Review Price £135.00
The Motola Moto G has a 2,070mAh battery, just a tiny bit smaller than the battery of the Nexus 4. As with the camera, packing a large battery into the phone clearly wasn’t a massive priority.
Battery life is fairly good. You'll get a full day's use out of it, and this can be stretched to almost two days if you use the Battery Saver mode.
Quite simply, this turns off 3G background data access for apps when your battery is low. This is the most effective way to stretch out the final minute's of a phone's battery. Try turning off mobile data completely for proof - your phone will last much longer. With battery saver engaged you can squeeze about a day and a half out of the phone, which is about standard for an Android phone.
In our standard video playback test, the phone lasted for around eight hours. This not exactly a jaw-dropping performance, but gives you enough stamina to watch a few films on a long flight.
You can't carry around a spare battery here, though, as it's locked into the Moto G.
The Motorola Moto G has pretty unremarkable call quality, lacking both the beefiness and top-end clarity of the best phones. Top volume could also be a little higher. However, calls are still perfectly functional and the phone does have a secondary microphone on its top edge to provide active noise cancellation for calls.
The phone's loudspeaker sits on the back, right up by the camera lens rather than down on the bottom edge as is the fashion with some manufacturers these days. As with the call quality, it's not one of the most impressive elements of the Moto G.
It's a mono speaker with decent volume, but the treble is a little harsh. However, unlike some other budget phones we didn't have any major distortion issues at top volume.
The Motorola Moto G is the finest £135 phone ever made. It’s not perfect and it doesn’t have everything that a more expensive phone has, but at every turn Motorola seems to have made the right design decisions, while pushing the price down even further than penny-pinchers ZTE and Huawei have done in recent years.
This is a phone that can do almost everything a Nexus 5 can – or at least everything 90 per cent of the population would want to do with the phone. If you want a sub-£150, or even sub-£200, phone, this is the one to go for.
The Motorola Moto G is one of the best phones of the year, and the first time we’ve seen a phone of this calibre launch at under £200 SIM-free. That it’s so much cheaper than £200 is a minor miracle. This phone deserves to sell by the bucketload.
Next, read our Nexus 5 review
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