The Good Moto E is cheap, comes with the latest Android KitKat software, has a screen and a processor that can handle the most important things.
The Bad Its camera and battery life are impressive, and it’s no less than the Moto G, which remains the best Android operation.
The Bottom Line Motorola Moto E is undeniably cheap and comes with a set of specifications that makes it more than capable of meeting your basic day-to-day tasks. However, its price is not much lower than that of the Moto G, which has a better camera, a more powerful processor, improved screen and longer battery life. If you don’t want to shop at a very low budget, the Moto G is still the best phone.
The Motorola Moto G was my favorite phone of 2013. Not because it had the best HD display or the most powerful quad-core processor, but because it offered a well-rounded specification for a price that pulled its competition out of the water. Motorola now has a cheaper mobile phone, which means that even the most popular mobile phone users can get the latest Android software.
The Moto E is a 4.3-inch dual-core phone, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and the latest Android, 4.4.2 KitKat . KitKat is not by far the best of features – it lacks 4G LTE – but it is a very affordable phone.
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You can order Moto E from Amazon in the UK for £ 90 (it ships May 22) or buy it now from Amazon in the US for $ 130. It will be available worldwide, including in Australia, where it will cost $ 179.
Here’s the dirt-cheap, KitKat-running Motorola Moto E (pictures)
If you have a few more pounds or dollars to spare, you might be interested in the new upgraded Moto G, now with 4G and microSD. You can see our first shot of the new 4G Moto G here.
The first Moto E launch event at Moto E took place in India, and it went on sale at launch there and in Brazil, highlighting Moto’s particular focus on emerging mobile markets rather than in areas where flagship phones such as Samsung Galaxy S5 dominate.
It is easy to notice the similarity of the Motorola family between the Moto E, G and indeed Moto X since there are different design tips common to all three. Most of all – on the back, which has the same rounded, rubberized shape as the others. This curved design makes it very comfortable to hold in one hand as it sits snugly in your palm.
Like the other Motos, there is a cigarette on the back of the Moto logo. The camera is in the middle of the top, and power, volume, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-USB port are scattered around the edges.
At 4.3 inches, the Moto E is the smallest of the bouquets, so it’s perfect for those of you who can’t stretch their thumbs on 5-inch displays. It is quite bold – especially when compared to extremely narrow phones such as iPhone 5S – but it will sit in your pocket without noticing it too much. However, the E certainly feels bulkier than the Moto G, and the degree is less luxurious.
The front of the phone is quite simple. It is a full glass construction with two metal stripes at the top and bottom – they hide the speaker and the microphone – adding a bit of flair. Although it does not dream of the smooth luxury of all-metal HTC One M8 , it works perfectly for a budget phone.
The back covers can be removed and there will be a variety of colorful covers, including cases with inverted facades to protect the screen. This may not be necessary as Motorola uses Gorilla Glass 3 for a display that is particularly scratch resistant.
The phone’s internal devices also received a waterproof nanoclay. It is designed to protect your phone against small spills or rain water when you go along with inclement weather. Although it does not go deep, so do not take it in the bath. Although it is far from being “reliable”, these settings should help it withstand the type of daily use that is most likely to be seen.
The phone has only 4GB of memory, which is not enough to accommodate music, videos and applications – especially since you have just over 2GB to use, since the operating system itself takes up a lot of space. However, there is a microSD card slot underneath the plastic back for memory expansion, so be sure to consider the price of the microSD card as well.
The 4.3-inch Moto E has a slightly smaller display than the 4.5-inch Moto G, and it has a slightly lower resolution. It packs 960×540 pixels into your screen, resulting in a pixel density of 256 pixels per inch. Although it is slightly less than the 326ppi G, it is quite a large sum, especially for such a cheap device. For comparison LG G2 Mini The display has 234ppi and costs over 200 pounds. It beats a bit similarly cheap Nokia Lumia 520 also 800×480 pixels.
Along with the higher resolution phones, you can see the difference in clarity, but the Moto E display is at least sufficient for the everyday tasks it is designed for. This is also quite striking, and I’ve probably seen worse color management on other budget mobile phones. If you expect to play the latest 3D games in stunning high definition with extremely bright colors, the ultra-budget phone really shouldn’t be on your wishlist.
I noticed that the angle of view of the Moto E is not very large – the tilt of the phone from my line of sight led to a slight color distortion. The display is usually not as good as the Moto G, which is the best screen you get for the price, but still better than the vast majority of displays I’ve seen for about 80 pounds.
