what the spec sheet has to say. The only downside is that the device only comes in 8GB and 16GB models, without a microSD card support despite the removable back.

Camera

The Moto G comes with a 5-MP rear camera and a 1.3-MP front-facing cam. Despite being behind in terms of megapixels, the photo results do not disappoint. While not the best camera in low-light conditions, it certainly does produce impressive shots on a bright day, with sharp and brilliant colors filled with detail.

Pros

  • Great design
  • Competitive price
  • Impressive display
  • Good sound and camera
  • Upgradable to Android 4.4
  • 50GB free Google Drive storage

Cons

  • No microSD card slot
  • No NFC
  • Sluggish switching between rear and front cameras
  • Limited battery life

Battery Life

Under its hood is a 2070mAh battery, unfortunately, it doesn’t live long enough to Motorola’s promise of 24 hours of battery life. With mixed usage, it can be tough to get it going for that long, but as with any other smartphones today, you can extend the battery life by lowering the brightness and disabling unimportant applications running in the background.

The Verdict

The Moto G is undeniably one capable phone for its price. It offers an attractive, customizable design, beautiful display, great sound quality, and overall a smooth user experience. It certainly does deliver in every aspect, and is one of the most promising phones in its price range. If you are looking for something that is affordable but which won’t suffer appearance or performance, this is the phone to have.