Moto G 2nd gen Vs Samsung Grand 2 Vs Zenphone 5

Which is better ? All of these handsets are best seller in the mid range segment. These handsets are all equipped with powerful processor and have more than 1 GB Ram. The camera is 8 MP for all the three smartphones and has good autofocus for daylight photographs. I have used all three of them and I really liked the Zenphone 5 camera while other two also are almost comparable.

 Lets first see how all the three smartphones look when compared side by side, the Grand 2 is the largest of the 3 with the biggest screen size of 5.2 inches.

Moto G 2nd gen Vs Samsung Grand 2 Vs Zenphone 5
All three handsets have good built quality


Moto G 2nd gen Vs Samsung Grand 2 Vs Zenphone 5
The back panel

All three handsets offer good build quality and design, you may like Asus for the metallic finish and Moto G for the matte back panel and curves. Samsung Grand 2 design is more like the old Samsung S3 model with signature Samsung feel. Moto G on the positive note has the best design according to me. It is very easy to hold, non slippery and curvy, like a nexus 5. Zenphone 5 has smoothed edges & feel premier in hand.

Let’s dig deep into the Specs and Pricing of all 3 handsets and some user insights to see which is better.

Comparing Moto G 2nd gen Vs Samsung Grand 2 Vs Zenphone 5

Brand Motorola G 2nd Gen XT 1068. Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Asus Zenphone 5 A501CG
SIM Type Dual Sim, GSM + GSM Dual Sim, GSM + GSM Dual Sim, GSM + GSM
Video Recording Yes, 720 x 1280, 30 fps 1080p @ 30FPS [email protected]
Secondary Camera Yes, 2 Megapixel Yes, 1.9 Megapixel Yes, 2 Megapixel
Primary Camera Yes, 8 Megapixel Yes, 8 Megapixel Yes, 8 Megapixel, Auto Focus
Weight 149 g 163 gm 145 g
Display Resolution HD, 1280×720 Pixels, 294ppi HD, 1280 x 720 Pixels, 280ppi HD, 1280 x 720 Pixels, 294 ppi
Type IPS LCD TFT 5 Inches inch IPS display
Screen Size 5 Inches 5.25 Inches 5 inch
Battery capacity 2070 mAh 2600 mAh Lithium, 2110 mAh
Expandable Memory microSD, upto 32 GB microSD, upto 64 GB microSD, upto 64 GB
Memory RAM 1 RAM 1.5 RAM 2 RAM
Internal 16 GB 8 GB 16 GB
Graphics Adreno 305, 450 MHz Single Core Adreno 305 PowerVR SGX544MP2
OS Android v4.4.4 (KitKat) Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean), Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean), Upgradable to v4.4 (KitKat)
OS upgadable Android Lollipop confirmed Android Kitkat , Lollipop unlikely Lollipop no confirmation
Processor 1.2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad Core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400  Dual-core 2 GHz (Z2580)/ 1.6 GHz (Z2560)
Price 12,999 17,999 12,999

We have taken the 16Gb version of both the Asus Zenphone 5 and Moto G 2nd generation to compare with the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. Reason was simple as the price difference increases more compared to the Samsung Device if we take 8 GB version.

Detailed Comparison & Thoughts:

Starting with the processor – Moto G2 and Samsung Grand 2 has same processor snapdragon 400. While Asus has an Intel SOC, all these have an Antutu Score of 18k +- 10% so relative performance is almost equivalent in GPU and CPU tasks.

Video Recording is 720p for Moto G 2 which is of lower grade compared to other 2 smartphones which offer 1080p recording.

Camera & Photography – All the three handsets offer good autofocus shots,Color reproduction and powerful flash for low light photographs.

Front Camera is also similar in all the three devices nothing much there.

Screen Size :Samsung Grand 2 has a bigger screen measuring 5.2 inch, if you would like a big screen device. Samsung may appeal you. Asus & Moto G2 has 5 inch screen which is idle.

Battery Capacity: Moto G2 (2070 mAh)  Samsung Grand 2 (2600 mAh Lithium), Asus Zenphone 5 (2110 mAh). Samsung has an advantage here when it comes to the battery life. Also the large battery makes it bulky , Grand 2 weighs 163 gm while other two have less than 150 gm weight.

Ram: Moto G has 1 GB , Samsung grand 2 has 1.5 GB and Asus Zenphone 5 has 2 GB. Pretty much self explanatory.

Internal Storage – Samsung Grand 2 has 8-GB internal memory while other two have 16 GB memory.

Android Version: Samsung Grand 2 can be updated to Kitkat and Asus/Moto G2 runs on Kitkat. Now Google has announced the Android Lollipop and it is tempting & tasty. With a Moto G2 you will certainly get a Lollipop update and that too very soon. For other smartphones can’t say when it will happen or not.

Conclusion: Moto G 2nd gen Vs Samsung Grand 2 Vs Zenphone 5

Coming to the price Moto G second generation is priced at  12,999 and so is Asus Zenphone 5. Samsung charges a premium over both the smartphones and is priced at 17,999 as on October 20, 2014. For the additional 5000 rupees, you can almost pick up a Xiaomi redmi 1s. Samsung is not an option for a value buyer like me, but it is decent phone with good brand name, distribution after sales service. Samsung Grand 2 also has a bigger screen and Samsung touchwiz user interface and slightly better battery life. You can buy it if you are a Samsung enthusiast.

Asus Zenphone 5 – has all the right features, superb quality and matches Moto G 2nd Generation in all aspects. It is a great value for money smartphone. You can surely buy it.

Moto G 2nd Generation – Great value for money smartphone. The earlier generation lacked the camera quality which is upgraded in the Moto G 2nd Generation to 8 MP from the earlier 5 MP. It is sure to get the android Lollipop update and have superb finish and build quality. This can be your best bet.



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