Moto G vs Mi 4i : Smart Phone Comparison After 1 Month Of Actual Use

September 3, 2015 Smart Phones

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Moto G vs Mi 4i : Smart Phone Comparison with Original reviews

I was initially unsure about which phone to choose between the Mi 4i and the Moto G, but then I got the opportunity to use both so here’s a review based on the comparison. My review is based on average usage pattern of a couple of calls, a lot of texts, Hike/WhatsApp/FB messages, some browsing, a little (not very graphic intensive) gaming, watching videos on YouTube and on the phone, single SIM usage, and 60-70% time on Wi-Fi. These are my conclusions:

1. Performances: Day to day performance is fast, zippy and completely lag-free on both. I found the Moto to be slightly snappier (with 18 apps running!) when compared to the Mi 4i (with 6 apps running), but the difference might be too minor to notice in day-to-day performances for most users.
2. Heating Issues: The Moto heats up a little when charging, but apart from that it is completely free from heating of any kind. Unlike other reviewers, I’ll have to laud Xiaomi’s efforts with the Mi 4i though: the new upgrades have reduced the heating levels to a bare minimum, and now it only warms up a little with heavy use.
3. Battery: The battery on the Moto G can last easily over a day, but it would be wrong to expect more of the 2470mAh battery. However, with the same usage pattern, the Mi 4i’s battery easily lasts 2 days for me.
4. Display: The screen is where it really lags: pixels are very much visible and you’ll be rather disappointed if you’re viewing it from a 6-10in distance. There’s also a yellow-ish tint. In comparison, the Mi 4i’s screen is way nicer. However, brightness, sunlight legibility and viewing angles are exceptionally good on both devices.
5. Camera: The camera on the Moto G is disappointing if you think it’s a 13MP/5MP shooter, esp. if you’re coming from the Mi 4i’s superior performance. It’s fast and has a minimal interface, while the the Mi 4i provides far more options in terms of filters, etc. Video quality on the Moto is better than on the Xiaomi in my experience.
6. Storage: Device storage is where the Moto G beats the Mi 4i hands down. I had no problem storing and accessing my entire season of FRIENDS on the Moto, something I wouldn’t dream of on the Mi 4i. You get 5GB on the Mi Cloud on the Xiaomi, while you get Google backup on the Moto so cloud storage probably isn’t something you need to worry about. Both devices have USB-OTG though, and it works just fine on both.
7. User interface:
– Vanilla Android on the Moto with it’s superior bloat-free feel is amazing, particularly after TouchWiz! Though both devices have the same amount of RAM, the Mi 4i’s bloatware eats into the RAM and leaves only about 900MB RAM with NO active applications. This might explain why the Moto feels smoother despite the lower core-config.
– I personally prefer the comfort of an app drawer as well as folders: something which only the Moto G offers. Even Nova Launcher keeps crashing on the Mi 4i, which is a negative for someone who might want to customize the UI. Both the Lenovo K3 Note and the Mi 4i lack the app drawer I’ve come to love, offering only folders and buttons in an Apple-esque fashion. However, others prefer the latter kind so it’s really upto you.
8- If you care about the quick-access buttons on the notification tray, the Moto G might be a bit of a shocker for you. For instance, there’s no “Silent” button or dedicated “Mobile Internet” button. Switching on/off the mobile data is a two-step process which should have been a one-step process, and that’s kinda annoying for me. The Xiaomi’s configuration in this department – only in this, mind you – like most phones, is pretty standard: hence it’s probably a little easier to use.
9. Assisting features: Moto additions to stock Android are actually useful, such as the active display. However, the mi 4i offers notification lights even if not the active display. Overall, I find the active display on the Moto to be more useful than the light – but then, if you’re used to the notification lights, you might be missing that on the Moto.
10. Telephony: Both phones offer superior calling facilities and there’s no call drop. The active noise cancellation works really well on both devices.
11. Build Quality: Both phones have solid build quality, but the Moto G feels much nicer and sturdier in my hand than the Mi 4i. Moto’s heavier and bigger, which means I’m afraid of dropping it half the time. I’m guessing guys won’t have this problem, but for us girls, the Mi 4i is definitely much easier to hold. The Gorilla glass IPx7 rating, however, makes me feel safer using the Moto. The Mi 4i has survived 2 drops in as many months so far, though.
12. Speakers: Despite the single speaker on the Moto, it’s extremely loud and clear in terms of the sound quality! Listening to music is a pleasure, particularly vocals. The Mi 4i is slightly less loud in my experience, and the speakers (located on the back) tend to get muffled if you keep it on a desk or pillow: but this might be subjective.

Source : Flikart Reviews by a User

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