Moto G 3rd Edition vs Moto G 2nd Edition - What are the differences?

Moto G has always been a big name that has helped Motorola build its foothold in the Indian smartphone market. One of the most successful launches globally, it was instrumental in reviving Motorola future in India. Cashing in on the success, the manufacturer has now come with the third iteration of the device. What are the improvements that have been undertaken on the last year's flgship- Moto G 2nd Edition? We will delve into the details in this article.

Moto G has been regarded as one of the affordable smartphones without much compromise on the features. It has always been seen as a device that packs in high end features at a budget friendly price tag. Now, with the launch of Moto G 3rd Gen Motorola is looking to strengthen its user base.
Whenever a new upgrade is launched for a device, we tend to find out the differences between the predecessor and the successor. Is Moto G 3rd Gen really worth the upgrade from the 2nd Gen offering? Let us analyse the two devices.

Look and Feel

Moto G 2nd Edition had the same plastic build as on the new iteration of the device. The phone feels  comfortable in handling. It has good looks as well.
The 3rd Gen Moto G has a curved body which makes it comfortable for grip. The added advantage over the previous year's flagship is the availability of StyleSwap covers. Moto G 2nd Gen lacks this feature of customization. You can get it in basic colors of Black and White. Motorola has made the option of opting for front and  back covers as per your personal preferences. You can choose a trim of your liking.


Motorola has decided to bring no changes in the display for the newer device. It comes with the same 5 inch display at 720x1280 resolution. The pixel density remains at the similar 294 ppi. Thus is an area that Motorola seems to have missed. Almost all the new launches in this price range are coming up with full HD display. It would have been a better competitor if a slightly improved display had been provided. A 1080p resolution would have made a big difference in the sales figures.
Having said that, the display is not that bad either. You get better viewing angles and good outdoor visibility. Both the phones come with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.


The 2nd Gen Moto G was powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quadcore processor. The clock speed of the processor reads 1.2 GHz. On the other hand, Moto G 3rd edition comes equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 octacore processor. The processor has an improved clock speed of 1.4 GHz. Besides, the upgrade from a 32 bit processor to a 64 bit has its own advantages. 64 bit architecture used in the device makes it future-proof. It offers you an improved efficiency in computational abilities and also aids in better RAM management. Moreover, all the developers are expected to base their apps on 64 bit architecture. Further, an octacore processor replacing a quadcore processor improves the performance.

That's not all. Moto G 3rd Gen scores over the 2nd edition in terms of storage options as well. It comes with an internal memory of 16 GB. 2nd gen Moto G has only 8 GB internal memory. However, you get expandable memory in the form of microSD card on both 2nd and 3rd generation phones. You can expand the memory upto 32 GB.  Motorola has also released a 8 GB variant. I am a bit sceptical about the success of the low memory version. The RAM has been upped from 1 GB on 2nd Gen phone to 2 GB on the 3rd Gen. This will go a long way in experiencing a lag free operation. Please note that the 8 GB version, however, will have only 1 GB RAM.  


Moto G 3rd edition has a big jump.when it comes to camera. Moto G 2nd Gen had a 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front snapper. It came with a single LED flash. Motorola has bumped the rear camera to 13 MP with dual LED flash. The e is an upgrade in the front camera as well. It has been upped to 5 MP.  

The added advantage of f/2.0aperture lets more light into the lens. This translates into better image quality in low light conditions. The phone is really an upgrade for the photography enthusiasts.

Battery and other Features

Moto G 2nd edition is powered by a battery of 2070 mAh capacity. You could go with a full day backup with moderate usage. You will get an improved 2470 mAh battery on the 3rd Gen phone. Given the unchanged display and screen size, the battery life should be better than the previous device. Added to it, the efficiency increase effected by the 64 bit processor should make the device have more backup.

Both the phones feature the usual and important connectivity options in the form of WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Both of them support Flipkart. However,  2nd Gen device no longer appears to be in stock.

My Views

The 3rd iteration of the Motorola flagship is truly worth the upgrade. It may appear as expensive in comparison with the Moto G 2nd Gen, but given the upgrades incorporated in the device must make it ideal buy even with a little higher price tag. Incidentally, 2nd Gen Moto G was introduced with the similar pricing of Rs. 11999. Improved camera and the processor should be a good reason to upgrade from your existing Moto G 2. However, as compared to other competing devices out there, Moto G does feel a bit lacklustre. The only saving grace comlared to them woukd be the water resistance.

Article by Timmappa Kamat
Timmappa Kamat is a technology enthusiast. He has an active interest in newer technological developments. He is fond of new gizmos & gadgets. He loves to share his knowledge through tech-savvy websites as a freelancer. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, he is equally interested in blogging, with his own blog. He wants to carve a name for himself in blogging arena one day! If you need any clarifications about his articles,please respond here below or get in touch with him through his profile.

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