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An affordable smartphone, done right

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Forgiving the absence of a microSD slot and LTE radio, we commend the Moto G for its bright display, superb all-around performance and versatile camera despite a low megapixel count. At this price, it's a bargain.

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$179.99

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Critic reviews

8.1
22 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    6.8
  • Display
    8.6
  • Battery life
    8.4
  • Camera
    6.1
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.6
  • Media support
    6.0
  • Durability
    8.2
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.2

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User reviews

8.8
32 reviews
9.0
Engadget Nov 26, 2013

Forgiving the absence of a microSD slot and LTE radio, we commend the Moto G for its bright display, superb all-around performance and versatile camera despite a low megapixel count. At this price, it's a bargain.

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8.0
TechCrunch Nov 26, 2013

The Moto G is remarkable device. It's arguably the less talented sibling of the flash-bang Moto X released by the Google-owned smartphone maker earlier this year, but it's more noteworthy because it offers so much at such a stunning price point.

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8.0
Ars Technica Dec 7, 2013

The Moto G could really shake the low end of the market up ... If you know someone who's still using a flip phone or a hoary old BlackBerry or something, the Moto G is a solid low-cost option that you can recommend to them without hesitation.

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8.0
Computerworld Dec 6, 2013

It has commendable performance, a comfortable design, and a clean and intuitive user interface. Factor in its great battery life and excellent display, and you've got a device that redefines just how good a budget phone can be.

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8.0
Wired Dec 12, 2013

It can do everything you’d expect from a smartphone in 2013: make calls, text, last more than day. It also happens to come in a great form factor.

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7.0
CNET Dec 4, 2013

You can't beat the price of the Moto G, but the more expensive and more powerful Nexus 5 remains your shrewdest unlocked Android option.

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6.0
PC Mag Feb 5, 2014

The Motorola Moto G is a well-built phone for a great price on Boost Mobile, but its lack of LTE limits its appeal.

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10
Pocket-Lint Nov 20, 2013

The Moto G's best asset is its price - it is an affordable smartphone and we think it delivers everything it promises - except perhaps the battery life. At no point did we feel like we had compromised on style, quality or experience ...

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9.0
PC Advisor Nov 15, 2013

Motorola's Moto G is the best budget smartphone around. At £135 it's got great build quality, an excellent screen, decent cameras and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon to be upgrade to 4.4 KitKat. It's only limited in the storage department and a lack of 4G support.

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8.0
Wired UK Nov 19, 2013

The Moto G is essentially a pretty decent mid-spec phone but it's the budget price that makes it really special. It's a copper-bottomed bargain, and sets a very high bar for its rivals.

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8.0
The Guardian Nov 14, 2013

Compared to competing smartphones priced under £250 from Samsung, Nokia, HTC and a variety of Chinese phone manufacturers, the Motorola completely blows them away with the Moto G. It is a better all round phone than most smartphones costing twice as much, let alone priced at £135.

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7.0
TechHive Dec 24, 2013

For a midrange phone, the Moto G is well-worth its measly price tag. And even if Motorola's venture into emerging markets will end up being a bit of a battle for the struggling company, its handset ought to set the precedent for what midrange phones should look, feel, and act like.

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10
TrustedReviews Nov 17, 2013

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.

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9.0
Android Central Nov 22, 2013

The Moto G is easily the best cheap Android phone you can buy right now. (And probably the only Android phone at this price point that delivers a user experience of this quality.)

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9.0
TechRadar Nov 22, 2013

We were genuinely impressed with the feature set on the Moto G, so if you're looking for a low cost phone you can stop searching - just go out and grab a Moto G right now.

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7.0
The Verge Dec 2, 2013

Yes, compromises have been made to get the Moto G down to $179.99, and I’d like to see a manufacturer put a half-decent camera on a cheap phone. But this phone truly redefines what a low-end smartphone can be, and is the best attempt yet to turn “the next billion” into smartphone users.

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6.0
Digital Versus Jan 16, 2014

The Moto G hits hard for a handset of this price. It has a great screen and a responsive interface; you'd almost forget it's a budget phone. The camera and storage are always there to remind you of its caste, but otherwise it's a rare feat for an entry-level smartphone.

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10
V3 Nov 15, 2013

The Motorola Moto G is great value for money. Powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor and featuring an above-average screen, it offers performance normally seen on phones close to twice its price.

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9.0
Digital Trends Nov 27, 2013

The Moto G is the bargain of the year. It refuses to look, act or feel like a cheap phone, and out-performs more expensive phones. The only letdown is its small amount of internal memory, and basic camera.

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First Looks

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Engadget Nov 13, 2013

Considering this is Motorola's first international device since Google swallowed it, the Moto G is more about taking on the budget market. It's made an aggressive play that shows low-price doesn't have to mean low-spec.

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CNET Nov 13, 2013

With its 720p screen and 1.2GHz processor, the Motorola Moto G doesn't attempt to challenge the smartphone elite, but those specs are seriously impressive for a phone with such a cheap price tag.

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TechCrunch Nov 13, 2013

It’s relatively thick compared to premium smartphones like the Moto X or the Nexus 5, but that’s to be expected considering the screen it’s packing and the price ... Performance on the Moto G really is quite impressive for a phone that costs less than $200.

