iPhone 4 8GB vs Moto G: Which one should you look forward to for Rs 15,000

There are plenty of smartphones in the market and numerous are in line to be launched soon. Consequently, competition is rising. Thus, buyers must compare some top choices in order to determine the most suitable handset. Apple is gearing itself up to re launch the 3 year old iPhone 4 8GB in India for Rs 15,000 whereas Motorola is coming back to India with the launch of the Moto G. This smartphone will also come with a price tag of around Rs 15,000. Apple has a brand image to live up to and Moto G has the specs to die for. Its mind vs heart to be precise. Let us have a comparative look at Apple’s iPhone 4 (8 GB) and Motorola’s Moto G:


Built: The dimensions of iPhone 4 are 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm and it weighs about 137 grams. While the dimensions of Moto G are 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm and it weighs nearly 143 grams.

Display: iPhone 4 comes with a LED backlit IPS TFT touch display of 3.5 inches with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels. On the other hand, Moto G carries a capacitive HD touch display of 4.5 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The latter had Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection too.


Processor: iPhone 4 has been equipped with AppleA4 chipset and Cortex A8 processor of 1 Giga Hertz. Moto G comes loaded with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and Cortex A7 quad core processor of 1.2 Giga Hertz. The Moto G easily surges ahead in this regard.

Software: Apple iPhone 4 runs on iOS 7 while the Moto G smartphone works on Android 4.4 platform. We doubt if the iPhone 4 will get any further software support whereas the Moto G would.

Camera: Both the smartphones feature a rear camera of 5 mega pixels with auto focus and LED flash. They also carry a front facing camera. They both look similar on paper but the Moto G has a slightly better real world performance.

Memory: iPhone 4 offers 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage while Moto G provides 1 GB RAM and 8GB/16 GB internal storage. Both the smartphones do not support expandable memory.

Connectivity Features: Both the devices offer connectivity features such as GPRS, Wi-Fi and 3G. However the iPhone 4 misses out on Bluetooth.

Battery: iPhone 4 works on a battery of 1420 mAh where as the Moto G device works on a battery of 2070 mAh. Need we say Moto G goes ahead in this department too.

Our Take: After comparing the two smartphones, my verdict is in favor of Moto G smartphone as at it is a complete value for money product and is the latest kid on the block. Apple is merely trying to clear its older stocks whereas Motorola is looking to take a strong hold in the market. Moto G it is for me. And you?

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  • Ganesh Srinivasan January 30, 2014 6:28 am

    Latest Update: Google has sold Motorola Mobility – just the handset business alone – to Lenovo for $ 3 billion

    Google has retained Motorola’s patents and sold unsustainable handset business

  • Rama January 21, 2014 7:48 pm

    I agree that Smasung has very worse after sales service.Even I have experienced the same with my Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus.But I am talking about business dynamics here.I agree that Samsung might not have the best of enigneers who do not create the best of products but still onw thing I can guarantee is that Samsung has one of the best MBAs because of which they are the most profitable Android OEM out there.As I have already said,there is a big difference between creating a good product and selling a product.Ask HTC about that.

  • Sourav Mukherjee January 21, 2014 10:55 am

    Motorola is the winner…i have used many motorola handsets like l9,l6,motorazr..they nvr created any issue….1 of my fav brand…was fond of the looks!!!waiting for moto g..features in that price range is good n must buy 4 me!

  • arka January 19, 2014 1:29 pm

    iPhone 4 coming in 22900, it’s not 15000…correct your headline @ Mr. Ritij Khurana.

