In 2013, from the point of view of many tech critics, the Galaxy S4 was considered as one of the best smartphones, but it has some fierce competitors such as G2 or Moto X. Depending on your preferences or your budget, you can choose the smartphone that can meet your criteria.
Displays and Designs
The G2 has a bigger display than its competitors, measuring 5.2inches. It’s a True HD-IPS + LCD display with a Full HD resolution of 1080x1920pixels and 423ppi. The S4’s display is also Full HD, but it’s Super AMOLED and has the size of 5inces, which supports the same screen resolution, but a slightly higher pixel density – 424ppi. The Moto X has a smaller display than its rivals, which is an AMOLED with a HD resolution of 720x1280pixels and 312ppi.
The Moto X has a modest appearance, having a plastic frame that imitates carbon fiber, and it makes it lighter compared to other smartphones. The G2 has buttons on the back panel, while its predecessor has side buttons. As for the Galaxy S4, Samsung decided to retain it the same standard design found at other Galaxy models.
The dimensions of each smartphone are: G2 – 138.5×70.9×8.9mm (143grams), Galaxy S4 – 136.6×69.8×7.9mm(130grams), Moto X -129.3×65.3×10.4mm (130grams).
Hardware and OS
The G2 has a “wise” processor which is a quad core clocked at 2.3GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset) so for that, it deserves our appreciation. It’s followed by the Galaxy S4, with its octa core consisting of quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A15&quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 (Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset). On the last position we find the Moto X with its humble dual-core 1.7GHz Krait processor with Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon chipset.
All three devices host 2GB of RAM, but the G2 has a more advanced GPU – Adreno 330, while both of its competitors have an Adreno 320 GPU. The G2 and the Moto X have unexpandable variants of internal memories of 16/32GB, respectively 16/32/64GB. The Samsung model has an unexpandable variant of internal memory of 64GB and other two variants of 16/32GB which can be expanded up to 64GB.
When they were released, all three models were loaded with Android 4.2.2 JellyBean OS, but in time, the owners of the G2 and S4 were able to upgrade their OS to the 4.4.2 KitKat version. Only the Moto X supports the 4.4.4 version. Each smartphone has its own UI interface, and the easiest one to use is Samsung’s TouchWiz. The Galaxy S4 has these features: Smart Pause, Air Gestures, Group Play, WatchON and Smart Scroll; the G2 comes with HQ Audio, Hi-fi Audio, Guest Mode, QuickRemote and Slide Aside, while the Moto X has and Active Display, Touchless Control, Quick Capture and Design customization.
Both the G2 and S4 have 13MP rear cameras and they both feature LED Flashes, but the G2 has a slightly better front camera of 2.1MP, while the Samsung model has a 2MP secondary camera, which is not much different than Moto X’s 2MP front camera. The last phone, on the other hand, has a weaker primary camera, whose resolution is around 10MP, but which features a 1.4 µm pixel size.
All three smartphones are capable of recording videos of 1080p Full HD.
The G2 has the best battery, with a capacity of 3000mAh, but it’s non-removable and this would be a problem in time. The S4 has a battery of 2600mAh, while the battery in the Moto X is of 2200mAh.
The smartphones we compared in this article are available on amazon.com at these prices: the G2 16GB variant – 395 dollars, the S4 16GB variant – 428 dollars and the Moto X 16GB variant – 300 dollars.
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