Motorola Moto G 4G Review: Going Fast: Multimedia: Gallery, Players, FM, Audio Quality

By 02:02 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments

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 capturing camera roll.

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.

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 utilize 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.

Video player

Streaming videos to a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) enabled TV is available. One way to go about this is to share your multimedia content over fine ol' DLNA technology OR you can mirror your device's classy screen to the TV via the Miracast protocol (by casting your classy 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.

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 Wireless Fidelity (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.


From the Settings key you can acquire 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.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS

The Frequency Modulation (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.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

Very fine 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 remarkable 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 fine 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 imprint 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-


Motorola Moto G 4G (headphones attached)+0.15, -1.10-91.991.80.014


Motorola Moto G+0.08, -0.85-


Motorola Moto G (headphones attached)+0.10, -1.03-


Motorola Moto X+0.25, -1.12-91.691.70.0029


Motorola Moto X (headphones attached)+0.24, -1.08-91.491.40.012


Oppo R819+0.04, -0.09-92.492.30.017


Oppo R819(headphones attached)+0.58, -0.13-


Nokia Lumia 625+0.13, -0.10-90.390.30.013


Nokia Lumia 625 (headphones attached)+0.24, -0.00-


Samsung Galaxy Alpha+0.01, -0.04-96.692.80.0058


Samsung Galaxy Alpha (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.01-95.792.70.013


Samsung Galaxy S5 mini+0.03, -0.04-92.690.70.016


Samsung Galaxy S5 mini (headphones attached)+0.23, -0.05-86.786.20.052


HTC One mini 2+0.02, -0.09-94.893.80.010


HTC One mini 2 (headphones attached)+0.08, -0.03-94.993.80.028


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

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.



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