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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  • Pissedoffyouth - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    I was going to get this but got the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 instead. If you're in Europe, that smokes this phone in every way for cheaper. £125 for 5.5 1080p screen, SD615, 2GB RAM/16GB.

    only £4 for unlock code on ebay too.
  • kspirit - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    I love it when you guys post reviews this soon after the device comes out. <3
  • spbx - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    everyone forgot that this using vanilla android with fasr updates from motorola. I just hope that still remains even lenovo changed moto software dept.
  • EnzoFX - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Yeah this is definitely a selling point to consider. Aside from the practicality of the device, the balances it strikes, those flip covers that are so functional and popular too haha, it's about the only thing in it's price range that promises an almost stock interface and prompt updates. It's like having Nexus device. This is why I consider Motorola. Shame about the display this time around though... wonder how bad it really is side-by-side.
  • Moto1 - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

  • Moto1 - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    No fast updates! I have FIRST gen and ZERO updates. F@#k Motorola
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Thursday, August 20, 2015 - link

    Unless you bought your phone non-carrier-locked, you're blaming the wrong entity. I'm not saying Motorola has been as expeditious as I would have liked, but if your phone is still on KitKat it's Cricket or whomever's fault.
  • hans_ober - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Can you try charging it with a different (high amp) charger and report back? Most people aren't gonna use the charger included.
  • Brandon Chester - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Actually it's likely that they will. Consumers buying these phones are not likely to have several chargers from previous devices laying around, and any that they do have would obviously be of a similar wattage because most OEMs ship these sub-5W with their non-flagship devices.
  • hans_ober - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Ok you're right, but it would be really nice (and helpful) if you could update the review with a high amp charger, which would show an improvement one could gain from getting a better charger, since the phone is not the limiting factor.. Some other markets are shipping ~1A chargers.

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