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

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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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Motorola Moto G (2014) vs Google Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Display

Display size

5.0 inches
5.0 inches
5.1 inches

Resolution

720 x 1280 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

294 ppi
445 ppi
432 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

68.99 %
70.89 %
69.76 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC

Processor

Quad-core, 1200 MHz
Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm

GPU

Adreno 305
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

1 GB
2 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

8 GB
32 GB
32 GB

OS

Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4)
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

Battery

Capacity

2070 mAh
2300 mAh
2800 mAh

Talk time

 
17.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1096 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1096 min)

Stand-by time

 
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
 
21.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1418 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 megapixels
8 megapixels
16 megapixels

Features

Autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0
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

Video recording

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
 
MPEG4, H.264

Features

 
Optical image stabilization, Video light
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

2 megapixels
1.3 megapixels
2.1 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches (141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm)
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)

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

 
 
Back: Plastic

Resistance

Splash
 
Water, Dust; IP 67

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

 
 
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 180
$ 399
 

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5 Comments

1. kaunkaun

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Nexus 5 almost a year old still offers better vfm in comparison to the nmx, while the s5 remains as a luxury purchase

2. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Why would you even compare the Moto G to the Nexus 5 and Galaxy S5?

3. kaunkaun

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

I reckon they were supposed to do the X but G came up before lol

4. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

What did you drink before you went and decided that you would compare a Moto G with a Nexus 5 and Galaxy S5?

5. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

I want to get that Moto G, I was stuck between the whole Nexus 5 and Moto G.

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