By Andrew Williams
Reviewed: 22 May 2014
Watch the video review of the Motorola Moto G - our Best Mobile Phone under £250 for 2013!
I bought 2 from p4u £100 for one 4 Xmas present 4 my mummy lol n £115 for other cos of diff network payg s n so far its a great phone and as said seems 2b faster than my s4 which I can't stand lol eBay fodder very soon . phone is simple n simple 2 use n no bloatware that other phones seem 2 have . 9 out of 10 at this price :-) cheap can be great .
I bought one of these at Phones4us this morning for £119, unlocked, plus the obligatory £10 payg sim. They had just arrived overnight. I admit I didn't need it, it's a weakness I have and I should probably seek help. I only got my Nexus 5 last week. I argued it was a good second phone, a back up, an insurance policy to dropping the Nexus down the toilet... Anyway, guilt over, what do I think of it?
It really is superb, and indeed would be brilliant at twice the price. At this price point it is peerless. Build, screen, feel, weight, responsiveness.....just like a slightly less favoured sibling of the Nexus 4. It feels as good and fast as my 'old' Nexus 4, in fact feels better in the hand thanks to its back being matte plastic not slippery glass.
If you like vanilla Android, want a premium feeling phone for half price, this is The One. It sort of replaces the Nexus 4 at a much lower price, whereas the Nexus 5 is an upgrade at a higher price.
I bought this phone today, and it's honestly the best budget phone I've ever bought. It easily rivals some £200 devices; mine was £120 from Phones 4 U (plus a £10 top up which can be applied to a contract) for the 8GB version. The only down side is the lack of a micro SD slot, but otherwise it is incredible value. I'm really pleased with it and reckon if you need a new phone, this is the way to go. It's a mid-range phone at the price of a crappy entry level one!
This seems like a good mid range phone at a very low price. This is definitely Google's attempt to stop windows phone from gaining share in South America and Europe. The current market seems to be:
High end - Android and IOS.
Mid range - Android, Windows Phone and to a lesser extent IOS.
Budget - Windows Phone and Android.
The low end android phones do seem to be low end except for a few but the low end Windows Phone seem to be mid range in specs. However, with this new one android is now leading in the low end market again possibly limiting windows phone growth and maintaining androids dominance.
Moto G is in fact performing better than the Nexus 4 on benchmarks, and the camera quality is actually better than N4's. So, Moto G is actually a superb replacement for a Nexus 4. The stock Android experience also is a big plus and will feel like a natural replacement for Nexus users.
Hi, does this handset have a notification light? Not a single review has mentioned this. I was hoping trustedreviews would have covered this.
Hi,Yep, there's a nice white LED above the screen - didn't spot it at the start. I'll add this to the review when I get a chance.
Andrew,can I ask you something?What type of sim did moto g use?mini sim,micro sim or nano sim?
It's a micro sim. You have to prise off the back cover, breaking off finger nails along the way. It's the only reason to take the cover off as the battery is fixed and there is no SD card.
It's a tad more intense than the Nexus 4 or 5 - but still a bit wishy washy compared to e.g. Blackberry notification lights.
i have one of these and guess what. it does it glows white when i get emails :)
oh btw this phone id freaking amazing! puts other OEMs to shame
I have an xperia T - how is the motorola G in comparison please? My main interest is battery life, music quality through headphones and gaming performance - camera is of no interest to me! I really need to know as im thinking of selling my xperia T to get a motorola moto g! :-)
average battery life mr williams,every other review has stated the battery life as the single standout feature lasting a full 2 days
We'll be adding more detail on battery life soon. It's one of the tougher bits to test empirically (with a phone). You'll get about a day and a third to a half if you keep data on and use it a bit. Battery testing is something we're looking at improving in future reviews.
Good to hear. Buy yourself a lightmeter also - most of the reviews just stick screen brightness to 50%, ignoring whether this is brighter or dimmer than others. Given that the screen sucks most juice, it would be a big source of error.
Oh,its like that,thank you bro,Im will buy Moto G when it enters Malaysia next year
Possibly also in response to upcoming tizen phones from Samsung. This should checkmate Samsung's attempts to replace android.
Does this phone have a constant blinking LED notification light?
yeah, many recent events suggest google seriously feels threatened by windows phone.
were do you buy this for 135 pounds pls
Why is "no microSD card" not in the cons list? That's a deal killer. 8GB is extremely little storage these days.
No idea where you can get it for 135, but you can get it for 119 at Phones4Us, unlocked :) - in store or online, with a free extra back cover.
It's a funny thing, battery life with smart phones. If you want to maximise battery life, say if on the road without a charger, you can shut down so many functions (GPS location, Google Now, as well as the usual screen brightness and timeout etc) - with that I can 2 days easily on my Moto G or Nexus 5. With all the bells and whistles on it drains like crazy. A lot of people don't tweak their phone power variables to suit their particular set of power requirements.
I guess the weighting of the score is strongly biased towards value. In fact you could say they have completely ignored all other scores. The score should have been closer to 8 if the categories were equally weighted.
There is no excuse for no SD slot and there is no excuse for pathetic battery life. But having said that, many much more expensive phones suffer from those complaints.
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