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Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd Gen) / G3 (XT1540, XT1541, XT1542) / G3 Dual SIM (XT1543)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7673 reviews of Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd Gen) / G3 (XT1540, XT1541, XT1542) / G3 Dual SIM (XT1543). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the camera and size are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, performance, size, camera

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd Gen) / G3 (XT1540, XT1541, XT1542) / G3 Dual SIM (XT1543) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd Gen) / G3 (XT1540, XT1541, XT1542) / G3 Dual SIM (XT1543)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 535 user reviews of Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd Gen) / G3 (XT1540, XT1541, XT1542) / G3 Dual SIM (XT1543) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the portability and screen. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the reliability.

performance, price, usability, screen, portability

93% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Motorola Moto G 3rd Generation 2 GB RAM/16 GB ROM 4G LTE SIM-Free Smartphone - BlackMotorola Moto G 3rd Generation 2 GB RAM/16 GB ROM 4G LTE SIM-Free Smartphone - Black

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd Gen) / G3 (XT1540, XT1541, XT1542) / G3 Dual SIM (XT1543)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1113 user reviews of Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd Gen) / G3 (XT1540, XT1541, XT1542) / G3 Dual SIM (XT1543) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the camera and portability. The usability and price are also appreciated, but comments are divided on the connectivity. Many are critical about the social networking functionality and GPS navigation.

performance, price, usability, portability, camera

GPS navigation, social network

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Motorola Moto G (3rd generation) - Global GSM - Unlocked - 8 GB BlackMotorola Moto G (3rd generation) - Global GSM - Unlocked - 8 GB Black

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd Gen) / G3 (XT1540, XT1541, XT1542) / G3 Dual SIM (XT1543)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd Gen) / G3 (XT1540, XT1541, XT1542) / G3 Dual SIM (XT1543) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and usability. The durability and performance are also appreciated. There are some critical comments about the camera and reliability.

performance, durability, usability, battery

price, reliability, camera

35% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MOTOROLA MOTO G (3RD GEN) XT1541 8GB BLACK FACTORY UNLOCKED 4G/LTE SINGLE SIM CELL PHONEMOTOROLA MOTO G (3RD GEN) XT1541 8GB BLACK FACTORY UNLOCKED 4G/LTE SINGLE SIM CELL PHONE

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Daniel Schmidt (notebookcheck.net)

Motorola Moto G (3rd Generation) Smartphone Review

 

"G" as in good. Motorola gives the third generation of its Moto G a refined face lift and delivers a superb money-performance bundle: A decent camera, long battery life, and up-to-date operating system. What's more, the device is now waterproof.

Personalized design, Decent Bluetooth range, Superb screen, Good GPS performance, Decent camera, Expandable storage

but only by 32 GB, Tight storage (8 GB model), Few HSPA frequencies, No NFC, No DLNA, Miracast, Slim Port or MHL, Few included accessories

Motorola again delivers a good mid-range smartphone with its new Moto G, which convinces with strikingly good key features. The battery life and primary camera are really good and are difficult to match in this price range. The HD screen is also...

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Moto G review (2015): Motorola wins the 'best cheap phone' crown, again

 

Oh, how far we've come. Smartphone makers are really trying to nail the "high-quality, low-cost" formula this year, and they're working up ways to sell straight to consumers too. Even with all that new competition, the Motorola Moto G's blend of...

Fast, fluid performance ; Camera is a big leap over last year's model ; Finally has US LTE support ; That price!

Camera is weak in low light ; Notification light is gone ; Base model only has 1GB of RAM

Last year, I wrote that the then-new Moto G was "still the best budget smartphone" around. Little did I know that the quality bar for cheap phones would shoot into the air the way it did over the past 12 months. This updated Moto G faces fiercer...

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Jacob Kastrenakes (theverge.com)

Moto G (2015) review: this is Motorola's real flagship

 

When Motorola introduced its latest series of smartphones last week, all eyes were on the Moto X. For several years, the Moto X has been Motorola's top-of-the-line phone — the one we all look to...

Very cheap ; Great performance ; Stylish design

Inconsistent camera ; Dull display ; Large body

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Motorola Moto G Late 2015 8GB, white

 

The Moto G 's been around for a couple of years, but last year's version lacked faster LTE in the US (a global version with LTE has been available since April). This new model adds a lot more than just LTE: it's got better front and rear cameras, has...

The new Moto G has improved design, water resistance and a stepped-up camera. The design and hand feel are great, and the battery lasts more than a full day.

Processor speed lags if you're trying to do many things at once. The entry-level version (8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM) is too underpowered compared to the slightly pricier step-up model.

With added water resistance and a better camera, the LTE-enabled Moto G is one of the best affordable unlocked smartphones around right now.

