Which Republic Wireless phone should you choose? The Moto G vs the Moto X
There is no doubt that the best company for all smartphone users is Republic Wireless. Not only do they offer the industry’s best price for unlimited phone calls, texts, with a very generous limit of 5G of data, but they also offer the best coverage by using the wifi networks, the Sprint network, and the Verizon Network.
But the choice Republic Wireless customers must make is which phone should they choose: The top of the line Moto X for $300 or the slightly below the top of the line Moto G for $150? Is the better performance of the Moto X worth the extra $150? I have purchased both phones and in this article I compare them side by side to see which one is the right phone for you. So in the battle to see which phone is the king of the good deal on smart phones, here is the Moto G vs Moto X.
Right out of the box, the phones look pretty much the same. They are very similar in size, very similar in weight and are both equipped with both a front and rear camera. The android operating system the phones ran on had no noticeable differences, and I could find no apps one phone could run that the other could not. The only noticeable difference is the Moto G has an indicator light to let you know when you have a message while the Moto X has the notification flash periodically on the phones screen.
My wife and I spent an evening testing out both phones. We tried making phone calls on our home wifi network, a restaurants wifi network, around town, and we even drove out to a rural area to see what the coverage was like outside of town. There was no noticeable difference in coverage areas and both phones had excellent coverage since they were both able to roam on the Verizon network at no additional cost. (There is a low limit of data that may be used on the Verizon network each month, but calls and texts are unlimited)
One difference in the phones is the Moto X has 4G capability while the Moto G does not. As we have the unlimited 3G plan for $25/ month this made no difference to us.
Advantage: Moto X if you want to pay $40 per month for unlimited 4G, otherwise push.
My wife and I both agreed that the call quality was very good on both phones. I could not notice any difference between the two phones, but my wife actually thought the cheaper Moto G had slightly better call quality.
Advantage: Moto G (but not by much)
The phones screens appear the same. They appear to be the same size, and neither is noticeably brighter or clearer. I would rate both screens as excellent.
To compare the two phones my wife and I made a list of what we use our phones for the most. We then each repeated the same list of actions on both phones as quickly and efficiently as possible to see which phone could perform faster. Here is the list of what we did in our performance test.
- Make a phone call and hang up as soon as the call connects after 1 ring.
- Send a text that says “hi”
- Send an email that says “hi”
- Go to the Google Play store and download/install the game angry birds
- Open the angry birds app and shoot one bird as quickly as possible without aiming
- Open the internet browser and navigate to artofbeingcheap.com. Wait for the page to load
- Take a selfie
- Take a regular picture
My wife and I each did our test with both phones. The Moto X took an average of 3:35 to complete these 8 tasks, and the Moto G was just 9 seconds slower at an average time of 3:44 which is about 4% slower. Most of the time difference seemed to be in downloading and installing the angry birds app as both phones seemed snappy and responsive in opening, running, and closing all the apps.
Advantage: Moto X
The first picture of one of my wife’s Pinterest projects was taken with the Moto G, and the second picture was taken with the Moto X. I’ll let you decide for yourself, but my opinion is that the Moto X is a superior camera that shows the colors a little better and seems a little more detailed.
Next I tried the phones cameras outside by taking a picture of the iconic Manhattan skyline. Again, the first picture is with the Moto G and the second picture is with the Moto X. While the Moto X picture seems to have better detail and show the colors of the sky better, I actually find the colors of the trees to be more accurate with the Moto G this time.
Advantage: Moto X
My wife used the Moto X for several months, and has now used the Moto G for several days. In her opinion the battery lives of the 2 phones are about the same.
I wanted to do a slightly more scientific test so I conducted the following experiment. First I made sure both phones were charged to 100%, then I started playing TV episodes on the phones Netflix App. I played the show “Psych” which is a show that has episodes about 45 minutes in length. I played several episodes on each phone, then let the phones sit on standby mode through the night then continued playing episodes until the batteries completely ran out.
The Moto X was able to play 8 complete episodes plus 19 minutes of episode number 9 before the battery ran out. The Moto G didn’t perform quite as well as it played 7 complete episodes plus 2 minutes of the 8th. Even though the Moto X performed better, the Moto G still did quite well and is powerful enough to get the average cell phone user through the day without running out of juice.
Advantage: Moto X
The Moto X costs $300 and the Moto G is $150. At half the cost, the Moto G is a great bargain. With Republic Wireless’s plans as cheap as they are, the Moto X isn’t bad either. You can find information about Republic Wireless’s plans here.
Advantage: Moto G
The Bottom Line
Either phone is a great deal, and most people would be happy with either one. I’ll let you decide if the slightly better performance and better camera are worth $150 to you, but for my money I believe the Moto G is the better deal.
Note: I was not compensated by Republic Wireless for writing this article. I was not given a free phone or free service and paid for both phones with my own money.
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