Whether you love Android or iOS (for some reason) both operating systems now have what you could call mid-range budget phones; the Motorola Moto G and Apple’s iPhone 5C. The iPhone5S came out with much fanfare, as always, and the iPhone 5C was somewhat swept under the rug. Let’s be honest. It didn’t come in gold and didn’t have an S so who cares right? But realistically, the 5C shouldn’t be entirely overlooked by the Apple crowd.
Currently the 5C (16 GB) sits at $100 cheaper on-contract than the 5S at Verizon for $99.99. That sounds like a pretty sweet deal for a new iPhone but what really bugs me is the $549.99 off-contract price! What?! I thought this was supposed to be a budget phone!
Ok, ok, ok. Let’s take a quick peek at the hardware and see what’s going on inside this plastic iteration of the always “innovative” iPhone. Oh yea, did I not mention it’s plastic? Cause it is.
Processor: A6 chip (1.3 GHz, which is the same chip in the iPhone 5.)
RAM: 1 GB
Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Battery: 1507 mAh
Screen: 4 inch LED (326 ppi)
Weight: 132 g (4.66 oz)
Now let’s take a look at the Moto G:
RAM: 1 GB
Storage: 8 GB or 16 GB
Battery: 2070 mAh
Screen: 4.5 inch LCD w/ Gorilla Glass 3 (329 ppi)
Weight: 143 g (5.0 oz)
So in the end, pretty comparable specs mostly. The biggest (and really only) downside to the Moto G is that is has no 4G capability. Luckily, this isn’t about the latest and greatest super-phones though. But here’s where things take a crazy turn. The Moto G is an off-contract unlocked phone that is available in 8 GB for $179.99 and $199.99 for the 16 GB. Comparing the Moto G to the Nexus 5, a superior phone no doubt, from purely a price perspective means you will save between $150-$200 depending on which versions you compare. By no means am I comparing the G to the N5, but if you really just need a phone, or even want to consider dropping your currently monthly insurance plan, the Moto G can be had for a little more than a year’s worth of those payments. And when you compare the price point to the iPhone 5C, well, it gets really bad really fast. You can either lock yourself into a contract to save $80 or you can get the G and save ~$350. Doesn’t seem like much of an option to me.