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Motorola Moto G vs Motorola Moto X vs Google Nexus 5: specs comparison

Motorola Moto G vs Motorola Moto X vs Google Nexus 5: specs comparison
After months worth of anticipation, Motorola's foray into the low-end smartphone market is now a reality, thanks to the just-outed Moto G. The Moto G largely takes its design cues from the Moto X, though it's admittedly a stripped-down, slightly less-chic version of it, communicating its humble price tag. But what a price tag it is! Starting at $179, the Moto G is a true value proposition, pitting it in the increasingly popular super-high value proposition niche, along with the likes of the Nexus line, and even the Moto X. And though it's less expensive than Google's latest and greatest Nexus 5 and the Moto X, it's likely that the general public will still try and draw parallels between the two, in an attempt to estimate whether shelling out the extra bucks isn't going to get them a palpably better, higher-end experience. This is precisely where we and our handy specs comparison tool get in, and you can see the Moto G, the Moto X and the Nexus 5 battle it out side-by-side right below.

Of course, it goes without saying that, ultimately, the Moto G is the underspec'd device in this particular test. However, seeing as it features the Snapdragon 400 chipset, it's fair to say that it should deliver a more than decent user experience. Having said that, let's go ahead and see how the trio compares on paper.

Motorola Moto G vs Motorola Moto X vs Google Nexus 5

OSAndroid (5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3)Android (5.1, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)Android (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)
Dimensions5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches (129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm)5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches (129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm)5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)
Weight5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
FeaturesInterchangeable covers  
Physical size4.5 inches4.7 inches5.0 inches
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels1080 x 1920 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.

329 ppi316 ppi445 ppi

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.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

64.51 %70.63 %70.89 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera5 megapixels10 megapixels8 megapixels
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.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

 30 mm30.4 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

 1.4 μm 
Hardware FeaturesAutofocusAutofocusOptical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesTouch to focus, Digital zoom, Geo taggingTouch to focus, Digital zoom, Geo taggingFace detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
Camcorder1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Features  Optical image stabilization, Video light
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixels2 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps) 1280x720 (720p HD)
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 400Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

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 MHzDual-core, 1700 MHz, KraitQuad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 305Adreno 320Adreno 330
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.

1 GB RAM / LPDDR22 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / LPDDR22 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

8 GB16 GB32 GB

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

2070 mAh2200 mAh2300 mAh
Wireless charging  Built-in
Talk time 13.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
Stand-by time 10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
Music playback  60.00 hours
Screen mirroring  DLNA, Wireless screen share, SlimPort, TV-out

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 800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD) Bands 13, 5, 4, 2Bands 20, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 179 $ 399

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posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:33 8

1. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Moto G has the Adreno 305 GPU according to Wikipedia.

The CPU consists of four Cortex A7s clocked at 1.2 GHz.

Thank God it doesn't use the cheapo Mediatek processors.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 12:30 1

7. saiki4116 (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

The So called cheapo MediaTek Processors can do 1080P Recording. Even Before Moto started the mission of connecting next Billion with this cheap Device, they have connected many people.It's just the companies who are buying these(MediaTek) processors are not doing much software optimization,cause of limited R&D, they were not giving good experience with Sensors, especially Navigation and Camera. I have seen a dual core MT6589 touting MMX Canvas(10K INR) outperform a Galaxy S2(25K INR) while loading TempleRun. The OS is near AOSP and these phones are more responsive in general usage(even though they have Less RAM) then many samsung phones. Now Moto solves all the problems in these type of Phones, i.e they are offering Better Build Quality,Software optimizations.Currently in India arrogant Samsung is selling Gran Quattro with same processor(I guess it's Quad A5) at 15K,If MOTO undercuts or matches these,it would Sell.If they price Higher at around 19K, then people will flock to buy Nexus 4 currently selling at 22K.I am sure that India would not get 199$ equivalent price(i.e near 12K) because of hefty Taxes levied by the Govt.8GB without SD card expansion, I want to see a person who buys that, as Cloud services are not that popular in India(because of less BB penetration).

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 14:50

9. varuntis1993 (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

Hey ! first and foremost MTK 6589 is a quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz so you must have seen MMX canvas HD or canvas 4 and Moto G has Qualcomm snapdragon 400 8926 and not 200 which is in galaxy grand quattro and I think Adreno 305 supports full hd but don't know why full hd is not there.
And I wish it had a external sd card and as for pricing we can expect it around 15-16k.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 00:41

11. saiki4116 (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

Actually 6572(6589 slipped out,because it's the MTK chipset, I hear always now) is the one I am mentioning, dual core A9 one.After Seeing that I had suggested to my friend to Buy Xolo A700, and He is still Happy with that Purchase, it used to outperform my S advance in gaming, but most of the times it is limited by Low RAM. Yeah Adreno 305 supports 1080P, It's performance will be notch lesser than last year's Flagship Adreno 225 GPU found in Nexus 4(Bundled with S4 Pro). I know Quattro has 200 i.e Quad core A5,but A5 or A7 single Threaded performance is lower than A9. A good Dual core A9 is way better than Quad A7 as most applications are not that multithreaded, But the battery Efficiency is better than in A7 due to small Die Size and newer architecture that is designed with battery efficiency as prime feature.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 05:14

