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Lumia 540 vs Moto G 2014 – Budget-Friendly Handsets Compared

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Not everybody is hunting the latest high end releases because of financial reasons or they simply don’t need a complicated phone with tones of features they’ll never use. If they want to take good quality photos, they prefer to use a digital camera, so they’ll settle for these mid-range smartphones with modest cameras. These devices run flawlessly games such as Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Temple Run, GT Racing etc., or social networking applications such as Facebook or Twitter and their batteries can last up to two days under normal use. Below, we’ll tell you more about the specs of Microsoft’s Lumia 540 and Motorola’s Moto G 2014 devices.

Designs, dimensions and displays

Both devices have their back panels made of plastic, but the Lumia 540 has a glossy look and it’s thinner at 8.6mm, being available in multiple variants of colors, very appreciated by the young category of buyers. The device weights 152grams and has a 5inches ClearBlack display using IPS LCD technology, which is capable to deliver a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 294ppi.

The Moto G 2014 has more rounded corners and the plastic back has a matte effect. It has a thickness of 11mm, it weights 149 grams and has an IPS LCD screen with the same size and resolution, but which is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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Hardware

The Lumia 540 runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim on top of it and soon, it will be upgraded to Windows 10. It has lower specs than its opponent, meaning that the chipset from Qualcomm is from a previous generation (Snapdragon 200) and it pairs with an older Adreno 302 GPU, but it’s powered by the same processor as the Moto G 2014: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7. The Motorola device has a Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset and Adreno 305 graphics. Both devices support 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, but on the Lumia 540 is expandable up to 128GB, while the Moto G 2014 allows you to expand it up to 32GB. The Moto G runs on Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop version and most likely, it will be upgraded to Android M a few months later after it gets released.

Cameras and batteries

Both devices have cameras of 8MP with LED flash and autofocus, but they feature different front cameras: the Lumia 540 received a more advanced 5MP shooter, while the Moto G 2014 uses a 2MP camera.

The Lumia 540 has a removable battery with a bigger capacity of 2200mAh, while the Moto G 2014 has a non-removable 2070 mAh battery.

Prices

The Lumia 540 costs less than 150 dollars, while the Moto G 2014 is priced at 175 dollars.