Moto G 3rd Gen vs Moto G 2nd Gen: Specs, Price, and Features compared

Motorola has pocketed a large market share in the lower-end of the smartphone market. Down to earth price of its devices, which featured most of the high-end features of the premium smartphones helped it to endear itself to the masses.

Motorola gained a lot of success with its Moto G series of smartphones. Its first iteration of Moto G smartphone was an instant success packing all the best specs at an unbelievable price tag. The Moto G 2nd Gen was also very successful and followed the same route as its predecessor. Again now, the Moto G 3rd Generation seems to live up to the formidable reputation of its predecessor and give most rivals a run for their money.

However, what are the changes that have been incorporated in the 3rd Generation Moto G:

Design and Looks

Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen

The Moto G 3rd Gen features a gently curved plastic body structure making it very comfortable to hold. It looks very chic and above all is largely customizable as per the user’s taste. Moto Maker enables the user to choose the front, back and trim. It is IPX7-certified water resistant handset, so can survive accidental splash.

Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen

The Moto G 2nd Generation is not water resistant, but it does have a similar plastic body that is aesthetic and comfortable too. It is not customizable and comes only in Black and White colour options.


Both the 2nd and 3rd Generation Moto G has an almost identical displays i.e. 5.0-inch Touchscreen display with 720 x 1280p screen resolution with a density of 294 PPI. It is one area where a lot a much could have been done.

A slightly improved display would have gone a long way in establishing the Moto G 3rd Generation as a formidable rival to the usual premium smartphone range currently available in the market.


Motorola Moto G 3rd Generation features a more powerful processor within its boot. The 3rd Gen Moto G comes packed with a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor. Whereas, the 2nd Gen Moto G features a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 32-bit processor. Thus, the Moto G 3rd Generation has a higher clock speed and a 64 bit boosting its abilities, especially when it comes to multitasking.


Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen.) also scores over when it comes to RAM. The 16 GB variant features 2GB RAM. However, the 8GB variant features 1 GB RAM just like its predecessor. Both the variants run on the latest Android platform with the Moto G 3rd Generation running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop while its predecessor runs on the Android 5.0.


Motorola Moto G 3rd Generation has made a huge jump when it comes to the camera. It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the back with a dual-LED flash, while there’s a 5-megapixel camera on the front.

In comparison, the Moto G 2nd Generation has just an 8-megapixel camera on the back with a single LED flash and a 2 megapixel one on the front.


Battery Life, Memory and Connectivity

Motorola Moto G 3rd Generation has made some improvement when it comes to battery life, memory and connectivity. Moto G 3rd Generation has a 2,470 mAh Li-polymer battery designed to give you all-day battery life. However, you will have to plug it before you go to bed. The Moto G 2nd Generation has a smaller 2,070 mAh juice pack that could last a full day.

As compared to Moto G 3rd Generation’s 8GB and 16GB storage space, Moro G 2nd Generation offers 8GB storage space only. Both the devices have microSD card slot that can augment the storage space up to 32 GB.

On the connectivity front, both the devices have similar connectivity features, which include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0. Both devices have 4G LTE though there’s also a 3G-only model of the Moto G 2nd Gen.


Final Verdict

There’s one negative change in the Moto G 3rd Gen, and that’s the price. The starting price of Moto G 3rd Generation is £179 (Rs. 11,999 approx.), and it’s a little more expensive than the Moto 2nd Gen, which is now available for £135 (Rs. 9,400 approx.) SIM free. But with all the upgrades it more than justifies the price hike.