Battle of the budget champions: Moto G5 or Nokia 3?

Despite being nowhere near the top-tier class of phones, a few handsets still stirred emotion and drama this year, as they were flying towards the store shelves and the anxious hands of reviewers. Those are Motorola's budget G and E series phones, and Nokia's new offerings.

Why drama? Well, Moto is in the hands of a new owner — Lenovo — and the Nokia brand is now controlled by a new entity, known as HMD Global. Everyone was curious to see what the new owners of both brands would do with their budget phones. And, we would say, they didn't do half bad! In fact, it doesn't seem like a lot has changed at Moto, while the Nokia handsets are quite cool for entry levels and midrangers.

In any case, a competition has naturally sparked between the two. We've got affordable phones that offer nearly stock Android, which suggests snappiness and software robustness, both built by companies with deep roots and a cherishing fandom. In this case, we are talking about the Nokia 3 and Moto G5.

The Nokia has a 5-inch, 720 x 1280 display, 8 MP cameras front and back, a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor ticking at 1.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage. The Motorola has a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 display, 13 MP main and 5 MP selfie camera, a quad-core Snapdragon 430 clocked at 1.4 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage. The Nokia 3 has a 2,650 mAh battery, the Moto G5's is a 2,800 mAh cell.

The Nokia 3 costs about $160, the Moto G5 is $190 unlocked. Which one would you go for?

Moto G5 or Nokia 3?

Moto all the way!
70.07%
Nokia it is!
29.93%



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13 Comments

1. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

G5 all the way

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Nokia 6 should be compared to the G5, and not the Nokia 3. There is no comparison here to the Nokia 3. The G5 is the winner here by a mile.

13. whoami_amiu

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Not by a mile! By $30 up

2. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

Where's the poll?

3. ajupurohit

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Definitely G5

4. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

First, where is the poll? Second, why are you, again compare 2 devices on different levels?? G5 is in the same segment and price range with Nokia 5!

6. libra89

Posts: 2297; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I think the Nokia 3 would be fun to try out but G5 is probably better.

7. Beijendorf unregistered

Judging from the price, it seems the Motorola is comparable with the Nokia 5. I'm not sure why you're comparing it with the Nokia 3. It feels quite disingenuous.

8. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Xiaomi mi4

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Paul K, this article needs a lot of corrections.

10. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Compare Moto E4 and Nokia 3, rather than Moto G5... E4 still wins.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

For me, it goes beyond just spec. Moto has Lenovo backing a giant China OEM. They have every opportunity to do what Nokia is trying to do which is to give power user want they want a simple stable stock phone with a great camera and frequent updates. Instead, they chose to play the game that every other OEM play, load up the phone with bloatware and skin. Its definitely great news that Lenovo would do stock phone if the recent news is correct. Anyway, I know I am biased for Nokia because I want Nokia to succeed therefore I would buy their phone to show my support for them.

12. Ozsikhs

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

Moto G5

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