Motorola Moto G vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini – Specs Review and Price


Smart phone makers Motorola and Samsung are vehemently competing in the smart phone arena. With the advent of the Moto G mid-range smartphone as its UK response to the Moto X, available only in the US.

But one has to be pragmatic as to how does it compare to the current competition in the mid-range market which has perennially been dominated by Samsung? A well compiled report on the similarities and the differences between the two competitors gives a good indicator as to who comes out on top.

The Moto G sports a 4.5-inch display compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, which settles at 4.3-inches. In terms of resolution, the Moto G also comes out on top with its 1280 x 720 LCD screen, with a pixel density of 329ppi, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini’s Super AMOLED display that has a 540 x 960 resolution with 256ppi.

The Moto G will also be a bigger device than the S4 mini, measuring 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm compared to 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9mm.

Under the hood, the Moto G packs a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor compared to the dual-core 1.7GHz in the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. This will mean the Moto G will be faster at performing the everyday tasks you throw at it, but we found the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini to be smooth and fast.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini brings to smartphone foray a better camera. Besides an 8-megapixel rear camera, along with a 1.9-megapixel front camera for any video calling on the Samsung S4 Mini. Adding to all of this are camera features which include functions such as face detection and panorama.

The Moto G is a lot cheaper than the S4 Mini and it comes in multiple interchangeable backs with different color schemes compared to the S4 mini’s two. Moto G will be available from tomorrow for £135 for the 8GB model, £159 for the 16GB, while the Samsung S4 Mini sits on the shelf for a SIM-free price of £320.

The Moto G wins in a number of areas including processor, battery, price and color availability, while the S4 Mini picks up points for camera, storage and connectivity.