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Moto G 3rd Gen vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 – Which Mid-Range Phone Will Win Your Heart?

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The first Moto G was very appreciated by the Android users who were looking for an affordable device with a nice design and a decent performance. This is the third generation and it’s still very cheap (it costs less than 200 dollars), but Motorola hasn’t improved the screen, which has the same size and resolution. Samsung has released another phablet with a common design and it doesn’t have the best specs in the world. It’s worth checking out, and below, we’ll tell you more about this device.

Designs and Displays

The Moto G resembles its predecessor, only that it features a faux-aluminum strip down the back which is available in ten variants of colors. The back is made of hard plastic and it has an interesting texture: diagonal lines, but unlike the Moto X (Pure Edition or Play), it doesn’t come with a wood or leather backing, so you are allowed to select only the desired color. The device is water resistant (IPX7 certified), it measures 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm, it has a weight of 155 g and the screen is sized at 5-inch, being identical to the one of the Moto G 2014 (IPS LC supporting 720 x 1280 pixels at 294ppi).

The Galaxy J7 has a glossy plastic back with an aluminum metal bumper frame and it looks like many of the Samsung mid-range smartphones. Its dimensions are 152.2 x 78.7 x 7.5 mm, and because it’s larger, it’s also heavier, weighting 171 grams. The screen is sized at 5.5-inch and it uses AMOLED technology, but Samsung hasn’t opted for a Full HD resolution, resulting in a very low pixel density of 267ppi.

Hardware

The internal configuration of the Moto G 2015 is weaker, consisting of a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor which is backed by Adreno 306 graphics and 1GB or 2GB of RAM, depending on the memory capacity: 8GB or 16GB. The Samsung Galaxy J7 has a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor with four cores running at 1.4GHz and four cores running at 1GHz, which are backed by an Adreno 405 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. The Samsung phablet houses 16GB of internal memory, which is expandable up to 128GB, while the Moto G supports expansion only up to 32GB.

Cameras

This time, we can’t give you a winner, because the fight is balanced. Both devices have cameras with resolutions of 13MP and 5MP, but the Moto G has dual-LED flash for the back camera, while the Galaxy J7 has LED flash for the front camera.

Batteries

The Galaxy J7 needs a bigger battery to deal the faster processor, so the capacity is 3000mAh and the good news is that the unit is removable. The Moto G has a non-removable battery of 2470mAh.

Operating System

The Moto G 2015 came loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, while the Galaxy J7 runs on Android 5.1 with TouchWiz on top of it.

Prices

The 8GB variant of the Moto G costs 180 dollars, while the 16GB variant is 40 dollars more expensive. The Galaxy J7 costs around 227 dollars in India.