Faceoff: Nokia X vs Moto G

Mobile phone maker Motorola can be termed as the ruler of the budget smartphone market, as its Moto G has already been declared the cost-efficient smartphone of 2013. However, yesteryear’s ruling mobile king Nokia has also offered the low-cost, Nokia X. Which one is the more efficient and can grab more market? Let’s take a look.

Nokia X1

Motorola took the budget smartphone market by storm in 2013 with the launch of the Moto G, which is one of the ablest low-cost Android models last year. Its original market price reduced further soon, making the deal even more attractive. It also features the updated Android KitKat that makes it only great for the consumers.


On the other hand, Nokia made its plans known for a budget Android-based phone with the launch of Nokia X. Nokia is known for its quality, sturdy phones for low cost though its former glory has been much lost. Moreover, Nokia has been making big news again with Windows based phones. Thus the Android-based Nokia X is a big surprise. Nokia launched the XL and X+ at the 2014 MWC in February. This is rather a shock as Nokia has always been a strong ally of Microsoft and its Windows platform.

When the two budget Android phones from Nokia and Motorola are compared, which offers more attractive bait to the consumers? Here’s an effort to find that out.

Nokia X

Design & Built

When looks and style are concerned, there’s no denying that both the smartphones are rather low-grade given their budget price points. Motorola’s Moto G features boring and chunky shape and design though thankfully it is lightweight. The boring, dull black panel can be changed with more color options, all of them are of cheap plastic ones. The built is fairly good, though.

The Nokia X also features a rather cheap quality design which is similar to that of Nokia’s budget Asha range regarding construction. However, Nokia X does look much more appealing regarding design than the Moto G. It also features the shape similar to the popular Nokia Lumia Windows Phone range and comes in vibrant color options. Built wise also it is pretty sturdy and lightweight.

Thus, the Nokia X is a winner regarding design and built in comparison with Moto G.

Motorola G


One of Moto G’s remarkable features is its responsive touchscreen. It features a 4.5 inch IPS LCD that is bright, crisp, sharp and very colorful. It offers pixels per inch of 326 ppi that ensures that gaming and clicking pictures offer a great experience.

On the other hand, the Nokia X also gets an IPS LCD which is slightly smaller at 4 inch and features a bit lower resolution of 233ppi. This screen is bright and crisp and offers excellent color vibrancy as well, but it is not as lively as the Moto G’s screen.

Moto G

Processor & Performance

The Moto G features a quad-core Snapdragon 400 with 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM. The processor is coupled with the great Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS. The Moto G is thus great to run. It is quick and responsive and does not get slowed down. The Moto G can even handle complicated graphically intensive gaming without slowing down a bit. It is a feature where the affordable Moto G beats its more premium rivals as well.

The Nokia X, on the other hand, runs on the bit older dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play at 1GHz and offers just 512MB of RAM. Though Nokia is a veteran optimization and has made this setup work nicely with the custom Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in its system, its hardware is simply not a match for the Moto G’s specs.

Thus, here the Moto G wins with more apps and games in the offer for the user.


Storage & Connectivity

The Moto G is available in the market in the two storage options of either 8GB or 16GB inbuilt memory. The Moto G does not offer microSD card slot thus, does not offer any way of expanding the storage.

On the other hand, the Nokia X comes with a much lesser inbuilt storage space of just a meager 4GB. However, it offers the flexibility of expanding the memory to up to 32GB with its microSD card slot. In this, the Nokia X does provide more flexibility to the user.

Regarding connectivity, none of these affordable Android-based smartphones are offer 4G capabilities. However, both do offer Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, microUSB, and GPS.


The Moto G packs in a 2,070mAh battery while the Nokia X comes with a slightly lesser 1,500mAh battery. Both offer good work and play time to use the phones all day.


Both Moto G and Nokia X are Android based. The Moto G is very cheap considering it runs the latest version of Android. As a result, it comes with all the new tweaks, features and lots of optimizations to make sure that everything works great which Android is meant to do.

On the other hand, Nokia has endowed a mix and match a version of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Nokia X along with the Nokia or Microsoft’s custom-built interface as well as custom built app suite. This results in an entirely different interface and experience that is very much different than that of Androids. The Nokia X’s home screen as well as app drawer navigation also imitates the Windows Phone platform’s interface styling with vertical scrolling tile and swiping apps listing.

Facebook and Opera browser are pre-installed in the Nokia X along with access to Nokia app store, but you can also run the Google Play and the Android apps. Thus, this phone offers a combination of both

the Android and Windows phone benefits. However, the top-notch contents might not run smoothly here. But on the whole, the Nokia X has great things on offer.

Bottom line

Both the Moto G and the Nokia X are groundbreaking and pocket-friendly smartphones that provide excellent performance, features, and superb smartphone experience.


Ajay chauhan is an SEO expert currently working with Eseo solutions.

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