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Back in 2013, Google was making a good impression with its Nexus 5 flagship, which was created by LG, the company that will release a successor for this smartphone. Motorola focused on three Moto models: the “X”, which is a flagship, the “G”, which is a mid-range phone, and the “E”, which is more like a low-end phone with a very affordable price.

But, below, we’ll compare the Moto G 2014 model with the Nexus 5 and you’ll see which phone has better specs.

Designs and displays


The Nexus 5 is better looking, although it has a plastic back, likewise the Moto G. But, it’s slimmer (8.6mm compared to 11mm) and has a more attractive shape (floating arc design vs rectangular body with rounded corners and curved edges). The Nexus 5 is shorter at 137.9mm, compared to 141.5mm, and it has a screen (True HD IPS+) that measures 4.95 inches and supports 1080 x 1920 pixels with 445ppi. The Moto G is fitted with a 5inches IPS LCD screen that supports only 720 x 1280 pixels at 294ppi. Paradoxically, the Nexus 5 is lighter at 130grams, while the Moto G weights 149grams, although it has a smaller body.

Moto G’s maximum display brightness reaches 436cd/m[sup]2[/sup] and has a contrast ratio of 991:1. The Nexus 5 reaches 508cd/m[sup]2[/sup] and its contrast ratio is 888:1.


The Nexus 5 beats the Moto G in terms of performance. It houses a powerful Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor that is coupled with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 graphics. The Moto G, on the other hand, uses a much weaker Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor coupled with Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM. This combination was used on the first Moto G model.

In the Sunspider browser test, the Nexus 5 had a score of 707ms, beating the Moto G whose score was mediocre, 1,442ms. Also, in the GFXBench T-Rex HD test (graphics performance), the Nexus 5 won again with an average of 24fps, compared to 11fps.

In the Geekbench 3 multi-core test, the Nexus 5 scored 2,547, while the Moto G scored 1,157.

The Nexus 5 doesn’t come with a microSD card slot to expand the internal memory, and its two variants are 16 and 32GB. The Moto G comes with 8GB of storage, but you can expand it up to 32GB.

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014


Both phones have a rear camera of 8MP with autofocus and HDR, but only the Nexus 5 supports optical image stabilization and 1080p video capture at 30fps, also with OIS. The Moto G is capable to record 720p videos at 30fps. The front cameras are also identical on both phones – 1.3MP.


The Nexus 5 has a slightly bigger battery of 2300mAh which retained 50 percent of its capacity after a one day rundown test, while the Moto G, with its battery of 2070 mAh, retained 70 percent of its capacity.


The Nexus 5 is still pretty expensive, and you’ll find the 16GB variant on Amazon at a price of 469 dollars. The Moto G 2014 costs only 150 dollars.