Moto G vs Moto G (2014)

How Moto G's 3rd gen compares to last year's budget phone

Moto G vs Moto G 2014

Motorola has made its budget-friendly Moto G bigger and better compared with last year's Moto G, but is it worth the slightly higher price?

The Moto G 3rd gen certainly has a lot to live up to. Moto G (2014) was hailed as the best cheap phone on the market, and there's only so much you can upgrade at such a low price point.

We took a look at the new Moto G and last year's model in a side-by-side comparison to see just what has changed over the last 10 months.

Moto G vs Moto G 2014: Design

The 2015 version of the Moto G keeps things relatively similar compared to last year's model when it comes to the overall look of the device; however there are a number of key differences. The camera module, for example, has become much more defined, getting its own metallic casing that extends to the indented Motorola logo around halfway down the back of the device.

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014

Another important difference is that the 2015 Moto G has a water-resistant rating of IPX7, meaning that the new phone can be fully submerged in up to one meter of water for as long as 30 minutes. While it's not made specifically to be used underwater, if you accidentally drop it in the pool the device should be fine.

Those who want to have more control over the design of their phone will also be pleased to know that the latest Moto G is the first of Motorola's budget handsets that you can customize through Moto Maker, enabling you to choose things like the front color, back color, and accent color of the device. You can also add engravings to your device and choose how much storage you want it to have, all through Moto Maker.

It's important to note that the new Moto G is slightly thicker than 2014's model, coming in at 11.3mm at its thickest point. It's also a little shorter, at 141.5mm tall compared to last year's 142.1mm.

Moto G vs Moto G 2014: Display

While Motorola has upgraded the pixel count of the camera, the 2015 model's display remains the same as its 2014 counterpart.

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014

This is a little frustrating, because the phone does have a larger battery, so it should be able to handle 1080p without a problem, as demonstrated by last year's full HD Moto X 2014.

The display resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels, translating to a 294 pixels-per-inch pixel density. It uses IPS LCD technology, offering wide viewing angles, and is five inches in total, fairly large for a device in its price range.

Moto G vs Moto G (2014): Processing and RAM

At the heart of the 2015 Moto G is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, which is clocked at 1.4GHz.

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014

That's a little more power if you're coming from last year's Moto G – it had the Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip, which ran at 1.2GHz. This power bump is ideal for those who like a phone that can multitask at a reasonable pace.

The chip bump will be especially apparent for those who purchase the 2015 Moto G with 16GB of storage, which comes with 2GB of RAM. The 8GB version of the device comes with 1GB of RAM, like both versions of the 2014 Moto G.

Moto G vs Moto G (2014): Camera

One of the biggest improvements in this year's Moto G is found in the camera. While last year's Moto G included an 8MP rear-facing shooter, the 2015 version offers a 13MP camera – great news if you care about taking decent photos.

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014

In fact, this is the same camera found on the Google Nexus 6, which is around three times the price of the Moto G. The camera also now features a dual-LED flash.

For those interested in video chatting or using Snapchat, Motorola has also heard your requests, bumping the new Moto G's camera up to 5MP instead of just 2MP.

Moto G vs Moto G (2014): Battery

Another point of improvement for the 2015 Moto G is in the battery, which has been raised to 2,470 mAh, over last year's 2,070 mAh.

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014

This is quite a nice upgrade, and should help the device last a lot longer than its predecessor, despite this more power-hungry processor.

According to Motorola, in fact, the larger battery will last for 24 hours of mixed use. Of course, what we from the company is different from what we might experience, so stay tuned for benchmarks in our full Moto G review.

Moto G vs Moto G (2014): Pricing and availability

The 2015 Moto G is available immediately in over 60 countries, costing $179 (£179, around AU$245) for the 8GB version and $219 (£209, around AU$300) for the 16GB version.

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014

This is part of the reason Motorola has gained so much popularity – it's a midrange phone with the price tag of a low-end device.

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This is slightly pricier than last year's model, however the improved specs in the Moto G 3rd gen edition certainly help justify the premium.

Moto G vs Moto G (2014): Verdict

The new Moto G is a far better device for almost the same low cost as last year's version. What's not to love?

For those looking for a great Google-powered device running close to stock Android 5.1.1 and able to handle everyday use at a fairly low price, the Moto G is once again an ideal option.

For those, however, who need a real workhorse that can take more than the average user might throw at it, it's important to note the Moto G is still a midrange phone, and the new Moto X Style (Moto X Pure Edition in the US) or Moto X Play might do you better.

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