Motorola Moto G 4G review: Going fast

Going fast

GSMArena team, 31 August 2014.

Gallery and Photos

Android 4.4 KitKat offers two gallery apps - the default Gallery and the recently introduced Photos.

The Gallery app shows all of the photos on your phone sorted by albums. There is a pop up menu, which allows sorting you images by time, by album or just limit your image access to camera roll.

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The Gallery app

There are lots of sharing options, plus a capable integrated image editor.

The Photos app is the latest gallery app Google is trying to push lately. It integrates with Google+ and can backup your images automatically to your Google+ account if you like. It also shows all the photos from your online albums.

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Photos gallery

If you sign in with your Google+ account and allow your photos to be backed up in the Google cloud, you can also use the Auto Awesome feature - it auto enhances your photos and combines similar photos and videos as events in a cool way - it either exports a collage picture or a motion gif.

Video player integrated within the Gallery

The video player has retained its stock Android interface. Motorola however, have added much better codec support than the one found in Nexus devices. The video player is now perfectly usable out of the box - it plays DivX, Xvid, MP4 and MKV files up to 1080p resolution.

The multi-channel AC3 audio tracks are not supported though, which makes the MKV compatibility pretty much obsolete. WMV and MOV files aren't supported either.

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Video player

Streaming videos to a Wi-Fi enabled TV is available. One way to go about this is to share your multimedia content over good ol' DLNA technology OR you can mirror your device's screen to the TV via the Miracast protocol (by casting your screen as it's called in the options menu of the latest Android KitKat).

Play Music with equalizers

Google's own music player called Play Music handles your music collection. It features the spanking New Listen Now feature, which tries to determine what you like and the sequence of your track-changing so that it can start offering you music you might like to play next.

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Play Music

Google Play Music also gives you the option to upload music onto the Google-branded cloud and stream it on your device via Wi-Fi or mobile data. There's also the nifty option of downloading the content onto the device if you want to have there for connection-less times.

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From the Settings key you can get into the equalizer. It can be turned on and off and features several equalizer presets along with a custom user defined one. If you plug in a headset, you can also play around with the Bass boost and 3D effect sliders.

FM radio with RDS

The FM Radio is a pretty straightforward affair. Once you plug in a pair of headphones (to act as an antenna), the app will scan the stations available in your region. You can also input the region manually if the app doesn't configure it correctly.

There is RDS support, too.

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FM radio

Very good audio output

The Motorola Moto G 4G performance in our audio quality test was more or less on par with its non-4G predecessor. The LTE-enabled handset did show slightly higher distortion, but the rest of the readings were pretty evenly matched.

When connected to an active external amplifier the Motorola Moto 4G showed great dynamic range, signal-to-noise ratio and stereo crosstalk. Its frequency response could be better in the lowest and highest frequencies but it was close to perfect for the rest of the range. There were no traces of distortion, either.

The good news is, besides the extra stereo crosstalk, there's virtually no degradation when you plug in a pair of headphones. And with the volume levels pretty high in both tests, the Moto G 4G earned an excellent mark here.

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

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Motorola Moto G 4G+0.18, -1.07- 0.188-92.1
Motorola Moto G 4G (headphones attached)+0.15, -1.10-91.991.80.014 0.222-48.4
Motorola Moto G+0.08, -0.85- 0.082-91.4
Motorola Moto G (headphones attached)+0.10, -1.03- 0.117-50.4
Motorola Moto X+0.25, -1.12-91.691.70.0029 0.243-92.8
Motorola Moto X (headphones attached)+0.24, -1.08-91.491.40.012 0.244-55.0
Oppo R819+0.04, -0.09-92.492.30.017 0.045-87.9
Oppo R819(headphones attached)+0.58, -0.13- 0.438-48.7
Nokia Lumia 625+0.13, -0.10-90.390.30.013 0.355-82.5
Nokia Lumia 625 (headphones attached)+0.24, -0.00- 0.460-83.8
Samsung Galaxy Alpha+0.01, -0.04-96.692.80.0058 0.0091-97.1
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.01-95.792.70.013 0.033-65.6
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini+0.03, -0.04-92.690.70.016 0.018-94.0
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini (headphones attached)+0.23, -0.05-86.786.20.052 0.167-55.7
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
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact+0.08, -0.02-92.692.30.00520.012-89.0
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (headphones attached)+0.15, -0.05-91.791.30.0540.090-43.7

Motorola Moto G 4G frequency response
Motorola Moto G 4G frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

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  • Tuione

I have been using this phone since Feb 2015. For the price I paid (NZD$230), I am very happy with this phone.. Best display in this price range, really loud speakers which gives good quality sound. Fast update to Android 5.1.2 in NZ. Everything else...

  • AnonD-50641

Had been using it for almost a year. With every tuning possible. This phone can only achieve SOT 3 hrs max with just only 25% Brightness (brighter than most rivals).