Moto G 4G vs Moto E – Two of Motorola’s cheapest phones, pitted against each other

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Moto G 4G vs Moto E

We recently reviewed the Moto E, Motorola’s cheapest handset at under £100. Next, we have the Moto G 4G, Moto’s mid range handset but with added 4G. In this article, we put the phones side by side, back to back and compare them.

Moto G 4G vs Moto E:

Design and display:

The Moto G 4G is identical to the Moto G in all aspects but two: The Moto G 4G has a Micro-SD card, capable of expanding the on board memory by a total of 32GB, and, well a 4G/LTE antenna. It also ships with Android 4.4.2 KitKat rather than 4.3 Jelly Bean (although the Moto G is now upgraded to KitKat 4.4.3 anyway).

In terms of looks, the two Moto handsets look very similar other than one noticeable difference: The Moto E has chrome flashings on the speaker and microphone on the front screen, where as the Moto G 4G is completely black glass.

Size wise, they are very similar, with the Moto G 4G slightly bigger due to it’s 4.5 inch screen compared to the Moto E’s 4.3 inch screen. When flipping the phones over, there is very little to distinguish these two phones again due to the fact that they both look very similar. The only tell is that the Moto G 4G has a flash and speaker on the back. The Moto E has no flash and it’s speaker is on the front.

Moto G 4G VS Moto E Moto E in foreground, Moto G 4G in the background with the LED Flash and speaker

Hardware:

When it comes to hardware, the Moto G 4G beats the Moto E hands down, but then again, it is the midrange phone. The Moto G has a Snapdragon 400 chipset running a Quad-core 1.7GHz processor, where as the Moto E has a Snapdragon 200 chipset running a Dual-Core 1.7GHz processor. This is clearly shown in the AnTuTu benchmark scores. The Moto G 4G scored 17243 and the Moto E scored 12216. Both phones have a 1GB of RAM.

Software:

Both phones from Motorola come with the same stock version of Android with only a couple of added Motorola branded apps (such as Motorola Migrate and Assist) and run the latest version of Android OS.

Camera:

In this Moto G 4G Vs Moto E review, we’re glad to say that both phones have a 5MP camera capable of taking pictures with resolutions of 2593 x 1944. The difference, however, is that the Moto E has no LED Flash, meaning that low light photography is out of the question.

Moto G 4G VS Moto EMoto E on top no flash, Moto G 4G on bottom with flash showing.

The other big difference is that the Moto E has no forward facing camera, and therefore can’t carry out video calls or Skype.

Battery:

Both phones are powered by a non-removable Li-Ion battery. The Moto E has a 1980mAh battery, and the Moto G 4G has a 2070mAh battery. Both lasted well in out test and would last a day with moderate use before it died on you.

Conclusion:

This Moto G 4G Vs Moto E article was always going to be one-sided. If you want a good midrange phone with enough power to run your games on the way to work, and which has 4G/LTE, then without doubt the Moto G 4G is for you. If, however, you’re tight on funds, or need a decent phone to tide you over whilst yours is being fixed, then the Moto E wins without a doubt. At under £100, it’s one of the cheapest modern smartphones available. That being said, the Moto G 4G’s price of £155 is nothing to be sniffed at either.

You might also like to read Motorola’s flagship Moto X ReviewMoto G 4G VS Moto E.

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