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Motorola Moto G Prices & Plans

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Features

  • Android
  • 5 megapixels
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Talk time: Up to 1d
  • 1GB RAM
  • Video calls
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Average Score:

80/100

"Despite its low-end price, its specs adhere to the mid-range genre. The 4.5 inch display has a 720p (720x1280) resolutio..."
85/100

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Motorola Moto G
$149 upfront
$5 Monthly Plan
  • Unlimited Talk, Text & Data through Wi-Fi
Monthly
0 mins
Unlimited Wi-Fi Calling
 
Unlimited Wi-Fi data
$5/mth
+ $149 Upfront
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Motorola Moto G
$149 upfront
$10 Monthly Plan
  • Calls and texts through WiFi when available
  • Wi-Fi only Data
Monthly
Unlimited
+ Unlimited Wi-Fi Calling
 
Unlimited Wi-Fi data
$10/mth
+ $149 Upfront
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Motorola Moto G
$89.99 upfront (Refurbished)
Tall Plan
  • Calls, texts and data through WiFi when available
  • Runs on Sprint network
Deal
Save $60 off this phone + Free Express Shipping
Monthly
750 mins
Details
500MB
Details
$18.99/mth
+ $89.99 Upfront
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Motorola Moto G
$149 upfront
$25 Monthly Plan
  • Calls, texts and data through WiFi when available
  • 3G Data on Sprint network
Monthly
Unlimited
+ Unlimited Wi-Fi Calling
Unlimited
First 5GB at full speed
(3G speeds)
$25/mth
+ $149 Upfront
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Motorola Moto G
$89.99 upfront (Refurbished)
Grande Plan
  • Calls, texts and data through WiFi when available
  • Runs on Sprint network
Deal
Save $60 off this phone + Free Express Shipping
Monthly
1250 mins
Details
1GB
Details
$26.99/mth
+ $89.99 Upfront
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Motorola Moto G
$79.99 upfront
1GB Monthly Unlimited Select with Data Boost
Includes Double Data (Limited time offer)
  • Runs on the Sprint network
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Unlimited
First 1GB at full speed
(3G/4G speeds)
$35/mth
+ $79.99 Upfront
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Motorola Moto G
$99.99 upfront
Basic Plan with Auto Pay
  • Runs on the ATT network
Deal
Save $75 with Mail-in Rebate Visa card + Free Overngiht Shipping
Monthly
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
Unlimited
First 1GB at full speed
$35/mth
+ $99.99 Upfront
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Motorola Moto G
$89.99 upfront (Refurbished)
Venti Plan
  • Calls, texts and data through WiFi when available
  • Runs on Sprint network
Deal
Save $60 off this phone + Free Express Shipping
Monthly
2000 mins
Details
2GB
Details
$39.99/mth
+ $89.99 Upfront
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Motorola Moto G
$79.99 upfront
5GB Monthly Unlimited Select with Data Boost
Includes Double Data (Limited time offer)
  • Runs on the Sprint network
Deal
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Monthly
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
Unlimited
First 5GB at full speed
(3G/4G speeds)
$45/mth
+ $79.99 Upfront
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Motorola Moto G
$79.99 upfront
10GB Monthly Unlimited Select with Data Boost
Includes Double Data (Limited time offer)
  • Runs on the Sprint network
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$55/mth
+ $79.99 Upfront
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TextNow - Grande Plan

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Unlimited Minutes

Boost Mobile - 1GB Monthly Unlimited Select with Data Boost
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Republic Wireless - $5 Monthly Plan

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Republic Wireless - $25 Monthly Plan

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TextNow - Grande Plan

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Unlimited Data

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Boost Mobile - 1GB Monthly Unlimited Select with Data Boost
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Cricket - Basic Plan with Auto Pay

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2GB Data

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TextNow - Venti Plan

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  • +80 videos
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Unlimited Data

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Boost Mobile - 5GB Monthly Unlimited Select with Data Boost
Includes Double Data (Limited time offer)

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Your data limits are unlimited - do as much internet browsing as you want. This may be subject to the carrier's "fair use" policy.
Boost MobileExtra data:
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Unlimited Data

