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Moto G (2014) vs. Moto G: comparison of the budget beasts

Motorola unveiled its next generation of Moto G at IFA 2014 and has decided to fore-go any tricky naming conventions and keep the name the same. While the name might be the same, the hardware found in the updated version of the device is definitely different. How different, you ask? Take a look at our comparison of the original Moto G and the Moto G (2014)

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The new Moto G (2014) on the left and the old Moto G on the right: the difference is in the details.  / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G (2014) vs. Moto G: Design

The new edition of the Moto G doesn’t change anything ground breaking when it comes to the design of the device but offers some subtle differences. The basic cornerstones of the Moto design are still there and the biggest differences are found in the size of the device and the size of the speakers. The new Moto G comes in with a 5 inch display and has two front speakers which are contrasted quite well against the dark edges. In contrast, the old Moto G had a 4.5 inch display and the front speakers were camouflaged. As well, with the new display size, the new Moto G comes in 1 centimeter larger and 5 millimeters wider.

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The old Moto G (left) and the new Moto G side by side. / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G (2014) vs. Moto G: Display

As stated above, the display size on the Moto G has been increased to 5 inches but the resolution remains the same at 1280 x 720 pixels. As such, the Moto G has a lower pixel density and sits at 294 ppi, compared to the 326 ppi of the older version. However, our first impression with the display was positive and, at least subjectively, it seems to be much crisper when compared to its predecessor.

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The display of the new Moto G: Less pixel density, but still super crisp. / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G (2014) vs. Moto G: Hardware

The processor in the new Moto G is basically a mirror image of the older version: a Snapdragon 400 processor that clocks in at 1.2 gigahertz and that comes with 1 GB of RAM. While these hardware specs definitely place both Moto Gs in the lower to mid-range for smartphone specifications, we were surprised by the performance of both devices in our initial tests. This can most likely be attributed to Motorola’s idea of shipping devices without excessive bloat ware built in and relying on an almost pure Android experience.

Moto G (2014) vs. Moto G: Camera

This is the biggest gain for the new Moto G. The camera resolution has been bumped up to 8 mega pixels, from 5 megapixels, and places the Moto G more on par with some of the higher end devices on the market when it comes to its camera. The camera software itself hasn’t been changed, so you can expect the same experience that you would with the original Moto G but with a better camera sensor.

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The camera on the new Moto G comes in at a resolution of 8 megapixels. / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G (2014) vs. Moto G: Battery

The battery hasn’t been touched either in the Moto G, although we would have assumed since the display got bumped up a bit that Motorola would have had a bit more space to play with a larger sized battery. How the change in display size from 4.5 to 5 inch will affect the battery life, that will still need to be tested out.

Moto G (2014) vs. Moto G: Technical Specifications

  Motorola Moto G (2014) Motorola Moto G
System Android 4.4 KitKat Android 4.4 KitKat
Display 5.0 inches (720 x 1280 pixels, 294 ppi) 4.5 inches (720 x 1280 pixels, 326 ppi)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz, Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz, Quad-Core
Internal memory  8 / 16 GB + microSD 8 / 16 GB
Accumulator 2,070 mAh 2,070 mAh
Camera 8 MP (rear), 2 MP (front) 8 MP (rear), 2 MP (front)
Connectivity HSPA, WiFi, Bluetooth HSPA, WiFi, Bluetooth
Dimensions 141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm
Weight 149 g 143 g


While our initial thoughts on the new Moto G indicate that not much has changed, the closer the look, the more we really like the changes that Motorola has brought to the table. Sure, the technical data packed into the smartphone hasn’t been modified much, but everything that has brings some new life into the device: a larger display, microSD card expansion, and a better camera.

While it may not be enough for you to shell out the bucks to upgrade directly from the old Moto G to the new, it’s definitely bringing more bang for your buck if you’re looking for a moderately priced smartphone from a reputable manufacturer.  


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  • banger Dec 4, 2014 Link to comment

    I've tested my moto g 2014 against the s5 mini I put it through some right stress test and the moto g trumped the s5 mini the mini started to stutter while the moto g sailed through (not perfect ) but better than a £350 Samsung phone while I payed £ 140 .go figure :)

  • Moto G has an 5 MP primary camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera. Thanks!

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    Yanwyn Sep 11, 2014 Link to comment

    I think it's good that Motorola had success with the Moto G, and that they have brought out a new variation. Mine is the 4G LTE which is the middle child in the Moto G family. I am quite content with it and he's still quite new, and so I feel no compulsion to "upgrade". If I was to do so it would be for the new Moto X, but that would depend on whether Telstra had got over whatever their problem was with Google, and stock Motorola phones again. Otherwise I'm quite happy with my Moto G 4G LTE.

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