Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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This is a comparison between two budget phones with a similar design, but minor differences underneath their hoods. But don’t consider them a compromise if you ran out of cash and needed a new smartphone urgently. Both models are packed with great internal components, and you’ll be very satisfied of their performance.
Displays and dimensions
The Moto E is a few millimeters shorter than the Moto G, having physical dimensions of 124.8×64.8×12.3 mm and a total weight of 142grams. The Moto G weights 1gram more and it’s thinner and wider, measuring 129.9×65.9×11.6 mm. The display on the Moto E measures 4.3inches and the supported resolution is 540×960 pixels, with a pixel density of 256ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of it for protection against fine scratches. Moto G’s 4.5inches IPS LCD is slightly better because it’s capable of offering a resolution of 720×1280 pixels and a higher pixel density of 326ppi. This model also features Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
While both phones come with plastic chasings, you’ll be allowed to buy an interchangeable back cover in a different color, and the price of a shell like that costs 15 dollars or more.
Both devices are powered by a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, but the Moto G comes with four cores supported by a Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset, while the Moto E has two cores sitting on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset. The Moto G is using newer Adreno 305 graphics and its opponent, if we can name it like that, has Adreno 302 graphics. Both devices have 1GB of RAM, but different variants of internal memories. The Moto E had to make a compromise by offering 4GB of storage, but the micorSD card will compensate the difference of capacity by increasing it up to 32GB. The Moto G, on the other hand, comes with 8 or 16GB of storage, unexpandable, but Motorola is offering 50GB of Google Drive storage in the next two years, for free.
The Moto E came loaded with Android v4.4.2 (KitKat), and took a small step to v4.4.4 (KitKat), while the Moto G had v4.3 (Jelly Bean) and was upgraded to the same version, but in the future, both models will be among those devices that will receive v5.0 (Lollipop).
If you want to take awesome photos, you’d better buy a more advanced smartphone, because these devices don’t have high end features and the rear cameras have a low resolution of 5MP. But only the Moto G brings autofocus, LED flash and another camera on the front which is 1.3MP.
The batteries are not very different from each other. Only extra 90mAh makes the Moto G’s battery bigger than Moto E’s 1980 mAh battery, but they have a similar lifespan.
Both the Moto G and Moto E come with a splash-resistant coating, which means that they are water resistant, but with a lower degree of resistance. There is also a FM radio built-in, so if you get bored while wandering the streets, you can listen to your favorite radio station.
The Moto E costs 130 dollars, the Moto G 16GB variant is priced at 180 dollars and the 8GB variant is 20 dollars cheaper than it.