Is Nokia XL better than Moto G?
When Nokia XL was launched recently, many people compared it to the Moto G. Moto G was available for almost the same price and became quite a popular device in the segment very quickly. Some said that the Nokia XL was launched at the wrong time because it would have to go against the Moto G. we decided to put these two devices against each other to find out if the Nokia XL is better than the Moto G or if the masses are right about rushing for the Moto G.
The Nokia XL carries the family design with it. It looks very much similar to the Nokia Lumia devices. It measures 141 x 78 x 10.9 so it is quite large and fat. The weight distribution of the device is good but that doesn’t mean handling would be easy. It is quite a heavy device and tips the scale at 190 gms making it even heavier than the Moto G. They offer the device in multiple colours but as the colour is imparted by just the wraparound shell of the device, you can switch colours later. The back is made of matte plastic and has a nice feel to it. Removing the back panel would give you access to SIM cards, micro SD slot and removable battery.
The Moto G is just as good and even better in ways. The size is smaller than the Nokia XL due to the smaller display size but it is even fatter. The weight however is well under control and it weighs just (okay not just) 143 gms. You can remove the back panel and replace it if you want the device in a different colour. The back panel is soft and looks nice but greasy hands would leave marks that would be hard to get rid of. Even when you can remove the back panel, you can’t access the battery. It is sealed and all you can access is the SIM cards.
The Moto G has got a much better display here. If you need the numbers to believe, the Nokia XL has got a 5 inch display but with a poor resolution of 480 x 800. It would give you a pixel density of just 187 ppi. You can actually see the pixels that make a screen element. On the other hand, Moto G comes with a 720p display on 4.5 inch screen. The pixel density is 326 ppi. This means you get sharper and clearer display. Both the devices have got an IPS display so colours and contrast ratios are good. Viewing angles are wide as well.
The Nokia XL has got a dual core processor running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 play, it comes with Adreno 203 GPU which is not a very good performer and has got 768 MB of RAM. This makes for a very basic hardware package for the android operating system. Hand it over the job of handling 3D graphics and it would be out of breath soon. Though it is still able to handle a decent number of apps and for anyone looking for a basic device that can run some instant messaging and social networking apps, this device would suffice.
The Moto G comes with a quad core processor running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset. It gets a newer Adreno 305 GPU which is much better than what you get on the Nokia XL. It comes with 1 GB of RAM and can handle some heavy games as well. Apps launch quickly and you can easily multitask, thanks to the quad core processor. You get the option to choose from 8 or 16 GB of storage but there is no expandable storage. On the Nokia XL you get 4 GB of storage but you can add a micro SD card of up to 32 GB capacity.
On connectivity front, both the devices offer similar options but the Nokia XL comes with an older version of Bluetooth. The battery capacity on both the devices is almost same so expect better battery life from Nokia. The reason being low display resolution and absence of some processor cores.
Both the devices come with 5 megapixel primary cameras. The secondary camera on Nokia XL has slightly higher resolution though that won’t make a huge difference. The primary cameras on both the devices aren’t really very good. You get decent images in bright light but the colours are washed off. The images are a bit grainy on Moto G. the Moto G however can record 720p videos while the Nokia XL cant. On the Moto G, you get some more features to play around like the HDR. This mode works great when you are shooting against the light. It would capture multiple images at different exposures and then paste them over one another to create an image that would have all the bits properly exposed.
Both the devices run android operating system but the operating system on Nokia XL is far from stock. They have modified the interface heavily and it comes with a Nokia launcher. The launcher is nice and has tiled interface like Windows Phone. On the other hand, the Moto G comes with almost stock android with the native android launcher and it is quite good as well. The android version on XL is a bit old at 4.1.2 Jelly Bean while the Moto G comes with KitKat.
Well the conclusion here is quite easy to draw. The Nokia XL is a better device when compared to the Nokia XL but it finds it hard to justify itself at this price point. It has got a large display but the resolution renders it worthless. The Moto G on the other hand has got an impressive display and powerful processor. Only if you can live with the limited internal storage, it is a great device. Even if you are looking for large screen devices, you can find some quad core android devices for the Nokia XL price.