The Moto G is generating a lot of interest worldwide as it hits new markets. Promoted by Motorola as having “quad-core speed” and “exceptional price”, it is a compelling pitch that catches eyes and ears immediately. The phone is built to please: it does not make any design statement, but has a clean look with a plethora of color customizations through clip-on accessories. Inside, the Moto G runs with an almost-stock Android experience which Motorola has promised to keep updated as fast as possible.

For $179, this sounds pretty appealing, but is the Moto G as good as it sounds? This review will tell you how it feels to use the Moto G in the real world and what are its true strengths and weaknesses. Ready?

Moto G Specifications (modest)

  • Display size: 4.5”
  • Snapdragon 400 processor quad ARM A7
  • Resolution: 1280×720
  • Pixel density: 326
  • 8GB or 16GB of storage, Micro-SD: No
  • OS: Android 4.3
  • Battery mAh: 2070
  • Removable Battery: No
  • Camera (main): 5 Megapixel
  • Thickness: 0.46”
  • Weight: 5.04oz
  • $179

Motorola may be right when saying the Moto G is a “quad-core” phone, but pay attention to the details: the Snapdragon 400 chip is an entry-level processor that uses four ARM A7 central processing units, which are much slower than the typical ARM A9 designs widely used in most phones for a few years, and it just can’t compare with the ARM A15 designs currently used in some of the most powerful handsets today.

The internal storage is 8GB, which is enough for storing contacts, songs and photos, but don’t plan on watching a whole lot of HD movies (5GB a piece), and if you create a lot of content (HD photos, or HD video recordings), you will have to move some of those off the phone every once in a while. To make up for this, Google is providing 50GB of free Google Drive storage for two years. Beyond that, you will have to subscribe to the service. If you can spend a little more, I recommend 16GB.

Not LTE: This is not obvious when looking at the official information but the Moto G is 3.5G and can top HSPA 21+ speeds, but this is not as fast as 4G LTE. Your mileage will vary depending on the coverage. HSPA+ in itself is not bad, but some carriers have better coverage than others. Since coverage is primarily a function of “where you live”, you will need to do some homework.

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