Moto E vs Moto G - Which one's for you?

In this article, I'll be detailing the similarities and differences between two of Motorola's latest devices, the Moto E and the Moto G. This article will also give you an idea on which device is better suited for you and hopefully will help you make a sound decision.

How do you replicate the success of your best selling smartphone Moto G?
By releasing a cheaper version of it!

And by 'cheap' I only mean monetarily. Riding on the success of the Motorola Moto G, Motorola is now trying to cash in by releasing a budget oriented smartphone that is "priced for all". The Moto E is a very capable phone available at a mind boggling price of Rs. 6999 in India. In my last article on the Moto E I gave you my initial impression and detailed some of its specifications. In this article, I would be comparing it with its elder cousin, the Moto G.

To begin with lets talk about the similarities.

Both, the Moto G and E look amazingly similar in terms of looks and feel. The Power button, volume rockers, rear camera, dual microphones, charging port and the headphone jack are all located at the exact same position on both the devices. They both are dual-SIM smartphones that have a 5 Megapixel camera at the rear and both have a non-removable Li-ion battery. 1GB of RAM and the latest version of Android, Kitkat 4.4.2 for both these devices. Amazingly, they also have Corning Gorilla Glass 3 up front and a water resistant nano-coating all over that gives a very rubberized feel when held in hand. Here's a video I made on how this nano-coating works to protect it from rain or accidental water exposure.

Having looked at the similarities, let me tell you that both these smartphones are very different from each other.

Screen Size:
The screen on the Moto G is slightly bigger than that on the Moto E. While the 'G' is equipped with a 4.5" IPS display that generates a ppi of 326, the 'E' on the other hand has a 4.3" qHD display with a ppi of 256. Having said that, the display on the Moto E is still better than most of its competitors.

In simple terms: The display screen on the Moto G would appear to be more crisper and larger when both these devices are held together.

Internal Memory:
The Moto G has two variants, 8GB and 16GB with no option of an expandable memory slot. The Moto E on the other hand is equipped with 4GB of internal storage with an option of expanding its memory upto 32GB by way of an external microSD card.

In simple terms: The Moto E gives you the option of saving and keeping all your movies/songs in the device without the constant fear of running out of storage space.

Hardware specifications
The Moto G no doubt has a better chipset, CPU and GPU but that doesn't mean the ones inside the Moto E are inferior. The Moto E is an extremely capable piece of hardware and should run most of today's (heavy) games without a glitch.

Moto G
1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 series quad-core processor
Moto E
1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 series dual-core processor

Both these devices are equipped with a 5 Megapixel shooter at the rear. The difference, Moto G has a LED flash next to it whereas the Moto E does not. The Moto G also has a front facing camera whereas Moto E does not.

Suggestion: Go for the Moto G if you are into a lot of Skype or video calling.

Video Recording
While both the cameras look and feel exactly the same on both these devices, there is a notable difference in their video recording capabilities. The Moto G can record videos at 720p@30fps, whereas the Moto E records the same at 480p@30fps.

In simple terms: The video recordings of the Moto G are one level up from that of the Moto E. A video sample taken from the Moto G will be of better quality than that of the Moto E.

The speakers on both these devices are pretty loud, you can easily listen to the incoming voice via the speaker in a heavily populated area. The Moto G on one hand has the speaker located at the rear, the Moto E has the same in the front. I guess this wouldn't really make a difference to anyone planning to buy one of these two.

Moto G has a non removable battery of 2070mAh whereas the Moto E has a non removable battery of 1980mAh. Not much of a difference here, with distinct hardware specifications and screen size/resolution, both these devices should last the same amount of time. My Moto G easily lasts for more than 36 hours with 3G always on. I don't expect anything different from the Moto E.

This is what it all boils down to, the price! We all want all the features in our smartphones and also want it to be as inexpensive as it can be. While the Moto G is priced at Rs.12499/Rs.13999 for the 8/16GB variants, the Moto E is priced at an amazing Rs.6999.

Personally, if I had a choice of buying one of these two devices with budget not being a constraint, I would've been as confused as you are right now. And that is because both these devices are remarkably priced for the exceptional performance they both deliver. I would infact, buy one of each!

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