Moto G (3rd gen) review: Good as gold

Good as gold

GSMArena team, 06 August, 2015.

Telephony and messaging

The contacts manager features tabbed interface, which displays all contacts and the favorites. You can sync with multiple accounts including Google and Exchange. A button to add a new contact is constantly present in the bottom right corner - you can choose which account to sync the new addition with.

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Managing the contacts

The phone app comes with a tabbed interface for speed dial, recent calls and all contacts. The dialer is invoked by taping on its dedicated key and supports smart dialing.

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Phone app with material design

The new Moto G offers high in-call volume. Its sole loudspeaker is sufficiently loud and scored a Very Good mark on our test. Its audio quality is excellent - the sound is deep and sounds great inside a room.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 60.2 57.2 64.5 Below Average
Meizu m2 note 65.2 62.1 75.7 Average
Motorola Moto G (2014) 66.5 66.2 75.1 Average
Meizu m1 note 67.7 66.2 75.7 Good
Motorola Moto E (2015) 72.6 68.7 75.9 Good
Xiaomi Redmi 2 70.8 70.9 77.4 Very Good
Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen 75.7 69.6 75.9 Very Good
Motorola Moto G 4G 77.1 76 83.3 Excellent
Motorola Moto G 81.6 75.7 82.7 Excellent


Messaging is pretty much as straightforward an affair as on every other droid out there. The generic Email app is being decommissioned in favor of the Gmail app. If you tap on its icon, it will tell you the Gmail app is the client that will handle all your emails from now on.

Oddly, Motorola has opted for its own messaging app. We found its interface to be inferior the one found in Google's own Messenger app. Thankfully, the latter is available for free in Google Play.

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Motorola should have opted for Google Messenger

As expected, the default Google keyboard is on board as well. It offers two sleek-looking, brand new skins - Material Dark and Material Light. The duo matches the new look of Android Lollipop.

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Stock Android keyboard

Multimedia

Motorola's proprietary Gallery is the default image explorer on the Moto G (2nd Gen). Its browsing interface is very basic, but there are powerful editing options. It handles videos, too, as there is no dedicated video player.

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Motorola's gallery app

Google Photos is onboard as well with unlimited backup of your images. Upon opening the app you'll see two tabs - one for all photos and another one for highlights.

Viewing a single photo gives you a number of options. You can share it, set it as wallpaper or contact photo, or edit it. The built-in Photos editor is incredibly powerful too.

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Google Photos

Both galleries handle video files, as Android Lollipop lacks dedicated video app, and are equally capable. Available video decoders include Xvid, DivX, H.263, H.264 AVC (MKV files), and MPEG-4. The app will play most major file formats, though serious video fans should certainly seek out a more capable solution from the Google Play, as the lack of AC3 audio support is quite limiting. Subtitles aren't supported either.

Finally, Google Play Music is the default player for your tunes on the Moto G (3rd gen). The app has been treated to the new material design, though it functionality remains unchanged - it can play your local files, as well as stream music from the cloud.

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Google Play Music

You can tweak the sound via the built-in equalizer. There are dedicated toggles for surround sound and bass.

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EQ settings

The latest Moto G also has stereo FM radio with RDS. The app offers a sleek and intuitive interface and even allows users to record their favorite radio shows.

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The FM radio app

Audio output is mostly clean, not very loud

The Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) started very well in our audio quality test. When connected to an active external amplifier it posted excellent scores top to bottom and if it wasn't for its below-average volume levels it would have been a perfect showing. Still, there are few louder phones in this price range so we are happy with the Moto G here.

Plugging in a pair of headphones has a rather disastrous effect on stereo quality with crosstalk rising to very high levels. The other readings remained unchanged, but that's a pretty big issue to be overlooked and we can't give the Motorola handset full points here.

And here go the detailed results so you can check them out for yourselves.




TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)+0.03, -0.05-91.591.90.0024 0.0092-92.6
Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)(headphones attached)+0.08, -0.01-91.792.10.0071 0.011-36.1
Motorola Moto G (2nd gen)+0.01, -0.06-91.692.40.0089 0.014-91.7
Motorola Moto G (2nd gen)(headphones attached)+0.02, -0.09-91.692.40.011 0.017-45.7
Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)+0.02 -0.06-90.891.10.0026 0.097-90.9
Motorola Moto E (2nd gen) (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.06-90.290.70.0029 0.063-51.4
Acer Liquid Jade S+0.38, -1.60-81.788.20.0130.021-76.3
Acer Liquid Jade S (headphones attached)+1.37, -1.25-61.875.50.019 0.273-51.6
Samsung Galaxy A5+0.02, -0.07-94.591.40.0044 0.012-93.8
Samsung Galaxy A5 (headphones attached)+0.23, -0.11-92.490.40.017 0.190-44.1
HTC One mini 2+0.02, -0.09-94.893.80.010 0.011-93.5
HTC One mini 2 (headphones attached)+0.08, -0.03-94.993.80.028 0.022-90.1
Oppo R5+0.02, -0.08-93.492.50.0009 0.398-93.2
Oppo R5 (headphones attached)+0.66, -0.01-93.392.90.011 0.385-68.6

Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)  frequency response
Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) frequency response

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

camera is very good for still pics

  • JUAN PABLO

one of th best cellphones i'v had

Worst phone I've ever had!!! Bought it in October 2017 and I should have immediately returned it! The touch screen was horrible. Sometimes takes 20 times to click on a contact!! Everything I try to do takes forever and I agree with other comments...