  • anupam January 19, 2014 2:34 am

    what is this like retro talks:

    cmon on people its LTE to come both didnt got it .. so i wudnt take any

  • Rama January 18, 2014 10:42 pm

    @Ganesh sir
    I agree with you.Its not necessary that creating a good product means good sales.Factors like marketing,after sales service and distribution matter a lot.Any tech enthusiast would agree that HTC,Sony and Nokia produce better phones than Samsung but still Samsung dominates the market because of their hefty marketing budget which is more than the profit of a few tech companies,after sales support and strong distribution network.Motorola is no different and infact has a disadvantage of brand image.Even though companies like Sony and HTC have been opertaing in India for so many years now,still they are not able to come anywhere close to Samsung.So how can a compnay like motorola change the entire smartphone landscape with just a single phone.I agree that the price of moto g is its strongest point but still motrola cannot continue providing phones at such cheap rates and bear huge losses.Some time sooner or later motorola would also has to increase its prices.I have high hopes for motorola but still given that how manufacturers like sony and htc are struggling against samsung I am not sure if motorola will make any drastic difference.

    • Lalit January 20, 2014 9:30 am

      Samsung gives the worst service. I am having 3 Samsung phones. Every alternate month, i should give them at service centre. They were not able to provide the service even for a basic model phone properly.

  • Suvham January 18, 2014 9:30 pm

    Moto G over iPhone 4 any day. Moto G is having reasonable specifications for that price and also from a brand, so build quality must be better than those Chinese phones from local manufacturers or marketing companies but if the phone gets a problem, one needs to go to local mobile repairing because Motorola doesn’t have service centres. While the iPhone 4 is 3 generations old, if one needs a basic phone for calls, texts, Internet, FB, Twitter and show off, it’s fine and Apple’s after sales and support is brilliant. Nokia Lumia 525 is gonna face a tough competition but Motorola needs to start from scratch and some marketing.

  • Rama January 18, 2014 6:33 pm

    @ganesh sir
    I agree with you.After all apple has a whopping 225% profit margin for every iphone they sell and hence can afford to have partners like redington,ingram etc.Even I feel that Google will not partner up with redington and Ingram or even Acel and further increase the costs on a already loss making product.After all given the price tag and specs of moto g I think Google is actually selling the device at a negative margin(at a price lesser than the production price).Then they also have the brand image problem because of which I dont expect them to sell a ton of moto g.The main reason why Google has launched moto g in India is to compete with the likes of devices like Nokia lumia 520 and Nokia lumia 525 and thereby compete with windows phone.It may also be a sign of Google becoming dominant with motorola in the android market in case Samsung plans to ditch android and adopt tizen.More or less the phone has been launched with a long term software perspective of android in mind.

    • Ganesh Srinivasan January 18, 2014 6:50 pm

      The arithmetic is simple – the marketing, sales, support, channel costs etc get shared if you have products at multiple price points

      Samsung is a classic example, Nokia with their Lumia range is also a good example. Even Apple has 3 products to offer

  • Rama January 18, 2014 12:14 pm

    Samsung manufactures the Smasung Galaxy S3 in its Indian unit.I agree that motorola may overcome the problem of after sales service by the method you have mentioned.But a bigger problem that motorola faces is that of brand image.Hardly do I see any one using a motorola smart phone in India.Its only the tech savvy people who know that the moto g is a killer phone at a killer price as compared to other android phones.But the general public still does not know about how good the moto g is as a smart phone and would not be willing to risk their money on a smartphone made by a company almost absent for 3-5 years now.For example I am a person completely unaware about cars,so even if tomorrow a company like “opel ” were to provide me a better car than what maruti suzuki has to to provide,I would still go with maruti since thats a company I have known ever since i were a kid whereas opel is something I am really not sure about and don’t want to invest my money on.Similarly even though the moto g is a better phone than what samsung would have to provide at 15k,the general public would still go with Samsung because of brand awarness.The moto g may not be an instant success but if motorola continues to provide killer hardware at low prices then after two or three years they may become a big brand in India but for that to happen they need to invest heavily on marketing(hardly any ads of moto g),after sales support(hardly any own service centres of motorola) and supply and distribution(hardly retailer having motorola phones).

