Motorola Moto G – worth a punt?

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  • After my Sony xperia z1 is headed back to o2 for repair for a second time I am looking at other android options that are water resistant.

    I’ve come across the motorola moto g. Android 4.4.2, quad core, nano coated for water resistance and £150 to buy!

    What can possibly go wrong?

    Premier Icon seosamh77
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    yip, cracking phone, the water proofing works too, I left mine outside the tent all night, picked it up in a dewy morning in april and it still worked fine 🙂 I wouldn’t like to test that much further mind!

    Nothing. It’s been great for me, though the 8gb fills up pretty quick. Battery does a couple of days with normal use. Didn’t know it was nano coated.. interesting as the only reason I’ve got one is my wee’an sucked it and the volume keys stopped working. It was my OH’s phone at the time so she donated it to me and it dried out after a week or so.

    tonyplym
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    Very happy so far with my “original version” 3G 8Gb version. Note that there are a couple of new variants imminent – a 4G version which also has a memory card slot, and a lower spec 3G one.

    eddiebaby
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    Great phone. Using it to type this.

    Premier Icon The Pinkster
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    Yep, love my 16GB version that I’m typing this on now. Only had it for about 3 months but had no issues with it at all.

    Got mine from Phones4u for £144

    Premier Icon Caher
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    Just ordered the 4G one from amazon – which will have removable storage.

    The STW stamp of approval given then! Cheers folks.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Which reminds me, my mate won one last week and wanted to know if my lad wanted it. I think “he” might 😉

    Premier Icon Simon
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    If it’s anything like my Motorola Razri I wouldn’t bother. It worked for just less than 12 months and stopped working, wouldn’t go past the start up screen. Went away for repair, came back working fine then had the same problem 2 months later.
    This time Orange wanted me to pay for repair as “Motorola phones only come with 12 months warranty”!!!
    WTF phone is on a 24 month contract…..

    After a few phone calls I managed to get a new phone out of Orange free of charge….. only to discover last night that they’ve charged me £170 on my latest bill for the replacement phone!! I’ve phoned them and they’ve promised to refund me next week.
    Sorry for the rant, I’m a bit pissed off with Orange and Motorola today 👿

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    If you search back through the forum, it seems to be STW weapon of choice on every other “what phone” thread.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Actually, that reminds me,

    With regards to the water resistant bit, how does the screen work if it’s wet (or your hands are)? Does it work, or does it go daft like every other touchscreen device I own?

    Jujuuk68
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    Ju just got one, a cheapo 8g from Virgin for £109.

    Its certainly better than my last phone, a Sony Arc Experia S which was twice the price, albeit 18m ago, with the exception of the camera.

    Premier Icon ratadog
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    Using one for 4 months and very happy. Also got 2 Motorola Defy Minis that seem to work very well despite one being my work phone and one getting hammered by my teenager.

    If it’s anything like my Motorola Razri I wouldn’t bother.

    I think all phones are a risk. I had 3 htc with no issues and then had one fail in much the same way you describe with the same lack of support from Orange as in the tail end of contract. That is why I don’t have phones that cost a fortune in monthly payments and why I went Moto G this time. I got a deal which only cost me 2ukp per month more than SIM only and if something does happen I can afford to replace it without a second mortgage.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    The camera is dreadful. I’ll be getting rid of mine and the one I got for Dad, for that reason only.

    Otherwise a very good phone.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    The screen will freak out if its wet.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    The camera is OK unless you enlarge the images and it is not OK for prints.

    All those snaps I sent you were taken with this one, Rich.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    ..and they were shit. 😉

    It needs lots of light to take a half decent picture, quality falls off the scale quite dramatically in anything other than that.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    Haha, its definately the weak point.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    The camera is dreadful.

    Is it..? It’s okay…


    (Click for bigger.)

    Premier Icon seosamh77
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    The camera is dreadful. I’ll be getting rid of mine and the one I got for Dad, for that reason only.

