Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014 comparison: is this real progress?

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Moto G devices usually get released in September, so Motorola has really spoiled us by revealing the 2015 edition more than a month early. If you're wondering what's new this time around and whether it's worth your time and money to upgrade, our Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014 comparison will tell you the vital statistics you need to know.

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Here's the Moto G 2015 (3rd Gen)... so what's new? © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014: release date and price

Last year's Moto G was something of a revelation, combining a decent spec and stock Android for a very appealing price. When it first went on sale, you could pick up the handset for US$179/£149, which meant we could forgive the very small bump up in components over the 2013 version.

The new version is out, and prices start at US$179 or £179 - so if you're in the UK you're going to have to pay more to get your hands on it. You get a more capable phone for your money though. 

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The Moto G 2014 is a tough contender to beat. © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014: design

The plain, unassuming looks of last year's Moto G have been carried over to this year's edition, with a molded glass look around the front of the device and a rubbery backing around the rear. There is a new metal oval strip down the back of the Moto G 2015, housing an upgraded camera lens.

Also new this year is waterproofing, so you don't need to panic if your phone should drop in a puddle (just don't leave it there overnight). The chassis is slightly larger too, though the screen size has stayed the same, and it's good to see Motorola sticking with a simple design that works.

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The Moto G 2015 was not designed with a removable battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014: display

Both last year's phone and this year's model feature a 5-inch screen, and the screen resolution remains the same too, at 720 x 1,280 pixels.

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Like the Moto G 2014, the Moto G 2015 has a 5-inch HD display. © ANDROIDPIT

Everything else is pretty much as it was, but the Moto G 2014 display was decent enough, so you won't find us complaining too loudly about its successor.

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014: camera

The camera inside last year's Moto G punched above its 8 MP weight, even if it couldn't compete with the best snappers inside the high-end handsets. The 2015 edition of the phone gets an upgrade to a 13 MP lens so your shots should look even better, if Motorola has got the optics right.

Around the front, the all-important selfie camera has been given a boost too, from 2 MP to 5 MP. Mobile photo quality is about more than just megapixel ratings of course, but it's nice to see the Moto G 2015 getting a specs boost for the camera that puts it at the top tier of the mid-range market.

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Viewing angles are very good on both Moto Gs. / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014: performance

Mid-range phones are always a trade-off between price and performance, but we were pretty impressed with the speed and responsiveness of the 2014 Moto G. The lack of bloatware and the stock version of Android installed on the phone certainly helped out in regards to performance.

Last year's phone came with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM, while this year's edition ups that to a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 410, also with 1 GB of RAM. Combined with Android Lollipop 5.1, that should make for a phone that's far more powerful and capable than its predecessor.

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The Moto G 2015 comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.© ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014: features

Aside from the internal spec bump and the slightly refined design, there isn't too much difference between the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Moto G. We've already mentioned waterproofing, perhaps the most obvious new feature, and 4G support for high-speed networks has been added too.

There's still a MicroSD card slot if you want to up the internal storage, which stands at 8 GB. You get the usual Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity options and so users of the old model won't have too many surprises feature-wise if they pick up the new one.

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The new Moto G 2015 has a front camera packing 5 million pixels. © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014: battery

One of the advantages of less powerful phones are longer times between battery charges (because the components don't need as much energy to keep running). The Moto G 2014 came with a rather small 2070 mAh battery that was enough to get you through a day or a day-and-a-half of use.

The Moto G 2015 boosts this to a much more respectable 2470 mAh battery, but considering the other internal specs have been improved and the screen resolution is greater, you're probably looking at the same sort of battery life — charging your phone is still going to be a nightly ritual.

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The Moto G 2014 has quite a good battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014: early verdict

We're looking forward to giving the new Moto G a run through its paces in our full review, but first impressions are that this is a very capable phone: Motorola has put together some well-chosen upgrades without ruining what made the Moto G a great phone.

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So is the new Moto G really that good? / © ANDROIDPIT

The price has gone up, but so have the specifications, and we reckon the value-for-money of this year's Moto G is as good as ever. It's one compelling reason not to opt for a high-end handset and save some money on a phone that's almost as good as the flagships.

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  • Julia
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    Dec 14, 2016 Link to comment

    That is an amazing article, thanks!

  • Harsha S Aug 2, 2015 Link to comment

    After all the big brands now its time for Made In India handsets, Yureka Plus could be in mid range but still can give tough competition for all major brands

  • Estella Tapia Aug 2, 2015 Link to comment

    I have a Samsung Galaxy s5 android SM-G900R7 but idk s from Verizon o sprint I getting thru company name United wireless.... Help Plz

  • Subham Mazumder Jul 31, 2015 Link to comment

    I am using moto g first generation. Since I have updated to lollipop.the phone has gone slow.battery is draining like hell.and finally the main problem is when I am playing any music through loud speaker the player seems to pause automatically and no sound is able to be heard even its playing

  • Tidhar Seifer Jul 31, 2015 Link to comment

    You have few embarrassing mistakes:
    1. Regarding the battery you wrote that although the much larger battery you're expecting "the same battery life"... because of higher spec and higher screen resolution.... REALLY? Well.... The resolution is EXACTLY the same, the screen-size is EXACTLY the same, and the processor is just slightly faster than last year's model... So we're actually expecting an incredible improvement of battery life. Btw, The new CPU is indeed more power-consuming, but not by much, and the effect on battery consumption is very small
    2. CPU related Performances: you describe the new phone as "far more powerfull" while the processor has similar real-world-performances... It's only advantage is with memory handling, so it will effect multitasking on devices with more than 1GB of memory (which leads to the third point)
    3.Memory: You present the Moto G 2015 as having 1GB of memory while the 16GB model has 2GB of memory... twice the RAM of the previous model...

    You're AdroidPit... How come you make so many basic mistakes in one article?

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