Moto X vs. Moto G

Which Motorola phone is best?

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Motorola has two major Android phones they developed and released under Google's ownership: the Moto X and the Moto G. The main differences between the two phone series lie in their looks and capabilities.

Moto X vs Moto G: A Tale of Two Phones 

Google purchased Motorola in 2012 only to sell it off again in 2014, but the phone company continued offering the Moto X and Moto G models. The Moto X was originally considered the fancy flagship phone, and the Moto G was the cheaper, pragmatic alternative. The Moto X was slowly replaced by the Moto Z; however, today, either an unlocked Moto X or Moto G phone is an excellent bargain.

Some newer Moto G phones boast better features than older Moto X models. Compare prices and specifications to find the best bargain.

Moto X Pros and Cons

Motorola marketed the Moto X under different names in different parts of the world. For example, the 2015 Moto X Force is also known as the Droid Turbo 2 while the Moto X Play is sometimes called the Droid Maxx 2.

The Moto X family was thought to be discontinued until the Moto X4 was unveiled in 2017. The Moto X4 holds the distinction of being the first U.S. device to be part of the Android One program.

What We Like

  • Dual-core CPU renders 3D graphics flawlessly for smooth mobile gaming.

  • OLED screen has sharper images than standard LCD screens.

What We Don't Like

  • Similar devices from other brands cost less.

  • Poor speaker performance.

  • HD camera struggles when capturing 4K video.

Moto G Pros and Cons

The Moto G remains Motorola's most successful line of phones. The new Moto G7 is set for release in 2019.

What We Like

  • One of the best bargain phones on the market.

  • Excellent EIS for recording videos.

What We Don't Like

  • Runs slow after more apps are installed.

  • Below average battery life.

Moto X vs Moto G: How Are They Alike?

The Moto X and Moto G models have more similarities than differences. For example:

  • Both the Moto X and Moto G are compatible with the Moto 360 smartwatch line as well as other Android watches. 
  • Both phones offer LTE compatibility.
  • The Moto X Pure is sold unlocked and available for use with all major U. S. carriers. All but one of the Moto G models is sold unlocked. 
  • The Moto X has a 5.7-inch screen. The Moto G a 5.5-inch screen. 
  • Both have front-facing cameras that support gesture control.
  • Both models feature Google Now (aka Google Assistant) integration. 
  • Both models feature a nano-coating for water and dust resistance. The coating does not make the phone waterproof, but it will keep the phone safe in a rainstorm or from a splash from the sink.

Operating Systems

Both phones run on Android and will likely be eligible for updates for a few years. Both models support Lollipop (Android 5.0) and later Android versions, but they tend to be at least one version behind. Newer phones, like the Moto X4, currently support Android 9 Pie; however, older phones may be limited to older versions of the Android OS.

Bottom Line

The decision comes down to which is more important to you: price or speed. Some phone users want a functional phone, and the Moto G is a suitable option. There are some variations of the Moto G for those who want more features. The Moto X isn't the latest and greatest line of phones anymore, but is still a great value and has a better camera than the Moto G family.