    • Lalit January 20, 2014 11:09 am

      I used Motorola handset for more than 3 years even without changing the battery. I switched to Samsung and then to Nokia. I face the worst problem with Samsung. No propoer response at Service centre. Battery needs to be changed for every 6 months. Worst experience with Samsung. No Spare parts available even for the models launched 1 year ago

  • AsitPaul January 18, 2014 5:15 am

    Apple will NEVER release a phone under 15K. When relaunch, you will know that its price at 20K.

  • Rama January 18, 2014 12:59 am

    @Tharun George
    First of all even Samsung has a factory somewhere near noida in India.Infact Samsung has recently made a huge investment in its Indian plant to boost its capacity.If India was not favourable for manufacturing,Samsung would have not made the investment.The nokia plant over here in chennai was stuck in a tax case.But the court ruling allowed the transfer of Nokia’s chennai plant to Microsoft without any issue and has held only Nokia responsible for settling the tax issue.So microsoft wont have any reason to close the factory.Even economically India is very good from a manufacturing perspective because of abundance of labour and availability of natural resources.Even micromax has a factory in India which it plans on using sometime this year.So motorola’s decision to close its plant in India was definitely not a good one.Even if they closed the plant,they could have atleast continued their operations over here in India which is the third largest smartphone market in the world.Motorola’s decision to stop operations in the country show their disinterest in the country which has been recording sky rocketing growth year over year.Its decision to close its operations in the country has definitely been a wrong one especially when even manufacturers like Apple who only create premium products have shown interest in the country and have expanded their supply line by partnering with reddington etc and spending more on marketing than it ever did on India.The results have been fruitful for apple since they have registered a 300% growth in India.Motorola’s stratergy has been completely wrong.They shutdown operations in most asian countries at a time when the smart phone market in asia was booming.Instead they focused on developed nations like U.S and Europe where Apple and Samsung had a big dominance and no wonder they did not do well in U.S and Europe.Now they are coming back to asian countires after such a long gap.This gap has given enough time to Samsung and Micromax to become dominant players in the India smartphone market where it now plans to compete with big and small players are dominant.Don’t get me wrong I like motorola but their business decisions have ruined them.

    • Tharun George January 18, 2014 7:58 am

      Nokia is using Chennai factory to manufacture cheap phones. No lumia phone or even a asha phone is manufactured there. All are imported from China. Samsung’s smartphones are also from china. Motorola no longer plans to sell cheap handsets in India that is why they closed.

      Apple, Sony, HTC, LG and all Indian manufactures don’t have factory in India and still sells phone here. That is what Motorola is doing.

      Building a sales and service network is not an issue now. There are big distributors like Ingram micro and Redington. For service they can use Accel Frontline who has service center in each and every city.

      • Ganesh Srinivasan January 18, 2014 1:40 pm

        “Building a sales and service network is not an issue now. There are big distributors like Ingram micro and Redington. For service they can use Accel Frontline who has service center in each and every city” – agreed all these partners will be willing to carry the product. But it costs a size able money may be 20 to 30% of the selling price of Rs 12,000 / Rs 15,000

        If Motorola announces that they are re-entering India with phones at multiple price points, then one range can cross subsidize the low cost ones. They have not announced a range – hence the whole thing looks to be unviable

        Instead anyone can buy the phone from US, probably at still lower costs and carry the risk of no warranty / no support. This model works for many

  • younus January 18, 2014 12:57 am

    hi telecom talk.
    love you be as you are.

    * for for those who think its a paid news. lets be honest paid news is bad if and only if some article describe the ugly and un worty news (of a product) into awesome n worthy news. but in this case MOTOROLA G is awesome and proved it self as the rest of the world using it except few countries including India. so their is no point of blaming TT if they express a good product in their article as good and best in affordable which is indeed.

    * Those people who talk about lava xolo mmx .
    sorry may be you never caught in the incidents of damaged products of respective brands and may be you yet did not face their great after sales and services. ask those who face them – horrible experiences.

    * Apple – the great apple.
    yes their products are great at that time of their launches. who wanna buy apple – 4 at 15k which is old. not smooth in Os7.
    theme is ” buying Luna scooter at the price of RX-z “.
    it would be good if they sell 4-s at that price.

