Moto G (2013) review

The best budget handset around

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There's an awful lot to compare the Motorola Moto G and Moto G 4G to, with not just phones in its price range to consider, but also more expensive offerings with a similar spec list.

A firm favourite

When the Nokia Lumia 520 rocked up it was rather overshadowed by the headlining Lumia 920 and then the 925 - but venture towards the bottom of the Finnish firm's range and you'll find a golden nugget of a handset.

The Lumia 520 seriously impressed with its low price tag, decently sized 4-inch (though not HD) display, dual-core processor and smooth performance all wrapped up in a sturdy chassis.

Nokia Lumia 520

Then the Moto G turned up, with a bigger 4.5-inch HD display, more powerful quad-core processor and all the bells and whistles of stock Android KitKat.

If you're looking for a simpler interface the Lumia 520 is the better choice, and it's slightly cheaper, but if you want to get the most for your money the Moto G is the one you want.

The big brother

The Moto G was born out of Motorola's return to the mobile market - the Moto X.

If the Motorola Moto G is just a little bit too small for your liking then the Moto X may be just up your street with a 4.7-inch HD display.

It also packs a punchier 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a superior 10MP camera and 2GB of RAM giving you technically more bang for your buck.

Moto X

KitKat may still be on board, but poor battery life, weak camera performance and the lack of a microSD slot makes the Moto X feel rather limited.

On paper Moto X tops the Moto G in terms of specs, but it just doesn't feel that much better than its younger, cheaper brother - in terms of value for money the G still wins it.

What out Mini brigade

Put the Motorola Moto G up against the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and even then it's difficult to pick faults at the cheap handset.

In fact the Moto G has a bigger screen than the S4 Mini (4.5 inches over 4.3) and a higher resolution (720 x 1280 versus 540 x 960), plus it's 1.2GHz quad-core processor is on par, if not better than the Samsung's 1.7GHz dual-core offering.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The Moto G even runs a newer version of Android - version 4.4 KitKat - while the Galaxy S4 Mini is still languishing on Jelly Bean. It's not looking good for the considerably more expensive Samsung.

Naturally there are areas where the S4 Mini excels and its 8MP camera is a significantly better performer than the 5MP offering on the Moto G.

It also brings 4G connectivity to the table, while you'll only get 3G on the Moto G, but considering the low cost of the Motorola you won't be disappointed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyMoto G
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time1 Day
Screen Size11.4 cm (4.5")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)143 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.3 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density329 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.3 Megapixel
Height129.9 mm
Width65.9 mm
Depth11.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameMoto G Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 400
Product LineMoto G
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberSM3723AE7B1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationStunning 4.5" HD display. Exceptional price.

What you'll notice first about Moto G is the sharp HD display. Its edge-to-edge display stretches to all four corners of the phone. Watch, read and browse on a big, brilliant display. You'll get a sharp picture and then some.

Quad-core speed. Exceptional price.

You don't have to hang up to send an email or turn off YouTube when you want to text. Moto G multitasks as easily as you do.

Pure Android™. Exceptional price.

With Android 4.3, browse, stream, navigate, play and more with the world's most powerful mobile OS. Enjoy a guaranteed upgrade to Android™ 4.4, KitKat®.

Packaged Quantity1
Standard Memory1 GB