The Motorola Moto G really shook up the smartphone world. It’s a surprisingly good mid-range handset which can be picked up for under £150, rendering pretty much every other mid-range phone obsolete with its ridiculously low price tag.
Now a handful of phones are arriving that aim to go toe to toe with the Moto G and HTC’s Desire 310 is one of them. Can it compete with the mid-range king? Read on to find out.
HTC Desire 310 vs Motorola Moto G – Build quality
The HTC Desire 310 has a plastic build as you might expect, but that said it doesn’t look bad at all. The front of the phone is always black, but there are a number of different back cover options, such as a white one and an orange one, so you can get quite a nice two-tone effect. Speaking of the back, it’s slightly curved which should make it comfortable to hold for extended periods. At 132.4 x 68 x 11.3mm it’s quite chunky though, but the weight of 140g feels about right.
The Motorola Moto G is also comfortable to grip with its rubberised back cover and curved edges, but it doesn't look quite as stylish as the Desire 310. At 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm and 143g its has similar dimensions and weight to the HTC Desire 310 and it's actually marginally fatter. Overall it's not the best looking handset around and the Desire 310 out-styles it.
HTC Desire 310 vs Motorola Moto G - Display
The HTC Desire 310 has a 4.5 inch 480 x 854 TFT display with a pixel density of 218 pixels per inch. That's a decent size but disappointingly low resolution, so don't expect crystal clear images.
The Motorola Moto G also has a 4.5 inch screen, but this time it's a 720 x 1280 IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. That's not quite full HD but it's leagues ahead of the Desire 310, while the IPS technology should ensure it has richer colours too.
HTC Desire 310 vs Motorola Moto G - Power
The HTC Desire 310 has a 1.3 GHz quad-core Mediatek processor and 1GB of RAM, while the Motorola Moto G has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. So on paper they're about the same. The Desire 310 has a slightly higher clock speed but the Moto G uses a processor that's likely to be higher performance. We won't be able to say for sure until the Desire 310 is out and we've had a chance to put it through its paces, but for now we'll call it a draw.
HTC Desire 310 vs Motorola Moto G - Camera
The HTC Desire 310 has a 5 megapixel main camera and a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera. It can also shoot 1080p video at 30fps, but it doesn't have a flash, so low light performance is likely to be poor.
The Motorola Moto G also has a 5 megapixel main camera, but unlike the Desire 310 it does have an LED flash. Its secondary camera is better too as it's 1.3 megapixels, on the other hand the Moto G can only shoot video in 720p, but even so its camera credentials are better overall.
HTC Desire 310 vs Motorola Moto G – Battery life, memory and connectivity
The HTC Desire 310 has a 2000 mAh battery which HTC claims can last for up to 852 hours on standby or 11 hours of talk time. The Motorola Moto G has a marginally larger 2070 mAh battery which can apparently survive for a far longer 24 hours of talk time. No standby time figures are given by Motorola, but on the strength of its talk time it should be way longer lasting than the Desire 310.
The HTC Desire 310 comes with just 4GB of built in storage, but it does at least include a microSD card slot, supporting cards of up to 32GB. The Motorola Moto G comes with a choice of 8 or 16GB of built in storage, which is far more reasonable, but it doesn't have a microSD card slot.
Both handsets support Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 4.0, so there's nothing to choose there. However it's worth noting that neither handset has 4G LTE or NFC. If you want premium features like those you might have to spend a little more.
HTC Desire 310 vs Motorola Moto G – Conclusion
The HTC Desire 310 looks to be a solid little phone, with an attractive and distinctive design, along with a reasonable amount of power. But the Motorola Moto G beats it in a number of key areas. The biggest difference is the screen, which is positively low resolution on the HTC Desire 310, while it's actually quite impressive on the Motorola Moto G. The Moto G's screen also uses IPS, while the Desire 310's display is just TFT.
Plus the Motorola Moto G has a better camera, longer battery life and more built in storage. Sure it doesn't look as good and it doesn't have a microSD card slot, but that's not enough for the HTC Desire 310 to top it.
The other issue will inevitably be the price, as one of the biggest selling points of the Motorola Moto G is how cheap it is. We don't know yet how much the HTC Desire 310 will sell for in the UK, but it's going for 160 Euros in Germany, which equates to around £132. For it to be a truly compelling alternative to the Motorola Moto G it would have to come in at under £100 which doesn't seem likely to happen.
So for now the Motorola Moto G remains the king of the mid-range and perhaps the best value phone on the planet.
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