TechSpot: Motorola Moto G Review

The entry-level smartphone market is fierce, as most companies end up selling vastly more cheap phones than expensive ones. A case-in-point is the Nokia Lumia 520, which sells for under $100 and occupies the largest chunk of Windows Phone market share by far. When it comes to Android, there’s considerably more competition, with various Asian OEMs pushing their cheap, often unknown devices hard in local markets.

The Moto G is Motorola’s biggest and best effort yet in conquering the entry-level market. It’s not a handset meant to break records, but the 4.5-inch 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC and dual-SIM support (in certain models) will please the right crowds. Plus, at $179 for the 8 GB model and $199 for 16 GB, unlocked and off-contract, it certainly fits the definition of what an affordable smartphone should be.

The Moto G’s frame is built around a 4.5-inch display, so compared to today’s 5-inch flagship handsets, the device is relatively compact. It’s not the best looking smartphone I’ve ever used, nor is it the thinnest or lightest – the Moto G comes in at 11.6mm thick and 143 grams heavy – but the edges are curved to make it ergonomic.

It’s not surprising to discover that the majority of the Moto G is made from plastic. The good news is that Motorola hasn’t opted for glossy, Samsung-style cheap plastic, despite the price point of the handset. The back panel, which incidentally is removable, is made from soft-touch, rubberized plastic that feels great to the touch, and the front panel is covered with smooth Gorilla Glass 3. The Moto G's build quality is quite good and the device overall feels tough.

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I now have 2 of them, gave one to my wife and one to my son, (the little embarrassing detail of this phone for me would be if it had an 8 meg camera and an sd card slot, it would destroy my sgs3)

overall, I was hugely impressed enough with this device and it's price point to buy 2 of them.

Had sometime playing with it and I can say it's a pretty solid phone with very good performance. Even though I'm a huge Windows Phone/Nokia fan, I admit that this phone and Moto X are very good Android phones. Better than anything Samsung will ever produce -- in my opinion.

techbeck said,
How Android should be done and hopefully other OEMs will take notice.

But is it sustainable? From what I gather that's not the case. Motorola can produce cheaper than most but they're selling at a lose. Nokia isnt very profitable either but they try to make it profitable, they're not underselling. With these devices Google obviously is trying to keep WP out of the game but they're also killing the margins for their own OEMs. Google sold Motorola so it's a non-issue now but otherwise this could have killed the low-end market.

Well that is/was the benefit of being Google's manufacturing cell. In their eyes Android is already looking perfect. If they dont think so then they have the ability to change it,

But I guess I misinterpreted your statement.

techbeck said,
How Android should be done and hopefully other OEMs will take notice.

Hopefully not given how Motorola essentially went down the drain and google put out of its misery by selling that money pit.

As for the UI bloat, listen man, that's the android selling point. if you want a standard no bloat, upgradeable OS, iOS and WP are the only choice. The moment google locks down android, its the moment OEMs will just fork it and go their own way.

Who said anything about Google locking down Android? I said hopefully other OEMs will start taking notice from Moto X/G phones and cut out the bloat. If OEMs like Samsung want to sell their own software, make them available to download and install for select phones.

If by bloat you mean all that gimmicky crap that Samsung puts out, then yea. But thats really all it is. That stopping a video when looking away gets annoying real quick. Its "cool" at first, but wears off quick. And a lot dont even know what all their phone can do or use it to even a fraction of its capabilities. Its just a cool device they must have. So bloat means nothing to them.

Samsung brings nothing new to the table. There was not one single piece of software they made I found useful when I had an S4. Since it is all caked into the OS you can't uninstall it either. I moved to a Nexus 5 and couldn't be happier. For those with a smaller budget the Moto G is a similar fast stock experience. I got my wife the Moto G and must say the build quality feels much sturdier than the S4. As said the Moto G is an example of a budget phone done right.