Nokia 5.4 vs. Motorola Moto G Power (2021): Budget Battleground

Budget smartphones have really come into their own over the years, with manufacturers honoring the art of offering great features at affordable prices. Nokia 5.4 is the latest in a long line of such devices, with such selling points as a quad-lens rear camera, a 4,000mAh battery, a 6.39-inch display, and a modest $ 249 price tag. While it looks pretty good at first glance, it certainly has a lot of competition to take off, the Moto G Power (2021) is arguably the best sub-$ 200 smartphone you can buy today.

With an even larger 5,000mAh battery and a beautiful 6.6-inch display, the Moto G Power has a lot to offer for the Nokia 5.4 and its fans. But how does each phone actually weigh against the other? We answer this question with a head-to-head comparison. This will help you decide which is the best budget Android phone for you.

If you are interested in looking at other phones, check out our article on the cheapest phones for 2021, as well as the best Android phones.

Specs

Nokia 5.4Moto G Power (2021)
Shape161 x 76 x 8.7 mm (6.34 x 2.99 x 0.34 in)165.3 x 75.9 x 9.5 mm (6.51 x 2.99 x 0.37 in)
weight181 grams (6.38 ounces)206.5 grams (7.30 oz)
Screen size6.39-inch LCD6.6 inch LCD
screen resolution1560 x 720 pixels, 19.5: 9 ratio (~ 269 pixels per inch)1600 x 720 pixels, 20: 9 ratio (266 pixels per inch)
Operating SystemAndroid 10Android 10
Storage64GB, 128GB
MicroSD card slotYesYes
Tap to pay ServicesOn googleOn google
The processorQualcomm Snapdragon 662Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
Rama4GB, 6GB3GB, 4GB
The cameraQuad-lens 48-megapixel, 5MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth rear, 16MP frontTriple-lens 48MP, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth rear, 8MP front
Video4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 30 fps1080p at 60 fps
Bluetooth version4.2 is5.0
PortsUSB-C, headphone jackUSB-C, headphone jack
Fingerprint sensorYes, rear-mountedYes, rear-mounted
water resistanceNoNo
The battery4,000mAhIs 5,000mAh

Fast Charging (15W)

App marketGoogle play storeGoogle play store
Network supportMost major US carriersMost major US carriers
colour’sPolar night, eveningFlash gray, polar silver
The prices$ 249$ 200
Bought fromNokia, Amazon, Best BuyMotorola, Amazon, Best Buy
Review issue2 stars out of 53.5 stars out of 5

Design, performance and durability

Nokia 5 4 front
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The Nokia 5.4 and Moto G Power (2021) are broadly similar to the casual observer, though there are some subtle differences. Although they each feature an edge-to-edge display with a punch-hole selfie camera in the upper-left corner, the Bezels slightly larger than the Nokia 5.4 sport, especially the bottom of its screen. At the same time, its overall design is not really different from last year’s 5.3, with the circular module for the rear camera lens looking a bit tired. By comparison, the Moto G Power’s square module (with well-rounded corners) looks a bit more modern. Both devices have significantly cheaper plastic backs.

Don’t expect to determine the height of the world with the performance of either phone. The 6.6-inch screen of Moto G Power has 1600 x 720 pixels, while the 6.39-inch display of Nokia 5.4 has 1560 x 720. This difference is negligible, with both phones also using LCD technology for their displays, meaning they aren’t as vivid and as detailed as phones with an OLED or AMOLED screen. That said, reports suggest that the Moto G Power 500 maxes out at a brightness of NIT, while the Nokia 5.4 only goes up to 400, making it a bit dull by comparison.

Neither phone comes with an official IP durability rating, although the Moto G Power features a water-repellent coating. This is a minor difference, but when paired with a fractionally good design and a brighter screen, we’re giving Motorola phones this early look.

Winner: Motorola Moto G Power (2021)

Performance, battery life and charging

Moto g power

In the world of A14 Bionic and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, both Nokia 5.4 and Moto G Power are equipped with Snapdragon 662. This is a good enough processor, although you can see some slowdown in many intensive games, while apps can also take a little longer to load. Nokia 5.4 improves things slightly based on shipping with 4GB of RAM as standard compared to 3GB of Moto G Power. You can pay more for Nokia 5.4 with 6GB of RAM, or Moto G Power with 4GB.

