Moto E Review: Great For the Price

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The Moto E is Motorola?s latest offering in the smartphone category. It seems like Motorola dreams of putting smartphones in the hands of everyone as their latest mobile device is really affordable.

The Moto E has a relatively cheap price of $129 in the US. Motorola seems confident that the low cost formula will do wonders for the people around the world (and it probably will). The price point is a win, but the question now becomes: How well does it actually perform? Let?s find out below.

First, let?s look at the specifications.

Operating systemAndroid? 4.4, KitKat?
ProcessorQualcomm? Snapdragon? 200 with 1.2GHz dual-core A7 CPU
Adreno 302 400MHz single-core GPU
Capacity4GB standard
MicroSD slot supports up to 32GB expandable memory
Dimensions and weightHeight: 124.8mm
Width: 64.8mm
Depth: 12.3mm
Weight: 142g
Display4.3 inches
540 x 960 qHD, 256ppi
Features anti-smudge coating and Corning? Gorilla? Glass 3
ConnectivityMicroUSB, supports USB 2.0
3.5 mm headset jack
Micro SIM
BatteryBuilt-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 1980mAh
Mixed usage up to 24 hours
Rear camera5 MP
Video capture and playbackCapture 30fps FWVGA (MP4, H.264, H.263)
Up to 720p playback displayed in qHD resolution
Audio playbackAMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM,
NetworksUS GSM Model:
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21?Mbps?(850, 1700 (AWS), 1900 MHz)
Requires a microSIM card (not included)Global?GSM?Model:
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21?Mbps?(850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Requires a microSIM card (not included)CDMA Model Coming Soon!
CDMA/EVDO Rev A (850, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHzBluetooth? TechnologyVersion 4.0 LE
Location servicesGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
In the boxMoto E in black or white
One-piece charger
Quick start guide


Price and specs

In terms of what you are getting for the price point, the Moto E is definitely a great option. The screen size is 4.3 inches and only at qHD but it actually looks better than what you would normally expect. Above and below the screen are the speakers and microphone. The company?s logo is recessed and it basically looks like a compressed version of the Moto G. The 5MP camera is also good for photo loving users even without the flash though there?ll be no selfies for this one as there is no front facing camera. All in all, the Moto E is nice to hold even in comparison to premium handsets like the HTC One M8.


Users will be pleased to know that the default back of the headset can be replaced by more colorful ones to suit varying tastes. The back colors will set you back $15 each. Taking off the back plate will reveal the non-removable 1,980mAh battery together with the sim card slots as well as the microSD card slot. Some models don?t have the dual sim option so you?ll need to check which model you want to get. The microSD slot is very important since the phone comes with a measly 4GB of internal storage, but that is the tradeoff for the price tag.


In terms of software, the Moto E runs on a nearly stock build of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. This is great for users who hate bloatware which slows the user experience. One of the apps from Motorola is Motorola Migrate. It first appeared on the Droid Ultra and it lets phone switchers transfer their existing data like contacts and messages, to their new Moto E once the said app has been installed on the original phone.


Performance-wise, the device can hold its own. It won?t be the fastest out there, but it should be more than enough for your day to day grind. Games should play fine too, but keep in mind that it doesn?t have the best battery so you may need a power bank or charger on standby, although regular day to day use with chat, calls, and emails should be fine.


The Moto E is a solid performer and the price tag is the cherry on top. Something that is both good and cheap is hard to come by and Motorola seems to have gotten things right. It?s not the best or the fastest phone out there, but that?s not what it was designed to be. It was designed to be made available in the hands of every other person not owning a high end handset.

Photo Source: Moto E website

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