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Sony Xperia M2 vs LG G2 mini vs Motorola Moto G: specs comparison

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Sony Xperia M2 vs LG G2 mini vs Motorola Moto G: specs comparison
When Motorola introduced the Moto G in November last year, we all had no choice but to admit that the Android mid-range had been redefined for good. The value for money ratio has been on a growth path for a long time now, but the Moto G came as of if nowhere, and it wasn't just an awesome value proposition -- it was a great device overall.

But it didn't take a strategic genius, even back then, to speculate that it's only a matter of time until Motorola's much larger rivals answer the challenge. And they have, though they're not quite there yet price wise. Sony's just outed all new Xperia M2, for example, seems to have enough to offer as to entice customers away from the more obscure Moto G. LG, now more dangerous than in years, has also come up with its own answer -- the G2 mini. Both Sony's new M2, and LG's Tegra 4i-powered variant of the G2 mini are likely to cost more than the Moto G, and both sport lower resolution, qHD screens. What they lack in affordability and pixel density, however, they make up with the availability of 4G LTE, and larger, more potent batteries. So which one should you pick? That's a hard and subjective question that will require some digging, but you can check out the facts about three devices in our handy specs comparison table right below.

Sony Xperia M2 vs LG G2 mini vs Motorola Moto G

Design
OSAndroid (4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3)Android (4.4.2)Android (4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3)
Dimensions5.50 x 2.80 x 0.34 inches (139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6 mm)5.10 x 2.60 x 0.39 inches (129.6 x 66 x 9.8 mm)5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches (129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm)
Weight5.22 oz (148 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
4.27 oz (121 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
Display
Physical size4.8 inches4.7 inches4.5 inches
Resolution540 x 960 pixels540 x 960 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

229 ppi234 ppi329 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

TFTIPS LCDIPS LCD
Colors16 777 216 16 777 216
Camera
Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels5 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

 F2.4 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)Yes1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, 3GPP  
FeaturesVideo sharing  
Front-facing cameraYes1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Video capture  1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7Quad core, 1200 MHz
Graphics processorAdreno 305Adreno 305Adreno 305
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

1024 MB RAM1024 MB RAM / LPDDR21024 MB RAM / LPDDR2
Built-in storage8 GB8 GB8 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHCmicroSD 
Battery
Talk time14.20 hours
the average is 12 h (705 min)
  
Stand-by time28.9 days (693 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
  
Talk time (3G)13.60 hours
the average is 15 h (902 min)
  
Stand-by time (3G)26.4 days (633 hours)
the average is 30 days (709 h)
  
Music playback58.50 hours  
Video playback8.00 hours  
Capacity2300 mAh2440 mAh2070 mAh
TypeLi - IonLi - IonLi - Ion
Technology
CDMA

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

  800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRSHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A
Shopping information
MSRP price  $ 179

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:12 3

1. aayupanday (Posts: 516; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Moto G trumps them all IMO due to the price point...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:15 1

2. Zhephyr (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


I think the M is better with its 4 inch size.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:37 1

3. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


SONY M2 POOREST BATTERY LIFE!
2,330mAh for 4.8" Display....

LG L90 IS BY FAR BETTER...........

2,540 mAh for 4.7"

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:49

5. DRO_ID (Posts: 30; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


You haven't taken into account that the displays are pushing less pixels than the Moto G which also means less for for the same processors which also impacts battery life.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:09

8. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


But 4g is a battery killer.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:48 1

4. renz4 (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


hmm this is much better comparison than comparing the G2 mini with HTC one

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:02

6. antmiu2 (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


i wish the g2 mini had a 720p screen... so the moto g is still better

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:07

7. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


The only downside to the moto g is the lack of 4g. Once it gets 4g and a larger battery, nothing can compete.

I got mine at Best Buy for $99 for the boost mobile version. Can they really beat this price?

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