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Boost Mobile - 10GB Monthly Unlimited Select with Data Boost
Includes Double Data (Limited time offer)

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Your data limits are unlimited - do as much internet browsing as you want. This may be subject to the carrier's "fair use" policy.
Boost MobileExtra data:
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Motorola Moto G Specs

Display
TypeIPS LCD
Screen Resolution720 x 1280 pixels
Screen Size4.5 inch (11.4 cm)
TouchscreenYes
Camera
Resolution5 megapixels
Front Facing-
3D Resolution-
Flash TypeLED
Video CameraHD 720p @30fps
Music & Video
Music PlayerYes
Video PlayerYes
Video CallsYes
FM RadioYes
Audio FormatsAMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM, FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis
Video FormatsMPEG4, H.263, H.264, VP8
Memory
RAM1GB
Internal8GB
Expandable-
Physical
Form FactorSlate
Width65.9 mm
Height129.9 mm
Thickness11.6 mm
Weight143 grams
AccelerometerYes
GyroNo
Connectivity
Main Connectivity3G
Maximum Data Speed21 Mbps
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n
USBmicroUSB 2.0
BluetoothYes
NetworksGPRS, EDGE, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, CDMA 800 / 1900
Data NetworksHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, CDMA 2000 1xEV-DO
Messaging
Push EmailYes
Text Messages (SMS)Yes
Picture Messages (MMS)Yes
General
GPSYes
Battery (2G Talk)Up to 1 day
Battery (Standby)Not available
App StoreGoogle Play
Processor Type1.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Operating SystemAndroid
Release DateNovember 2013

Motorola Moto G Reviews

Average Score
(10 reviews)

80/100

100/100

"There simply should be no other Android phone to consider, unless you're looking for a top-end flagship or if a camera is top of your list of priorities." 5/5 Stars

Stuff.tv
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90/100

"Unlike those wonky and sometimes depressing entry-level smartphones, the Moto G has enough variety in its design and software experience to give consumers something to look forward to. " 9/10

PhoneArena.com
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89/100

" Listening to music on the Moto G is a pleasurable experience; audio quality is crisp and you won't be left wanting for volume, but even with a decent set of headphones, bass junkies will miss that rich, low-frequency range. " 89/100

Engadget.com
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Alex AngoveWhistleOut Review

85/100

"Despite its low-end price, its specs adhere to the mid-range genre. The 4.5 inch display has a 720p (720x1280) resolution, giving it 329 pixels per inch (ppi). That’s better than most mid-range handsets and sports the same ppi as an iPhone Retina Display." 85/100

Alex Angove (WhistleOut)
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Positive

"Colors are bright and look good from all angles and there is very little — if any — bleed. Moreover, the screen is is covered with Gorilla Glass 3, which means that the phone should hold up to scratches and light drops."

Mashable.com
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Positive

"Moto G still image quality is better than I had suspected. Outdoors in well lit scenes the Moto G is totally capable of delivering good quality shots with good exposure and focus."

Anandtech.com
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76/100

"LTE is probably the Moto G’s biggest missing feature, and in the US that could be a deal-breaker for many potential buyers. " 7.6/10

TheVerge.com
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70/100

"Motorola made some big compromises to help the Moto G reach its extremely low price, specifically a slow processor, an unimpressive camera, no 4G LTE, and a screen that won’t wow anybody." 3.5/5 Stars

CNET (reviews.cnet.com)
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60/100

"Call quality on this version of the phone was about average in my tests. Earpiece volume gets plenty loud without distorting, though voices coming through the other line tended to sound overly harsh at upper volumes. " 3/5

pcmag.com
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60/100

"The Moto X is at its simplest a phone that feels out of date. Had it been launched a year ago we would have hailed it as a flagship phone with a battery life that couldn't be bettered, along with a range of simple features that made it truly practical and intuitive." 3/5 Stars

t3.com
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Motorola Moto G Review

The Motorola Moto G is a super-affordable phone that doesn’t sacrifice too much in the way of hardware and user experience. Within its price category it’s way ahead of the competition in power and specs. Best of all, it runs the vanilla Android UI, meaning that you'll gets Android updates faster than just about anything else.

