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Motorola Moto G Smartphone

£109.00
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Stunningly good value, the outwardly subdued Moto G 4G is a real tiger when you get it into the bedroom (or the boardroom). A top class performance from Motorola.

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  • XT1032 - Moto G: 3G, single-SIM, 4.5in HD screen, 8GB/16GB storage (released in November 2013)
  • XT1039 - Moto G: 4G, single-SIM, 4.5in HD screen, 8GB storage (released in June 2014)
  • XT1068 - Moto G: 3G, dual-SIM, 5in HD screen, 8GB storage (released in September 2014)
  • XT1072 - Moto G: 4G, single-SIM, 5in HD screen, 8GB storage (released in March 2015)


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Sam Applegate

27th July 2014

By Sam Applegate

I like bacon sandwiches.


The Moto G 4G is a budget smartphone that doesn't realise that it's really almost too good for the price league it's playing in. Motorola have done an exceptionally good job in creating a great value phone that will suit the needs and wallets of many users far more than the premium brands.

UPDATE: 7th June 2015

The different models are pretty confusing, so here's a simplified list!

  • XT1032 - Moto G: 3G, single-SIM, 4.5in HD screen, 8GB/16GB storage (released in November 2013)
  • XT1039 - Moto G: 4G, single-SIM, 4.5in HD screen, 8GB storage (released in June 2014)
  • XT1068 - Moto G: 3G, dual-SIM, 5in HD screen, 8GB storage (released in September 2014)
  • XT1072 - Moto G: 4G, single-SIM, 5in HD screen, 8GB storage (released in March 2015)

What's Good

For a phone in the price range, you get a lot of bang for your buck. It has a 4.5" screen with a resolution of 1280x720 HD. Pretty good! At 329 PPI, information and pictures are presented sharply, and compares very favourably with rivals. Colours are sometimes a tiny bit saturated, but in general it displays images and excellently.

The phone runs straightforwardly enough on Android and operates the latest version, with a guarantee to upgrade to the latest version, KitKat. With a Snapdragon quad core 1.2 GHz processor, navigation and moving from one program to another is swift and painless. A big difference between the Moto G 4G and Nokia's lower end Lumia phones is that it has twice the amount of RAM, so it's much better at dealing with demanding apps like games. Whilst it still suffers from a little bit of slowdown at times, at least you have the ability to play at all!

If you're playing videos, the experience is about as good as you could hope for from any device with a 4.5" screen. There's very little delay and you can play a lot of different codecs and files formats from the off (take that, Apple!).

With typical mixed use, the battery will manage about 18 hours of performance, which compares well with smartphones of every hue and stripe. If you're gaming or watching video, you'll see that drop down to perhaps 8 hours, but on the whole it's a respectable showing on the power-glugging front.

The other obvious aspect to touch upon is its 4G capability. Whilst this is obviously subject to factors like who your network is, the area you're in and the number of other users around, the download and upload speeds are fast. If you do a lot of web browsing whilst you're on the move and have only been on 3G previously, you're going to notice a very tangible improvement in your web experience.

In addition, you have functionality like low-power Bluetooth, FM radio (when you use headphones or another form of antenna) and comes with in-built Google office style functionality so that you can keep your productivity numbers high, should you so choose!

What's So-so

Whilst you can always get a funky or stylish case to wrap around your Moto G 4G, aesthetically it's fairly underwhelming when you take it out the box. Matt black plastic, rounded edges... If left unadorned or you don't change the back it's really very bland. That's not to say that it's badly made (it's not) or that it's uncomfortable to hold (it isn't ). It's just not a looker.

It doesn't feel cheap and flimsy, and as the screen is Gorilla glass, you can expect it to be pretty tough when it comes to falls and scrapes. Motorola also say that it's water repellant. That's not quite the same as water resistant (a la some Sony phones) but in the unfortunate event that your phone gets wet, you needn't start hyperventilating. The Moto G 4G should be ok. Even if it isn't, you could probably buy three for the price of one iPhone 5.

What's Not So Good

There are always people who think that they can get one over the system, who believe they have the power to spot a bargain and laugh all the way to the bank subsequently. By and large, the Moto G 4G will appeal to such folk, even if the maxim remains partly true that you get what you pay for.

But there are some downsides where the phone can't compare with a top end iPhone, for example. The prime case of this are the cameras that come with the phone. Compared to some of the stuff available now, they're just not very good. It does, though, have a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, which is more than can be said for some of its Nokia Lumia competitors. The 5 megapixel rear camera isn't terrible, but it focuses poorly, sometimes struggles with colour representation and doesn't perform brilliantly in low light conditions. It's good enough to snap pictures on the hoof, but if picture quality is a major aspect of how you judge a phone's value, you may want to look elsewhere.

Akin to many other budget smartphne offerings, the Moto G has only 8GB of memory, 2 of which are taken up by the operating system. Fortunately you'll be able to utilise the micro SD slot to bump that up considerably, but there is an issue. It's become clear that there have been a number of problems with the micro SD card slot's compatibility, where SD cards above class 6 will not work. Granted, this is sloppy on Motorola's behalf and frustrating if you need to go out and purchase a different card, but it's not the end of the world once you're aware of the problem.

Finally, if you want to quibble, then it's fair to say that the Moto G also lacks NFC, though to be fair, so do many other products in its price band.

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  • Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat®
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Connectivity: Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Battery: Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh
  • Front camera: 1.3 MP

Model

Screen Size (inches)

Storage (gb)

Processor

Operating System

Rating

Price

Apple iPhone 5s

4

16

Dual-core

IOS 8

£N/A

Motorola Moto G

4.5

8

Quad-core

Android Kitkat 4.4

£109.00

Nokia Lumia 520

4

8

Dual-core

Windows Phone Os

£60.00

Nokia Lumia 630

4.5

8

Quad-core

Windows Phone Os

£74.95

Nokia Lumia 635

4.5

8

Quad Core

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1

£64.91

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

4.3

8

Dual Core 1.7 Ghz

4.2.2 Jellybean

£139.99

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

4.5

16

Exynos 3 Quad 3470

KitKat 4.4.2

£234.50

Sony Xperia M2

4.8

8

Quad-core 1.2 GHz

Android OS V4.3 (Jelly Bean)

£119.99


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