GPU Performance

While CPU performance has improved significantly in low-end and mid-range smartphones, the same can't be said of GPU performance. Adreno 306 is really just a variant of Adreno 305, which we have covered time and time again in reviews of Snapdragon 400 devices. I already discussed in my Moto E review that I'm not happy with the graphics performance in Snapdragon 410 and with the GPU configuration in the Moto G being exactly the same there won't be any significant changes to graphics performance.

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Graphics

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Physics

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Overall

Due to the way 3DMark calculates its overall score, it's not possible for a device to pull ahead based on the score of one test being substantially higher than the other. Because of this, the Moto G's improvement in the physics test doesn't lead to it coming on top overall due to its slightly lower graphics score. I would just attribute the lower graphics test score to testing variance, and so in reality the Moto G will be slightly faster than the Moto E or older Moto G in any physics heavy games.

BaseMark X 1.1 - Dunes (High Quality, Onscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Hangar (High Quality, Onscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Dunes (High Quality, Offscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Hangar (High Quality, Offscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Overall (High Quality)

Driver bugs had previously prevented me from running BaseMark X on Snapdragon 410 devices. This appears to have been resolved, as the test runs and completes on the Moto G. There's not much to be said about the scores, which are at the bottom of the charts in every single test.

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Offscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Offscreen)

As expected, performance in GFXBench on the new Moto G is essentially identical to that of other Adreno 305/306 devices. Unfortunately they all share a space at the very bottom of each chart, and end up being between 1/3 and 1/2 the speed of the Adreno 405 GPU in Snapdragon 615.

When I reviewed the Moto E I gave the GPU performance a pass because the phone sold for $100-130. With the Moto G priced as high as $219 for the high end model, I have to say that $30 more gets you the Huawei P8 Lite which uses Snapdragon 615 and Adreno 405 which is substantially faster. There's not much Motorola could do about this apart from using a completely different SoC, but obviously that wasn't a possibility when building a device that does start at $179 even if it scales up to $219. I just hope that we see some improvement in GPU performance on devices at this price point in the near future.

NAND Performance

Flash memory performance can often be an invisible performance bottleneck when applications are running in the background, writing files, or performing updates. Low-end and mid-range devices often suffer from very poor NAND performance which can cause stuttering or slowness whenever there's heavy I/O activity occurring.

Internal NAND - Random Read

Internal NAND - Random Write

Random read speeds on the Moto G are much faster than the Moto E or the Huawei P8 Lite. They're certainly not the fastest on record, but they're at the point where I wouldn't worry about them causing performance problems in most circumstances. The random write speed is a very curious case, with it being faster than every other device on record. There doesn't appear to be any problem with the testing, and it seems that the Moto G's NAND simply has relatively fast random write speeds.

Internal NAND - Sequential Read

Internal NAND - Sequential Write

Sequential read speeds on the Moto G are faster than other mid range phones, but not as fast as the Zenfone 2 or flagship Android devices. Sequential writes sit right in the middle of the chart and are around the same speed as the NAND in LG's flagship devices. Whether it's random or sequential access I don't expect users will encounter any performance issues on the Moto G caused by poor NAND performance.

System Performance Display
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  • mmrezaie - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Which one: Should I go with this, Moto X Play, or new Nexus 5? Reply
  • boozed - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    I think you should get the iPhone 7 mini. Reply
  • mmrezaie - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    I was almost going to get iphone for battery balance but I really cannot take he appalling interface!!! I understand others may disagree with me. Reply
  • RaLX - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    I agree with you, the iPhone is a nice piece of hardware but iOS feels now noticeable rigid, restricted and antiquated compared with Android 5.1+. Reply
  • Samus - Thursday, August 20, 2015 - link

    I think Android is suffering from "Metro-syndrome" where it's interface is changing so radically that it's actually jarring to jump between versions or support the damn things in the workplace. Every single Android phone is different.

    If Google knew what was good for them, they would do what Apple does and a) put an end to carrier/manufacture bloatware b) standardize the interface, specifically, the settings menu c) standardize the stock apps such as Calendar, Contacts, Mail.

    Ask any IT department and they will unanimously tell you they'd rather support iOS, WinMo or even Blackberry devices over Android because at least they are all standardized.
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  • jospoortvliet - Thursday, August 20, 2015 - link

    I do not disagree but it doesn't take away the point that the new iOS interface is already outdated compared to Android 5.x/material design. Reply
  • LoganPowell - Friday, November 27, 2015 - link

    Well, I think choosing a phone really depends on someone owns preference. But between the two...I recommend going to for the highly rated phones (like http://www.consumerrunner.com/top-10-best-phones/ for example) Reply
  • barleyguy - Saturday, August 22, 2015 - link

    Android is an open source OS. Google has no legal standing to tell the carriers to do anything, or not do anything. They could bribe them, which they have in some ways done by having "Google Play Editions".

    As far as a phone recommendation in the $200 range, my choice would be the LG G2. I realize it's 2 years old, but it's a faster SOC than the phone reviewed in this article, obliterates it in GPU performance, has excellent battery life, and has a 1080p screen.
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  • Brianbeastsu - Sunday, August 23, 2015 - link

    Ive been thinking of getting the G2 but feared it would feel completely dated and slow......Just as a nice backup device....I have nexus 6 now but for instances where I need long life I thought it would be a nice and cheap alternative......Has any phone ever had better battery life? Anyone that I have talked with that owned it says its incredible Reply
  • mwarner1 - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    If you mean the LG G2 (and not the 2nd gen Moto G) it won't feel underpowered at all - the SoC is the still very fast Snapdragon 800 and the 1080P IPS display is really very good. I have owned both the G2 and G3 and personally I much prefer the G2. Reply

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