    Otherwise a very good phone.camera is pretty poor. Its fine if you are just view on screen and just pointing and clicking. But for print and anything else its poor.

    I only ever view images online and rarely off the phone so fine for me.

    Premier Icon seosamh77
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    Cougar – Moderator
    Actually, that reminds me,
    With regards to the water resistant bit, how does the screen work if it’s wet (or your hands are)? Does it work, or does it go daft like every other touchscreen device I own?

    can’t say I’ve particularly noticed. I think its just the internals that are coated. The screen will act the same as others. Though i’ve also dropped the phone loads of times, not a dent on the screen as yet. Its pretty tough glass they use.

    Ive bin looking at one and now with the 4g and removable storage thats all that was stopping a purchase!!!! All motorolla phones are now made by google, the razor I wasnt. So you get nexus quality and reliability at a fraction of the price.

    Im sure lenovo have something to do witj google/moto now too.

    Premier Icon ratadog
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    Lenovo is buying Motorola’s hardware and R&D.

    Premier Icon Simon
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    Asus make the Nexus 7. After bad experiences with a Nexus 7 I’d never buy any of their products again.

    butcher
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    Anyone have any opinions/experience of the new Moto E? According to glowing reviews it’s a game changer in the world of budget smart phones. A step down from the Moto G, but given it’s a fraction of the cost, I was thinking of getting one.

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    butcher – Member
    Anyone have any opinions/experience of the new Moto E? According to glowing reviews it’s a game changer in the world of budget smart phones. A step down from the Moto G, but given it’s a fraction of the cost, I was thinking of getting one.

    very low res screen would completely rule it out for me.

    Got my wife a Moto G, you can also get Motorola flip case for it that replaces the back panel of the phone. Makes for a very slim tidy case, it literally just adds a front flap.

    Ay up, I’m thinking of getting this phone but the asda website says it’s CDMA. No I didn’t know what it meant either, but I think all UK networks are GSM and need a SIM card. Does anyone know if the ASDA Moto G works in the UK with Sim cards?
    Apologies for the techno-geek question.

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Q about the Moto G – how does one turn off Voicemail?

    Thanks. 🙂

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    cinnamon this is voda method, google your provider if different.
    http://support.vodafone.com.au/articles/FAQ/Switch-Voicemail-off-through-your-phone

    Top budget phone, fast, big screen, GPS seems accurate too. camera is pretty good for day time but yeah low light can be iffy (but I’m not that arsed about photography) only downside is work got me the base 8Gb model, 16 would be better, card slot even betterer.

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Thank you DONK.

    Edit: just checked 02 and phone came with it switched off so that’s good.

    oliwb
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    Just signed up to a contract with a Moto-G last night….Tesco mobile (O2 in disguise) are doing some exceptional deals: £12.50/month with free phone (16GB), 500 mins, 5,000 txts and 500 MB of data. I was paying £11/month on sim only with 100, 100 and 100 with O2 so an extra £1.50 for a brand new phone + more minutes, data etc…..it’s a 2 year contract (sucks) but given I’m only paying £1.50 extra I don’t think it’s a massive risk if the phone dies outside of warranty or anything. Pure android is nice too for those of us who like to be able to delete the bundled apps (facebook). Oli.

    Ecky-Thump
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    16GB is still about £140 on Tesco payg I think.
    ebay unlock code is about £2.

    very happy with mine.

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Mine was £100 on 02 payg.

    Wish I could get excited about gadgets but I can’t!

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    I’m thinking of getting this phone but the asda website says it’s CDMA

    Got a link for that? CMDA has never been used in the UK and I’ll be absolutely stunned if ASDA are selling one. It’s either a misprint or you’re on a non-UK site.

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Any recommendations for a case? Any colour except pink, ta.

    ninfan
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    Very impressed with the Trident aegis case

    stumpy01
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    Regarding the cdma thing, the specs on the asda website say it’s:

    Technology
    CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)
    Band
    WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/850

    So, looks it handles gsm too, which i think is what UK networks are on…

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