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Moto G2 vs. BlackBerry Q5 – Can BlackBerry Dethrone Moto G?

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In the world of budget phones, Motorola is nearly impossible to beat.

Building on the success of the original Moto G, the company has delivered even better and improved Moto G 2, or also known as Moto G 2014. How can BlackBerry’s budget device compete with the Moto G? Well, let’s break it down.

Design and Display

The Q5 is essentially a Q10, with lower price. It is another handset with a physical QWERTY keyboard, but one improvement is made in the space between the display and the keyboard. This is possible due to the isolation of the keys on the board. While the phone feels solid in the hand, there is no escaping the fact it is a plastic device, and if it was lighter, you might mistake it for a plastic toy. The measurements of the device are 120x66x10.8, with weight set at 120 grams. The Moto G2 continues the solid feel and design principles of the original, but now has rubberized rear which adds for more ergonomic grip. The device is made from plastic, but the good news is that you can choose several colors including lemon, cherry red, royal blue, violet, spearmint green, turquoise and others. The display declines in quality, since the resolution has stayed the same, but the screen size is increased. Now sporting a 5 inch display, the density is down to 294ppi. The resolution stayed the same as the original model, 1280×720 pixels. Besides the QWERTY keyboard, the Q5 features a 3.1 inch LCD touchscreen display, with resolution of 720×720 and density of 328ppi.

Hardware and Operating System

The Moto G2 features the same Snapdragon 400 quad core processor as its predecessor. This means the processor is clocked at 1.2GHz and sports 1GB of RAM memory. The built in memory options include 8 and 16GB, but luckily, the memory space can be expanded for additional 32GB with a microSD card. The Q5 offers less processor power, but more RAM memory. The device is powered by a dual core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, but has double the memory of the G2, meaning 2GB. The internal storage is capped at 8GB. However, the device also supports external storage up to 32GB.

The operating system does make a lot of difference. The Moto G2 runs on the Android 4.4 right out from the box, with a few extra Motorola’s features. These include Alert, Assist, Help and Migrate. The last one allows users to transfer all their applications from an older model to a new one. The G2 is also expected to get the upgrade to the new Android L. Then, the full potential of the dual SIM will be used, since the new OS is expected to offer multi use of the device, meaning users can split their handset to two sections: private and business. The Q5 runs on the BlackBerry 10.2, a new and improved OS, but it still lacks the quality of an Android OS.

Camera

Neither device offers some exceptional camera. The one on the front is the same 2-MP shooter. However, the rear camera is better in the G2, as it is an 8-MP sensor that can take some decent photos in daylight. The Q5 comes with a 5-MP rear facing camera that is suited for everyday photos, but nothing fancy.

Battery

The Q5 has a clear advantage in this section, as it comes with higher battery capacity. The 2180 mAh battery lasts almost two days. Considering the fact that the G2 is a touchscreen device, the lower capacity 2070 mAh battery does not make the cut.

Price

The price of the devices is identical. Both of them can be bought for a price of $230. That is the SIM free version.