Last year, Motorola didn’t dare to challenge Samsung’s flagships, because the company focused more on mid-range devices with affordable prices. The Moto X was indeed a more premium option, but still, it had lower specs and a boring design. This year, things have changed a bit and Motorola made some improvements, but not enough to receive exclamations such as “Wow” from the potential buyers! Anyway, we’ll take a look at the specs of two 2014 mid-range phones created by these companies to see which one is better.
Designs and displays
The Galaxy S5 was the first model with a dotted pattern on a plastic back, which wasn’t very appreciated by the fans. Samsung used this design even for the Tab S tablets and later, the company brought the first full-metal Galaxy device with a perforated back and a metal frame. The phone weights only 115 grams because it’s very thin – 6.7mm and has a fingerprint scanner hidden inside the home button, placed below the 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen supporting 720 x 1280 pixels resolution at 312 ppi.
The Moto G is a bit larger and thicker, its body is made of plastic and has curved edges, it’s available in white and black colors, while the screen is IPS LCD and sized at 5-inch. The resolution is the same, but the resulted pixel density is lower at 294ppi.
The Galaxy Alpha is powered by an octa core Exynos 5 Octa 5430 processor which is backed by Mali-T628 MP6 graphics and 2GB of RAM. With this hardware configuration, the Samsung handset beats the Moto G, which houses a Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset which supports a quad core processor, an Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Alpha runs on Android v5.0.2 (Lollipop) and offers an internal memory of 32GB, which isn’t expandable, while the Moto G runs on v5.0 (Lollipop) and has a very low internal memory of 8GB, which, luckily, can be increased up to 32GB. Motorola didn’t care much about this aspect and this is one of the reasons why this device is so cheap.
The Galaxy Alpha has both of its cameras more advanced, if we’re referring to their resolutions. The primary camera is 12MP and has features such as LED flash, autofocus, panorama and 2160p video capture at 30fps, while the secondary camera is 2.1MP.
The 8MP rear camera from the Moto G isn’t extraordinary, as according to some tests, the quality of the images wasn’t the best, but Motorola isn’t famous for using a high-end camera technology. The device has HDR and LED flash, but it records 720p videos at 30fps. As for the front camera, it’s 2MP.
The Moto G has a bigger battery of 2070 mAh which is non-removable and lasts longer than the 1860 mAh battery with which was equipped the Galaxy Alpha.