    * As far as after saleand service of Motorola.
    just because of this they delayed the launch date twice. its a MNC as well the old beast of business they consider all aspects in their business strategy.


    some un heard aspects of Motorola g.

    # inside of the body they coated with OLEPHOBIC COATING means small water droplets won’t hurt internal parts (first of its kind).

    # display is so crisp that un comparable to domestic products.

    # OTG (ON THE GO) USB support out of the box.
    (even if I get 8gb version I am having way to expand the memory)

    # battery is awesome and better than the phone at this price point.

    # 4.4.2 android out of the box in India.
    (you may not get in other brands)

    # personalise voice assistant of Motorola.
    by which one can manage with out touching it.
    yesterday they upgrade it sms support. it means if you lost of forget it in home or some where one can just send a msg to locate by auto response.

    # they providing two personalise apps (forgot its names)

    # comes with many colours and colours and changeable panels.

    #gorilla glass 3 scratch resistant.




    Its really artIcle wortH Including In best websIte lIke this

    WAITING FOR IT . . .

    • Neal January 18, 2014 3:29 am

      GSM ARENA… Seriously??
      Team TT please don’t do any kind of phone comparison or mobile reviews on this site. If I want to read reviews then I prefer TheVerge, Ars, Anandtech etc. I follow this blog to read about indian telecom industry and this kind of posts are just fillers and kind of pathetic click baits.
      BTW younus SHOUTING TO PROVE YOUR POINT is childish..

      • younus January 18, 2014 4:30 am

        OH really.
        May be you dont wanna telecom talk to post such article, but you cant ignore the facts about phone which I stated ( ops sry SHOUTED ).
        But as a business perspective I wanna see telecom talk to reach next level.
        THat Is reviewing telecom devices.
        Keep up your spirit telecom talk

    • Radhika January 18, 2014 8:22 am


  • sasikumarraju January 17, 2014 10:39 pm

    Yes i agree your favour but no one match iphone ios…………. its my opinion

  • Rama January 17, 2014 10:27 pm

    @rama(please use some different name so that people dont think I am a retard)
    I agree that motorola’s moto g is gonna face tough time because of after sales support but apart from that its a better choice than mmx canvas XL.MMX is not that good either in after sales support,I have heard many people complaining about not getting their devices repaired properly in the MMx service centre.Many a times the device is either kept in the mmx service center for two to three months or a cheap device is given as alternative.According to me its only apple that provides true and honest after sales support.

  • vsk January 17, 2014 9:24 pm

    Dear TT …am a regular visitor of or site for the past few years …my kind request you people is that please give more priority to telecom sector news …now a days more article is about smartphone specs ..feel like bored …any way a phone is a electronic product …any smartphone get bored after 1 or 2 months of usage …. .we need our old TT ….any way it is my simple request …thanks

    • venkat January 17, 2014 9:51 pm

      First they post an article regarding one phone… Another article about other phone….then Third article by comparing both phones…. This is what happened in last month….. I am requesting team telecom talk to set a range for publishing phone updates…. I mean price range …. Hardware range… Software range…. Like this… Hope you understand…thanks

  • vsk January 17, 2014 8:34 pm

    This is Indian mentality …we have MMX ,, xolo or lava etc which offer much better smartphone s at 15k range ..the thing is that people underestimate these countries own diamonds and go behind foreign brand …now after sales support and product quality of Indian brands are equally good like MNC brands ..

    • tushar January 18, 2014 3:23 am

      I pray your Indian branded device may collapse so that you get taste of so called superior after sale service. It took me 3 months to get refurbished replacement of dead MMX 400R which again started giving problems in less than 2 weeks.

      • vsk January 18, 2014 10:14 am

        @thushar I have a wonderful after sales experience from lava …that’s what I spoke like that

  • venkat January 17, 2014 8:26 pm

    @ganesh sir….
    Thank you very much for expressing your view…. That is what exactly in my mind… At last they (TT) valued your opinion… I told the same to TT one or two months back….But simply they didn’t post my comments… or edited and posted…. Expecting good quality articles from TT….

