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Moto G (2014) vs Moto G (2013): Motorola Ups The Ante For 2014

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Moto G (2014) vs Moto G (2013): Motorola Ups The Ante For 2014

Motorola has revamped the Moto M as a 2014 version. How does it enhance upon its predecessor?

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The unique 2013 Moto G was a decrease-finish smartphone aimed on the plenty - for many who needed a reliable Android telephone on a budget. It was an enormous success for Motorola, turning into its greatest-promoting smartphone ever. To comply with up on the Moto M’s success, the corporate has launched a brand new 2014 model of the handset. How do the 2 examine? We're about to leap in and discover out.

Specs

Moto M (2014)

Screen measurement: H inch 720x1280 show at 294 ppi IPS LCD

Weight: 149 grams

Dimensions: 141.H x 70.S x eleven mm

Processors: 1.P GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon four hundred

RAM: 1GB

OS: Android A.A KitKat

Storage: H or 16GB plus microSD card slot that helps as much as 32GB

Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light

Battery: P,070 mAh Li-Po

Cameras: H-megapixel rear digital camera that data video at 720p, f/P.zero aperture; P-megapixel entrance digital camera

Connectivity: 3G, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth A.zero

Typical worth: beginning round £one hundred fifty for unlocked 8GB mannequin

Moto M (2013)

Screen measurement: A.H inch 720x1280 show at 329 ppi IPS LCD

Weight: 143 grams

Dimensions: 129.N x sixty five.N x eleven.S mm

Processors: 1.P GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon four hundred

RAM: 1GB

OS: Android A.A KitKat

Storage: 8GB or 16GB

Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light

Battery: Lithium-Ion P,070 mAh

Cameras: H-megapixel rear digital camera that data video at 720p, f/P.A aperture; 1.A-megapixel entrance digital camera

Connectivity: 3G, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth A.zero

Typical worth: beginning round £119 for unlocked 8GB mannequin

Design & Display

Without a doubt, the most important distinction between the 2013 and 2014 Moto M fashions is the show. The new Moto M sports activities a full H-inch IPS LCD show versus final yr’s A.H-inch IPS LCD show. Interestingly, the 2 telephones maintain the very same decision--720x1280--which signifies that final yr’s small display mannequin truly has a better ppi at 329 ppi versus the H-inch’s 294 ppi. Are you going to note that loss in ppi? Doubtful. But you positive as heck will discover the additional half inch you get from the brand new Moto M’s H-inch display.

Not a lot concerning the design of the Moto M has modified. It’s nonetheless a less expensive model of the Moto X physique. Of course with the bump to the bigger display the 2014 Moto M is just a little greater within the width and peak division, however Motorola has truly made the brand new Moto M only a bit thinner at 11mm versus final yr’s eleven.6mm.

Processors, RAM, & Storage

One barely disappointing factor concerning the new Moto M is that it has the very same processor and RAM as final yr’s mannequin. Both telephones have the identical 1GB of RAM and the very same 1.P GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon four hundred processor and Adreno 305 graphics. The factor that's totally different is that whereas each telephones additionally are available 8GB or 16GB storage choices the brand new 2014 Moto M now sports activities a microSD card slot that helps playing cards as much as 32GB--a really welcome addition.

Operating System

Both telephones run Android A.A.A KitKat, however the 2014 Moto M will get a assured replace to Android S when it turns into out there. There's at present no phrase on whether or not final yr’s mannequin may also make the leap to Android S.

Speakers & Battery

Interestingly, apart from the larger display the subsequent largest change between the 2013 and 2014 fashions of the Moto M is the audio system. The new Moto M now has two speaker grilles on its entrance, so audio is projected in the direction of you rather than off around the again like on the 2013 Moto M.

As for battery, the brand new Moto M retains the very same P,070 mAh Li-Po battery as its predecessor. This is a little bit of a disgrace as you’d assume Moto might cram a barely bigger battery into that H-inch physique. Apparently the brand new Moto M will final for twenty-four hours of combined utilization.

Sensors & Connectivity

Both telephones function the very same sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light. Both additionally function the very same connectivity requirements together with 3G, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth A.zero - there isn't any 4G to be discovered anyplace.

Cameras

The digital camera division is one other space the place the 2014 Moto M has gained some enhancements over final yr’s mannequin. The new Moto M will get a brand new rear 8MP sensor with an f/P.zero aperture. That’s up from the rear 5MP sensor with an f/P.A aperture of the 2013 Moto M. However, the standard of video recording has not improved. Both telephones shoot video in 720p.

As for the entrance dealing with digital camera the 2014 Moto M has had its sensor boosted to 2MP--up from the 1.3MP sensor of final yr’s entrance digital camera.

Price & Conclusion

Motorola isn’t taking any possibilities with its Moto M. It's made some respectable modifications to maintain one of the best-promoting smartphone in its historical past related, giving it options like a bigger display, higher audio system, and higher cameras that customers need. When in comparison with flagship telephones from Samsung or Sony, the brand new Moto M--like final yr’s mannequin--isn’t going to outshine them in any means. But, as a telephone clearly aimed on the finances market, the brand new 2014 Moto M holds the crown as among the best finances smartphones on the market.

Michael Grothaus sixteen:29, H Sep 2014
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