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GigaOM Nov 13, 2013

Given the lack of LTE support, I think the Moto G is pretty clearly geared more towards emerging markets than it is the United States. But for $179 for the 8GB, contract-free, SIM unlocked version (and just $20 more for 16GB), it is worth a look for anyone interested in a low-cost device.

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Tom's Hardware Nov 13, 2013

Motorola today announced the Moto G, which quickly and easily claimed the title of being the world's best smartphone at under $200.

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CNET May 13, 2014

There's been a small price increase, but as long as the 4G radio doesn't have a negative impact on processor performance or battery life, the Moto G will keep its crown as the best value mobile money can buy.

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Pocket-Lint Nov 13, 2013

But going further, to look and feel of the Moto G reminds us of Google's home grown Nexus phones. The low price combined with specs that impress and a recent version of Android that's almost entirely untouched by Motorola, makes the Moto G feel like a Nexus by stealth.

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Wired UK Nov 13, 2013

Weighing it at 143g, it's also feels fairly heavy ... It's not as if it feels cheap to hold though. There's no flimsy plastic or flex here, although the matte texture on the rear doesn't feel as silky smooth as the cladding on the Nexus 5.

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PC Advisor Nov 13, 2013

It's not particularly thin or light – 11.6mm and 143g – but feels nice in the hand with its rounded soft touch rear cover ... Colours are punchy and the viewing angles are great ... A quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM produces nippy performance.

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SlashGear Nov 13, 2013

Overall, it’s hard not to be impressed by what Motorola has achieved with the Moto G, even at this early stage. The phone may be plastic, but it’s reassuringly solid, and the display is a step above what we’d expect to see from a mid-range handset.

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T3 Nov 13, 2013

At first glance, the Motorola Moto G certainly looks like a good buy for people that haven't got hundreds of pounds to spend but still want a decent phone that will enable them to do most thing that you can do on the flaghship handsets.

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TechRadar Nov 13, 2013

On paper the Moto G looks like an awesome handset for the price, and in practice it appears to pretty much live up to its billing.

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The Verge Nov 13, 2013

Though it is priced slightly higher than the average Asha or Firefox phone (most can be had for under $100), the Moto G's performance is so much better and the Android ecosystem so much stronger than Asha or Firefox that it makes quite a compelling option to first time smartphone buyers.

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The Next Web Nov 13, 2013

During our brief hands-on period, we were unable to draw any real conclusions from the battery life and camera. From a software and performance perspective though, the Moto G favored very well.

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Expert Reviews Nov 13, 2013

Based on our first few hours with the Moto G, we're impressed with how much phone you get for your money. If you're on a budget, we can't see there being any reason to opt for a low resolution, underpowered handset when this is an option.

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Techno Buffalo Nov 13, 2013

Look, power users in the United States probably won’t buy the Moto G, though we still think it would make an extra on-hand smartphone should you lose yours, or as a great alternative for an unlocked phone to bring with you when you travel.

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10
ElixiR ElixiR

Excellent phone. Smooth as a baby's bottom. I was using a Nexus 5 for a few days and believe me, you - this phone holds very well in 90% of the operations the Nexus 5 can. Multi-tasking is very good, web browsing in relatively heavy sites did not feel sluggish at all. Page loads were...

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9.0
zakkforchilli zakkforchilli

Great phone. For the price—and even if it wasn't this cheap—I'd totally consider it. It's beautiful, runs fast even on 3G. I love this phone—especially as your first Android phone—it's perfect!

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9.0
PDZSLU PDZSLU

So I had a Galaxy S3 - mitigating circumstances forced me to get a new phone, despite my lack of interest in doing so. For the price, this phone is fantastic. It does about 90% of what your average user utilizes in a top tier smartphone. Put another way, it feels like the best $200 off contract...

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9.0
Freemind777 Freemind777

Love my Moto G I bought from Republic wireless. It's my first smart phone! Republic price plans blow all other cell provider's away with their CHEAP plans! Chech them out at republicwireless.com! Get a free $20 credit with them, just use this link when you sign up! http://rwshar.es/2ayJ

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10
deepstuteja deepstuteja

IT IS AMAZING". I would rate it the best under 30K. It is comparable to some of the high end phones we have in the market. If your budget is 25-30 K, go spend that additional 11K on a decent camera as that is the only thing not so good about Moto G. Things you will like: - Nexus like experience...

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9.0
lotsofcode lotsofcode

The Moto G is hands down the best budget smartphone. The specs compete with plenty of more expensive phones, and it doesn't seem cheap when I'm using it. However, there are some features missing like Android beam(NFC) omitted probably to cut the cost of this phone to sub-$200 off contract.

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4.0
TheGlobalMotoG TheGlobalMotoG

This is not a "global" phone. Here is a chat with Motorola I just added to the Discussion tab on this phone: Status: Disconnected Jingky: Hi, my name is Jingky. How may I help you? Elizabeth James: does the Moto GP, to which I just bought, Elizabeth James: I just bought 2 moto g. Is there a...

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