The moto g line from Motorola has been a mainstay of the industry since its initial launch in 2013. The line represents a balance between performance and price and the moto G24 on one of three of the latest moto g phones to launch in Australia

Priced at $229, the moto g24 offers a few extras over the moto g04 which Scott reviewed, and  comes in three colour choices with a water repellant body that includes a small camera bump for a dual camera array on the rear and a large IPS display on the front. 

Inside, there’s an octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB of on-board storage that can be bolstered with a microSD card. The camera array includes a large 50MP sensor and a massive 5,000mAh battery means you can work all day with no issues.

There’s three colour options for the moto G24, but Motorola have sent over the Pink Lavender option which I’ve been using it for the past two weeks. It’s a great price, but is it worth your money? Here’s how it went. 

Hardware and Design

As far as design goes, the moto g24 comes waltzing out of the gates with a surprisingly light design in an eye-catching colour that’s comfortable to hold.

The design isn’t anything out of the ordinary but the Pink Lavender colour option is eye-catching and has a matte finish that doesn’t show fingerprints. If the pink isn’t for you there’s also an Ice Green colour, however that matte charcoal is always there for anyone wanting something understated. 

The rear of the phone has the Motorola batwing ‘M’ logo in the centre, with a moulded raised camera island on the top left. 

There’s a TPU case included in the box, giving you some extra protection for free. While I enjoy the additional protection, the case doesn’t solve the problem of the camera bump causing the phone to rock when you tap the screen when it’s on the table, which is slightly annoying – though third-party case options may give better results. 

There’s the usual volume rocker on the right hand side of the phone with a fingerprint sensor enabled power button below. The fingerprint sensor can be a little hit and miss, though it did improve with retraining.

The SIM card slot is located on the left hand side of the phone, with the tray supporting dual nano SIM + a microSD card for expanding your storage. 

At the base of the phone is the USB-C port which is a fairly slow USB 2.0, and there’s a downward firing speaker next to it which pairs with the ear piece for stereo sound. 

For those who just love to plug in headphones, the moto G24 still comes with a headphone jack at the top of the phone – I still argue the bottom is better, but it has one! The phone also includes an FM Tuner that works well, especially in a stadium on game day. You will need to plug in headphones to use the radio as it acts as an antenna – though there’s none included in the box, so you’ll have to dig an old pair out. 

The audio isn’t excellent, though it works fairly well and does support Dolby Atmos. The Atmos support features options like clearer, optimised audio profiles including clearer speech and landscape stereo sound when you flip your phone to the side. 

Display 

The 6.56” IPS LCD display is bright and easy to read whether you’re indoors or out with a max peak brightness of 537nits, though it does have some fairly hefty bezels at the top and bottom.

The screen can support up to 90Hz refresh rate, which is set to auto by default as a way to manage performance and battery life. You can opt to force it to either 60Hz or 90Hz, with the 90Hz option warning you’ll impact your battery life. 

The tone of the display can also be altered, with a choice between a natural look or more saturated colours, which can also be manually adjusted on the colour wheel to your liking. 


Performance

The phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. 

The Helio G85 processor offers some decent grunt for the price range, and the phone includes a RAM Boost feature which swaps out storage for memory when required to boost performance at will. 

The end result is a phone which will happily handle the day-to-day basics including social media, web surfing, taking photos and of course texts and calls, though you will get some stuttering and lag from animations. 

Under load you will get these stutters, but once loaded apps generally handle pretty well. You can scroll through Instagram, Youtube or watch a movie on Netflix with no issues, but it may take a while longer to load. What the phone doesn’t handle well are intensive games. Gaming is fine for the basics – I played a lot of hole.io – but when it gets a little resource intensive – such as Minecraft – the performance suffers. 

At 128GB, the storage is fairly roomy, though can be filled relatively quickly with some 4K videos, games, movies etc. The option to bump the storage with a microSD card is an excellent option for storing media, including photos and videos.

I ran the phone through the usual Geekbench and 3DMark tests and here’s how it went.


Battery and Charging

There’s an absolutely massive 5,000mAh battery in the moto g24, with support for 15W charging, though there’s no charger. There also is no USB-C cable included in the box  – despite what the website says – an odd choice given how fast I seem to go through USB cables these days. 

The good news though is that the phone seems to last forever. I got into the second day quite easily, though I had to charge around halfway through the second day. That’s still excellent battery life for a modern day smartphone. 

The phone does support TurboPower ‘fast’ charging according to their website which will yield ‘hours of power in just minutes’. In my tests using a 100W PD charger, the phone was able to get 3% in 5 minutes, 10% in 15 minutes, 21% in 30 minutes and almost an hour and a half to hit 56% with close to 3 hours for a full charge – so the 15W charger is quite slow and you’re best off charging overnight. 

There’s also no support for wireless charging – which is admittedly rare at this end of the range, but I’d love to see it included. 

Camera

There’s a fairly decent 50MP main sensor on-board with a 2MP Macro sensor alongside on the rear, and an 8MP selfie camera embedded in a notch in the display. 

The camera is decent, without being exceptional. Shots in good light come out well, though taking the shots can be a balance of getting the angle right so that the white balance is working. It can be slow to transition the colours in the viewfinder, but overall the shots come out well if you take the time.

Low-light photography is hit and miss, with a decent result – though far from the top tier ‘Night Shot’ modes we see on flagship cameras. There’s a fair bit of noise in the shots, but overall, it’s a good shot for a $229 phone.

Software

Running Android 14 with the latest My UX experience, the moto g24 has a single OTA update out of the box, to bring it up to the March 5th security patch. Motorola have confirmed support for 3 years of bi-monthly security updates, however have not promised any ‘feature’/OS updates beyond Android 14 which is slightly disappointing. 

The My UX software is, as always, clean, fresh and unhindered by extraneous third-party apps. Instead you get helpful, meaningful inclusions like gesture support for quickly loading the camera or switching on the flashlight and more. I recently taught my father in-law these gestures on his Motorola phone and he’s adopted them pretty quickly. 

For some reason, Motorola has NOT installed the ‘Moto’ app on the moto G24, though all the functions to access theming, gestures and more  are still there, you just have to go through the settings menu.

Should you buy it? 


The Motorola moto g24 is a well priced phone with very few bells and whistles. What it does have is a simple, lightweight design that’s comfortable to use and has enough power to get you through your whole day, with enough grunt to handle your day to day business without any hassles. 

While the hardware powering the moto g24 is decent for the price range, there’s competition at this end of the market from the likes of Nokia with the G11, and OPPO with the A18 – as well as slightly higher end models for just a little more. There’s also the moto G34 for just $50 more. 

Overall, it’s a decent budget model phone. The performance could be better, but it does get the job done, and if the budget is tight – it’s a good choice.

The moto g24 is available now for $229 in Matte Charcoal, Ice Green and Pink Lavender. You can check it out at JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, Big W, The Good Guys, Bing Lee, Australia Post, and Amazon, Mobileciti and motorola.com.au.