25 April 2014
Motorola has undergone a turbulent few years, nearly disappearing from the shelves in the UK as it underwent a busy but brief period of being owned by search-giant Google. The legacy of its past masters is still present, but it is back and looking to win over consumers with a couple of fresh handsets. Picking between the budget-oriented Moto G and the more expensive Moto X should seem simple if you are solely basing your choice on price. But are things a little more complicated when you scrutinise the matter further?
The biggest surprise of the Moto G’s spec sheet is the inclusion of a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, which is built by industry leader Qualcomm. As part of the Snapdragon 400 chipset, it also boasts 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 305 graphics processor. Compared with other budget devices, which mostly rely on single- or dual-core chips, the Moto G is definitely an impressive phone. And yet it is also a slightly different beast to the Moto X. Motorola’s other mainstream mobile boasts a dual-core processor, but with a faster 1.7GHz clock speed to help give it a lift in the performance department. 2GB of RAM is also present, making it great for multitasking. Critics have been generally positive about the levels of performance afforded by both phones, with the Android operating system feeling slick and fast while offering minimal lag or loading.
Display and Design
While both the Moto G and Moto X have a 720p HD resolution, the former puts this on to a panel measuring 4.5 inches across the diagonal, while the latter has a larger 4.7 inch display. This means that while the pixel density on the Moto G is a little higher, there is a larger surface area to its costlier sibling. So buyers may want to make their choice based on how much onscreen real estate they desire. The extra area of the Moto X’s display means you may want to create your own phone case to keep it protected and enhance the visual impact of the device. Meanwhile, custom phone cases are also available for the Moto G, giving buyers plenty of choice when it comes to spicing up the look of their Motorola device.
Where the Moto X really pulls away from the Moto G is connectivity, because it comes with 4G LTE for superfast mobile internet access, as well as NFC for contactless payments and short-range data transfer. The Moto G, on the other hand, has neither of these high-end means of communicating at its disposal. While a lack of 4G and NFC might be bearable at the moment, over the course of a two-year contract it may become tougher to put up with them.
So which of Motorola’s two smartphones will represent the best choice for you? Budget will of course come into it, as the Moto X can be up to twice as expensive as its stable mate, depending on where you buy it. What could even the odds a little is if you decide to go for a pay-monthly contract, in which case the cost of the phone will be subsidised by the network. If the difference between the Moto G and Moto X is just a couple of pounds a month, then it may be easier to justify going for the better-equipped model.
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Kimberley Rogers on Friday, April 25, 2014 · Leave a Comment