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Currently, Motorola seems to be the king of budget smartphones. With the launch of the Moto G ($179.99) and more recently the Moto E ($129.99), it seems like Motorola has a smartphone tier for just about anyone. Motorola’s Moto X has also dropped in price to $349.99 off contract and just barely graces the budget phone border.

The good news is, there are plenty of budget Motorola devices to choose from, but now you’ll have to make a decision. Which one is the best for you? Let’s find out in our Moto showdown.

There are clear advantages to each of Motorola’s Moto options. The Moto E only requires a small investment, but lacks serious specifications. The Moto G is the “happy medium,” bringing decent performance, but at half the price of the Moto X which is the best Moto you can buy at the moment. Starting off at the top of the food chain, the Moto X is a flagship device that flirts with high-end specs, but how much better can it be over its budget competition?

Check out our comparison video below:

Moto X specs:

  • 4.7-inch AMOLED display 720 x 1280 (316 PPI)
  • Motorola X8 dual-core 1.7GHz (Snapdragon S4 Pro) processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of storage (depending on model)
  • 2,200mAh battery

On the backside you’ll find a 10-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video along with an LED flash and speaker. The front is home to a 2-megapixel camera, earpiece, and the appropriate sensors. One thing that I can attest to is the amazing battery life the Moto X offers. It was one of the strong points in my use and along with that, you can customize your Moto X using Moto Maker. The downside is, you’ll be stuck with the storage variation that you choose as the Moto X doesn’t offer expandable storage.

Moto G specs:

  • 4.5-inch IPS display 720 x 1280 (329 PPI)
  • Qual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8/16GB of storage (depending on model)
  • 2,070mAh battery

With the Moto G you’re getting a decent device on a budget. Starting at just $179, the Moto G offers customization via removable backplates, a 5-megapixel camera rear camera (720p video), LED flash, a small speaker, and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. This device isn’t going to outperform the Moto X, but it’s a strong contender. Motorola also launched an LTE version that includes a Micro SD card slot for storage expansion.

Moto E specs:

  • 4.3-inch display 540 x 960 (256 PPI)
  • Dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor
  • Adreno 302 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage (Expandable via SD card slot)
  • 1,980mAh battery

Obviously, the Moto E takes the cake for cheapest smartphone. Don’t worry though, just because it’s inexpensive, doesn’t mean it’s bad. The Moto E has a 5-megapixel rear camera, but unfortunately, it lacks auto-focus capabilities. That’s right, no auto-focus or even an LED flash. Also, the Moto E only has 4GB of internal storage, but luckily you can add an additional 32GB via the Micro SD card slot. Surprisingly, the front-facing speaker on the Moto E is decent. It’s nothing in comparison to the HTC One M8, but I found it to be more than acceptable for consuming media.

Sure, you’re probably better off spending an additional $50 for the Moto G, but for light users, the Moto E will get the job done. I did notice several stutters while using the Moto E, but for the price it’s hard to complain.

Out of these three phones, there’s definitely a winner, but it also depends on how much you’re willing to spend. The Moto X is packed with tons of features that we didn’t get a chance to cover in this showdown, but without a doubt it’s the top-tier Moto smartphone. If you’re looking for the best budget Motorola option, you’ll probably be happy with the Moto G over the Moto E. Unless you’re a very light smartphone user, the Moto E is going to be a tough phone to deal with long-term, but then again, it’s only $129.99. Which Moto smartphone do you prefer?

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4 Responses to “Full Comparison: Moto E vs Moto G vs Moto X (4K video)”

  1. I just want to say, this is everything I was looking for in a YouTube review. I usually can’t stand them, but you got right to the point and were very thorough – thanks for that!

    I’ve been trying to figure out if switching from my Samsung Galaxy to the Moto X (or X+1 / X2 coming up) would be a downgrade or not. I love that the Moto X has features nobody else has, particularly the touchless and voice features. If the HTC One M8 or iPhone 5s (or 6) had this I would probably go for one of those instead. Is the Moto X really a “budget” smartphone? That word throws up a red flag for me. I typically look for the best phone on the market, right now I’m over Samsung, curious about the iPhone 6 and having an iPhone in general, and leaning toward the HTC One M8.

    Penny for your thoughts?

  2. Shane Lear says:

    I’ve had many a smartphones in recent years, but when I got my Moto X last November, I quickly realized it was the best smartphone I’ve personally ever owned.

    It’s super quick, feature-rich and the battery lasts all day long, even when I use it heavily. It’s a great device and I look forward to it’s next incarnation because, in my opinion, the Moto X is about as good as it gets.

  3. Joseph Stall says:

    QuaL-core? Moto G…?