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Moto G unboxing and first impressions

The Moto G is likely to set off intense competition in the low priced smartphone market. Check out our unboxing and first impressions video of the Moto G!
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November 21, 2013

Looking for the Moto X experience at a more affordable price? Here’s our unboxing and first impressions of the Moto G!

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Opening up the retail packaging reveals the Moto G in all its glory, and that’s essentially all you’ll find in the box, apart from a micro-USB cable and a quick start guide. Considering the fact that Motorola is aiming to make the Moto G as affordable as possible, the lack of an AC adapter and earphones aren’t surprising, assuming you already have both available from previous or current handheld devices. If you were expecting either/both to be there, this may be a cause for disappointment. Though, fear not because this is a very excellent piece of kit – especially when you remember the price.

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We know that the mid-range versions of flagship devices, think HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, are usually smaller than the high-end smartphone. It’s no different in the Moto G as well, but since the Moto X featured a “smaller than usual” 4.7-inch display, the Moto G isn’t that far off the mark with its 4.5-inch screen. This difference is far from obvious when both the Moto G and Moto X are side by side, with the form factor of both are almost identical.

Spec comparison to other budget devices

Moto GSamsung Galaxy Fame S6810Sony Xperia M C1904 Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Display
Moto G
4.5-inch LCD, HD (1280 x 720), 326ppi
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
3.5-inch TFT, 320 x 480, 165ppi
Sony Xperia M C1904
4.0-inch TFT, 480 x 854, 245ppi
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
4.0-inch Super AMOLED, 480 x 800, 233ppi
Processor
Moto G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, quad-core @ 1.2GHz, Adreno 305
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
unspecified single-core CPU @ 1GHz
Sony Xperia M C1904
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core @ 1GHz
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
NovaThor U8420 dual-core @ 1GHz, Mali-400
RAM
Moto G
1GB
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
512MB
Sony Xperia M C1904
1GB
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
1GB
Storage
Moto G
8GB, 16GB
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
4GB with microSD
Sony Xperia M C1904
4GB with microSD
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
8 GB, microSD
Battery
Moto G
2070 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
1300 mAh
Sony Xperia M C1904
1750 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
1500 mAh
Cameras
Moto G
5 MP rear LED flash, 1.3 MP front
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
5MP rear LED flash, .3 MP front
Sony Xperia M C1904
5MP rear LED flash, .3MP front
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
5MP rear LED flash, .3MP front
Networks
Moto G
3G/GSM
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
3G/GSM
Sony Xperia M C1904
3G/GSM
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
3G/GSM
Connectivity
Moto G
GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, optional dual-SIM
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wifi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, optional dual-SIM
Sony Xperia M C1904
GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi a/b/g/n, optional dual-SIM
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
GPS, GLONASS, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, microUSB, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi a/b/gn
OS
Moto G
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, KitKat update guaranteed
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Sony Xperia M C1904
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Dimensions
Moto G
129.9 x 65.9 x 6-11.6mm
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
113.2 x 61.6 x 11.6 mm, weight: 120.6g
Sony Xperia M C1904
124 x 62 x 9.3 mm, weight: 115g
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
121.6 x 63 x 9.9 mm, weight: 111.5g
Colors
Moto G
Black/White, replaceable colored backplates
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
White/Blue
Sony Xperia M C1904
Black/White/Purple/
Yellow
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
White/Blue/Gray/Brown/ Red/black
Price
Moto G
$179 for 8GB, $199 for 16GB
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
$170
Sony Xperia M C1904
$230
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
$240

As you can from the table above, for its price, the Moto G is hard to beat. See how vibrant the display is below. Well played, Motorola.

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A standout feature of the Moto X, active notifications, is not available on the Moto G, considering the requirement of an AMOLED display. With the Moto G featuring a LCD display, with 720p resolution, the useful active notifications feature won’t be found on this smartphone. Again though, when you consider the price point, there’s very little to lament. This is still a very excellent device. The display is vibrant and bright, and text, colors and all other elements look quite good, which is an absolute necessity for any mobile device – whether its budget or high end. We applaud Motorola for choosing a good display here.

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Turning the device over, you’ll get a seemingly soft touch, incredibly smooth plastic back on the Moto G, which makes it feel like a budget smartphone, somewhat. The back cover on the Moto G is removable, giving you the option to customize your device with back covers of different colors, and possibly even build material. As you will see in the video, you’ll need to be careful while removing the back cover, which can prove to be a bit difficult. Like the Moto X, the battery in the Moto G is not removable.

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When you consider its incredible price point, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that several distinct features are missing when compared with the Moto X. In all honesty, it’s not a fair comparison to make. Granted, it’s important to mention that the Moto G will not feature touchless control, which is another amazing feature of the Moto X. If you’re in the market for a budget-friendly smartphone with good performance and reliability, the Moto G is a great way to get started in the world of Android.

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We’ve mentioned affordable and budget-friendly a few times, so how much will the Moto G set you back? The Moto G will be available starting at $179, for the 8 GB unlocked version. It may not be the fastest or most powerful device available, but a smartphone priced at less than $200 unlocked, that boasts a certain brand-name related reliability, is great to see. At that price point, the Moto G could prove to be a an easy entry point for anyone looking to switch to the Android ecosystem.

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Stay tuned for our detailed hands-on review, and a lot more, of the Moto G! We’ll be diving deep, so stay tuned! We do this for you each and every day, so let us know what you want us to look for! 

What are your thoughts on the Moto G? How does it stack up next to the Nexus 5, or the current crop of smartphones on the market? How about relative to the less expensive offerings?