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Moto E vs Moto G vs Moto G 4G: Which should I buy?

We compare three great-value Motorola phones, all under £150 – the Moto E, Moto G and Moto G 4G – to see what the difference is, and which is best for you.

If you want a decent phone but have naff all cash, Motorola is your new bestest bud. The Moto E, Moto G and Moto G 4G are all excellent phones, and cheap enough to slap a smile on Scrooge’s chops. Here’s a quick comparison of the main specs, and which one is best for you…

Moto G vs Moto G 4G vs Moto E: Which Motorola smartphone should I buy?

Moto E vs Moto G vs Moto G 4G: Specs comparison

Phone Moto E Moto G (2013) Moto G 4G (2014)
Price £89 £99 £149
Screen size 4.3-inches 4.5-inches 4.5-inches
Screen sharpness (PPI) 256 326 326
4G? No No Yes
Processor Dual-core Snapdragon 200 Quad-core Snapdragon 400 Quad-core Snapdragon 400
Camera 5MP 5MP autofocus + flash 5MP autofocus + flash
Storage 4GB 8GB (16GB costs extra) 8GB (16GB costs extra)
MicroSD slot? Yes No Yes

Moto E vs Moto G vs Moto G 4G: Which should I buy?

As you can see from the specs chart, the Moto E is just £10 cheaper than the original Moto G, but misses out on a lot of the best features. The Moto G’s 720p HD screen has been cut back to a still-colourful-but-not-as-sharp display, and the camera’s flash and auto-focus are gone too. Even though the Moto E is a great handset, we’d recommend you pay the extra tenner and bag the Moto G instead.

Motorola Moto G: a great all-round smartphone, but the Moto G 4G corrects a couple of its few flaws

But then, which Moto G is best for you? Last year’s model, or the brand new Moto G 4G?

For £50 extra, the only upgrades you get are 4G support and a microSD memory card slot. Personally we think that’s enough to justify the extra cost, especially since the limited storage was one of the only drawbacks of the original Moto G. That microSD slot means you can happily carry around plenty of HD movies and apps, and the 4G support means the phone is now future-proof. With 4G tariffs now dropping in price (e.g. Tesco Mobile’s 4G at no extra cost), that’s more important than ever.

Alternative measures

If you’re desperate for 4G but really can’t push up to that £150 asking price, don’t despair – you can always forget Motorola and bag an EE Kestrel instead, the only 4G phone to cost under £100. You don’t get an HD screen, but the Kestrel is a great all-round phone still.

Now check out our best smartphone under £100 feature, to see how the Moto G and Moto E stack up against the £89 Nokia Lumia 630 and the EE Kestrel.

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