The Motorola Moto G: An Impressive Addition
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The Motorola Moto G: An Impressive Addition


Motorola’s 2013 flagship has been – and still is – the Moto X, a handset that doesn’t rely too much on the latest hardware components, or the highest screen resolution. In exchange, the Moto X offers a wider range of customization options, a true Android OS experience and good optimization. Nonetheless, ever since the Moto X has been unveiled, there have been numerous rumors suggesting that Motorola will release a budget version of the flagship. This handset has been referred to as the “Moto G,” and if you’ve followed the mobile blogosphere lately, then you should have at least heard of it once or twice before.

After several weeks of leaks and rumors, Motorola made the Moto G official, during an event held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Moto G promises a very decent array of hardware specs with everything bundled in a low-cost package. Let’s learn more about the device and see if Motorola has delivered on its promises.

Moto G – Hardware Overview

The Moto G packs a 4.5 inch display featuring a resolution of 720 x 1280, resulting in a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. You might be familiar with the idea that flagship smartphones nowadays usually carry a 1080p display, but in reality 720p and 326 ppi are still very decent. The panel is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, so you’ll worry less about scratches.

Under the hood, Moto G features a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, an Adreno 305 graphics chip and 1 GB of RAM. The handset arrives with either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, but as is the case with the larger sibling (the Moto X), there are no possibilities of expanding via microSD.

On the back panel resides a 5 MP camera with HDR, face detection, touch focus, panorama and an LED flash, and on the front panel there’s a 1.3 MP secondary shooter.

The entire package is being powered by a 2,070 mAh battery that should provide 24 hours of mixed usage, at least according to the manufacturer. The list of “other” features includes Bluetooth 4.0, an FM radio, GPS with GLONASS compatibility and the list goes on. The only thing that’s missing is LTE connectivity.

Moto G – Software

During the past year or so, Motorola has slowly but surely ditched its proprietary user interface, in favor of pure vanilla Android. This change has been most noticeable after Google acquired Motorola, and the Moto G does indeed offer stock Android 4.3 out of the box, with a few exceptions, such as the presence of several pre-loaded apps like “Motorola Migrate” and “Assist.” Apparently Motorola has also implemented a handful of minor optimizations that have surely paid off.

In an attempt to show the world that software optimization can go a long way, Motorola has compared the Moto G’s performance with the Samsung Galaxy S4, when performing minor tasks. Despite Moto G’s mid-range SoC, lower amount of RAM and less powerful graphics chip, the handset apparently manages to make a call 1.1 seconds faster than the Galaxy S4, it answers a call 1.2 seconds faster, returns home 0.5 seconds faster and boots up 5.3s quicker too.

We did mention that the Moto G is available with Android 4.3 out of the box, but the good news is that Motorola promises that Android 4.4 KitKat will hit the waves by the end of January 2014. With further optimizations introduced by the latest Android OS, the Moto G should receive an even larger boost in performance, once the update arrives.

Motorola Moto G – Price and Availability

Until now, the Moto G didn’t let us down, and the handset shapes up to be a really good mid-range smartphone. But, what makes it even better is the price.

In the U.K., the Moto G is already available for purchase through various retailers, such as Clove UK and Phones4U. In this region, the G will set you back only £148.80 including VAT. For the 16 GB model, you’ll need to pay a few extra pounds, for a total of £174.00 inc. VAT. Remember, this is the off-contract price, which makes this device a marvel in terms of value-for-money.

As far as availability goes, the Moto G is currently available in other parts of Europe and in Brazil. During the several weeks after its initial release, the G will continue to expand its reach to Latin America, Canada, parts of Asia and more European countries.

In the Middle East, India and other parts of Asia, the Moto G is expected to hit the market by January 2014.

As far as the U.S. market goes, the handset should hit the shelves in January as well, where the Moto G will apparently hit the shelves with Android 4.4 KitKat already pre-installed. (The same applies for all Moto G units launched in other regions, in January). In the States, the G is expected to hit the market at a price of $179 for the 8 GB model, or $199 for the 16 GB variant. Once again, these are off-contract prices.

As for carriers, so far there haven’t been any concrete/official announcements, but a recent leak has shown that the Moto G is apparently heading towards T-Mobile.

All in all, the Moto G is a very impressive device. It’s not a top-tier smartphone when it comes to sheer hardware specifications, but it’s very appealing nonetheless. We’re honestly expecting Moto G to sell like hotcakes.

What are your thoughts on this particular device? As usual, we invite you to share your opinions by leaving a comment below.

Vlad Andrici is editor for and writes about technology issues. Follow Vlad on Google Plus.

November 26, 2013 at 18:46

Had planned to buy Samsung Grand Quattro but has postponed the plans and waiting for MOTO G’s launch in INDIA.

November 22, 2013 at 23:41

I upgraded to this from galaxy y. Had to cut sim in half but OMG it was worth it.

November 22, 2013 at 23:26

i like moto g but moto g should be expandable micro sd external memoery.i hope it will be in moto g as eaerly as posible

November 22, 2013 at 20:43

I was thinking of buying a mid-range smartphone from samsung, but ever since i heard about moto-g i have postponed my plans till Jan 2014. With such a quality product at a resaonable price this will surely shake up the indian smartphone market.

November 22, 2013 at 16:59

Waiting for jan 2014 for moto g .

November 22, 2013 at 16:15

Agree with Ajay. This phone is gonna rock the Indian Market. I was shopping about for a replacement for my current phone, and had almost turned towards the Sony Xperia line…but since I heard about the G, I can’t wait to see January :)

Ryan Barone
November 22, 2013 at 16:04

Sounds nice, but I am holding out with hope that the developer’s edition of the Droid Maxx will drop in price.

Mrinal Deo
November 22, 2013 at 15:19

The phone looks great. The fact of greatness stems from the fact that this phone is priced very competitively and with power packed features and $ 199 (Rs 12,700) for a 16 GB variant, it’s a pure steal. I am eagerly looking forward to the official launch of the phone in the first week of January 2014. The fact that the phone shall be launched simultaneously in India with US, underlines the fact that Google is considering Indian market is being considered on par with that of western markets. Big thumbs up!!!

November 22, 2013 at 14:49

we r waiting 4 this in new year………

November 22, 2013 at 08:40

I am waiting earnestly for this device. Cant wait for January.
Motorola is going to rule the mobile phone industry with this one. Believe me when I say this. Mark my words if you want.

November 21, 2013 at 23:35

i dont anything abt smart phones. i just want something that does the basics quickly and pleasantly. it seemed like nexus 4 was targetting that niche, but nexus 5 looks to be all pimped up. is it fair to say that now that motorola is part of google, that motorola is the right place to look for mid-range phones; and that nexus is now mroe abt competiting w samsung?

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