"Here's a look at the key differences between Motorola's smartphone duo"
After a year-long hiatus from the Indian market, Motorola has made its grand re-entry, all guns blazing. The former kingpin of the mobile industry, with just two devices, has managed to capture the attention of users worldwide. While the Moto X is an older device, first launched in the US a few months ago, the Moto G is a stripped down, budget-friendly version of it. For India (and all countries outside the US), Motorola swapped launched dates, and introduced the Moto G first. The success of the budget Droid prompted the company to bring the Moto X to India, where orders are already racking up.
The Android devices market in India is dominated by Samsung and local brands like Micromax, Karbonn and Lava, so the considerable interest in Motorola’s smartphone duo is good news for the brand. Despite an almost Rs 10,000 difference in their prices, there have been a lot of ‘Which is Better?’ queries directed our way. Read on for a brief comparison of the specs.
Design and display
In terms of design and display, both smartphones are quite similar. The Moto X features a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED display, while the Moto G features a more compact 4.5-inch HD IPS screen. Both phones feature a curved back, but while the Moto G offers interchangeable rear panels, the Moto X features a slightly slimmer, unibody design. The Moto X is available in a few colour variants though, plus two wood back panels that are priced at a premium.
For performance, the Moto X features a more powerful 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. The Moto G packs in a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB RAM and Adreno 305 graphics.
The Moto G’s cameras are quite basic, with a 5MP shooter with LED flash in the back and 1.3MP snapper in the front. The Moto X gets a more advanced 10MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 2MP front camera.
Storage wise, the Moto G comes in 8GB and 16GB variants, while the Moto X is available only in a 16GB edition. Unfortunately, both phones lack a microSD card slot for expanding storage, which can be a gripe among users who like to store videos and music on their smartphones. However, both devices support USB On-the-Go.
OS and connectivity
The Moto G is a dual-SIM device, but the Moto X offers only a single, nano-SIM card slot. Both phones run stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB for connectivity. Additionally, the Moto X includes support for NFC, as well as dual-band Wi-Fi.
The main difference between the two is the Moto X's voice control capabilities. Thanks to deep Google Now integration, the smartphone’s Touchless Control feature allows you to control it almost entirely using just voice commands. It also features an Active Display, which brings all notifications and alerts to the lock screen. The Quick Capture function, which activates the camera with two quick twists of your wrist, is a handy way to take impromptu photos. For more on the Moto X's software features, watch out for our full review, coming up soon.
Overall, the Moto G's premium features and affordable price make it one of the best budget Android smartphones currently available. That said, the Moto X is arguably the more desirable of the two. While it doesn’t offer the top-class specs of some of its rivals, the software enhancements and Touchless Control create a whole new level of smartphone interaction. At the end, it all comes down to what you can afford. At a starting price tag of Rs 12,499, the Moto G fits nicely into your pocket. The Moto X, at Rs 23,999 onwards, is much pricier, but still more affordable than most smartphones of its caliber.
For a more in-depth glance at their specs, check out the comparison table below.