    • vsk January 17, 2014 8:35 pm

      +1…100% true

  • Prithvi January 17, 2014 8:17 pm

    If only both had REMOVABLE BATTERY & extendable MICROsD CARD SLOT – they would have been ideal contenders for my choice of models. Anyway, it goes without saying that Moto G would be a much better choice.

  • Ganesh Srinivasan January 17, 2014 8:02 pm

    If the article is meant for Apple bashing, I will not even comment on

    How can Motorola sustain sales and support costs for low cost phone – I live along with Motorola software guys, I know what’s happening and their Chennai factory got closed – all due to UNVIABLE business operations in India

    If the article is meant for analysis presentation, it is just a crap – read my previous comment

    My request to seniors of TT – please moderate such articles being written / better stop such articles as I don’t want my favorite TT to appear like a “paid channel” – once again I reiterate that I am not trying to be cynical but SHOCKED

    • Tharun George January 17, 2014 9:43 pm

      Once Apple was also like Motorola. No sales and service in India. But after success of iPod and iPhone they expanded. Motorola will do the same because it is backed by Google.

      • Ganesh Srinivasan January 17, 2014 10:07 pm

        It was Google backed closure of Motorola operations in India

        Otherwise my classmate who was heading Motorola factory and so many others wouldn’t have lost jobs

        Google hasn’t announced any plans of re-investment in India

        • Rama January 17, 2014 10:33 pm

          I completely agree with you.Motorola’s operations in India were closed in India by Google in an effort to cut down the losses of the company.

        • Tharun George January 17, 2014 10:45 pm

          Only now Nokia have factory for mobile in India. Microsoft may even close it after acquisition like Google did. All others manufactures including Apple use foxconn or pegatron to manufacture in China and sell in India and all around the world. Motorola just followed the same strategy.

  • Tharun George January 17, 2014 7:52 pm

    Simple comparison
    1GHz Single Core Vs 1.2Ghz Quad Core
    512MB RAM Vs 1GB
    3.5″ Non HD Vs 4.5″ 720p HD
    1420 mAh Vs 2070 mAh
    4 years old Vs 2 months old
    Rs 15K Vs Rs 12K

    Even apple fans won’t buy iPhone 4.

    • Sandeep January 18, 2014 12:43 pm


      can you please share the link, from where i can buy this device @ Rs. 12K.


      • Tharun George January 18, 2014 6:19 pm

        The device is not yet launched. Wait till January last week.

        PS: I saw one US imported MOTO G 8GB for Rs 16K on ebay.in.

  • Tharun George January 17, 2014 7:31 pm

    Apple think Indians are idiots. They think Indian buy any crap they sell cheap. iPhone 4 is like pre world war II plane. It defines what outdated means. Still it Apple give a mid range phone price of Rs 15000.

    • hrishi January 17, 2014 7:36 pm

      +1, also Apple has stopped selling iPhone 4 in other markets.

  • Ganesh Srinivasan January 17, 2014 6:50 pm

    My view

    Motorola stopped sales and service in India due to unviable operations.

    Just imagine how much Motorola can and be willing to invest on sales, marketing and support just to launch and sustain the “low cost” phone – however much it may look attractive on paper specs

    Even in US, which is their parent country with much spend on sales and support, they have 10% market share and sinking quarter on quarter

    TT has over the years grown mature in terms of quality of content especially analytical posts

    Going by that tradition I would personally prefer articles based on business scenario analysis rather than such crappy posts based on just paper specs. I am sorry if I am sounding cynical but I am shocked to see such posts on TT

    • sheldon January 17, 2014 7:02 pm

      I kind fo agree with you @Ganesh Srinivasan .

      TT is good for news related to telecoms, their mobile reviews are pretty naive(compared to websites such as gsmarena, anandtech), sorry to say but it looks as if the author is just trying to get the website viewership.
      i prefer a rather comprehensive review with benchmarks and not just spec comparisons.

