If you’re looking for a new mid-range phone, it’s entirely possible that you’re considering the two phones we’re here to talk about. Compare well the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G against Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022). Both of these phones cost under $500 in the US, a little less than that, in fact. In fact, if you catch them at the right time, they’re closer to $400, and maybe even below.
That being said, these two phones are quite different, despite looking a bit alike at first. They differ in size, specifications, camera performance and much more. Both are somewhat compelling phones for the price listed, but you still don’t want to make the wrong call. We will start by comparing the specifications of the two smartphones and then move on to the design, display, performance, battery, cameras and audio aspects. That said, let’s start by comparing the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G to the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022).
|Samsung Galaxy A53 5G||Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022)|
|Screen size||6.5-inch FullHD+ Super AMOLED display (120Hz)||6.8-inch FullHD+ IPS LCD display (120Hz)|
|SoCs||Samsung Exynos 1280||Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G|
|RAM||4GB/6GB/8GB (LPDDR4X)||8 GB (LPDDR4X)|
|Storage||128 GB/256 GB (UFS 2.2), expandable||256 GB, expandable|
|Rear cameras||64MP (f/1.8 aperture, 26mm lens, OIS, PDAF, 0.8um pixel size)
12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 123 degree FoV, 1.12um pixel size)
5MP (f/2.4 aperture, macro)
5MP (f/2.4 aperture, depth)
|50MP (f/1.9 aperture, 26mm wide-angle lens, 0.64um pixel size, OIS, PDAF)
8MP (f/2.2 aperture, 1.12um pixel size, 118 degree FoV)
2MP (f/2.4 aperture, depth)
|Front cameras||32MP (f/2.2 aperture, 26mm lens, 0.8um pixel size)||16MP (f/2.2 aperture, wide-angle lens, 1.0um pixel size)|
|Battery||5,000mAh, 25W non-removable wired charging||5000mAh, non-removable, 10W wired charging|
|Dimensions||159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1mm||168.9 x 75.8 x 9.3mm|
|lester||189 grams||215 grams|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi, USB Type-C||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi, USB Type-C|
|Security||In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)||Side fingerprint scanner|
A 4.1 user interface
|Price||$449 (currently $349)||$499.99 (currently $449.99)|
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022): Design
These two smartphones actually look alike and also use similar materials. Both devices feature thin bezels, a center-view camera hole, and flat screens. Even when you look at them from behind, they’re not that different. Both phones have camera setups in the upper left corner on the back, and while these camera modules look a bit different, the difference isn’t major. Motorola’s camera island is smaller though, mainly due to fewer cameras.
Both of these phones are made from plastic and glass. They come with a plastic frame, plastic back plate and glass front. Note that they don’t feel cheap, however, not at all. They actually feel quite substantial in the hand, and their size has something to do with it. Both devices are quite large, although the Galaxy A53 5G is considerably smaller. The Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) is much taller, a bit wider and also thicker. On top of that, it is also heavier than the Galaxy A53 5G.
Neither phone is particularly grippy, so keep that in mind. Using a case can be a good idea in both cases. The Galaxy A53 5G is IP67 certified for water and dust resistance, while the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) is water repellent. They both feel great in the hand, as long as you like big devices. If you don’t, well, chances are you won’t like either of them. Both companies have done a good job in the design department.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022): Display
They have dramatically different displays. The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G comes with a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED FullHD+ (2400 x 1080) panel. This screen offers a 120Hz refresh rate and it gets bright enough, although it’s far from the brightest panel on the market. We’re looking at a 20:9 aspect ratio here, and the panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, by the way. The phone has a screen-to-body ratio of around 85.4%.
Now for the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022). This handset also has a 120Hz flat screen, but this one is an IPS LCD panel. It measures 6.8 inches and it’s a FullHD+ (2460 x 1080) panel. Motorola uses Gorilla Glass 3 to protect this screen. This iteration of Gorilla Glass is pretty old at this point and doesn’t do a great job of keeping micro scratches at bay. This handset has a screen-to-body ratio of around 85.8%.
Both screens are good enough, but the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G takes the cake. This panel, in comparison, offers better colors that are more contrasty and saturated. That’s no surprise considering Samsung opted to use a Super AMOLED panel here. The IPS LCD screen of the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022), however, is not to be overlooked. Both panels offer a high refresh rate and are pleasant to use. They also offer good viewing angles.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022): Performance
In terms of specs, both of these phones are mid-range. The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is powered by the Exynos 1280 SoC and comes with 4GB, 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022), meanwhile, comes with the Snapdragon 695, in addition to 8GB of RAM. By the way, neither the phone uses the fastest LPDDR RAM nor the fastest UFS flash storage. However, this is to be expected in this price segment.
How’s the performance, though? Well, surprisingly enough, in our own tests the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) did a better job. When it comes to regular day-to-day tasks, it was smoother than Samsung’s handset. The Galaxy A53 5G tended to lag here and there. Overall performance was decent, but you’d expect better, to be completely honest. What’s interesting, though, is that it’s done a great job in the gaming department. So it was probably just a matter of optimizations or something.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022): Battery
These two smartphones actually have the same battery capacity. They both come with a 5,000 mAh battery. With the Galaxy A53 5G, however, that battery has to power a somewhat smaller screen. Is the battery life good on any of them? Well, yes, although the Galaxy A53 5G is advancing, at least in our tests.
The Galaxy A53 5G managed to deliver plenty of use on a single charge. We managed to exceed the bar of 8 hours of screen time without problem, on several occasions. The game will of course affect this, as will various other things. That’s why I don’t prefer to talk about exact numbers. One thing is certain, however, and that is that the Galaxy A53 5G offers great battery life. The battery life of the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) is not bad at all, it is quite good, but far from that provided by the Galaxy A53 5G.
What about charging? Well, neither device supports wireless charging, let’s rule that out first. As for wired charging, the Galaxy A53 5G supports 25W charging. Note that you will need to get the adapter separately as it is not included in the box. The Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) only offers 10W charging, but the charger is included in the box.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022): Cameras
And the cameras? Well, both phones hold their own, but neither will win any awards in the camera department. The Galaxy A53 5G comes with a 64-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and two 5-megapixel units (macro and depth). The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022), on the other hand, has a 50-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide unit, and a 2-megapixel depth shooter.
How is the image quality, though? Well, in good light, both phones work just fine. The Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) tends to boost colors a little too much from time to time, and the same goes for sharpness. Other than that, both do a good job when the lighting is good. And when does it go? Well, the Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) loses color accuracy in low light, while the Galaxy A53 5G doesn’t capture a great amount of detail in such conditions.
To be completely honest, the ultra-wide cameras aren’t particularly good on either phone. They work differently than main shooters, and on a lower level. Overall, though, the cameras are fine, as long as you manage your expectations.
If you still use a 3.5mm headphone jack, you’ll be glad to know that at least one of these phones has it. The Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) comes with an audio jack, while the Galaxy A53 5G does not. When it comes to speakers, the situation is completely opposite. The Galaxy A53 5G includes a set of stereo speakers, while the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) does not.
As you’d expect, given the configuration, the Galaxy A53 5G offers better sound output. These speakers deliver truly balanced sound, which even includes bass. It does not distort even at higher volumes. The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022), well, the story is different. It has a single speaker which, if you set the volume too high, is significantly distorted. In general, it cannot compete with the stereo configuration of the Galaxy A53 5G.