The wallet-friendly Sony Xperia E4 launched fairly quietly last week, though we’re actually quite enamoured with the modest little guy, and all the more so upon learning it might cost the same as the Motorola Moto G 4G LTE at £99.
As such, the logical thing to do, surely, is to pit the Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE in a literal (not literal) battle to the death.
Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE: display and resolution
The Sony Xperia E4 has a 5in display with relatively modest qHD resolution. That’s lower case ‘q’, so 540 x 960 as opposed to 1440 x 2560, yielding a pixels per inch (PPI) rating of 220.
The Motorola Moto G 4G LTE benefits from having a smaller display (4.5in) and higher resolution (720p), so it has 50% higher PPI at 329.
Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE: design
It’s probably fair to say the Motorola Moto G 4G LTE design isn’t exactly mind-blowing, but nor is it terrible, taking its cue from the Motorola Moto X flagship.
The Sony Xperia E4 actually boasts a couple of fancy design features “found usually only in top-tier smartphones”, including a diamond-cut aluminium power button and stainless steel camera ring.
Impressively, while the Sony Xperia E4 is the larger phone, it’s only 1g heavier at 144g. Neither phone is massively skinny, with Sony’s offering coming in at 10.5mm while the Moto G 4G LTE has an 11.6mm waistline.
Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE: LTE connectivity
As the name reveals, the Motorola Moto 4G LTE does indeed happily zoom along on 4G networks.
Alas, the humble Sony Xperia E4 does not. If you’re specifically on the lookout for wallet-friendly Sony Xperia goodness with 4G connectivity, check out the Xperia M2 Aqua for £99 on Vodafone PAYG. It actually has remarkably similar specs to the Xperia E4.
Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE: battery life
Motorola Moto G 4G LTE battery life is decent but unremarkable, with the manufacturer claiming you can get through a full day on a single charge.
Sony Xperia E4 battery life, on the other hand, is one of the major selling points, with the 2,300mAh battery offering up to two days’ use.
Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE: cameras
The Sony Xperia E4 and Motorola Moto G 4G LTE both have 5MP rear cameras, and while we’ll have to wait to see the Xperia E4 in action, we’d probably lean towards Sony here.
Indeed, I’ve just noticed the Sony Xperia E4 can capture 1080p video at 30fps, while the Motorola Moto G 4G LTE comes in at 720p.
Flipping the phones round, the Sony Xperia E4 includes a selfie-friendly 2MP front camera, while the Motorola Moto G 4G LTE has a 1.3MP effort.
Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE: price
As I said in the intro, early indications suggest the Sony Xperia E4 will be priced the same as the Motorola Moto G 4G LTE.
Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE: dual SIM
There will officially be a dual SIM variant of the Sony Xperia E4, but if you're looking for a dual SIM Moto G, you'll have to go first- or second-gen and do without 4G.
Need to brush up on dual SIM phones? Check these out:
- Dual SIM phones: what are they, how do they work, why would you want one?
- Best dual SIM smartphones UK 2015
Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE: conclusion
Well, having considered Sony Xperia E4 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE specs in detail, it’s probably fair to say there are Pros and Cons for both phones. Shall we finish with Pros for each? Let’s!
Sony Xperia E4
- Thinner and only 1g heavier
- A couple of premium design accents
- More MP on the front, and 1080p video capture
- 2-day battery life
- Dual SIM variant
Motorola Moto G 4G LTE
- Smaller display, higher resolution, 50% higher PPI
- 4G LTE connectivity