Moto G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Exploring the Mid-Range Smartphone Segment

Owning a smartphone in the present times is very easy.

However, you have to be certain of your requirements and your budget. With a plethora of options in the smartphone arena, choosing the device suiting your requirements without burning a hole in your pocket has become relatively easier. Various companies such as Motorola and LG have introduced an array of smartphones in the medium range segment. As a result, the competition has become fierce in the smartphone arena. The big guns in the market also have to step down in the price department and launch medium-range smartphones.

Motorola and LG have released products in the medium range segment, in order to survive the cutthroat competition. The Moto G from Motorola and Optimus L9 from LG come in direct competition to each other. Let us put the two handsets against each other to determine a better handset available in the mid-range smartphone segment.

Design and Display

Design: Comparing the two smartphones in terms of design, the LG Optimus L9 handset comes at an exceptionally lightweight and thin profile. The handset weighs less than 120 grams and comes in 9.1mm of thickness. In comparison, the Moto G handset from Motorola comes with a thickness of 11.6mm and at a heavier weight of 140 grams. It is rather surprising from Motorola, as the company at one time has produced the thinnest handset available in the market, the Moto Razr.

Display: In terms of display, both the handsets comprise of a smaller 4.5-inch screen. However, both use an IPS panel. Regardless, the difference between the two in terms of screen comes in the form of the resolution offered by both the handsets. The Moto G offers 720p resolution, in comparison to the 540 x 960 pixels resolution offered by the LG Optimus L9 smartphone. In addition, the Motorola handset offers protection to the display using the latest branded Corning Gorilla Glass covering. In comparison, the LG handset comes equipped with an older version of protective covering on the display.

The Moto G handset offers a competent multimedia companion on various fronts.

Hardware, Camera specs and Battery Usage

Hardware: A quad core processor, running at a speed of 1.2GHz powers the Moto G handset. In comparison, the LG smartphone comes equipped with a dual core processor, running at a speed of 1GHz.

Memory: In terms of memory, the Moto G offers the user with 8GB and 16GB internal memory variants. However, the LG offers its users with 4GB of internal memory, which is lesser than most handsets available in the market. However, the external memory card slot redeems the lack of additional memory. The user can enhance the memory using a microSD card up to 64GB.

Camera: In terms of camera, both the handsets come equipped with a decent 5MP snapper. However, the Moto G camera is superior in terms of features as compared to the Optimus L9 handset. The Moto G comprises of panorama, HDR and stereo sound recording features, which are absent in the L9 handset. Regardless, the L9 camera comes with the ability to record Full HD video, whereas, the Moto G camera is limited to 720p video recording ability only.

The Moto G comes with a decent 1.3MP user-facing camera, as compared to the VGA user-facing camera on the Optimus L9 handset.

Battery: The Moto G comprises of a 2070 mAh battery unit, as compared to the 2150 mAh battery unit of the LG Optimus L9 handset. However, both handsets offer similar battery life in terms of usage.


The Moto G handset is available at a price of $240, whereas, the LG Optimus L9 handset is available for $170.


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