Motorola Moto G Review

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On Wednesday 13th November, Motorola held a press conference in London, and we were there. At the event, Motorola launched the Moto G, a cheap, off contract phone which they said would retail from £150 ($241.46/€178.69).

Moto G Review:

As part of the press pack, we were given an 8GB test model of the Moto G to review. I’ve had the pleasure to play with it over the weekend.

Moto G

At first look, the phone is a very minimalist, much like Google’s own Nexus range of devices. There is simply a forward facing camera and sensors, volume rocker and power button on the left hand side, a Micro USB port on the bottom for charging, a 3.5mm jack on the top for headphones and a camera and flash on the back. Everything is matt black (except for the screen for obvious reasons) and that’s it. So on the outside, the Moto G is rather ‘boring’ to look at.

Specifications:

On the inside, however, it’s a completely different story. The Moto G is powered by a Qualcomm quad-core A7 processor running at 1.2GHz with an inbuilt Adreno 305 GPU running at 405MHz. To support this massive power, you get 1GB or LPDDR RAM. So the Moto G is by no means slow and will support future OS’s for a long time to come. There will be two versions at launch, an 8GB version and a 16GB version, both available through Amazon and Phones4U in the UK, with other networks soon joining suit.

The back off, nonremovable dictionary

Performance:

Gaging the performance of the Moto G was, somewhat, difficult. After repeatedly trying to download the AnTuTu Benchmark apps from the Play store, I managed to get one Benchmark app installed form Araura Software. Using the standard edition of Quadrant, I ran it to find the Moto G 8436, well above the HTC One X which was almost half as long. AnTuTu did finally load, but because the device isn’t registered, I couldn’t get any bar charts to show you, but it did score 17, 243.

Moto G benchmark score

Moto G AnTuTu score

Stock Android:

The Moto G comes with standard Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with posibility to upgrade to KitKat in January (there has been rumours that the Moto X will have Android 4.4 by Christmas too) with only two apps added by Motorola themselves. One of them is the Assist app, which will perform certain functions for you automatically.

Moto G Assist app screenshot