1. dsgrnmcm's Avatar
    Evening all,

    I've just got a Moto G and m just swapping over from my IPhone 5s.

    The Moto G seems really slow when exploring the web and downloading apps from the play store, I seem to get a lot of errors and requests to re load.

    When I'm sat in the front room and using both phones the 5s connects and do loads but the Moto asks to re load or re connect????

    I've got ES file explorer, are there any other essential apps worth getting?
    12-23-2015 12:43 PM
  2. acejavelin's Avatar
    I carry a, iPhone 5s for work, so I have some insight...

    If your Moto G seems really slow, there is something else going on... Did you get the 1GB or 2GB version?

    TBH, for a low-mid range budget device, it is very quick and fluid, certainly as quick as my 5s. If you are getting errors and reload requests in the Play Store, that certainly seems like a connectivity issue... Are you using LTE or WiFi and have you done a speed test at all.

    For apps, that is all over the board... You will find lots of recommendations out there, but it really depends on your usage. Some I recommend:

    Google Photos - as an alternative to Gallery, it also can automatically backup photos to your Google account
    n7player or vlc - for playing local music, Play Music is decent but these are much more feature rich for local playing of media files
    Nova Launcher (Prime) - unless you really like the Google Now launcher, I recommend a 3rd party one, much more customization options (Apex, Next 3D, or any of a handful of others are excellent as well)
    Snapseed - an old standby for Android photo editing
    Evernote or Google Keep - for note taking and organization of those little bits of information (Keep is nice, ties to your Google acct and auto backup)
    SwiftKey - A keyboard replacement that is highly customizable (Perfect Keyboard and Swype are nice alternatives to try)
    Spotify or Pandora - Stream music online free
    Facebook and Messenger - if FB is your thing
    Google Drive - Online file storage, or your favorite one (DropBox, Box, etc)
    Accuweather - Better weather and widgets than Google Now
    GSAM Battery monitor - Nice battery monitor and widget for battery status
    My Paid Apps - a nice tool to see apps you purchased from Google Play store, the native interface can make it tough to find these
    Percent Enabler - Enable a little battery percentage number on the battery icon
    RingDroid - Make/edit MP3 files to be ringtones
    SMS Backup & Restore - Android does not have a native app to backup your text messages, this one will also push backups to your favorite cloud storage
    SoundHound - identify music in seconds
    Speedtest.net - Test internet connection speed
    UB Reader - A nice eBook reader
    ZIP Code Tools - Handy to lookup area codes, prefixes, zip codes, and other simple data

    Of course, anything else you happen to be into... Starbucks, BestBuy, Newegg, Walmart, Flickr, Instagram, theScore, Google Translate, Allrecipes Dinner Spinner, Ingress, Pokemon Shuffle, blah, blah, blah... there are literally millions of apps, it is hard to recommend without knowing more about how you use your device and for what stuff.
    12-23-2015 05:07 PM
  3. cupofcloud's Avatar
    Yeah, sounds like a connection issue to me.

    imho Nova Prime launcher is a must, Apex too although I've never tried it but heard it's just as good. Anyway, it's nice to be able to fully customize the environment of your phone, Nova is buttery smooth with brilliant transition options.

    A file Explorer is a must, ES should be fine. I use a small little one called Fo File manager.

    If you do a lot of writing to communicate on your phone, having a clipboard manager will help a TON. I use Clip On! it's free and has the right features I need.

    I found that Dock4Droid is an essential app for me. It might not be for everyone though.

    For browsing, if you care to be able to see Flash sites, Dolphin browser is a must.

    SwiftKey is great. Saves a lot of typing, after a while it seems as though it reads your mind with the 'next word' predictions.
    12-24-2015 10:42 AM
  4. bafare's Avatar
    If you got the 1gb ram then that is the problem. I have the 2gb of ram and the phone is great! I definitely recommend for you to exchange your phone and get the 2gb of ram version if you have the extra cash. You will be happy! I promise.

    Posted via the Android Central App on Moto G3 16/2 on $35 Cricket wireless plan.
    12-24-2015 12:43 PM
  5. Aryan Salooja's Avatar
    All of you are absolutely right. I too have the 2GB ram version and it is flawless. Real Racing 3 works better on my Moto when compared to my iPad. It seems to be a connectivity issue. I too sometimes face problems while accessing Play Store, but when I change my WiFi connection (I have two connections) it fixes. Sometimes, rebooting the phone also works. Hope you get your problem solved soon. 😊

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-26-2015 12:48 AM
  6. mohit9206's Avatar
    Do you think that Motorola must have set ram management settings differently between 1gb and 2gb models? Because it would only be useful if 2gb version lets you open more apps at once without closing others compared to 1gb model.
    12-26-2015 09:24 AM
  7. acejavelin's Avatar
    The 1GB and 2GB models have different factory ROM images, so I assume they use different settings for the different memory capacity... There isn't a reason to have a different image otherwise because the hardware is the same except RAM and storage.

    I have played with the 1GB version and have not found it laggy in normal use... I wouldn't just dump a perfectly good 1GB model just to get a 2GB one, I'd find the source of the lag.
    Leo Phillips likes this.
    12-26-2015 10:02 AM
  8. Just_Some_Nobody's Avatar
    Before letting everyone make you feel horrible for getting the 1GB version make sure its not a connection issue. I have the 2013 model with 1gb and never have what you describe and I beat that thing up.
    12-28-2015 07:59 AM
  9. acejavelin's Avatar
    Before letting everyone make you feel horrible for getting the 1GB version make sure its not a connection issue. I have the 2013 model with 1gb and never have what you describe and I beat that thing up.
    OP has to respond to anything in this post... We have know idea what they have. :/
    12-28-2015 08:14 AM

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