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New Moto G vs Nexus 5 vs Galaxy S5 specs and size comparison

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New Moto G vs Nexus 5 vs Galaxy S5 specs and size comparison
With the new Moto G, Motorola puts it in direct competition against the affordable Nexus 5, which used to be the price-to-value king at launch. Both now sport 5" displays, stock Android with guaranteed upgrades, 8 MP cameras, and low price tags for what they offer. We are also throwing in a veritable flagship with a screen about that size, for kicks and giggles, despite that the S5 costs twice or thrice as much as the Moto G or Nexus 5 without subsidies.

The only gripe we have with the Moto G against the Nexus 5 is the fact that it is quite a bit taller, whereas Google's handset is pretty compact for its screen size, with a nice soft touch rubbery grip all around it. It is also thinner and lighter than the Moto G, but Motorola's phone enlargement has been thoroughly warranted by the addition of two front stereo speakers, HTC and Sony style. This is not something we see on entry level smartphones, and a very welcome upgrade.

The Moto G makes do with a lower HD screen resolution, against the 1080p panel of the Nexus 5, but its pixel density is enough for most every task you would do on a smartphone, so unless you are a screen purists, you will be hard-pressed to wish more from Moto's screen for the price. Granted, the Nexus 5 also sports a much more powerful Snapdragon 800 processor and more RAM than the Moto G, plus it records 1080p video, but if you won't be doing much 3D gaming on your handset, and don't consider HD video footage an insult, Motorola's phone will win your heart with the fact that it now sports expandable storage, whereas with the Nexus 5 you are stuck with your version's amount of internal memory. Last, but not least, the Nexus 5 goes for $349.99 for the basic 16-gigs version, whereas a 16 GB Moto G will run you just $199.99 - a very small price to pay for such a handset indeed.

Motorola Moto G (2014)
Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Google Nexus 5
Dimensions

5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches

137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5
Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

HTC One (M8)
Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)
Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Google Nexus 5
Dimensions

5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches

137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5
Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

HTC One (M8)
Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

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Display
Size
5.0 inches
5.1 inches
5.0 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body
70.89 %
69.76 %
68.99 %
Features
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC (28 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Processor
Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit
Quad-core, 1200 MHz
GPU
Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 305
RAM
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
1GB
Internal storage
32GB
32GB
8GB
OS
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4)
Battery
Capacity
2300 mAh
2800 mAh
2070 mAh
Talk time
17.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 
Stand-by time
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
Talk time (3G)
 
21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
 
Music playback
60.00 hours
67.00 hours
 
Video playback
 
13.00 hours
 
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
8 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
16 MP (BSI sensor, PDAF)
8 MP (Autofocus)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 30.4 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.2"
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
Recording format
 
MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, H.264
Features
OIS, Video light
HDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
 
Front
1.3 MP
2.1 MP
2 MP
Video capture
1280x720 (HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1280x720 (HD)
Design
Dimensions
5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)
5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches (141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm)
Weight
4.59 oz (130.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.11 oz (145.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.26 oz (149.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
 
Back: Plastic
 
Resistance
 
Water, Dust; IP67
Splash
Biometrics
 
Fingerprint (swipe)
 
Features
 
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light
 
Buyers information
Price
$ 399
 
$ 180

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Motorola Moto G (2014) specs
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Display 5.0 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2070 mAh
Google Nexus 5 specs
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Samsung Galaxy S5 specs
  • Display 5.1 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI
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