Motorola had a fruit 2014 and so far, things are going great for the American company that was designated by Google to create the Nexus 6 phablet. In this article, we’ll compare four of the most popular handsets: two of them were released in 2014 and the other two came in the early 2015.
Designs, dimensions and displays
The Droid Turbo is the exception to the rule, having a more futuristic design and two variants of materials: Kevlar (red and blue) and Ballistic Nylon (black), which are durable and unique, since you won’t find any other phone with this professional appearance. However, the phone is not as curvier as the other Motorola handsets and the back has a subtle 3D effect. Its dimensions are 143.5×73.3×8.3(at the top) – 11.2(at the bottom) mm, it weights 169grams and it features a Super AMOLED screen sized at 5.2inches, which offers a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels at565ppi, it’s a Moto Display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and the rest of the body is splash resistant.
The rest of Motorola phones have a similar design: curved bodies made of plastic (the Moto X 2014 allows you to customize the cover, ordering a personalized one through Moto Maker, so you can opt for a wood, bamboo or leather or leather case). The new Moto G 4G measures 141.5×70.7x11mm and it weights 155grams, while the screen is IPS LCD sized at 5inches and supporting 720×1280 pixels at 294 ppi.
The Moto X 2014 has the same screen size as the Droid Turbo, but the resolution is lower at 1080×1920 pixels at 424 ppi and its physical dimensions are 140.8×72.4×10 mm, having a total weight of 144grams.
The Moto E is the smallest between them, being equipped with a 4.5inches IPS LCD screen that has a medium resolution of 540×960 pixels at 245ppi. The phone is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and has also oleophobic coating on top of it. The Moto E has a weight of 145grams and it measures 129.9×66.8×12.3 mm.
The phone with a newer chipset is the Droid Turbo, which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450 that pairs with Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM. Regarding the internal memory, it’s available in variants of 32 and 64GB, but you can’t add a microSD card.
The next best Motorola phone is the Moto X 2015, which is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 paired with Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM, while the storage options are 16 and 32 / 64GB (AT&T, T-Mobile), also unexpandable.
The Moto G 4G comes with a Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 chipset that supports a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor which is backed by Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM, but the internal memory isn’t very generous. However, you can increase it and from 8GB, you’ll expand it up to 32GB with a microSD card.
The Moto E 3G has weaker specs and its internal configuration consists of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset that is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor and it couples with Adreno 302 graphics, while the LTE model has a better Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset supporting a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor with Adreno 306 graphics, but both models have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, expandable up to 32GB.
The Moto E has the weakest primary camera that supports only 5MP and it lacks LED flash and other important features, while the front camera is VGA, so don’t expect to take high quality photos with this phone.
The Moto G 4G comes with an 8MP shooter on the back, but which has LED flash and HDR, while the front camera is 2MP.
The Moto X 2014 takes excellent pictures with the 13MP back camera that is packed with dual-LED flash and LED flash, but the front camera is also 2MP.
Lastly, the Droid Turbo received an advanced 21MP sensor which is helped by the latest features to produce high quality photos, but you’ll find the same 2MP camera on its front side.
Only the Moto E has a replaceable battery and its capacity is 2,390mAh. The Moto G 4G has the same capacity, but the unit is non-removable, while the Moto X has a smaller battery of 2300mAh. The winner is the Droid Turbo with an enormous 3,900mAh battery.
On Amazon, the second gen Moto G 4G costs 250 dollars. The Moto X 2014 with 16GB of storage is priced at 300 dollars, while the Droid Turbo Ballistic Nylon 64GB has a price of 700 dollars, and the inferior Moto E costs a little more than 90 dollars.