Amazon Fire Phone vs. Motorola Moto G: Price and Specs Comparison in Australia

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Amazon Representative Shows Off the 3D Map Features of the Company's New Fire Smartphone at the Company's Campus in Seattle
IN PHOTO: An Amazon representative shows off the 3D map features of the company's new Fire smartphone at the company's campus in Seattle, Washington June 18, 2014. Inc's new cellphone seeks to offer shoppers instant gratification by recognizing thousands of products, television shows and songs and allowing users to immediately buy them - on the e-commerce giant's own site, of course. REUTERS

E-commerce site Amazon recently rolled out its first attempt with the smartphone through the Amazon Fire Phone. The smart gadget is aimed to compete with the existing smart phones in the market. According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Amazon Fire Phone is optimized for one handed use. So how does Amazon Fire Phone fare against the Motorola Moto G?


In terms of price, Motorola Moto G is several folds cheaper compared with Amazon Fire Phone. According to Motorola Web site, Motorola Moto G is sold for a low price of only $179 which translates to $190 in Australia. Meanwhile, Time Magazine mentioned that Amazon Fire Phone costs US$649 with a no contract plan at AT&T. This translates to $690 in Australia. Given this price, smart phone users can already buy three units of Motorola Moto G for the price of one Amazon Fire Phone.


In terms of display, Amazon Fire Phone has slightly bigger display compared with Motorola Moto G. According to Digital Trends, Amazon Fire Phone sports a 4.7-inch high quality LCD display, with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 with an image density of 315 pixels per inch (ppi).

On the other hand, Motorola Web site stated that Motorola Moto G has 4.5-inch display with the same screen resolution of 1280 x 720 but a slightly higher image density of 329 ppi.


In terms of camera, Amazon Fire Phone has way better specs than the Motorola Moto G. The same sources cited above mentioned that Amazon Fire Phone has 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 lens with optical image stabilization. It also features panorama, burst, and action shots plus there is unlimited photo storage.

Meanwhile, Motorola Moto G has only 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It also has LED flash, 4X digital zoom, slow motion video, burst mode, auto HDR, panorama, and tap to focus.


In terms of memory, Amazon Fire Phone has better specs than the Motorola Moto G. Digital Trends cited that Amazon Fire Phone has 2GB of RAM and an internal memory of either 32 GB or 64GB. It also has an added 5GB of extra free space via the Amazon Cloud Drive. Meanwhile, Motorola Web site stated that Motorola Moto G only has 1 GB of RAM and only 8 GB or 16 GB internal memory. Although, it has two years free storage of up to 50 GB on Google Drive.

Operating Systems

When it comes to operating systems, the two smart phones run on totally different systems. Digital Trends mentioned that Amazon Fire Phone runs on Fire OS 3.5.0 while Motorola Web site cited that Motorola Moto G runs on  Android 4.4 KitKat.


Both smart phones have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon processors but with different specs. According to the above-cited sources, Amazon Fire Phone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. On the other hand, Motorola Moto G only has half the processor capability with its Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz.

Other Features

According to Digital Trends, users who bought the Amazon Fire Phone includes 12-month membership to its prime service wherein users can choose from 33 million titles of music, movies, and TV shows. There is also a 3D effect specs included which allows users to view any image, map or Web content in a different way. Besides, the smart phone's camera also scans for books, DVDs, phone numbers, QR codes, CDs, games, and all other kinds of media. Then it searches for the product in the Amazon database and finds a version that users can buy from the online shopping Web site. 

Meanwhile, Motorola Moto G lets users tap anywhere to take a shot. capture panoramic pictures or record HD video with front and back cameras. These can be quickly shared to family and friends in just three clicks. The smart phone also comes with interchangeable backs called shells which are available in different colors. It also allows wireless transfer of data from the old smart phone units to the Motorola Moto G unit within minutes.

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