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Nokia Lumia 630 vs Motorola Moto G

Nokia Lumia 630 vs Motorola Moto G

Nokia Lumia 630 vs Motorola Moto G
Nokia Lumia 630 vs Motorola Moto G
Nokia Lumia 630 vs Motorola Moto G
Nokia Lumia 630 vs Motorola Moto G
Nokia Lumia 630 vs Motorola Moto G

The Nokia Lumia 630 is the new kid on the affordable phone market: a Windows Phone 8.1 device of very low price yet with a healthy screen size of 4.5 inches, the processor power of the quad-core Snapdragon 400, and nice enough design. With all this, there is simply no way not to compare it to its affordable Android sibling - the Motorola Moto G. Just like the Lumia 630, the Moto G showcases the best of Google’s operating system at a very affordable price - it’s got a 4.5” 720p display, larger than most devices its class, a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and a decent 5-megapixel camera.

Both showcase the latest of both platforms, and both are sold at very low profitability; both devices serve more to proliferate and popularize their operating systems among customers on a budget, rather than to make a profit for the company that manufactures them.

How do they differ, though, and is one better than the other? Let’s find out.


The Lumia 630 comes with a typical for Nokia form, boasting а wrap-around plastic shell that is easy to replace and swap for another one of different color. The material used in the 630 is plastic, with a paper-feeling soft touch finish that does not stain easily, and overall the phone is well put together.

The Moto G, on the other hand, is also a plastic phone, but unlike the flat lines of the Lumia, it has a preference for curves, and it uses a plastic shell that is a magnet for fingerprints. Notable on the Moto G is also the dimple on the back with the ‘M’ for Motorola, a nice cosmetic touch that gives the phone character.

In terms of pure size, both are of nearly the same - the Moto G being just a hair narrower, but noticeably thicker, so overall the Lumia 630 feels more elegant and well-refined.

Both use on-screen buttons - a novelty for Windows Phone where the Lumia 630 is the first phone to ever use such navigation, while in the Android world, on-screen buttons are pretty much a standard. The Lumia 630 and Moto G both have all their physical keys on the right - lock key in the middle and a volume rocker above for the Lumia, and the same in reverse position for the Moto G. The feel of the plastic keys on the Nokia phone is a bit shallow, though, and while they get the job done, the meticulously crafted buttons of the Moto G are much more responsive and solid.

Nokia Lumia 630
5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches
129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm
4.73 oz (134 g)

Nokia Lumia 630

Motorola Moto G
5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches
129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

Motorola Moto G

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


One of the biggest disadvantages for the Nokia Lumia 630 is the fact that its 4.5-inch display has a lowly resolution of just 480 x 854 pixels. This translates into a pixel density of just 218ppi, and makes everything on the screen a bit pixelized, an issue particularly noticeable when you read text in small fonts. The Moto G 4.5” display, on the other hand, is much sharper, with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, granting it pixel density of the respectable 329ppi.

Turning over to the actual color fidelity, the Nokia Lumia 630 does fairly well for the class, with the white point at 7049K, pretty close to the reference 6500K value, which means that whites on the display appear just very slightly on the cold side. Colors are mostly within the industry-standard sRGB color gamut, but there is also a very noticeable oversaturation and some colors (most notably green) are way off. The Moto G has a little colder white point, but in terms of saturations it is even better, with rich colors within the sRGB gamut that are just slightly overblown, but overall this is one of the most accurate screens for this affordable class of devices.

Looking at the screens outdoors, the Lumia 630 is a bit less reflective and that makes it slightly easier to use under direct sunlight. Viewing angles, however, are much better on the Moto G, as it preserves a lot of the color vibrancy and brightness at an angle, while colors on the Lumia 630 wash out noticeably when you tilt the phone.

Display measurements and quality

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Nokia Lumia 630 398
Motorola Moto G 429
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posted on 05 Aug 2014, 08:52 8

1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

I just don't see the point of the Lumia 630.. It's an awesome device for the money, but it's not super competitive like the 520 was...
Am I missing something here?

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 08:56 1

2. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

yeah i agree with you

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:12

11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Kinda a weird move by "Microkia" with us knowing they can do much better that this... It's almost like some abstract way of getting stomped by the competition to achieve what, I'm not sure of.. Pretty weird IMO.... What was MS's plan here?

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:18

35. lalalaman (Posts: 637; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

Also it doesn't come anywhere near Nokia's lumia 6xx line.....that device should have been called lumia 530

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 08:59 2

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:21 1

13. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I wouldn't even necessarily call it an awesome device for the money, especially compared to the competition. In absolutely every category, the similarly priced G beats it, with the possible exception of camera and OS (which is totally subjective anyways.)

Heck, even the 420 had a camera key and capacitive buttons on the bottom, and I'm no selfie aficionado, but $160 should at least get me a front-facing camera.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:45 2

20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Well, considering that there's not too many other quality devices that are better I would still say that it's an awesome device for the money... I'm speaking relatively here... I mean, I'm not going to totally trash the 630.. It still is a nice device, especially if you want to experience WP8.1 on an affordable Lumia... I guess the MG can't do that, and maybe that's what MS was thinking here..... Nevertheless, I'll give it some credit where credit is due..

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:06 2

29. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I don't know, I'd rather the 630 was priced more along the lines of the Moto E. For $30 less you get basically the same phone spec-wise (albeit with a qHD display and slightly worse processor, but slightly more RAM).

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:09

30. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Well, that's why the MG has more bang for the buck here... I can't argue with that..

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:24 1

14. michaelmicro (unregistered)

You're missing that the 630 is currently new to market and thus commands a price premium, and that the price will drop accordingly over the next few months. The Lumia 520 also started on the market at approximately £100 and is now available for around £50-£60, so I expect the 630 to follow the same sort of trajectory.

