Asus Zenfone 2 vs Moto G 2015

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The two new budget android phones Zenfone 2 vs Moto G  against each other. You won’t go wrong with either choice. Let’s see which comes out on top.
Let us compare the important aspects of a good phone. Performance, Display quality,  Camera and Battery Life.

 

Operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 5.1 Lollipop
Display 5.5-inch 1080p LCD 5.0-inch 720p LCD
Processor Intel Atom 410 Snapdragon 410
Storage 16GB 16GB
RAM 2GB 2GB
Network GSM LTE GSM LTE
microSD Yes Yes
Front camera 5MP 5MP
Rear camera 13MP 13MP
Battery 3000 mAh 2470 mAh
Dimensions 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm 142.1×72.4×6.1-11.6 mm
Weight 170 grams 155 grams
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0LE 4.0LE

 

Performance: Zenfone 2

Which one is “better” is going to depend on how you use your phone. If you’re only looking for a smartphone to use for calls, messages, contacts and calendar (and maybe some gaming or a bit of Youtube on occasion) the Moto G does these basic tasks better. Even the “stock” apps are better than ASUS’ offerings. But Asus Zenfone 2 ZE550ML is powered by the same snapdragon 410 and another version that has an Intel Atom Z3560 clocking at 1.8 GHz,  Moto G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410. So on the basis of pure performance for intensive tasks, the zenfone takes the lead.

 

Display: Zenfone 2

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE550ML sports a 5.5-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi pixel density), Moto G (3rd Gen) has 5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixels (294ppi pixel density). The Moto G’s viewing angles are acceptable, and it has a good brightness that makes it quiet useful outside in the sun while the zenfone lacks the brightness levels compared to Moto G. But the bad part comes with Moto G’s color and contrast. The zenfone has a option to adjust the color/temperature of its display to suit your style. The touch response and viewing angles on both the phones are good.

 

Battery: Moto G

The Asus Zenfone 2 ZE550ML comes with a 3,000 mAh,and Moto G (3rd Gen) with 2,470 mAh. But because of poor optimization from asus the battery lasts barely a day. The Moto G hasn’t shown any widespread issues with the battery, and you’ll be able to use it all day. It even does well when you’re in spotty coverage areas, which are notorious battery killers.

 

Camera: Moto G

Both the devies have a 13 MP main camera and 5 MP front snapper.

The ZenFone 2 camera is great , but the low light shooting mode isn’t upto the mark. You can switch to manual mode for much better pictures, but that doesn’t help when you need to grab a quick snap.  The Moto G also does things very well in bright settings, and the low light mode also does a decent job but for the price point the Moto G 2015 has the best camera on any Motorola phone so far. The camera apps are a lot different . Motorola’s is simple, with a few filters and shooting modes. ASUS’ boasts 17 separate shooting modes, and filters and settings. But then again there are plenty of applications available to do that on any android phone.

 

Other Features:

  • The ZenFone 2 has NFC. The Moto G does not.
  • The ZenFone 2 has dual SIM capabilities.
  • The Moto G is waterproof. The ZenFone 2 is not.
  • Moto G has better build quality
  • Moto G is a bit costlier.

The winner: The ZenFone 2

The ZenFone 2 is truly great phone with a mid-range price tag. Though there are a few issues with the ZenFone 2 (all software related) I recommend it. For a casual user, who isn’t going to shut down services and uninstall bloatware or change the ROM, I recommend the Moto G 2015.

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