The first Moto G was a budget-friendly device with an enormous success. Motorola continued to release successors with improved specs and today we’ll be comparing the recently launched model, to see how different is from the 2014 model.
Compared to the previous model, the new Moto G has a more defined camera module, which was integrated into a metallic casing that also houses the LED flash and logo, stretching almost to half side of the back. In addition, the phone is IPX7 certified, which means that if will survive 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter under water, so if you accidentally drop it in the pool, the phone should be fine.
Another awesome thing about it is that you can customize its appearance, thanks to the Moto Maker program which enables you to select what front and back color, the accent color, and besides, you can engrave your name to the back.
The third generation Moto G is a bit bigger, but not much, measuring 142.1×72.4×11.6 mm and it weights 155grams. The predecessor measures 141.5×70.7×11 mm and it’s 6grams lighter.
This is the only thing that will frustrate you about the new model: it has the same screen size, resolution and pixel density, which means that you’ll get a 5inches IPS LCD screen that supports 720 x 1280 pixels at 294ppi. Luckily, the angles are very wide, the colors are bright enough and the screen is big enough to offer a decent gaming experience.
Hardware and OS
You’ll still get 1GB of RAM and an internal memory of 8GB, which can go up to 32GB, but luckily, the new Moto G has another variant with double RAM and storage. As for the processor, it’s slightly faster on the Moto G 2015, as it’s quad core Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.4GHz, and it’s supported by a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset that houses an Adreno 306 GPU. The Moto G 2014 has a quad core Cortex-A7 processor running at 1.2GHz, and it’s integrated into a Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset along with the previous Adreno 305 GPU.
So, you’ll have a little bit of more power at a reasonable price.
Regarding the OS, the new Moto G comes loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, while the Moto G 2014 was upgraded to 5.0.
Both cameras from the Moto G 2014 have been upgraded from 8MP to 13Mp and from 2MP to 5MP. In addition, the new model has dual-LED flash and auto HDR, and it’s capable to record 1080p videos at 30fps, while the Moto G 2014 shoots 720p videos at 30fps. The pictures will surely look better on the new model.
Motorola made another important upgrade to match the more power-hungry processor. Therefore, the battery was increased from 2,070 mAh to 2,470 mAh, and it lasts 24 hours under mixed usage.
The 8GB version of the Moto G 2015 costs $179, while the 16GB variant is $40 more expensive. The price of the Moto G 2014 has been reduced to $150, and it can be purchased from Amazon.