Review: #FestivalFreedom with Moto G & Giveaway!

Between outdoor music festivals, concerts, day trips to the beach, laying in the park reading books and listening to music, travel, and everything else in between, my summer’s can get quite hectic. Factor in my job, which requires me to be connected most of the time, and you can imagine my phone (and especially its battery) tend to be put to good use. To really get the most out all of my summer plans I need a phone with a great camera and exceptional battery life. I also need to make sure I’m connected at all times to get work done on the go. Earlier this summer I was given a new Moto G phone to help me conquer the summer. My task was clear: test the Moto G at some of Toronto’s best concerts and outdoor festivals to see if it provided “festival freedom”.

My #FestivalFreedom criteria was as follows:

  • Battery must last all day long – and then some!
  • A great camera to capture Instagram and blog-worth images
  • Bright, clear display that is easy to read in the sun
  • Favourite social apps are available for download – including Instagram, Snapchat, and a slew of other social apps
  • Fast – so that I don’t have to take my eyes off the action!

The Moto G certainly measures up on paper! Some of the specs: 

  • All-day battery
  • 4.5″ Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen display
  • 5MP rear camera with 4x digital zoom and LED flash
  • HD video
  • Moto G FM radio
  • Changeable, colourful backs/shells
  • Android 4.4 with quad-core speed
  • Comes unlocked (can be used on any service provider)

I put the Moto G to the test at OVO Fest, Corona SunSets, and Riot Fest and I have really been impressed with its performance. I have never used an Android phone before and was worried the set up process would turn me off completely, but it was quick and easy to get the phone set up the way I wanted it. Even with heavy use the Moto G’s battery lasted all day and once I got used to the camera, photos came out crisp and clear. My favourite part about the photos is that they are automatically synced to your Google account so I can access the photos from my computer or phone at any time.

Here are some of the photos from festivals I put the Moto G to the test at: 

The phone has also done a lot of travelling with me this summer, including trips to New York (twice), Nova Scotia, and will be coming with me to Montreal in a few weeks The Moto G impressed me so much that I am in the process of switching my phone permanently. Goodbye iPhone!

The best part – the phone retails at a low $249.99 and is free on most 2-3 year contracts available with service providers. You can buy it online here.

Win a Brand New Moto G Phone!

Experience Festival Freedom for yourself with your own Moto G. Enter using the widget below. At a minimum, you must leave a blog post comment telling me the feature you think provides the most “Festival Freedom”. You can gain extra entries using social media. Contest closes September 15, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

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82 Comments

  1. Danielle
    September 9, 2014 / 9:18 am

    I think it’s the battery life. I have a very short battery life and it’s a huge pain

  2. j4m3z
    September 9, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Long battery life is essential.

  3. El Granto
    September 9, 2014 / 10:00 am

    Picture and sound quality are very important to me but I have to agree that battery life is paramount!

  4. Lindsay McCain
    September 9, 2014 / 10:46 am

    The battery life!

  5. September 9, 2014 / 11:03 am

    Well obviously the All Day Battery. 😉

  6. 618mo
    September 9, 2014 / 11:57 am

    The camera

  7. SUMMER PLEWES
    September 9, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    Tough tough call!! I mean, pictures are a definite must there and so is music/sound to record.. but lets face it, with no batter, none of that happens. So I have to say battery.. (I almost wrote ” I have to charge battery lol )

  8. vilmark
    September 9, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    has to be the battery, without it nothing else is possible

  9. Lee-Ann
    September 9, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    definitely the battery

  10. blessedta
    September 9, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    the 5MP camera

  11. jonnieh
    September 9, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    I think the battery offers the most #FestivalFreedom

  12. ginette4
    September 9, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    For me it would be the camera

  13. Lushka Smith
    September 9, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    The battery life

  14. September 9, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    Battery! I need a phone that lasts me all day, even with social media use.

  15. Elis B.
    September 9, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    battery life

  16. Vanessa G
    September 9, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    BATTERY LIFE!

  17. Courtney
    September 9, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    Definitely looking for a phone that will hold a charge and I have been curious about trying out Andriod for a while.

  18. Brenda Penton
    September 9, 2014 / 7:33 pm

    Battery life. I hate having my battery die mid-day

  19. seham
    September 9, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    battery life

  20. Jolie
    September 9, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    Battery life all the way!

  21. Jenny Major
    September 9, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    battery life

  22. Bree
    September 9, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    Battery life!

  23. julie_bolduc
    September 9, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    The battery life for sure I stress all the time its goung to die on me when I need it most

  24. stacey dempsey
    September 9, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    I would say the camera as you can bring a portable charger but having good pictures is priceless

  25. sara rai
    September 9, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    The battery life for sure.

  26. Yuen Ch
    September 9, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    The battery life!

  27. stephanie
    September 10, 2014 / 7:14 am

    Camera. Memories are priceless.

  28. ann w
    September 10, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Love the 5MP camera

  29. Amy Heffernan
    September 10, 2014 / 9:20 am

    The battery life! 🙂 Thanks!

