Moto G Power (2020) vs. Moto G Stylus (2020): Which should you buy?

Moto G Stylus 2020 And Moto G Power
Moto G Stylus 2020 And Moto G Power (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

Moto G Power (2020)

Moto G Power

Even though it isn't the "flagship" Moto G, we think the Moto G Power (2020) is the better of the two phones for most people. A vast majority of the specs are identical across the board, with the G Power (2020) getting the same display, processor, and RAM as the G Stylus (2020) for less money. It also benefits from a seriously massive 5,000 mAh battery and an ultra-wide camera that's potentially more useful than the Stylus's Action Cam.

Moto G Power (2020)

Best for most

Three-day battery life
Ultra-wide camera for photos and videos
Capable processor
Clean and fun software
Super competitive price
64GB base storage

Moto G Stylus (2020)

Moto G Stylus

If you have a bit more cash to spend, it may be worth taking a look at the Moto G Stylus (2020). For your extra dollars, the G Stylus doubles the amount of internal storage you get, cranks up the primary camera from 16MP to 48MP, has an Action Cam that can record horizontal video while holding the phone vertically, and (of course) has a stylus. You need to decide if those upgrades are worth more money and less battery.

Moto G Stylus (2020)

Get creative

Comes with a free stylus
48MP primary camera
Unique "Action Cam"
128GB internal storage
Mystic Indigo color looks great
20% smaller battery
Lacks NFC
More expensive

The Moto G Power (2020) does a fantastic job of delivering a no-frills Android experience with capable specs and features for the money. Being able to use the phone for three days without having to charge it up is as magical as it sounds, not to mention its refreshing price in a world of $1,000+ flagships. The Moto G Stylus (2020) has a lot of what makes the G Power great, but it decreases its battery size in favor of more storage, tweaked cameras, and the included stylus. You can't go wrong either way, but if you're trying to keep costs as low as possible, you're not missing out on much with the more affordable G Power.

Moto G Power (2020) vs. Moto G Stylus (2020) Price and availability

Moto G Stylus Review

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As their names imply, the Moto G Power (2020) and Moto G Stylus (2020) first came to market in April 2020. Both phones are still readily available for purchase from most retailers, and now that their successors have since come out, you can pick them up cheaper than ever.

The Moto G Power (2020) launched with a retail price of $250, but right now, it can be yours for $220. The Moto G Stylus (2020) used to retail for $300 but is now typically available for about $260.

Moto G Power (2020) vs. Moto G Stylus (2020) What the two phones have in common

Moto G Power Review

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When making a comparison between the Moto G Power (2020) and Moto G Stylus (2020), we need to start with the phones' similarities before talking about how they're different from one another. Moto G phones always share some DNA with their generational siblings, but that point holds especially true for these devices.

Starting with the display, both the G Power and G Stylus are equipped with a 6.4-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2300x1080. Performance is also the same across the board, with the G Power and G Stylus featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM. That's plenty of horsepower for most apps, Full HD video streaming, and even some gaming.

As for other similarities, both phones charge via USB-C, have a 3.5mm headphone jack, support expandable storage up to 512GB using a microSD card, and neither one has NFC for Google Pay.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Moto G Power (2020)Moto G Stylus (2020)
Operating SystemAndroid 10Android 10
Display6.4-inchIPS2300 x 10806.4-inchIPS2300 x 1080
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Expandable StorageUp to 512GBUp to 512GB
Rear Camera 116MP primary cameraf/1.71.12um48MP primary cameraf/1.71.6um
Rear Camera 22MP Macro Visionf/2.22MP Macro Visionf/2.2
Rear Camera 38MP ultra-widef/2.21.12um118-degree field-of-view16MP Action Camf/2.22.0um117-degree field-of-view
Front Camera16MPf/2.01um16MPf/2.01um
SecurityRear fingerprint sensorRear fingerprint sensor
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acBluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acBluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB-C3.5mm headphone jackUSB-C3.5mm headphone jack
AudioDual stereo speakers with Dolby tuningDual stereo speakers with Dolby tuning
Battery5,000 mAh4,000 mAh
Water ResistanceWater-repellentWater-repellent
Dimensions159.85 x 75.84 x 9.63mm158.55 x 75.8 x 9.2mm
ColorsSmoke BlackMystic Indigo

Moto G Power (2020) vs. Moto G Stylus (2020) Where things start to differ

Moto G Power Review

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The Moto G Power (2020) and Moto G Stylus (2020) definitely have more in common than not, but that said, there are a few key areas where each phone shows its individuality.

Starting with the Power, the big draw to it is the 5,000 mAh battery. That's one of the largest batteries you'll find in a mainstream Android phone, and Motorola touts you can get up to three days of use on a single charge.

The lower price of the Power does rear its head with some specs, which, compared to the G Stylus, are a downgrade. The G Power only has 64GB of internal storage while the Stylus gets 128GB, and while you get a 16MP primary camera on the Power, the Stylus has a much sharper 48MP sensor.

Both phones have the same 2MP Macro Vision sensor for up-close macro shots, but the third sensor is completely different depending on which device you buy. Motorola equipped the G Power (2020) with a pretty typical 8MP ultra-wide camera, allowing you to take pictures and videos with a much wider 118-degree field-of-view. Comparatively, the Moto G Stylus (2020) omits a traditional ultra-wide sensor in favor of a 16MP Action Cam. The Action Cam is used exclusively for video, allowing you to hold the phone vertically and still be able to record horizontal video. It's an impressive feat and something that could come in handy for certain situations. Still, we'd argue that it's not as broadly useful as the G Power's ultra-wide camera that can be used for videos and still images.

Finally, there's the elephant in the room — the stylus that you get with the Moto G Stylus (2020). It's a fairly basic capacitive stylus and not an active stylus, meaning you won't get the pressure sensitivity or remote actions you'd find on the Galaxy Note 20. Even so, it still works well for taking handwritten notes, simple drawing/sketching, or general navigation of the UI. It is a fun addition to the phone, and it's nice to see Motorola trying something new to shake-up the G-series, but there's also an argument to be made that not everyone wants or cares about a stylus for their phone.

Moto G Power (2020) vs. Moto G Stylus (2020) How badly do you want a stylus?

Moto G Stylus 2020 Hands On

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That's ultimately what this comparison comes down to. The extra storage and higher-res primary camera are excellent benefits of the Moto G Stylus (2020), but your extra money is going towards that stylus. If you love writing notes or drawing on your phone, this is the perfect budget alternative to the much more expensive Galaxy Note.

If that's not a feature you care about, however, it simply makes more sense to buy the Moto G Power (2020). It's identical to the G Stylus in a lot of ways, but you also get that 5,000 mAh battery for up to three-day battery life and a considerably lower price. Even a year after its release, the Moto G Power (2020) is still one of our picks for the best cheap Android phones available right now.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.