Motorola Moto G 2014 (second generation) vs Motorola Moto E full review

Motorola has updated the Moto G smartphone again and the 2014 edition has the exact same name as before. But how does it compare to the firm's cheapest smartphone, the Moto E? Find out in our Moto G2 (2014) vs Moto E comparison review. See also: The best phone you can buy in 2014.

Ok, the new 2014 Moto G isn't actually called the Moto G2 but it's easy to get confused so in this article we're going to call it by that name. It's also worth noting that Motorola updated the original Moto G with 4G and a microSD card slot (nothing else is different). We'll be referring to this as the Moto G 4G. Luckily, there is just one Moto E, so that's nice and simple.

Moto G2 (2014) vs Moto E: Price

The Moto G2 comes in at £145 for the 8 GB model which is only a little more than the Moto G 4G which you can pick up for £130. Meanwhile, the original Moto E, as we've mentioned already is Motorola's cheapest smartphone and you can pick one up for just £89. Read: The best budget smartphones: what's the best budget smartphone?

That's a reasonable difference at the budget end of the smartphone market, so read on to see what you get for your money with each device.

Moto G2 (2014) vs Moto E: Design

Design wise, the Moto G2 looks very similar to the Moto E, more so than the original Moto G thanks to the new front facing stereo speakers. Apart from being larger, they share the same design language and build quality. You can get interchangeable rear covers called Moto Shells for either.

In terms of dimensions the Moto G2 is a little thinner at 11 mm compared to 12.3 mm. However, since it's a larger phone, it is heavier at 149 g against 142 g.

Moto G2 vs Moto E

Moto G2 (2014) vs Moto E: Screen and speakers

A major difference between these two smartphones is the screen size and resolution. The Moto E is relatively small at 4.3in while the Moto G2 is 5in (up from 4.5in). Which is more suitable for you is something you'll have to decide.

It's worth noting that the Moto G2 uses a higher HD resolution of 720 x 1280 meaning a pixel density of 294ppi while the Moto E uses qHD (540 x 960) which results in a lower 256ppi – that's still impressive for a phone of its price. It's not the biggest deal but also in the Moto G2's favour is its IPS panel which offers much better viewing angles.

Although it might looks like it on the surface, only the Moto G2 has front facing stereo speakers. The Moto E just has a single speaker.  

Motorola Moto E

Moto G2 (2014) vs Moto E: Processor, memory and storage

Inside the Moto E is a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Moto G2 is better equipped with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. You'll get better performance from the G, especially if you want to do things like gaming.

On the storage front, you have a choice of 8- or 16 GB on the Moto G2 plus there's a microSD card slot which can take up to 32 GB. Things are more limited if you opt for the Moto E with just 4GB of internal capacity, but it also has a microSD card slot.

Moto G2 2014 dual-SIM

Moto G2 (2014) vs Moto E: 4G and dual-SIMs

As standard, the Moto G2 comes in dual-SIM model – although this won't be a big deal for most users. Strangely it doesn't support 4G LTE networks so if you need this then you'll need to opt for the older Moto G 4G. It's unsurprising that the Moto E doesn't offer dual-SIM or 4G.

Moto G2 (2014) vs Moto E: Cameras

The Moto G2 has been upgraded with an 8 Mp main camera but is still restricted to 720p quality – strange considering 8 Mp is plenty to reach 1080p. It's a significant amount better than the Moto E which has a 5 Mp camera with no LED flash and video limited to 480p.

If you like taking selfies then the Moto E isn't going to be your friend since it doesn't even have a front camera. The Moto G2, though, has 2Mp shooter which can shoot 720p video.

Moto G2 2014 Android software

Moto G2 (2014) vs Moto E: Software

Of course, things are essentially identical on the software front with Android 4.4 KitKat on both phones with a stock user interface. Motorola does add its own apps such as Migrate, Alert and Assist and the 2014 model being dual-SIM means there is additional functionality so you can decide when to use each SIM card.

It's worth pointing out that Motorola has already guaranteed an upgrade to Android L when it arrives for the Moto G2. The Moto E may well get it too, but this hasn't been confirmed.

Motorola Moto E battery

Moto G2 (2014) vs Moto E: Battery life    

In terms of battery life, the Moto G2 is the best performer here, able to offer most users a couple of day before conking out. The Moto E lasts a more classic one day. Although both have removable rear covers, neither battery can be refused.


Motorola Moto E: Specs

  • Android 4.4 KitKat OS
  • 4.3in qHD display (540x960), 256 ppi
  • 1.2GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU
  • Adreno 302 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD up to 32GB
  • 5Mp rear camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • GPS
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • CDMA 850/900/1900MHz 7.3Wh (1980mAh) non-removable battery
  • 65x125x12.3mm
  • 142g

Motorola Moto G 2014 (second generation): Specs

  • Android 4.4 KitKat OS
  • 5in display (720x1280), 294ppi
  • 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8/16GB internal storage
  • 8Mp rear camera with LED Flash
  • 2Mp front camera
  • Video recording at up to 720p
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • A-GPS
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • non-removable battery
  • 71x142x11mm
  • 149g