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

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

OSAndroid (5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3)Android (5.1, 4.4.2)Android (5.0, 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 5.4 oz (153 g)
4.27 oz (121 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
Features  Interchangeable covers
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 - 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.

63.93 %71.18 %64.51 %
Colors16 777 216 16 777 216
Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels5 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.

Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus
Software FeaturesFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo tagging Touch to focus, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
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)
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 8226Qualcomm Snapdragon 400

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 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 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.

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 GB8 GB8 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHCmicroSD 

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.

2300 mAh2440 mAh2070 mAh
Talk time14.20 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
Stand-by time28.9 days (693 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
Talk time (3G)13.60 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
Stand-by time (3G)26.4 days (633 hours)
the average is 24 days (581 h)
Music playback58.50 hours  
Video playback8.00 hours  
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL  

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/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Shopping information
MSRP price  $ 179

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:12 3

1. aayupanday (Posts: 580; 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: 25; 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: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

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: 40; 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: 1484; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

But 4g is a battery killer.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:48 1

4. renz4 (Posts: 319; 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: 370; 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: 1484; 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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