Moto X VS Moto G

July 28, 2015 Launch Of The New Motorola G Smartphone
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Motorola, a company Google purchased in 2012 only to sell off again in 2014, has two major Android phones they completely developed and released under Google ownership, the Moto X and the Moto G. They continued offering Moto X and Moto G models even after the company was spun off, and the two lines followed very similar patterns. (The Moto Z line was developed later.) 

The main differences between the two phone series lie in looks and capabilities.

The Moto X was the fancy flagship phone, and the Moto G was the cheap, pragmatic phone. Although the Moto X eventually began fading out and was slowly replaced by the Moto Z, so it is no longer quite as fancy as it once was considered to be. It is, however, a good value at for an unlocked phone. 

Moto 360

Both the Moto X and Moto G phone lines are compatible with the Moto 360 smartwatch line as well as other Android watches. 


Both phones offer LTE compatibility, and the Moto X Pure is sold unlocked and available for use with all major US carriers. All but one of the Moto G models is also sold unlocked. 

Water Resistance

Both the Moto G and X lines offer a nano-coating for some water and dust resistance. It's not designed to make the phone waterproof, but it should be enough to keep either phone safe during a rain storm or a quick splash from the sink. 

Screen Size

The Moto X has a 5.7-inch screen. The Moto G has more variation but is generally in the 5.5 range. That's not a huge difference. 


The Moto X Pure has a 21-megapixel camera. The Moto G's camera varies, from 8-16 mp. You can record full 1080p HD video on the Moto X, but you may not be able to do so on all Moto G models. Both also have front-facing cameras for cha. Both have gesture control to activate the camera. 

Operating System

Both phones run on Android and will likely be eligible for updates for a few years, although they're one version behind as of this writing. Both phones are run Lollipop (Android 5.0) and later Android versions. Both feature tight Google Now (aka Google Assistant) integration right out of the box. 

Bottom Line

What is important to you on this decision: Price or speed? Some phone users really just want an acceptable phone that will work well enough and are okay not buying the latest and fanciest phones. The Moto G is a fine phone, and there are some variations to beef it up for those who want more power.The Moto X isn't the latest and greatest anymore, so shop around for bargains this holiday season and see what you can find. That said, the Moto X is still a great value and has a better camera than the Moto G family.