MOTOROLA’S Moto G line-up has long been lauded for its affordability, but with the company passing to Lenovo, some feared that 2016’s models might come up short.
In the other corner, British newcomer Wileyfox has been chipping away at the budget market for a lot less, and the Swift 2 Plus represents the most concentrated effort yet.
We’ve pitted the two bargain smartphones head-to-head to see which is more deserving of your cash.
The Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus (and its sibling, the Swift 2) are Wileyfox’s first handsets with an aluminium casing. It’s not all anodised metal and glass, though, as there are still leftovers from the plastic era, namely the top and bottom of the chassis that house a 3.5mm headphone socket, USB-C port and speaker grilles.
The big box speaker provides a healthy dollop of volume, and sounds much better than the efforts of the Moto G4 Plus.
It’s also the only one to offer USB-C, as the Moto G4 Plus sticks to micro-USB for all connectivity needs.
The Moto G line has always delivered when it comes to affordability, and the fourth generation doesn’t stray far from the original blueprints. The candybar aesthetics remain, with smooth curves that provide a playful elegance.
It’s predominantly plastic (save for the screen and frame), but there’s something satisfying about that grippy, textured rear. In comparison, the Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus looks the more premium of the two but we can’t shake the feeling that we’ve seen it all before.
The Moto G4 Plus’ 153x77x9.8mm dimensions means it towers over its competition which comes in at 143.7x72x8.6mm. However, the Swift 2 Plus weighs a tad more at 158g versus the Moto’s 155g.
Dual-SIM support is offered as standard on both handsets. This is accessed by removing the rear panel on the Moto and by the use of a pin removal tool on the Swift. The Moto adds an extra slot for microSD meaning that, unlike with the Swift, you don’t have to pick and choose.
Hardware and performance
The Moto G4 Plus uses an octa-core Snapdragon 617 (4x 1.5 GHz, 4x 1.2GHz) along with an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. A 4GB model bumps the storage up to 64GB.
The Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus has a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor (clocked at 1.4GHz), Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
The Moto G4 Plus returned 713 in Geekbench 3 (single-core) and 2,947 (multi-core), while the Swift 2 Plus scored 630 (single-core) and 2,007 (multi-core).
The difference in Antutu was marginal. The Moto G4 Plus scored 44,968 and the Swift 2 Plus scored 45,054.
The Swift 2 Plus pulled a little ahead in PCMark Work 2.0, scoring 3,588 to the Moto’s 3,343. If the difference was thousands (and not hundreds) we’d be worried.
This shows that both handsets have fairly evenly matched, moderately powerful mid-tier chipsets.
In the case of the Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus, we noticed slight juddering when scrolling through content-heavy pages, and we found load times when gaming a little protracted across both, but happily these handsets will allow you to enjoy Android’s most demanding titles. We expect the 4GB Moto G4 Plus to improve on these benchmarks already set.
Both handsets have fingerprint readers. The Moto opts for a square design on the front, and the Swift houses a circular sensor on the rear below the camera. Notably the Swift 2 Plus adds NFC, and thus opens up the world of contactless payments. It’s a useful addition and we can’t fathom why Lenovo didn’t follow suit.
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