Moto G review (Dual SIM India) – the affordable Beast!

The Moto G is here, it’s hot and probably the best handset for the price considering the brand value and unique features. It’s a beast, an affordable one, for a price tag of under Rs. 14,000. 8GB is available for Rs. 12,499 and 16GB for Rs. 13,999.

Moto Box Pack
Inside the box you will find the Moto G handset, travel charger with dedicated pin (there is no data cable), earphone of a good quality (Motorola could have made it a little better, but considering the price it is good enough), warranty and quick start guide in English and Hindi languages. The battery comes built in.

Instead of the specifications the key features are mentioned on the box pack. The handset has got a curved design that makes it more comfortable to hold and one can easily operate it with a single hand. The screen is with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Moto G comes with improve battery performance and with water repellent coating both on the inside and outside.

moto g box pack

The nano water repellent coating does not allow the water to stick on the surface. This could actually make the handset water proof to a certain extent, though Motorola has not specifically mentioned that and hence don’t take it too seriously.

Handset weight with battery is 146 grams and dimensions are 129.31 x 65.71 x 11.42mm.

The 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the top, power / volume rockers on the right and micro USB port at the bottom. There are no physical navigational buttons on the front facing. There is LED notification (single color). Sensors included are accelerometer, light, proximity and magnetic. Sar Value : 1.35 W/Kg Head and 1.06 W/kg body.

Moto G unboxing

Display, Memory and OS
The screen is 4.5 inches with 1184×720 pixels resolution instead of 1280×720 pixels, this is because some part of the screen is assigned for dedicated on-screen navigational buttons, since the hardware buttons are missing. Touch is very smooth in fact as good as experienced on high end phones. Color reproduction and viewing angles are very good.

moto g review and unboxing

There is 1GB RAM and optional 8GB / 16GB storage. I got the 8GB version. Of the 1GB RAM 398MB is available on the first boot and 5GB is the space available for apps. There is no micro SD card support. OTG works out of the box.

How to access content of pendrive connected using OTG?
When you connect the pendrive using the OTG cable there will be no notification. Also there is no file manager installed so launch google play and download a file manger app. Connect Pen drive using OTG and then using file manager go to storage / and check usbdisk_1.1.1 and if you do not find the content there look for it in the other usbdisk_ folder.

otg works on Moto G

The Moto G sails on Android 4.3 out of the box and will soon get the much awaited KitKat update.

This dual SIM handset (Micro SIM slot) is powered by 1.19GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8226 quad core (cortex A7) chipset with Adreno 305 GPU. The performance is very good and lags free. This is the same hardware that powers the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and there is a huge price difference between these two handsets.

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 8673.
  • AnTuTu – 17194.
  • Vellamo – HTML5 1937, Metal 522.
  • Nenamark 2 – 56.9 fps
  • Multi touch : 5 points.

Gaming Review
There is no micro SD card and hence you will be left with limited space of about 5GB. I could install 2 heavy games the Modern Combat 4 and Asphalt 8 on the internal storage. Both the games played very smoothly.

Camera and Entertainment
The rear camera is 5MP resolution with LED flash and front camera is 1.3MP resolution. The front camera is no good. The camera interface is different and when using the rear camera for the first time you might get disappointed with the blurry output. This is because by default the auto focus is switch off and when you tap the screen it will click. There is no tap to focus option.

moto g 5MP rear AF camera

You need to enable control focus and expose. Once done you will get a green circle which will be the auto focus point, you can move this circle anywhere on the screen. Just make sure the subject is in circle if you want it to be sharper and focused.

The LED flash does a very good job in combination with the camera. The rear camera can record slow motion videos and can shoot 720p videos. The slow motion quality is okay and the 720p normal video is very good. Do check the sample images and videos at the end of this Moto G review. You can shoot images when the video recording is on.

Long shots are good, close ups are not that impressive not much detailed, however the close-ups when using in video mode are pretty good.

This handset can play full HD videos in H/w and S/w mode using MX player.

The display is visible under direct sunlight. 3G worked well I got the H+ signal. No issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. GPS is with A-GPS and GLONASS, I got the first lock instantly. Sound is loud and clear. There is audio effects (equalizer) option in sound settings.

There is Moto G protect option  that will help you locate, lock and even wipe the data from the phone in case it gets lost or stolen.

The build quality and the finishing are very good. When you hold the handed it gives a premium feel. The Moto G is indeed tough, I accidentally dropped the handset from approx 2 feet it fell face down (the front screen hitting first), it survived without any scratches or dents.

Battery Performance
The non removable battery is of 2070 mAh capacity. There is the battery saver option in battery settings. Battery life is still impressive even when that option is switched off. I ran the benchmark apps for about 13 minutes the battery dropped by 3% and when playing the Asphalt 8 game for about 16 minutes the battery dropped by 6%. The maximum temperature during the review was 35 degrees.

moto g battery 2070 mAh

I guess the battery life will be much better than other handsets. You could easily play the Asphalt 8 game for about 5 to 6 hours on a single charger.