Nokia also has an advantage in terms of internal memory, 64 GB storage. In contrast, the Moto G Power only comes with 32 GB, which in this day and age is very unreliable (in a bad sense). You can pay $ 50 extra for the version with 64 GB of memory (and 4 GB RAM), but it also seems that many online retailers are selling the 128 GB version of Nokia 5.4 at the same price.

The Moto G Power outperforms in terms of battery life. At 5,000mAh, it will easily last you two days if you are not very crazy, and if you are a heavy user in just one day. In contrast, the Nokia 5.4 runs on a 4,000mAh cell, which is quite good. It will not last as long as G power between the charges, but you should watch it quite comfortably on the second day.

Reduced to this relative, the Nokia 5.4 wins this round due to its larger RAM and internal memory.

Winner: Nokia 5.4

The cameras

Moto-g-power-2

Both Nokia 5.4 and Moto G Power provide a healthy number of rear camera lenses for your buck. Nokia 5.4 ships with a quad-lens rear, with 48MP wide lens, 5MP ultravide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth. Moto G Power is similar to this, with its triple-lens setup not including an ultraviolet lens.

This Ultravide lens makes a big difference on the versatility of the Nokia 5.4, even if it is not as capable as other Ultravides, which you will find on more premium phones. What’s more, the Nokia 5.4G is normally a bit more usable than the Power, with its main lens enabling you to take decent, if decent, photos in good condition. Zee Power does not charge much less, with its main camera lens capturing mostly flat pictures, with occasional noise. Its macro and depth lenses are also very useless, but again Nokia 5.4.

Both phones allow you to capture HD (1080p) video at 30 frames per second, which is not particularly impressive in 4K light and has 8K capability for other phones as well.

Winner: Nokia 5.4

Software and updates

Moto g power software

While Android 11 is the latest OS for Android phones, both Moto G Power and Nokia 5.4 are still using Android 10. Nevertheless, Motorola can be lauded for offering a refreshed version of the Android experience, while eliminating unnecessary clutter. Adding a range of useful features, such as time-saving gestures.

This is a similar photo with the update. Nokia is signed up for the Android One program, yet it has only been launched with Android 10, so it may take a while to get the upgrade. Likewise, Moto G Power is guaranteed to be updated to Android 11 only, so you won’t find it in Android 12 or any later version. It’s disappointing, but thanks to its quick and simple software, we’re giving this round to Moto G Power.

Winner: Motorola Moto G Power (2021)

special features

Nokia 5 4 browser
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There is really nothing particularly special about the phone, aside from the fact that both offer a good enough smartphone at an affordable price. Neither supports 5G, while neither has introduced anything particularly new since its immediate predecessors.

Moto G Power provides at least one unique selling point: the above gestures are also known as moto verbs. They make you do things like use three fingers to capture screenshots, rotate the phone to launch the camera, and chopping motion to turn on the flashlight. The phone also offers a Gametime mode, which lets you optimize settings – such as notifications and battery usage – to optimize your gaming experience.

These are nice touches, and while they are barely groundbreaking, they are enough to give Motorola’s phone this round.

Winner: Motorola G Power

Price and availability

Nokia 5.4 can be purchased directly from Nokia, which is currently selling the phone at $ 200 instead of the $ 249 launch price. It works with all major carriers, and you can also buy it through Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers.

Moto G Power (2021) is available from Motorola and if you want a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, then it costs $ 200 i.e. $ 250. It is supported by all major carriers, and can also be purchased from major retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy.

Overall Winner: Motorola G Power (2021)

Moto g power software

The differences are very minor, but the Moto G Power (2021) only tells about the Nokia 5.4. Its screen is a little brighter, its design is a touch more attractive, and it provides more streamlined software. It is also cheaper, at least as far as official launch prices are compared.

On the other hand, the Nokia 5.4’s camera is more usable than the Moto G Power, and comes with more RAM as standard and more internal memory. This may be more important for many people than good people and user-friendly software, so we can definitely understand that some people are going for Nokia’s budget Android.

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