Moto G (2013) review

  • £135
  • $175

The best budget handset around

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Chrome is the default browser on the Motorola Moto G, which isn't a huge surprise, and I found that on a strong Wi-Fi connection web pages loaded up in good time.

The desktop version of TechRadar managed to render in an impressive five seconds, while the mobile site took just a couple of seconds.

Motorola Moto G review

There's no 4G connectivity on standard Moto G, so you'll have to settle for 3G data speeds unless you're willing to splash the extra cash on the Moto G 4G.

Even over 3G though it was able to load mobile sites in around three seconds, while desktop offerings took less than 10. Moto G 4G performance was more in line with the Wi-Fi speeds.

The Moto G comfortably outperforms its price bracket when it comes to surfing the web, and the 4.5-inch display means there's plenty of space to play with.

Text is crisp and clear and images are well defined on the 1280 x 720 display, which gives the impression you're using a smartphone which is twice the price of the Moto G.

Double tapping on a paragraph of text will see the Moto G zoom in to fit the width of the text to the screen, and thanks to the 4.5-inch display you can read it relatively easily.

If you find that the text is still a little small you can zoom in further, but there's no auto text reflow available, which means you'll be scrolling sideways as well as down.

Sadly there's no reader mode on offer here and that's probably the one negative mark against Chrome, as along with the lack of text reflow it makes reading long articles a little frustrating.

Motorola Moto G review

Chrome supports tabbed browsing and you can view the number of open tabs at the top of the page next to the URL bar and quickly jump between them by tapping the icon.

This gives you a thumbnail view of each tab, displayed in a series of scrollable cards. The Moto G has no trouble running multiple tabs at the same time.

You can also open up incognito tabs which don't track your surfing history, meaning you can visits all those special sites without a trail for your partner to find at a later date.

A handy feature within Chrome is the ability to sign into your Google account and have all your bookmarks, and even opened tabs, pulled through from your desktop and vice versa.

Bookmarks can be accessed from the Chrome menu and appear as app icons on the screen for easy perusal.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
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