The handset comes powered by the same hardware that is used on the Galaxy Grand 2. Price wise the Moto G definitely has an advantage.  The camera could have been a little better but it is not that bad. There are many other things that make it a very good buy especially the water repellent coating, gorilla glass 3 protection, excellent battery performance and tough build quality.

And if you add the brand value and software updates, it definitely worthy.

Do check the Moto G with KitKat review here.

Moto G available on Flipkart for Rs. 12,499 (8GB) and Rs. 13,999 (16GB).

Image Gallery

Sample Images

Moto G handset and gaming review video

720p sample video shot using the Moto G handset

Slow motion video sample

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{ 485 Responses }

  1. Jai Acharya says

    gogi ji as mentioned in your review It has 4.5 inch screen but on they mentioned 5.0 inch ???which is one ri8??

  2. saikat says

    I was going to buy mmx unite2 this week. but should I re think about moto g or Micromax Canvas 2 Colours ?

  3. Anirban says

    The notification LED is not working in my new moto G. Can you please help me on this? Anybody else facing this issue?

    • Sandip says

      Please don’t buy this phone… :(
      I am using it and it gives hardly 8 hours battery backup only. Going to sell it as soon as possible.

      Below are the most infamous issues with moto g:
      1. Pathetic battery backup
      2. very poor network connectivity.
      3. Internet connections always drops and you need to restart your phone again and again…
      4. Call recording apps are not supporting and sound recorder app is also very poor to record sounds.
      But, rest things are really good. But, I prefer above things than the rest 😉

      Today I am selling it in Rs. 9000 (brought in Rs. 13999 March 2014)

    • Shijil says

      Depends on ur usage , Kitkat OS need less resources than JB. Most 1 GB devices only give near 400MB free RAM.

  4. gks says

    gogi sir,
    which phone’s 5mp camera is better -S duos 2 or moto g ? i want a phone which have better camera capability between these two .

  5. Ajith says

    Gogi ji

    I am looking for a smartphone with normal SIM slot (Dual GSM+GSM) with OTG support and budget is around 10K, please advise

  6. Aadei says

    plz sir suggest me which one is better among moto G & micromax canvas magnus…..

  7. deepak says

    sir plz sugest me whch one z beter bb z10 or moto g 16gb..whreas bb z10 avlabl in 13700 at ebay..androd is also runing at bb.. ? ?

  8. jay says

    Hi sir i want to buy a new phone. which one to choos? Moto G or Samsung Galaxy S4 mini??? s4 mini has 1.5 gb ram and 1.7 ghz dual core processor. will it not be faster? i heave also read that moto g will be launched in India with expandable Sd card slot soon. I has already launched in UK. Any views on that ? Thank You…

  9. Raj says

    Hello sir I really like your reviews and trust them while making purchase decision. I want to buy new phone. My budget is 18000 Rs. I am confused between Moto G and Sony Xperia SP so which one should i buy? i am not using front camera so its not a constrain. Sony SP has better camera and many sensors also and many other extra features. How is sony after sales support? Plz help me. Thank You sir…

    • Gogi Rana says

      Camera quality will be better on Xperia SP if that is not a big criteria then go with Moto G.

      • saurav says

        native video calling is available on dis mobile or not plz tell otherwise I will go for canvas colours……

  10. harshit says

    gogi sir .i am a great fan of yours.u wnna know that which phone do you it moto g…

  11. Aadarsh says

    Hello Gogi Sir
    Should i go for Moto G 16 gb. Or should i consider Lg L90 dual.
    Is it worth paying 2-3k more for LG.
    If posible please share the pros and cons of both over each other.


  12. Yash says

    Hi Gogi,
    Please suggest between XOLO Q1100 and Moto G.
    Neglect the company brand..
    Just performance wise and know issues.


  13. Steve says

    gogi ji most people say its after kikat update..but my moto g came with KitKat..can I stay with it or is there any ways I can go back to 4.3..because this call drop frustrates me…

    • Gogi Rana says

      Did you buy the handset recently? cause I think the issue has been fixed. Also if you have cut the SIM – Normal to Micro SIM would be better if you get a new micro SIM from your network store.

      • Steve says

        I bought it last month gogi ji..(flipkart)
        I didn’t cut the sim i got a new micro sim from Aircel,

          • kanishk singh thakur says

            hello gogi ji… what about service centre of moto g in india. because i am not getting able to track it.

  14. Steve says

    gogi ji..I am very happy with everything little thing about this phone… but frequently the calls drop.. the voice breaks a lot..(but this happens mostly inside my office) I see lot of people complain the same thing at Motorola blog…they promise an ota update…what’s your suggestion.. gogi ji..

  15. Kolekar Pratik says

    i want to purchase a phone worthy of price i m really confused about to phones micromax turbo a250 and moto g plz reply

  16. archit says

    i ordered motog g and i loved the fone…but i got the worst earfones ever seen.. normal Rs. 50-60 type.. sir can u pls mail me the actual pic of earfones wat u got from at motog site it has shown lovely piece of earfones..