Motorola Moto G (2014) vs. OnePlus One: Who’s Cheaper?

by Morgan BenJuly 16, 2015

The battle of wallet-friendly phones has begun. On one side, we have fledgling Chinese smartphone company OnePlus, who’s motto “Never Settle” describes their patented obsession in developing the perfect mobile device (in this case, the One). On the other side, we have Motorola’s simple, yet effective Moto G (2014). It’s time to decide which is better (and more simplistic) for you in the long run.

Now, the One was released back in June 2014, so it’s well over a year old, whereas the Moto G (2014) will turn one in September. They’ve been on the market for some time, establishing a firm customer base. After all, according CNET, Motorola President Rick Osterloh stated that the, “Moto G has absolutely been crucial for us [Motorola]. It’s a primary reason we’ve gone from no share to something relevant now in some markets.” And the OnePlus One reached one million sales in 2014.

This might be a close call.

Unfortunately, the OnePlus website shows that One is out of stock, but if you were thinking of purchasing a 16 gigabyte model, you’re looking at $249.99 (64 gigabyte model would be around $299.00). As for the Moto G (2014), you could spend no less than $171.99 on AmazonWhen it comes to pricing, the Moto G takes first place.

Let’s examine the specs on these phones. The One is 5.5 inches (with a resolution 1080 x 1920), 3 gigabytes of RAM (with the Snapdragon 801 processor), and powered by a 3100 mAh battery (with 66 hours of battery life). Compared to the Moto G (2014), Motorola’s second-generation phone is 5 inches, has 1 gigabyte of RAM (with the Snapdragon 400 processor), and is powered by a 2070 mAh battery (with 50 hours of battery life).

Despite how cheap the Motorola G (2014) is, the One packs a lot powerful hardware for a phone that’s $249.99. In this time and age, you don’t want to be caught with a device that has less than 3 gigabytes of RAM. But, if you’re looking for something as simple as making a phone call, or doing a little bit of texting, then the Moto G (2014) is certainly for you. When it comes to specs, the Moto G (2014) takes another step forward being a wallet friendly phone.

However, the One deserves a point in the camera department. While cameras play a massive role in mobile technology, the One trounces over the Moto G with it’s 13 megapixel camera (the Moto G only has 8 megapixels).

There aren’t any specific special features that these smartphones have. They have non-removable batteries, document viewers, photo editing, but other than that, nothing that stands out. When it comes to features, it’s a tie.

With it’s relatively cheap price, the Moto G (2014) emerges as the better wallet-friendly phone. While it may not pack as powerful hardware that the One possesses, the Moto G (2014) is simply perfect for those who don’t want anything too flashy.

When it comes to owning a smartphone, it pays to remember how often we use it. If someone is heavily dependent on apps, then a powerful device is the way to go. And if someone just needs a phone to call or send a couple of texts out, then a cheaper device will settle their needs. Do you agree with the winner? If not, what are your thoughts on the comparison? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Leroy9

    Still trying to get a TracFone Sim that will work. Next year?

  • cliff_dangers

    What a stupid comparison. Let’s compare a low end phone with a flagship… Why?

  • erasmocepeda

    With one giga of RAM you can do more than just calls or send text. If you’re gonna give some advice, I suggest you to get your facts right.

    • TechGirl

      I suggest if you’re going to say something productive, you can at least give some actual facts. The point of the article is to get a phone to help save money in your pocket. But you know, one small thing really is the whole point, right? Yes, 1 giga of RAM can do a lot, but think about people that see phones as a means of communication through text or call. To them, this is gold.

      • erasmocepeda

        I agree with you. One giga of RAM can do a lot. And for many people, a giga of RAM allows for plenty of activities in the phone. I had a phone with one giga and it’s pretty decent, quite fast, I can browse, use maps, play music, see videos. One giga of RAM is quite good. Of course, two gigas would be better, but the point is: you and me agree. That´s why I don’t understand why you were so aggressive in your first line. I bet you look beautiful when you’re angry :-)

  • Gokul Raj

    What kind of comparison is this? Both of the phones are in a different league.

    • Deep

      I thik she is using moto g thats why

  • Debashish Mitra

    This review is absolutely stupid. I have used both phones. There is no comparison between the 2 in terms of performance. One Plus is way way better. Even considering MotoG’s lower price, the One Plus is a better value for money. My Moto G 2 became slow and unusable after 3 months. Otherwise I liked the phone a lot because of its looks, speaker, memory card support, call quality and pure Android exp. After that I bought the One Plus. I have owned and used all the flagships including Note IV, Xperia Z3, LG G3. One Plus is faster and smoother than all of those. It’s the best phone I have ever used irrespective of price. If you consider the price there is absolutely no phone that compares to the One PlusOne.

  • SexyHyde

    The OnePlus One is a powerful smartphone. I have one and it’s fantastic. There’s 4 in my family. The Moto G is a great smartphone for older people getting their first smartphone. Or anyone getting their first smartphone.

  • I know that there are fan boys on both sides here, but come on for longevity why would you choose the G? Less ram, less mAh, less support. Yes if this is your first smartphone or you live in a developing nation and do not have the ability to pay for the one plus, then yes the G is a good alternative. But for the regular US/CA/EU/AU-NZ consumer? No…

    Chris I would focus an article about how the G helped save moto I dev. markets over this… But that’s just my $0.02….

    • erasmocepeda

      I’d choose the G. Not being fan here, just happy to have a good price option for a smartphone that can handle my needs. In fact, you look more as a fan boy, as you don’t give any good reason not to choose the G. Just sayin’.

      • I didn’t give any good reason…. allow me to quote:
        Less ram, less mAh, less support.

        Slower, less battery life, Motorola will probably not support as long as the OnePlus One primarily due to CyanogenMod being the primary driver of the phone.

        Your price difference is $30 for piece of mind and longevity….