At the beginning of this year, Motorola and Microsoft return with two brand new mid-range smartphones. Motorola brought the second generation Moto G 4G, while Microsoft launched a small Lumia 532 with lower specs. Below, we’ll tell you more about these handsets and maybe you’ll be interested in buying one of them.
Designs and displays
The Moto G 4G 2015 is much larger and chunky, featuring a removable curved rear. The device has a thickness of 11mm, it’s comfortable to hold in one hand and, most important, it’s not slippery. It has the popular dimple below the rear camera, a dip at the top and two horizontal bars on the front panel, above and below the screen, which has slim bezels. The screen is IPS LCD and measures 5inches, supporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 294ppi.
The Lumia 532 has the standard Lumia design – the body is rectangular, with slightly curved edges, flat sides and almost sharp corners. The body is made of plastic and has a semi-transparent plastic covering the sides. The phone is thicker at 11.6mm and weights 136.3grams, but it’s shorter and houses a 4inches screen that supports only 480 x 800 pixels at 233ppi. The bezels are also thicker and there’s not Corning Gorilla Glass protection against scratches.
The Moto G 4G 2015 has relatively better specs, featuring a newer Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 chipset and Adreno 305 graphics, but it’s powered by the same Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor which is found inside the Lumia 532, which received a Qualcomm MSM8212 Snapdragon 200 chipset and Adreno 302 graphics. They also have in common a RAM capacity of 1GB and an internal memory of 8GB, which is expandable on both phones: upt o 32Gb on the Moto G 4G and up to 128GB on the Lumia 532.
Better quality images you’ll get with Moto G 4G’s main camera which supports a resolution of 8MP and which has LED flash, HDR, autofocus, face detection and video recording capabilities at 720p@30fps. The Lumia 532 sports a poor 5MP back camera without all the necessary features, and its front camera is even poorer, since it’s VGA. The Moto G 4G has a 2MP secondary camera which is good for video calling.
The Moto G 4G has a non-removable 2390mAh battery which dwarfs the 1560 mAh battery from the Lumia 532, but which is removable.
The Lumia 532 costs only 90 dollars, while the new Moto G 4G is priced at 235 dollars on Amazon.