Yeah, you read it right. Motorola’s cost-effective solution, Moto G, has been knocking doors for a while now and a comparison against the mighty Google Nexus 4 is inevitable. Although a delayed launch pushed this back (for fans in India), its always better late than never.

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Both devices are backed by the Mountain View giant in one manner or the other. While the Nexus lineup is self-subsidized by Google, the Motorola Moto G has backup on the software side of things.

That being said, which one should you go for?


Model Google Nexus 4 Motorola Moto g
Display 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720p 4.5-inch, 1280 x 720p
Processor 1.5GHz quad-core 1.2GHz quad-core
Internal Storage 8GB/16GB 8GB/16GB
OS Android v4.4 KitKat Android v4.3 Jelly Bean
Cameras 8MP/1.3MP 5MP/1.3MP
Battery 2100mAh 2070mAh
Price 21-22,000 INR Starts 12,499 INR


Both these devices come with two of the most practically-usable screen sizes, or so I feel. While the Moto G packs a 4.5-inch 720p display, the Nexus 4 does 0.2 diagonal inches extra and comes with the same 720p resolution on a 4.7-inch panel. Overall, a 4.7-inch display should suit most users better, given the general tendency to indulge in multimedia and gaming, which ask for larger screen real estate. Since the resolution on both these panels is practically identical, the Moto G does a slightly better pixel density thanks to the smaller screen.

Camera and Storage

Nexus devices traditionally haven’t been ones for shutterbugs. Although the 8MP shooter of the Nexus 4 looks much better on paper compared to the 5MP main sensor on the Moto G, it is expected to be more or less at par in terms of real world performance. It is no secret that the Nexus 4 camera is far from its USP. That being said, you should wait for real-life comparisons from GadgetsToUse before you jump the gun on either device.

Both devices are exactly identical on the storage front, with 8GB and 16GB variants on offer with neither supporting expandable storage. Whichever device you go for, you’re suggested to opt for the 16GB variant for reasons obvious.

Processor and Battery

This is perhaps the category that’s most decisive. Motorola’s Moto G comes with quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, which is excellent value for money at the concerned price point. On the other hand, the Nexus 4 gets its horses from a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon APQ8064 processor, which is basically an underclocked variant of the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600. To put it in simple terms, the Nexus 4 does have a clear but not significant upper hand on the processing front.

Motorola claim ‘all day battery’ with the 2070mAh unit. On the other hand, the Nexus 4 packs a similar 2100mAh battery, which isn’t as impressive thanks to the larger screen. If battery life is your primary concern, the Moto G would be a better bet.


Both devices enjoy great software support from the community and Google itself. It is clear that the Nexus 4 is the more powerful between the two, however, in plain value for money terms, there’s no beating the Moto G, at least for now. If you can do with slightly lesser performance (we expect you to be coming from a single-core or a dual-core handset anyway), the Moto G is the card to put your money on. Benefits like battery are an added bonus!


  1. Hi Yash,

    A good comparison, would it be better if we compared in similar price brackets, Inevitably the bang for buck or VFM will be given to Moto G.

    Moto G VS Xolo Q1100 was really good. If we could have comparison with Elife E3 (comes a tad under 14K) and E5 (around 15K), this will give an bird’s eye view on all the sets under the same price bracket.

    • Hello Faisal,
      Thanks a lot for your input. Yes, you’re right, it would make sense to compare devices of similar value; However, one reason which compels you to compare the Moto G and Nexus 4 is the ‘Google’ aspect. Both devices are among those to receive updates faster than devices from independent OEMs, and hence we thought it would make sense to let our readers know of our thoughts on the subject.
      We can definitely have a comparison you mentioned. Your thoughts?

  2. Hi Yash,

    Very well put in details and response by you, I did thought about this on “Google aspect” and this will definitely have an upper hand on other handsets. The Motorola Moto G was one of the first non-Nexus devices to be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat.

    What about Sony’s upcoming handset codename D5103 which will have similar specs to Moto G.
    Find 5 Mini from Oppo and Gionee Elife E5 going against Moto G. they all have non-removable battery and no sd-card support.


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