  30. lori b
    September 10, 2014 / 11:52 am

    the battery life

  31. karla
    September 10, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    The 5MP camera!! Always great to have a phone that takes great pics,,never know when you may want to take pic of something 🙂

  32. September 10, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    You know I”m always in the market for a new Smartphone.

  33. SandyT
    September 10, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    The amazing camera!!!

  34. Lori Jackson
    September 10, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Hands down the battery life….I know all of us are constantly charging our phones!

  35. Lisa Knox Neutel
    September 10, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Without a doubt the battery life ..so amazing

  36. Courtney
    September 10, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    The camera!! That way you only need to carry the phone and not an additional camera

  37. Kristine E
    September 10, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    I love the battery life!

  38. Tammy D
    September 10, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    The battery life is awesome

  39. suzquiz
    September 10, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    I think its the battery life

  40. Lori Bazan
    September 11, 2014 / 6:20 am

    I love the camera features…good picture quality!

  41. Karine
    September 11, 2014 / 9:34 am

    The camera has an amazing quality!

  42. angela mitchell
    September 11, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    I’ve heard the battery life is great on these phones.

  43. Kate P.
    September 11, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    Good photos are a must! You want to be able to look back and think how fun everything was, not ‘what band was that?’

  44. Megan
    September 11, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    I would have to say the 5MP camera! Those are some really awesome pictures!

  45. September 11, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    I would have to say the camera. It is very important for pictures to come out great.

  46. teeslee
    September 11, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    The battery life so that it can last all day.

  47. Heidi C.
    September 12, 2014 / 3:28 am

    The camera is important so that you will have great photos. You can always charge on the go :).

  48. Linda
    September 12, 2014 / 8:23 am

    The battery life so you can use it all day.

  49. Ed Burtin
    September 12, 2014 / 10:35 am

    Battery life, for sure!

  50. Katie
    September 12, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Battery life!

  51. Tim
    September 12, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Camera!

  52. Maggie Cheung
    September 12, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    Battery life! That is #1 for me!

  53. christina07
    September 12, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    the battery life

  54. Graham Rowlands
    September 12, 2014 / 5:05 pm

    As a current iPhone user, battery of course

  55. Benjamin D.
    September 12, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    Battery life, 5MP camera is great and all but having it die in the middle of an event sucks. I’ll rather take crappy pics than having no pics at all 🙂

  56. Kim
    September 12, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    love your review, short and to the point!

  57. Em Vee
    September 12, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    battery but since I carry a mophie, I’ll say the camera

  58. Jasna Malobabic
    September 13, 2014 / 1:10 am

    Battery life!

  59. Eugenio Oliveira
    September 13, 2014 / 8:43 am

    Battery life.

  60. September 13, 2014 / 9:41 am

    Both battery life or the 5MP camera
    I also like the Moto G FM radio & love Android

  61. Eldon L
    September 13, 2014 / 4:55 pm

    I like the battery life

  62. Jean Yau
    September 13, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    You should review the new Moto G!

  63. AmandaSakovitz
    September 13, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    I think the battery!

  64. Thomas Murphy
    September 13, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    I like the 5MP camera

  65. September 13, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    Definitely the battery life! All too often, my battery dies before the end of the show.

  66. Jenn E
    September 14, 2014 / 4:52 am

    the battery life for sure because there are no outlets at festivals and there is no time to spare waiting for your phone to charge! 😉

  67. Pam Wood Humphrey
    September 14, 2014 / 7:42 am

    It is definitely the camera..how many times have I been at an event with a crappy camera

  68. mami2jcn
    September 14, 2014 / 11:59 am

    I like the battery life.

  69. Wendy Hutton
    September 14, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Battery life

  70. juepucta
    September 14, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    battery life, for me

  71. Austin Baroudi
    September 14, 2014 / 4:18 pm

    Definitely the camera!
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  72. Moongazing
    September 14, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    The 5MP camera!

  73. Fan Rakhim
    September 14, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    Battery life, of course!

  74. mindy
    September 14, 2014 / 7:09 pm

    the camera, for taking pictures of all the shiny motorcycles at the rallies!

  75. Andrew Pham
    September 14, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    Battery Life wins!

  76. aly3360
    September 15, 2014 / 7:37 am

    The battery life is a great feature. Nothing like your device dieing half way through the day!

    – Amber Y

  77. Julia
    September 15, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Battery life for #FilmSetFreedom – no more having to charge up at
    random locations!

  78. Jessicur
    September 15, 2014 / 10:38 am

    I have been very happy with my Android up until the last year or so. It is so old that the screen shuts off for no reason and sometimes It just shuts off for no reason then says the battery is dead.

    It would be nice to have a phone that takes decent pictures and doesn`t say the “battery is at 2%“ an hour after taking it off the charger. How is one supposed to capture the moment when their phone can`t even stay on for an hour? #dailyproblems

  79. dclub20
    September 15, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    best feature is the cheap price so if i lose it i can replace it easily

  80. Cindy Babcock
    September 15, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    Battery life! Mine only lasts a couple hours of heavy use these days.

  81. Cara
    September 15, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Great battery life