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The 8 Differences Between The Moto Gs

Comparing the second generation with the third, Motorola gets a thumbs up!

Nicole Billitz
The 8 Differences Between The Moto Gs© 2023 Motorola

1. Design

Frankly, the Moto G released this January doesn’t even matter in this category, because at long last, (with the new, third generation Moto G) Motorola has brought the Moto Maker to the budget game. This allows the user to choose which front color, back color, accent color, and even engrave your device.

Also, if it matters, the newer version is a bit thicker than the older version, at 11.3mm at the thickest part.

2. Display

The third generation doesn’t have much to brag about, because it has the exact same screen size and resolution as the second generation - which is a 5-inch display, alongside a resolution of 720 x 1290 pixels, or 294 pixels per inch. This is pretty lame, because it did receive a battery upgrade, which means it could have afforded a better screen resolution.

3. Processing 

There really isn’t much of a difference here either. Both run Android out of the box (with the second generation using 5.0.2, and the third using 5.1.1), and both are powered by a quad-core processor. However, the second generation has a less powerful Snapdragon 400 chipset, that hits only 1.2 GHz, whereas the third generation can boast about a Snapdragon 410 chipset (obviously, just the next generation of that chip as well), that races past the second generation at 1.4GHz.

4. RAM

The second generation offers either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM.

The third generation allows for either 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM, or 16GB of internal storage alongside 2GB of RAM.

5. Camera

The third generation certainly received an upgrade. Where the second generation really showed just how much of a budget phone it was through its camera (8 megapixels on the back, 2 on the front), the July 2015 model is exercising sexiness. The new snapper has 13 megapixels on the back (and for those wondering, it’s the same camera that’s on the Google Nexus 6, which costs 3x the price) that has dual-LED flash, and 5 megapixels on the front.

6. Battery

The Moto G (2nd generation) features a non-removable 2,390 mAh battery.

The latest Moto handset also sports a non-removable battery, but this time it was a bit upgraded to 2,470 mAh. Please remember, though, the CPU got an upgraded as well, so perhaps it only balances it out, rather than give it a longer battery life.

7. Extras

The Moto G (2nd generation) has Dual SIM and 4G.

While the newest offers optional Dual SIM, it is also water resistant, of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, as it is IPX7 certified. So, for those accidentally throwing your phones in pools, this might save your life.

8. Price

The newest Moto G is already available in 60 countries, and costs either $179 for the 8GB version, or $219 for the 16GB version.

The older version was the same price, so obviously, Motorola did good this month. They get the thumbs up.


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