      The main issue with moto is that they are literally non-existent in India, so how are they going to manage after sales service etc?
      a more wise option is that they should sell it via playstore just like the nexus line up, yet someone will be responsible for service and support.
      but moto g is a superb value for money phone compared to our Indian(Chinese re-branded phones)

      • Chethan S January 17, 2014 7:58 pm

        Hi Ganesh/Sheldon,

        We have taken your feedback on a positive note w.r.t. improving the quality of our mobile reviews. In the coming days we will be working towards changing the style of how we present information. Do let us know if you have any suggestions on this.

        Thank you!

        • Ganesh Srinivasan January 17, 2014 8:09 pm

          If your comments are genuine stop this article / delete this article and say you have done it on being fair

          The whole thing gives an impression whether TT has become a paid channel

          Why I am saying this – I have not expressed my opinion on other manufacturers but if you write like this on Motorola IT JUST DOES NOT SOUND FAIR AT ALL

          • Radhika January 17, 2014 8:41 pm


            Well Said…totally agreed

          • Tharun George January 17, 2014 9:40 pm

            What is wrong with Motorola? Motorola was one the first company who pioneered Mobile technology. It was top mobile manufacture for decades. Sometimes companies fail and they left India.

            But now Motorola is Google company. In future Android will ride on Motorola devices than any other manufactures. So TT should never ever ignore a Motorola device.

            • Radhika January 17, 2014 10:06 pm

              agreed,that TT should publish article regarding a new product,but promiting the same is another thing..

              Motorola being backed by Google definitely going to help and stand in market,but at the end everything depends on “after sales service support throughout INDIA”

              Sales will just show the figures but to stand n compete with other manufacturers Motorola needs a countrywide presence to provide after sales support to all its customers..

            • Ganesh Srinivasan January 18, 2014 5:25 am

              Please read my comments once again – I want TT to write qualitative analysis ONLY and not just on paper specs (when Motorola has closed down operations)

              Even though individuals have their own evaluation criteria, TT being fair all along influences buying decision

              If the article doesn’t meet high quality expectation – without even considering their business presence in India – it is not fair in my view

      • Sudipt123 January 18, 2014 2:53 pm

        I agree that Motorola should sell the Moto G via the playstore and also offer the Single SIM 16gb variant in India, as 8Gb would be too less without an expandable memory card. Been using the Moto Defy since last 2 years and i’ve begun to appreciate Moto Hardware quality. Hope this 2nd round is a success in India.
        I wonder why moto is looking at releasing only the Dual SIM 16gb version in India? Any clues?

  • sanjay mishra January 17, 2014 6:17 pm

    Both are useless phone & oldy.I love micromax canvas XL A119,it’s config is better than the above phones.

    • Rama January 17, 2014 6:46 pm

      @Sanjay Mishra
      Moto g is better than mmx canvas XL in its own ways.The moto g comes with a qualcomm snapdragon 400 quadcore processor which has a benchmark of 18k on antutu(slightly greater than nexus 4).So perofrmance should not be an issue at all with moto g.Since moto g is running on android 4.4 kitkat which is optimised for devices having only 512mb of ram.The 1GB of moto g is but obviously sufficient for kitkat.The display and camera of moto g are also better than mmx canvas XL.Moto g has a better scope for future updates than mmx canvas XL.Now coming to iphone 4 its brand image is gonna be its biggest power because hey its apple.After sales service and support of apple are gonna be better than mmx.But since the iphone F is a 4 year old device with limited internal memory and an aging hadrware I would declare mmx canvas XL and iphone 4 almost equal since both have their own strength and weaknesses.But the moto g is definitely better than mmx canvas XL.

      • @rama January 17, 2014 8:27 pm

        But what about after sales support of Motorola in India since they stop business in India….

  • sanjay mishra January 17, 2014 6:17 pm

    Both are useless phone & oldy.I love micromax canvas XL A119,it’s config is better than the both phones.