Interface and Functionality

Surely it’s something that purists appreciate, but to the average person, having stock Android presents them with an experience that’s simple, intuitive, and straight to the point. Unlike other handsets sporting customized experiences, the vanilla one here isn’t riddled with a whole lot of redundant software features. In fact, there are barely any of them here, as Motorola’s presence is reserved in services like Motorola Alert, Motorola Assist, and Motorola Migrate.

Even the two experiences almost mirror one another, the differences are some minor cosmetic changes to the interface – like how the newer build of Android running in the new Moto G has a transparent background with the app panel. Another minor difference here is that the new Moto G is running Android 4.4.4 KitKat – whereas the old Moto G is at Android 4.4.3 KitKat. Besides those things, we hardly recognize any profound differences that would sway us to like one experience more than the other.

Processor and Memory

Generally speaking, successors tend to receive processor upgrades to make them superior over their predecessors, but that’s not the case here, since both smartphones are powered by quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoCs coupled with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 305 GPU. Superficially, there’s not one that seems to outperform the other when it comes to executing basic tasks, but there’s a slim advantage to the newer model after glazing over some of their benchmark scores.

At the bare minimum, both Moto G handsets are available with 8GB of internal storage. Unlike its predecessor, the new Moto G benefits right out of the gate with a handy microSD card slot to supplement its capacity.

Quadrant Higher is better
Motorola Moto G (2014) 9081
Motorola Moto G 8512
AnTuTu Higher is better
Motorola Moto G (2014) 18249
Motorola Moto G 17014
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Motorola Moto G (2014) 608
Motorola Moto G 499
Sunspider Lower is better
Motorola Moto G (2014) 1470.6
Motorola Moto G 1223.8

Internet and Connectivity

Needless to say, the original Moto G is still an effective device for surfing the web, but the only benefit to the new model is its larger screen size – allowing us to see more of a page when in a zoomed out view. Beyond that, we hardly realize any major advantage with one handset over the other in this particular department.

With the success of the original Moto G in emerging markets, Motorola has decided to offer the new Moto G in a GSM-only flavor. Well, there was a CDMA model of the 2013 Moto G, but that decision doesn’t extend with the new one. Aside from that, they offer the same set of connectivity features – like aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

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