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Motorola Moto G ( 2015)

 

The 2015 version of the Moto G sees a welcome return of 4G LTE. This fourth generation is visually identical to last year's model, with the same 5-inch, 720p display and 1.2GHz quad-core processor slumbering beneath. It's updated to the latest version...

The Motorola Moto G's big, bright screen makes movies more immersive, the pure Android Lollipop experience is easy to use and both the camera and the battery put in decent performances.

Processor power is underwhelming, even for a budget phone, which makes operation sluggish at times.

The big screen, 4G LTE data speeds and low price make the Motorola Moto G a solid choice both for people who want to watch movies on the move and for smartphone newbies.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: (phonearena.com)

Motorola Moto G (2015) Review

 

We can't forget how Motorola popularized the mid-range segment with the original Moto G, but their latest offering is aiming to continue the legacy of delivering exceptional value and performance. Even with thick competition already in the midst, the...

Can’t beat its $180 starting price ; IPX7 certification for water resistance ; Customizable design courtesy of Moto Maker ; Near stock Android experience ; Motorola software enhancements continue to be meaningful ; Outstanding battery life ; Good call...

Super long recharge time ; Sharp tone with speaker at the loudest volume ; Weak 1080p video recording quality ; Choppy graphics processing

It’s only getting tougher for phones in the mid-range category to make an indelible mark in the industry, especially when the last few months have yielded some awesome and value-conscious phones already. For the third-generation Moto G, however, it...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Lucian Armasu (tomshardware.com)

Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) Review

 

Motorola discovered a winning formula when it released the original Moto G in the fall of 2013. Based on stock Android and free of the bloatware that usually clutters the app drawer, it offered a compelling user experience for less than $200. At the...

Battery life • Expandable storage • LTE • Performance • Price

Hazy display coating • 32-bit OS • Non-removable battery

The Moto G (3rd gen) is a significant upgrade over the previous generation in every way that matters. Battery life is excellent and it comes with some of the best cameras available for its price. System performance is good, but hardcore gamers will be...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Grant Hatchimonji (brighthand)

Motorola Moto G Review (3rd Gen): Good & Cheap

 

Put simply: starting at $180 unlocked, the third-generation Motorola Moto G is the epitome of “bang for your buck.”

Motorola’s software offering, even if it is a little handicapped ; Great battery life ; Extremely affordable

Chunky build ; Not all of Motorola’s fancier software features available ; Middling camera

It’s amazing how much you can get for so little these days. The third generation Moto G, which provides users with the second-most-recent version of Android, a 5-inch display, great battery life, Motorola’s useful (but unobtrusive if you don’t want...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Tim Schiesser (techspot)

Motorola Moto G (2015) Review

 

After delivering the best budget smartphone in 2013 and 2014, Motorola is going for the hat trick with this year's Moto G. It still costs $180 and it still features great hardware for the price. One of the biggest updates to the Moto G in this year's...

Great improvements to performance, battery life and the camera. Solid, water resistant design now with Moto Maker customizability. All models now come with LTE. Excellent value for money.

Regression in display quality. Motorola’s camera app is terrible.

After a couple of weeks using the 2015 Moto G, it’s safe to say that, once again, this entry-level handset is one of the best on the market today. This third-generation model packs some decent improvements over its predecessor, and although it’s not a...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: S21 (s21.com)

Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen review

 

The third generation Moto G is a competent mid-range Android phone with colourful, changeable covers. It's a good all-rounder with a nice camera and good battery life.

We can't get very excited by the 3rd Gen Moto G. It's a competent performer, with no significant weaknesses, but it's not an outstanding phone either. The mid-range is an uneventful arena, with few surprises and lots of safe plays. You won't go wrong...

Aug, 2015

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2470
Battery performance:2470
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Call Management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):13
Maximum frame rate:30 / 60
Night mode: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:5
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:Exmor R
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Head SAR:0.675
Head SAR (EU):0.675

Design

Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IPX7
Protection features:Water Resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5
Display Resolution:1280 x 720
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor: Yes
Pixel density:294
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:1 / 2

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

FM radio: Yes
Video compression format:H.264, MPEG4
Video compression formats:H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.264,MPEG4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+,UMTS / UMTS,HSPA+
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Battery pack: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Graphics:Adreno 306
Graphics adapter:Adreno 306
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
On-board graphics adapter model:Adreno 306
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:5.1.1
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor:410 / MSM 8916
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.4
Processor model:410 / MSM 8916

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:5.1.1

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:1024 / 2048
Internal storage capacity:16 / 8
Maximum memory card size:32
RAM capacity:1 / 2
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search, YouTube / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.457
Height:5.59
Weight:5.47
Width:2.85