Moto G ZenFone 2 and Idol 3

While specs never tell the whole story, we know that plenty are interested in just what's under the glass when it comes to a new Android. Especially when we're talking about models with budget pricing, but still squeezing out plenty of performance. That's why we're going to put up the best of the best in the mid-range unlocked market (by price) and compare the ASUS ZenFone 2, the Alcatel Idol 3 and the 2015 Moto G.

Note that we're comparing the top-end model of each — that means the 64GB storage Zenfone 2, the 5.5-inch Idol 3 and the 16GB storage Moto G. Not that we're discounting the lower-end from each manufacturer, but those need a whole 'nother head-to-head.

Here are your numbers. Let the discussion begin.

ZenFone 2 Idol 3 Moto G 2015
Operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 5.1 Lollipop
Display 5.5-inch 1080p LCD 5.5-inch 1080p LCD 5.0-inch 720p LCD
Processor Intel Atom Z3580 Snapdragon 615 Snapdragon 410
Storage 64GB 16GB 16GB
microSD Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 5MP 8MP 5MP
Rear camera 13MP 13MP 13MP
Battery 3000 mAh 2910 mAh 2470 mAh
Dimensions 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm 152.7 x 75.14 x 7.4 mm 142.1x72.4x6.1-11.6 mm
Weight 170 grams 141 grams 155 grams
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0LE 4.1LE 4.0LE
Price $299 (Amazon) $249 (Amazon) $219 (Motorola)

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