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The processor also cut the Moto G to reduce costs. This is specifically a 1.2GHz dual core, not a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200. However, it comes with 1GB of RAM. Not surprisingly, E on the benchmarks was slightly lower than in G. On the Geekbench test, E scored 817 (Moto G reached 1315).
Clear figures are not everything, and I’m happy to say that navigating Moto E is fast and enjoyable. Moving between home screens was delayed, the camera and messaging apps were open without delay, the keyboard responded and kept up with my typing, and the notification panel was not judgmental. This may not seem like a big deal, but undervalued cheap phones can often make even moving around Android clumsy, slow and frustrating. Fortunately, this is not the case with the Moto E.
More complex tasks, such as photo editing using Snapseed, as well as streaming the first Pokemon series to Netflix, were also possible. I was surprised to see that the Riptide GP 2 also plays decent. Although the frame rate dropped significantly, but it was at least reproducible – in fact I managed to finish the final race in 1st place while waiting for trains to London – something I had not expected would be possible on such a cheap phone.
Having Android 4.4.2 is a huge plus. Most budget phones – and annoyingly quite a few more expensive phones – usually come with older versions of Android, with only the fuzzy promises of an update at some point. It is extremely refreshing to see new software on your phone so cheap.
This is an out-of-the-box KitKat version without any custom skin and manufacturer customization found on phones like the Galaxy S5 and One M8. In addition to making it a much less cluttered interface, it has the advantage and is less demanding of hardware because it runs fewer background processes. This is important for a lightweight, dual core chip.
Motorola has kept contactless, always listening, explaining that the sensors and software needed to make it would be more expensive. I would be surprised if anyone really misses these features.
The back of the phone has a 5MP camera – the same resolution you’ll find in the Moto G and Nokia Lumia 520. Both the G and the Lumia 520 can make some decent shots, so the E is off to a good start on paper, but I considered its results mostly impressive.
My test shots suffered from overall lack of clarity, always seemed a little underwhelmed and had rather cool colors.
HDR seemed pretty effective. This cleared the sky above St. Paul’s Cathedral, as well as the shady areas under the bridge. HDR mode has helped to reveal much more detail in this street scene.
However, its biggest problem is the fixed focus lens. Although the landscape shots will be in focus, it is not able to focus close up, so you can forget about taking beautiful macro shots of flowers when you go for a walk this summer. There is also no flash on the back, so it won’t be your camera of choice for photos of your food in a tight restaurant.
Selfie lovers will also want to look at the Moto G since there is no front camera. It also means that you will not be able to make video calls easily through Google Hangouts or Skype.
The camera is undoubtedly one of the main areas that has been cut to reduce cost. Although you can get good enough for Facebook when you’re on the street with lots of light, it’s no longer suitable for anything. If you are not at all indifferent to having a camera on your phone, Moto E is right, but if you are looking to enjoy Instagram, you might be wise to look elsewhere.
Finally, Motorola believes the Moto E has a “full day battery”. This is an attractive claim as I find that even with moderate use, most phones will need acceleration in the afternoon if they continue to go to sleep. In my battery discharge test – looping at half brightness until it runs out – it lasted just under 7 hours.
It’s a little disappointing, in particular, that on the same Google Play test, it released a Moto G 9-hour Moto G release. Considering its lower-powered processor and lower-resolution display, I’m surprised Moto E didn’t put much effort into it.
Based on my own use, I’m still pretty sure that it can last all day long if you are careful about what you do with it. Playing video throughout the day has been proven to consume power fast enough, but to send texts, emails and tweets you should not find that the juice is leaking too fast. Keep screen brightness low and turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi if you want it to last as long as possible. Also keep in mind that although the back cover can be removed, the battery is secured in place, so you will not be able to have a spare part.
If you are trying to resolve the issue between the Galaxy S5 and the One M8, the Moto E will certainly not be a confusing third option. Instead, it is aimed directly at new mobile phone markets where flagship phones are simply too expensive for most people. Its cheapness means that it is more targeted at those of you who just want social apps like Twitter and WhatsApp, and you just don’t have to spend hundreds on top-end devices.
It’s certainly a bit of a kit available, but I’m not convinced it’s cheap enough. You can pick up a Moto G with higher performance for only £ 119 / $ 179 / AU $ 249 (or £ 149 / $ 219 / A9 $ 299 for 4G version ). I think it’s worth it to improve the camera (and the front camera), better screen and longer battery life. If you’re not desperate to save every penny you can, the Moto G is still the best deal on the market today.