Motorola Moto G 2014 vs Moto G 2015

When the Motorola Moto G was first announced back in 2013, it took the smartphone industry by storm. It was one of the first smartphones that was affordably priced yet offered features that phones costing double couldn’t match.

In 2 years, smartphone business has changed drastically with brands like Xiaomi, Huawei and One Plus entering the market. Motorola phones in every price bracket were still value-for-money, but they couldn’t match the specifications that competitors offered in the same price bracket.

However, the big advantage of buying a Moto G is the clean version of Android, without the added bloatware. There are two advantages of having the slightly modified version of stock Android. One, the chances of users facing software issues is less and Moto G phones get the quickest updates after Google Nexus series of smartphones.

The 3rd generation of Moto G has quite a few improvements. Check out the spec-wise comparison.

Display: The display size, resolution and technology remains the same. 5 inch IPS display at 720 x 1280 resolution. Pixel density is fairly good at 294 ppi. Winner: Tie.

Device Size and Weight: The 2015 version of Moto G is slightly larger and thicker than its predecessor. Although the phone feels good in the hand, we weren’t too comfortable with the thickness (11.6mm) of the device. Winner: Moto G 2014.

Build Quality: The build quality has improved. The phone now features a metallic strip on the back, which makes it feel a little more premium. Winner: Moto G 2015.

Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)

Internal Storage: Remains the same. Two variants are available. 8GB and 16GB. The advantage of buying the 16GB variant is that it comes with 2GB RAM and the price difference is just Rs 1,000. Winner: Moto G 2015 16GB.

Processor: The processor is slightly faster. Unlike the previous generation Moto G which was powered by the Snapdragon 400 1.2 Ghz processor, the latest Moto G comes with Snapdragon 410 clocked at 1.4 Ghz: Winner: Moto G 2015.

RAM: 8GB variant comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB version comes with 2GB RAM. The price difference is Rs 1,000. No brainer, really. For just thousand rupees more, you get double internal storage and double memory. We highly recommend that you get the 16GB version. Winner: Moto G 2015 16GB.

Battery: The added thickness to the device is mainly because of the higher capacity battery. The Moto G 2015 has 2470 mAh battery, compared to 2070 mAh in last year’s version. Winner: Moto G 2015 16GB.

Camera: Motorola has bumped up the megapixel count. The 2015 Moto G comes equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera. In the past, picture quality from Moto G has always been a disappointment. Competing phones in the same price range, offer better camera optics. Having said that, the camera is definitely an improvement from the old Moto G. Winner: Moto G 2015.

Water Resistance: The new Moto G comes with ‘IPX7 Water Resistance’ certification. What that basically means is, your phone can be immersed in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 metre. We couldn’t test this, but we did watch a few videos on Youtube. The phone was working perfectly even after being immersed in water for 30 long minutes! Winner: Moto G 2015.

Availability: The Moto G 2015 is currently available on Flipkart for a price of Rs 11,999 (8GB) and Rs 12,999 (16GB). The older version has been discontinued.

 Motorola Moto G (2nd gen)Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)
Display Size5 inches5 inches
Display Resolution720 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
PanelIPS LCDIPS LCD
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Dimensions141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm
Weight149 grams155 grams
OSAndroid 5 LollipopAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop
System in ChipQualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 305Adreno 306
RAM1 GB1 GB, 2 GB
Storage8 GB8 GB, 16 GB
MicroSD card expansionup to 32 GBup to 32 GB
Primary Camera8 MP13 MP
Secondary Camera2 MP5 MP
Dual SIMYesYes
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP, LEv4.0, A2DP, LE
NFCNoNo
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared PortNoNo
USBmicroUSB v2.0, USB HostmicroUSB v2.0, USB Host
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassAccelerometer, proximity sensor
Battery2070 mAh2470 mAh
Removable BatteryNoNo

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