The affordable Moto G has been unveiled today in Brazil, and it’s the second smartphone with Google’s direct implications in the manufacture process after the Moto X. If both these smartphones interest you, then you’re probably wondering on how do they compare against each other. I recommend you to read some reviews for the Moto X to form an educated opinion.
What we need to make clear from the beginning is that these two phones are from different leagues, and carry different prices. The 8GB Moto G retails for only $179, which is probably the best Android deal I’ve seen in a while, but the Moto X is much more expensive at $549, probably because it is made in the United States. The Moto G is aimed at emerging markets, therefore it is available outside the United Stats in more countries. If you’re curious to see what are the differences between these two, read below to find out more.
Display and design
The Moto G screen is a tad smaller that the one on the Moto X, having a 4.5-inch LCD versus a 4.7-inch AMOLED panel. They are also very similar to each other when it comes to dimensions: the Moto G is 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm, while the Moto X is 129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4mm. We can observe that the Moto X is thinner by 1.2 mm, but it’s really not that much. The slightly increased thickness makes the Moto G a little heavier, weighing 143g in comparison to 130g, you definitely won’t feel those 13 grams in your hand. The Moto G also has a slightly curved back.
Processor and storage
You’d expect the Moto G to lose the processor fight, but no sir. Considering the price that it’s being offered at, the 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is more than enough and perhaps on par, if not better than Moto X’s 1.7GHz dual-core processor. The Moto X wins the RAM battle, though, with 2GB compared to Moto G’s 1 GB of RAM. The latter does come with 2GB of RAM though. While the Moto G comes in either 8GB or 16GB of on-board storage, the Moto X is available in 16GB or 32 GB. And both lack the option of expandable storage, but Google tries to remedy that with its offer of free Google Drive cloud storage.
Camera and Battery
Where the Moto X is the clear winner is in the camera field. With a 10-megapixel camera on the rear and a front-facing camera of 2.1-megapixels it leaves the Moto G far behind with its 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter. The Moto G also has a smaller battery of 2,070mAh compared to Moto X’s 2,200mAh one.
We can say that these two devices are not that different, but when you look at their prices, it’s obvious that the Moto G is a more sane choice. However, if you’re getting the smartphones on a contract, where prices should be similar, then the Moto X is the better choice, in my opinion. But, outside the United States, where you can customize it, the Moto X isn’t available.
Therefore, we can consider these two smartphones being similar, and depending on your location, you should opt for either the Moto G or the Moto X.Have a look at the image below with the specs battle between the Moto G and the Moto X to see more features confronted, courtesy of TheVerge.