The Galaxy Core was a decent, but not a great phone in the budget class.
Now, Samsung aims to build on some of the successful principles of the device, and deliver an improved and better handset in the class. But can it dethrone the king of the budget class, the Moto G2? We try to find out as we break down the specs and features of the devices.
Design and Display
The Core 2 reminds us of some of the early Samsung devices, namely the Galaxy S2. The device is a bit more solid, with flat screen and round edges. The color options include black and white and both benefit from the silver cover on the sides, making the device look a bit more premium. The downside of the Core 2 is the screen display, which is a 4.5 inch TFT touchscreen. However, even for a budget phone, the resolution of 480x800pixels and density of 207 ppi is way too little. Dimensions of the device are: 130x68x9.8 and it weighs 138 grams. With a minimalistic design, the G2 is one beautiful phone. One difference between the two is that Motorola has placed the home button on the touchscreen, while Samsung uses a physical button located below the display. The Moto G2 delivers one of the sharpest displays in the budget class, with size set at 5 inches and the resolution set at 720×1280 pixels. The density of the device is 294ppi. The 5 inch screen display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Other measures of the handset are: 141x71x11 and weighing 149 grams.
Hardware and Operating System
If the opponent was some other device, the Galaxy Core 2 might come out on top. However, the specs of the device are very budget like. Powered by a quad core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, the Core 2 delivers 768MB RAM memory and 4GB built in storage. Users can upgrade their memory by a microSD card, up to 64GB. In this case, the microSD card is mandatory, since 4GB is not enough for apps and pictures. The Moto G2 features the same Snapdragon quad core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, but other hardware specs are far superior. For example, the handset delivers 1GB of RAM memory and there are versions with 8 and 16GB of built in memory space. The microSD card, however, can add only 32GB of memory space. There is no difference in the OS, as both handsets run on the Android 4.4 KitKat, with no other skin or layers on top of it.
When it comes to camera specs, the Moto G2 comes on top again. One might think the difference is not that big, but the reality is that the extra 3-MP makes the difference between a good and a decent image. The G2 features an 8-MP camera on the back of the device, with LED flash and delivering pictures at 3264x2448pixels. The Core 2 has just a 5-MP sensor on the back, also with LED flash and delivering pictures at 2592×1944 pixels. Video recording is another area of difference, with the G2 recording 720p videos at 30fps, while the Core 2 able to record 480p videos at 30fps.
The battery found in both devices is a 2000 mAh battery. There is no info regarding how much talk time and standby mode it can deliver. However, considering the G2 features a larger display with more pixels, one can assume it drains more battery as well.
If price is the main issue, the choice is easily the Core 2. Considering the fact it is $40 cheaper, for those with lower budget it is still a decent device, priced at $190. However, if the budget allows it, the $230 priced Moto G2 is the better choice.