Motorola is by no means a new brand in India. Its existence goes way back to the time when people had started to adopt mobile phones in the country. Whether it was the grey-import Talkabouts, or the Razr, the market always had a place for Motorola phones. But after its exit and a stellar re-entry with the Moto G, Motorola has started to find that special place in the market once again. Given Moto G’s USP is that it offers a great device at a very pocket friendly price, what could lure buyers into investing into the newly launched Moto X? The latter is not only more expensive, but unlike the Moto G it doesn’t boast specs that could put the competition to shame. Let’s take a look at how they stack up against each other.
Design – The Moto G and Moto X aren’t very different from each other when it comes to design. They are very similar in size and share the look too. But while Moto G boasts interchangeable back panels, the Moto X comes with a unibody design, albeit with a quite a few color options that you can choose from before buying. There are also two unique looking wood back panels too, which easily makes the Moto X stand out in the crowd.
Display – The Moto X features a 4.7-inch AMOLED HD (1280×720 pixels) display while the Moto G gets a marginally smaller 4.5-inch IPS LCD boasting the same resolution, albeit with a better pixel density (Moto G’s 326ppi vs Moto X’s 312ppi).
Power – Powering the Moto X is a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC with Adreno 320 quad-core GPU, while the Moto G gets a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 unit with Adreno 305 GPU. The Moto X offers 2GB of RAM while the Moto G gets only 1GB. On paper, the Moto G’s processor might get two extra cores but in real world tests, it’s still the Snapdragon S4 (used in the Moto X) that beats the Snapdragon 400 (used in the Moto G).
The Moto X also has a better GPU and more importantly, twice the RAM. And the pair of Motorola X8 mobile co-processors which take care of certain background tasks when the phone’s not in active use, not just help take some load off the dual-core processor but also help increase battery life.
Camera – While the Moto G’s humble 5-megapixel primary camera is just about okay, the Moto X’s 10-megapixel snapper has some very decent credentials, including 30 fps full HD (1920×1080 pixels) movie recording (compared to 720p in the Moto G). Moto G gets a 1.3-megapixel camera but the bigger Moto X gets a 2-megapixel shooter.
Storage and Battery – Moto G offers a little more flexibility as you can choose between an 8GB variant and a 16GB variant, while the Moto X only offers 16GB of space. Neither of the phones offer the ability to add more memory using microSD cards. Other than that, the Moto X offers a 2,200mAh battery, which in marginally bigger than Moto G’s 2,070mAh unit.
Software – Both phones run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box.
Extras – This is where the Moto X trumps. While both the devices boast nano coating for protection against the accidental splash of water, the Moto X offers much more in user experience. It comes with things like Touchless Control, which is the ability to listen to user’s voice commands without him having to touch the phone, at all. All you need to say is ‘Ok Google Now’ followed by the command and the phone will respond. Another impressive feature is Active Display that brings notifications on the lock screen itself. Then there is Quick Capture, which is nothing but motion based camera control, which lets the user access the camera app by just twisting the phone.
The Moto G on the other hand lacks all these.
To choose between the two is not that easy — in addition to being the only two phones from Motorola in India, they offer two completely different USPs. The Moto G offers class-leading specifications and is priced at only Rs 13,999 for the 16GB variant, which is a whole Rs 10,000 cheaper than the Moto X. The Moto X, on the other hand, is all about user experience. With things like Active Display and Touchless Control, it surely will change the way you interact with your phone.
It all then comes down to what you really want from a phone. If you are looking for a phone that’s not too heavy on the pocket but offers class-leading specs, Moto G is the one to go for. But if you want a phone that you can actively interact with, without having to always tap the display, the Moto X gets our vote. And it’s not just these features that you pay the extra money for; the Moto X also offers a more premium look, slightly bigger screen and essentially a better camera too.