Design

3.5/5

When you're shopping for an affordable device you aren't necessarily looking for looks, but that doesn't mean you have to ignore style all together. The Moto G won't be winning any beauty pageants, but it doesn't look cheap either.

It combines a mild-mannered front with a matte-finished rear panel, neatly side-stepping the crummy glossy look of the quintessential budget smartphone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t boast the added grip of soft-touch and is actually quite slippery in the hand. It’s comfortable to hold, but you don’t want to cling on too lightly.

Unlike with its big brother the Moto X, there’s no Moto Maker customization options for the Moto G. There are, however, colored ‘shells’ (read: cases) that you can grab from Motorola. These shells all look pretty stylish, and you can even buy yourself a Moto G-specific pair of SOL REPUBLIC JAX headphones to match or compliment your chosen case.

Under the hood

5/5

The real appeal of the Moto G is its value for money. Despite its low-end price, its specs adhere to the mid-range genre. The 4.5 inch display has a 720p (720x1280) resolution, giving it 329 pixels per inch (ppi). That’s better than most mid-range handsets and sports the same ppi as an iPhone Retina Display.

The quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU is backed up by 1GB of RAM. Compare that to the Galaxy S4 Mini – a much more-expensive mid-range device that has a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and a lesser resolution of 540x960.

There’s 8GB or 16GB of storage on the Moto G, but the 16GB version is harder to find and more expensive. Unfortunately there is no MicroSD slot. In another device this would caused concern, but for what Moto is asking we can hardly fault it. The camera is either 5MP or 3.8MP, depending on what aspect ratio you’re shooting in.

User experience

4.5/5

The Moto G comes running Android 4.3 out of the box, but you should be prompted to update to 4.4 KitKat the instant you finish setup. If you aren't, jump in to the settings menu, hit About Phone and look in System Updates. Make sure you’re connected to a WiFi and have plenty of battery for the update. It’s well worth it and will help your Moto G operate faster and more efficiently.

This might be a budget smartphone, but it operates like a solid mid-range device. It’s relatively devoid of lag, handles most games without a struggle, has a smooth user interface and has no problem with multitasking.

Unfortunately, the 720p screen lacks a little luster. Colors aren’t particularly vibrant nor are whites overly pure. This isn’t really an issue for a phone like this, but don’t go thinking that this 720p screen will out-perform a Retina display or something found on a high-end device. It’s good, but it’s not that good.

The only real trouble we had was when viewing the screen in direct sunlight. The panel isn’t very bright. Set to maximum it was comparable to other devices on around 70% brightness. It was usable, but stood out as the low-point of the whole experience.

No 4G

A lack of 4G isn't surprising in a low-priced smartphone, but it seems out of place with the Moto G. The rest of the user experience is so atypically hassle-free that the lack of fast broadband is jarring to say the least. It's the only element of the Moto G rig that drags it back to the lower-end.

If you’re deciding between a mid-ranger and the Moto G then you need to take this in to consideration. Most mid-range smartphones have 4G and, honestly, once you've gone 4G you won't want to go back. If you’re just comparing phones of a similar price then you’ll have to decide between the general user experience of the Moto G and faster internet on another, probably less-practical device.

Camera

3.5/5

The camera takes 5MP shots in 4:3 but defaults to 3.8MP. Despite this low megapixel count the 16:9 shots turn out pretty well. They’re certainly not going to be winning you any photography competitions, but as a point-and-click shooter it’s adequate. Just make sure you turn on the drag & drop manual focus in the camera settings, which for some reason is off by default.

Low-light shots are predictably pretty meager. Shots are quite grainy and tend to be weirdly colorized. Images captured with the flash also suffer from noise, but at least they avoid the white-washed look of many smartphone flashes.

Verdict

The Moto G isn’t perfect, but it’s the best phone we’ve used in its price range. It’s smooth, faster than the competition, takes decent photos and even looks pretty nice. Even if you don’t like the look you can grab any one of a bunch of Moto Shells, which is a bonus. Most budget smartphones only have one or two cases available, which can definitely cramp your style.

We can definitely recommend the Moto G if you’re in the market for a cheaper phone. Even if you’re looking for something more up-market it’s well worth considering, just so long as you remember that it lacks 4G internet.

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