Moto E vs. Moto G – Well priced smartphones

The Moto G is very successful device that offers good performance for a budget price. With the release of the Moto E, Motorola is now offering an entry level device for an even smaller price tag. The two can’t be considered on the same level but if you are planning to buy one or the other, this review might help you decide to choose the best for your needs and pocket.

Moto G

The Moto G is targeted at mainstream users who need a smart device for every day web surfing, multimedia applications and casual gaming with a good enough battery to keep everything running for a whole day.  The Moto G comes with a modest plastic design and a decent built quality. Its look won’t turn any heads that’s for sure. The screen on the device however is pretty decent, boasting a 4.5-inch 720 x 1280 resolution display at 326ppi, it’s not full HD but its sharpness is satisfying. Having a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM makes it more than just a budget phone. It will perform well in most games that you can find on the app market right now.

The Moto G comes equipped with a 5MP camera with autofocus, touch focus, burst mode and HDR amongst other features. For those of you who make a lot of video calls the Moto G also comes with a 1.3 MP font-facing camera. The device currently runs on Android 4.4.2 and hopefully Google will roll out further updates for it in the future. The battery of the Moto G is a Li-Ion 2070mAh cell that should give you up to 24 hours of talk time. Quite impressive for a mid-range device.

Specs:

  • 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm (5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 in)
  • 4.5-inch IPS LCD 720 x 1280px display, 326ppi
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  •  Adreno 305
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8/16GB storage
  • no microSD support
  • 5 MP, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging, HDR, panorama video 720p@30fps
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB v2.0, USB Host
  • 2070mAh non-removable battery

Moto E

Motorola’s newest entry level device just made its debut recently but it’s becoming very popular. The most attractive part of the device is its price tag of $129. It’s promoted as “made to last” and priced for all” by the company and judging by its design it might be so. The Moto E is not a fancy device but it’s practical and does its job well.

The Moto G ships with a 4.3-inch display capable of 540 x 960px resolution and 256ppi pixel density. It won’t win any awards for its screen but on the upside it should be more power efficient. Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chip with a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor and 1GB of system memory. The internal storage size of the Moto E is only 4GB but fortunately it is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The Moto E is also using Android 4.4.2 as its OS. It has no secondary camera but it comes with a 5MP main camera, useful for some casual photography. The Moto E comes with a 1980mAh battery that can be considered quite large for its specs.

Specs:

  • 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm (4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 in)
  • 4.3-inch LCD 540 x 960px display, 256ppi
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  •  Adreno 302
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • 5 MP, autofocus, touch focus, geo-tagging, video 854×480@30fps
  • no front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB v2.0
  • 1980mAh non-removable battery

Conclusion

The Moto G is obviously the better one between the two, but that’s not surprising considering it’s a mid tear device. The Moto E is a solid entry level smartphone that may provide more than its competition. But as always it all comes down to what you need and we made this comparison to make it easier for you to decide between the two. If you don’t play a lot of games or use demanding apps the Moto E will fit you just fine. No need to spend more for something that you have no need for. If you are looking for close to high-end device then go with the Moto G, it will offer much more than what its price would suggest. Both are a good investment at the moment but if you want something more future-proof go with the Moto G.