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Moto G Power

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Moto G Stylus

Even though it isn't the "flagship" Moto G for 2020, we think the Moto G Power 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 getting the same display, processor, and RAM as the G Stylus 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.

$250 at Amazon

Pros

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

Cons

  • 64GB base storage
  • No NFC

If you have a bit more cash to spend, it may be worth taking a look at the Moto G Stylus. 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.

$300 at Amazon

Pros

  • Comes with a free stylus
  • 48MP primary camera
  • Unique "Action Cam"
  • 128GB internal storage
  • Mystic Indigo color looks great

Cons

  • 20% smaller battery
  • Lacks NFC
  • More expensive

The Moto G Power 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 $1000+ flagships. The Moto G Stylus 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.

What the two phones have in common

Moto G Power ReviewSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

When making a comparison between the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus, 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 this year.

Starting with the display, both the G Power and G Stylus are equipped with a 6.4-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2300 x 1080. 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 should be 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.

Moto G Power Moto G Stylus
Operating System Android 10 Android 10
Display 6.4-inch
IPS
2300 x 1080
6.4-inch
IPS
2300 x 1080
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Memory 4GB RAM 4GB RAM
Storage 64GB 128GB
Expandable Storage Up to 512GB Up to 512GB
Rear Camera 1 16MP primary camera
f/1.7
1.12um
48MP primary camera
f/1.7
1.6um
Rear Camera 2 2MP Macro Vision
f/2.2
2MP Macro Vision
f/2.2
Rear Camera 3 8MP ultra-wide
f/2.2
1.12um
118-degree field-of-view
16MP Action Cam
f/2.2
2.0um
117-degree field-of-view
Front Camera 16MP
f/2.0
1um
16MP
f/2.0
1um
Security Rear fingerprint sensor Rear fingerprint sensor
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
Ports USB-C
3.5mm headphone jack
USB-C
3.5mm headphone jack
Audio Dual stereo speakers with Dolby tuning Dual stereo speakers with Dolby tuning
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,000 mAh
Water Resistance Water-repellent Water-repellent
Dimensions 159.85 x 75.84 x 9.63mm 158.55 x 75.8 x 9.2mm
Weight 199g 192g
Colors Smoke Black Mystic Indigo

Where things start to differ

Moto G Power ReviewSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

The Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus definitely have more in common than they are different, 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.

Moto G Stylus 2020 And Moto G PowerSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

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 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 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. It's a fairly basic capacitive stylus and not an active stylus, meaning there's no pressure sensitivity or remote actions like you'd find on the Galaxy Note 10. 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.

How badly do you want a stylus?

Moto G Stylus 2020 Hands OnSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

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, 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. 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.

The Moto G Power and G Stylus are two of the best budget Android phones available in 2020. While we'd argue the G Power has a better mass appeal and value proposition, you'd also have to try hard to be unhappy with the Stylus.

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Moto G Power

Keep going and going and going

The Moto G Power does a fantastic job at continuing the G-series legacy of offering high-quality Android experiences at low prices. The phone looks good, has capable specs across the board, and gives you a clean build of Android 10 with thoughtful optimizations. The real star of the show is the 5,000 mAh battery, making it possible to use the G Power for three days on a single charge.

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Moto G Stylus

A phone to take note of

Looking at the Moto G Stylus, it shares a lot of DNA with the Power. It has the same display, processor, RAM, ports, etc. For a few dollars more, however, the G Stylus throws in extra internal storage, a higher-resolution primary camera, an Action Cam that could be useful for content creators, and the stylus that can be used for taking notes, drawing, etc.

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