Last years Moto G really made a name for itself thanks to its decent spec at a decent price. When it comes to bang for buck no other budget phone currently available comes close. The Moto G will be of interest to Nexus fans because it offers a stock version of Android.
There is an obvious appeal here to fans of the Nexus 4, a great price and pure Android. If your Nexus 4 is starting to look tired, or the battery is running out, you might be looking for a replacement.
In this post we compare the 2014 edition of the Moto G to the Nexus 4 and see if it could make a worthy upgrade or replacement for Nexus 4 owners.
Moto G (2014) vs Nexus 4
The Moto G has been around for a while but it has had a refresh for 2014, so when looking to buy make sure you check to see which edition you are being sold.
Screen: The new Moto G has been given a screen make over, you can now expect 5″ of space which is a big improvement on the old compact size. This isn’t much bigger than the Nexus 4 but gives apps more room to breath without breaking your pockets. Win: Moto G
Processor: The Moto G (2014) packs the same processor as the previous edition which still wasn’t as good as the older Nexus 4. So when it comes to raw power, the Nexus 4 is still on top. The Nexus 4 also has double the RAM with 2gb of memory to play with. Win: Nexus 4.
Storage: The Moto G now has an SD slot, this is very attractive to many buyers as adding storage in this way is very cost effective. Especially when compared to the premium that Nexus owners are forced to pay to get the extra capacity. Win: Moto G.
OS: Both phones run proper Android, that said, the Nexus will be getting upgrades sooner than the Moto. On the flip side, we don’t know how much longer the Nexus 4 will be supported for. Draw.
Camera: The old Moto G was let down by the camera, but it now features an 8mp sensor just like the Nexus. It also has a superior 2mp front facing cam. Win: Moto G
Neither model offers 4G capabilities, however this was added to the old Moto G so there is hope this feature will be available again in the future.
There isn’t much in it. The Nexus 4 has slightly more power but the upgraded Moto G has some improved specifications that edge out the older Nexus.
On balance, if you are looking for a cheap, similar specified replacement for a worn out Nexus 4 then the Moto G is a good choice. If you are in the market for a low cost Android phone then there simply isn’t anything else that matches up to the Moto – it’s great value.
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