Sony Xperia M2 vs. Moto G – Specifications, Features and Price Showdown

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | July 23, 2014 1:07 PM EST

Motorola Moto G was released in the last quarter of 2013. In addition, the company also launched a 4G LTE version of Moto G in May 2014. The Sony Xperia M2, on the other hand, was released in May 2014. Moreover, both the phones are budget-friendly and pack terrific features. Readers who are interested in the Moto G or the Sony Xperia M2 should check out this specifications, features and price comparison.

Display, Exterior and Size

The Sony Xperia M2 comes with 4.8-inch TFT display bundled with 540 x 960 pixels screen resolution, whereas the Moto G features a relatively smaller 4.5-inch IPS LCD display bundled with 720 x 1,280 pixels screen resolution. The pixel density of Moto G and Sony Xperia M2 stand at 329 ppi and 229 ppi respectively.

When it comes to exterior, the Sony Xperia M2 comes with a plastic body unlike the high-end Xperia devices. Nevertheless, the plastic exterior helps keep the handset's weight in check. The disadvantage is that the rear is prone to fingerprints and scratches, according to Tech Radar.  The Moto G, meanwhile, comes with a sharp HD display that stretches from edge-to-edge to all corners of the handset. Similar to Xperia M2, the Motorola handset comes with a plastic body.

For extra protection, 2014 Moto G (4G LTE) variant comes with a water-resistant coating protecting the phone inside and outside. It is worth noting that, the protection is just a coating and hence there is no IP67 certification.

The thickness and the weight of Sony Xperia M2 are 0.34 inches and 148 g respectively, whereas the Moto G is 0.46 inches thick and weighs 143 g.

Hardware, Software and Memory

Surprisingly, both Moto G and Xperia M2 are powered by the same quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400) Cortex-A7 processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM.

In addition, both the phones run on Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean. However, the 2014 Moto G (4G LTE) variant runs on Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat). Moreover, the handsets are upgradable to higher Android versions.

When it comes to memory, the Xperia M2 offers 8 GB of internal storage and microSD card support for expansion up to 32 GB. The Moto G comes with 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage with no microSD slot. Nevertheless, the 4G LTE variant of Moto G houses microSD slot for expansion up to 32 GB.

Camera and Battery

The Motorola handset sports 5 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 1.3 MP front-facing shooter, whereas the Sony device features an 8 MP rear-facing camera unit with LED flash and a VGA shooter in the front.

Furthermore, the Sony Xperia M2 houses a good Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery unit, whereas the Moto G houses a relatively inferior Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery unit. Both the batteries are not user-replaceable.

 

Moto G

Sony Xperia M2

Talk Time

24 Hours

14 Hours

Stand-by Time

336 Hours

693 Hours

Connectivity, SIM and Colour

Both the phones come equipped with Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, and USB charging facility. Besides, both the phones support micro-sim. It is worth noting that, several variants of Xperia M2 and Moto G support dual-sim mode. Also, the Xperia M2 supports NFC, while the Moto G doesn't.

The Sony Xperia M2 comes in black, white and purple, whereas the Moto G comes with black/white front panel but the back panel is customizable with six different colour options.

Price

The Sony Xperia M2 8 GB (with 4G LTE) can be purchased at AU$289.95. The 2013 Moto G 8 GB (without 4G LTE) variant can be purchased at AU$249.95, while the 2014 Moto G 8 GB (4G LTE) model is priced at AU$299.95 in Australia.

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