12. varuntis1993 (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

dude nexus 4 has Adreno 320 which is much powerful than any Mediatek processor gpu and its all about optimisation and how well they optimise the software to produce better results and about the single threaded and multi threaded performance we have to see benchmark test.
yeaa I know samsung doesn't have any good mid range phone right now and choosing b/w micromax and xolo I will go for xolo.
Right now I also prefer to have micromax and xolo phones in the price range of around 8-15k but not more than that.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:35

15. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Long text, bros.

posted on 07 May 2014, 11:00

33. frybread (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2014)

Both are great phones, and if you're choosing for republics wireless, make sure to use the promo link as well (20 off at checkout):
(copy & paste) republicswireless.com/promo
I went with the moto X, even though it was 2x as much. Having a great camera is worth it.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 12:45

27. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


posted on 14 Jan 2014, 14:13

28. Sesameopen (Posts: 109; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:38 4

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3800; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

The Moto G has a smaller screen & battery, but is bigger in all three dimensions & weighs more than the Moto X? o_O

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:49 1

3. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

I was scratching my head on this one as well haha.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 11:16 11

4. adrialk (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

The answer is it costs $179 Off Contract. It takes $$ to make lightweight, compact phones.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 11:29 6

5. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

+1 to you Sir... Donno why people are scatching their heads.. Its so obvious

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 11:32

6. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

this is what i don't like about android... all three phones are released with three different versions of the OS. smh...

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 18:42 4

10. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

I only see one version of android per phone.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 12:54

8. Multisitio (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)

Great idea to choose Brazil for the launch.

But there's a major problem here: It sure isn't gonna cost $179 in Brazil. In fact, 8GB model is to cost 650 reais - ie 280 USD. Forgive me if I'm wrong Mr Woodside, but isn't that MORE THAN 200??? Substantially so, I'd say. And USD 343 for 16GB - we're almost in Sammy and Apple territory (well actually they cost even more with the absurd Brazilian premium.)

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 01:05 1

29. asclepius (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Why are you getting mad at Dennis Woodside? He's not the one who sets the retarded import tax on consumer electronics in your country. Blame that female you elected. The Moto G costs $179 in countries with sane and reasonable import taxes.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 06:58

13. kenemu (Posts: 22; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

1. 720p screen is fine on 4.5 inch. 2. no 1080p video recording is fine , managerable file size. 3. 1g ram? well lets see, probably still ok. 4. no lte, real deal breaker for me. 5. only 8g storage! come moto you can be much more generous than this. 6. 2070mha batt, probably on par while lte is missing. 7. usd 180 off contract, fair enoguh, but i dont mind paying a bit more for better specs.... overall a mediore device priced reasonably.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 16:31

14. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 43; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)

Its actually an excellent device priced cheaply. Think about this, the Galaxy S2 when it came out was well over $300. For that price you got specs that most $300 phones still give; an example of that is the HTC Desire 601 on Virgin Mobile. That phone has roughly the same specs as the S2, with a worse camera, and is $279. When this is taken into consideration, the Moto G is an excellent deal; you get $300 specs for a little over half that. Also, your argument on LTE is slightly unnecessary, this is a global phone; most countries oustide the North America and Western Europe do not use LTE; they use the slightly slower HSPA + and HSDPA channels.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 05:56 1

21. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)

Are you high? When the Galaxy S2 first came out it was the same price as todays current flagships at around $500 USD.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:39

16. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)

As someone who's used both Nexus 5 And Moto X extensively I got to say take the spec sheets with a grain of salt when it comes to battery life. the Moto X has faired far better than the Nexus 5 in real life usage, so people should keep that in mind if they're worried about the battery life on the Moto G.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:49 2

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Nexus 5 > Moto X by a thin hair.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:41 1

22. PootisMan (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

I don't know. I've had both and the Nexus 5 wins by more than a thin hair.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:44 1

23. jellmoo (Posts: 2003; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

I've had both as well, and I'd say that the Moto X wins by a somewhat thick hair. It all depends on what you value.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:11

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Moto's software is the best aspect of the Moto X, but the exclusives found on the N5 are worth it imo, especially screen recording.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:26

25. jellmoo (Posts: 2003; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Again, it really depends on what you value. Screen recording isn't a feature I would use. Doesn't make it a bad feature per se, just one of limited value to me. On the other hands, I consider Active Notifications to be absolutely incredible, and pretty close to a "must have" feature for me.

I think the target audience is really important when considering these devices. The Moto X is a much more consumer friendly device. It comes with more direct features for the casual consumer. The Nexus 5 appeals more to users looking for raw power or hackability. Despite their similarities, they really do cater to different groups.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 03:35 1

18. abhishekrocks (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

processor clocked in MHz really.......what are u doing PA

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 05:12

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


posted on 14 Jan 2014, 03:58 2

19. MC_A_DOT (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

All brilliant phones. Well done Google.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:46

26. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

The slimmer Moto G is very appealing as a value phone. Unfortunately, the lack of LTE and 42Mbps HSPA+ detract somewhat from an otherwise excellent proposition.

But I don't see the point of having the tech specs of the EU Nexus 5 when the tech specs for the other phones are for the US versions.

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