By the time prices settle, the Moto G and Moto G 4G will probably be two or three times the price of the Lumia 630 respectively, which in the world of price conscious and price limited buyers is a very large difference.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:32

16. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

The Moto G launched at $180 last year when its specs were newer. The 630 is launching at $160 with the same/worse specs than the G. Even at $20, the G is a much better deal.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:38

17. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Although I did misunderstand what you wrote. You're right, assuming the 630 price does drop as drastically as the 420.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:38

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

That makes it even worse!... There's no denying the fact that MS dropped the ball here with the 630... It could've offered more in terms of hardware... Just a little bit more, and it would've held its own... But instead it looks like much less of a device when laid out on paper... It's not horribly bad, or worse than the MG, but this just proves how tight the competition is these days...
And, lets not forget that these devices don't make any money.. They are "Image" devices, and this WOULD'VE been a great opportunity for MS to take advantage of the image building capabilities that devices like this can have... But, they didn't.. Maybe next time....

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 16:14

56. Jason78 (Posts: 280; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)

The price has already fallen. I picked up a Nokia Lumia 630 from Cricket for free after rebate. (Purchase price of $50 with a $50 rebate) It is the same as the AT&T version but has a green shell with the Cricket logo. The phone is locked to Cricket but they will unlock after 3 months of usage. I picked it up on a whim figuring I would at least have a free GPS (Nokia's Here Maps use maps downloaded to the phone so a SIM car isn't needed for mapping and turn by turn navigation.) The offer is good until Sept 11th:

I currently own a Lumia 925, Moto G (16GB) and Lumia 630. I have also owned 2 Lumia 521's in the past. The 630 is without a doubt a step up from the 521. The increased screen size alone makes for a much better experience. I rate the 630 to be a bit better than the Moto G for my purposes.

The Moto G beats the 630 in:
The unlocked version allows tethering
Better apps store of course
Slightly better camera (though neither are very good)

The Lumia 630 beats the Moto G:
Expandable storage
Nokia HERE Maps (I can't stress enough how great HERE Maps are!)

Both phones seem to load webpages and apps at the same speed. I can't see any real world performance advantage for the Moto G's extra RAM.

posted on 21 Sep 2014, 22:32

70. james987 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Sep 2014)


posted on 05 Aug 2014, 08:58 2

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

It's really no surprise that with inexpensive devices like these, Motorola is climbing back into the ranks of best sellers.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 08:58 4

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

Moto G is way better.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:01

7. kareivis (Posts: 45; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

If you can deal with just 8GB of storage...

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:09 3

9. sgodsell (Posts: 4767; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

The moto g can use USB otg, so you can use regular USB flash drives on the moto g if you want. Or better yet you can use WiFi storage with the moto g, like the Sandisk Connect. Its so small that its the size of a USB flash drive that can just stay on your key chain if you want. Both USB otg and WiFi storage is not supported on WP, but it is with a number Android devices which includes the Moto G.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:50

25. kareivis (Posts: 45; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

I am not sure, that someone, that buys Moto G will bring OTG cable with flash drive, so he could listen to some tunes. It`s frustrating process for my own Tablet Z, to watch movie from flash drive, but sitting with phone somewhere and listen music from flash drive... I dont think so. It`s nice feature, i know, but not for such purpose.

Similar case, you can download an app on WP device, and stream your Steam games. Is it possible? Yes. Will you use such feature? Yes... Maybe? It`s a feature, but as i said, it`s not for everyday usage.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:21 1

37. sgodsell (Posts: 4767; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Users at least have a choice. Also there are micro usb and full usb storage devices now, all in one. Have you even looked at a Sandisk Connect. Its WiFi storage and if you are playing music or watching movies or videos then its perfect. Like I said you can leave it on your keychain. There is no physical connection to the moto g and a Sandisk Connect. It even allows you to change the micro SD cards. Put in a 32gb or even 64gb card and leave it on your key chain like magic from the moto g you can see all the files
Like I said above WP doesn't support these WiFi Storage devices.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:47

48. kareivis (Posts: 45; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

As i said, it`s great feature, but i doubt, that such feature would be on potential Moto G buyers list. On the other hand, didn`t know that, sounds fun. I should test it myself.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 15:44

54. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I'm ordering a connect now.


posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:12 3

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Or if you don't want to deal with 512 MB of RAM...

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:45

19. kareivis (Posts: 45; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

Yeah, but for average user, expandable storage is much more useful, than lack of 1GB of RAM. For photos, music, video and lot of games/apps 512MB of RAM isn`t a dealbreaker.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:53

26. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

You're right, especially since Android does have a lot more games and apps available for download. 8 GB just isn't enough to store them all!

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:12 2

32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

You do realise that there is a 16gb model too. And the lte model has an SD card slot too.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:22

39. kareivis (Posts: 45; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

16GB is not the same as 8GB + 128GB if you want. You do realise, that LTE with SD is not so cheap anymore? Lumia is already less expensive. All the value is lost for Moto G with LTE and SD card slot, cause for such price, you can get something more powerful.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:31 1

43. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

The LTE version is 220 bucks unlocked. Now you go ahead and tell me what smartphone I can buy for 220 bucks that is "more powerful" than the Moto G.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:44

47. kareivis (Posts: 45; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

Ok, didn`t know that. But still, in Lumia SD card slot is included in "basic" package, but in Moto G it`s in expensive variation.

Don`t get me wrong, Moto G is great phone, i just want to say, that 8GB sucks big time (khm khm...iPhone 5c... khm... khm...).

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