In a comeback bid, Nokia and Motorola are aggressively targeting the budget smartphone segment. With brand reputation and quality on their side, these mobile phone industry veterans are giving domestic players a run for their money. Undoubtedly, the Lumia 630 and Moto G are one of the best budget smartphones currently available in India. However, if you're not sure which one to pick among them, here's a comparison that will help you make an informed decision:
Construction And Aesthetics Nokia and Motorola are best in the business when it comes to delivering sturdiness on budget. Little wonder then, both Moto G and Lumia 630 feel rock solid. Their build quality is far superior when compared to the similarly priced smartphones.
In terms of design, Nokia has an edge with its modern design with sharp edges. Compared to Lumia, the Moto G looks a bit dated. In fact, it's design is quite similar to Nokia's three year old Lumia 710. The looks are subjective, but we think that the Lumia 630 fares better than the Moto G in the aesthetics department.
Display Both the Moto G and Lumia 630 sport 4.5-inch IPS screens. These screens are covered by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3. Thanks to ClearBlack tech, the Lumia 630's display produces deeper blacks. However, the Moto G's HD screen beats Nokia's offering in terms of sharpness. Nokia's 4.5" features 480x854 pixels, while the Moto G packs in 1280x720 pixels in the same display size. So Motorola clearly wins this round.
User Interface Moto G supports the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat. Motorola hasn't made many changes to the stock ROM. So the interface looks much better when compared to customised skins from Samsung, Sony, LG, Lenovo, and Gionee. However, the stock Android UI looks boring in front of the Lumia 630's Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft's mobile platform not only offers a unique interface, but also performs tasks more gracefully. Thanks to fluid animations, WP seems to flow from one screen to another rather than abruptly taking you to the next screen (Yes, I'm looking at you Android).
Firepower Both Moto G and Lumia 630 are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 chipset. Based on ARM's Cortex A7 architecture, these processor are clocked at 1.2 GHz. The GPU is another common factor among the two. However, it's the amount of RAM, where the Moto G beats Nokia's offering. The Moto G has 1 GB RAM, which is double of what the Lumia 630 has to offer. So not only does the Moto G has access to more games, but can also handle them better than the 630.
Camera Not all 5 megapixel cameras are made the same. Yes, although the megapixel count is same, there's a big difference between the image quality of Lumia 630 and Moto G. Images shot with the Moto G lack detail, and also contain a lot of grain. Moreover, there’s no option to change the image quality. On the other hand, the 630 comes pre-loaded with Nokia camera, which lets you tinker with shutter speed, exposure, and manual focus. The image quality is quite good too. So despite the lack of flash, which flattens the photographs anyway, the Lumia 630 has an edge in the camera department.
Miscellaneous Features Thanks to a front-facing camera, the Moto G supports Skype video calls. On the other hand, the Lumia 630 lacks a secondary camera. The Moto G too has its own share of limitations. For instance, it lacks a microSD card slot. So you're stuck with limited space to store your music and movies. In contrast, The Lumia 630 supports microSD cards of up to 128 GB. So in terms of misc. features, the contest between these two handsets is evenly poised.
Price Since the Moto G lacks a microSD card slot, it makes no sense to buy an 8 GB version. Its 16 GB version costs Rs 14,000. Since the Lumia 630 is available online for Rs 11,200, it's Rs 2700 cheaper than the Moto G. In a country like India, such price difference can heavily influence the buying decision.
To sum it up, the Moto G is a great budget phone if you're into gaming. It's also ideal for selfies and video calls. On the other hand, the Lumia 630 is a cheaper alternative with impressive build quality. If you're looking for polished smartphone experience, the 630 won't disappoint you.