Battery onboard mobile devices remains one of the biggest concerns for shoppers, and even in a mass market device like the Moto G it’s an important axis. Although Moto G has a removable back door, the battery isn’t designed to be user accessible and is sealed inside, there’s a sticker which pretty much explains the situation.

Inside, the Moto G has a 2070 mAh, 3.8V battery for a capacity of 7.9 watt hours. It loses the stacked 3D structure that was a highlight feature of the Moto X, but still is a relatively large battery for a device with a 4.5 inch LCD display.

To evaluate battery life we turn to our battery life testing suite, which we run over WiFi and all the cellular interfaces appropriate for the device. Here we see a good combination of regular spikes in CPU usage with idle time, hopefully simulating constant, reasonably paced usage. As always the display is set to exactly 200 nits and configured the same way we always configure devices for maximum consistency.

AT Smartphone Bench 2013: Web Browsing Battery Life (3G/2G)

The Moto G starts out with an impressive result on 3G. There’s no LTE on the Moto G so we’re only looking at the subset of devices that I’ve tested on 3G with the new battery life test. Still it’s impressive that the Moto G can crank out just over 7.5 hours on here, considerably more than Moto X forced onto 3G.

AT Smartphone Bench 2013: Web Browsing Battery Life (WiFi)

The WiFi test opens up considerable more comparison points, and here I’m really impressed by what the Moto G is able to crank out.

Cellular Talk Time

Cellular talk time is self explanatory, and again the Moto G winds up with an impressive result. I remember when Motorola seemed to somehow always be able to dominate the call test, Moto G definitely reminds me of those days.

Compared to the Moto X, the WiFi and 3G battery life tests really wind up being a story of the power consumption tradeoffs between LCD and AMOLED that remain to this day. The display size to battery capacity ratio is pretty big with the Moto G, and of course there are further improvements to overall efficiency with the latest Qualcomm silicon and modem block inside.

Device Charge Time - 0 to 100 Percent

I mentioned that the Moto G doesn’t come with a charger in the box, a choice which cuts down on cost and is starting to make a lot of sense give the ubiquity of cheap USB chargers.

Thankfully Moto G seems to be good about its charge signaling, as it can pull up to 2 amps on appropriate chargers. The Moto G seems to be compliant with BC 1.2, and seems well behaved with drawing whatever is appropriate from other chargers as well. 

Software - Android 4.3 Performance - Quad Core Cortex A7
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  • makken - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    " LG was arguably first to lay claim to it with its Optimus G, G Pro, G2, and now G Flex brands"

    Are we not counting the HTC G1 and G2 now? :(
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  • blanarahul - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    Htc is almost dead. I hope Lg buys them. That will give Samsung a run for their money. Reply
  • blanarahul - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    Great review though. Although buying Moto in my country is just as good as buying a Chinese cellphone. There just aren't service centers around here. Reply
  • Flunk - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    The do have service centers for other brands? You're a lucky guy, we need to ship our phones back to god knows where for service. My buddy's Samsung phone ended up in Korea for service. Reply
  • blanarahul - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    I have only used Nokia, Sony and Samsung customer service. But I believe LG has good customer service too. I live in India. Sending to Korea would be a big pain in the ass. Reply
  • spencersears - Friday, October 03, 2014 - link

    Motorola Moto G is a fantastic phone, I'd say only HTC One M8 could match up to it (see http://www.consumertop.com/best-phone-guide/). I don't think you'll need much of a service center though (I've not heard anyone who's had trouble with it), but the choice is yours. Reply
  • puremind - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - link

    HTC has no reason to be dead any time soon. Like Apple, they will increasingly have to Focus on the premium market Segment (though for different reasons). HTC's supplier Rating and lack of Advertising Budget is the only reason they cannot compete well with Samsung, LG and Sony for the lower and mid range, but they will continue to produce superb devices for the top tier consumer segment. Reply
  • Nagorak - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - link

    They just reported their first loss ever. If they don't turn things around and keep losing money then that is the reason they'll be dead. Companies don't exist to lose money. Reply
  • BallGum - Saturday, December 28, 2013 - link

    Yeah, it's quite a shame this is happening. The HTC One is a brilliant phone but despite everything they're just losing sales to Samsung. It's startling how they slipped from being where Samsung is now, but them consider Nokia... Reply
  • jasonelmore - Thursday, January 02, 2014 - link

    It doesn't make financial sense to buy them unless they have tons of patents which are valuable to LG, Reply

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