Moto E Review
Motorola Moto E is the new budget smartphone in Indian market. It can be seen as the cheaper alternative of Moto G. It is available only for Rs. 6,999 via online retailer Flipkart. At this price, Moto E comes with so many features which are hard to believe. By launching this samrtphone, Motorola has created a tough competition in the entry level smartphone market. We have received the unit and used it for 2 days. With our experience, we are going to explain what this smartphone exactly offers.
Key features of Moto E
- 4.3inch 540 x 960 qHD display
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB internal storage
- Android 4.4 “KitKat”
- 5 megapixel rear
- Wi-Fi (n), Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS
- Dimensions: 64.8 x 124.8 x 12.3mm
- Weight: 142g
If we talk about the design, it comes with similar design as Motorola offers in elder siblings, the Moto X and Moto G. But it is thicker than Moto G. At the thickest point, it measures 12.3 mm. It weighs around 142g. It is smaller but feels robust. It has solid build and looks like it will last longer. Gripping of the phone is good.
Back covers are available in different colours. So, you can easily personalize your smartphone. At the top, it has a 3.5 mm jack. Bottom of the smartphone has a Micro-USB port for data transfer and charging
It runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat with few modifications. Moto E also comes with few Motorola specific apps. Motorola also promised all future Android updates in Moto E.
It comes with 4.3-inch display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Display has qHD resolution of 960×540 pixels resolution (256ppi). At this price, this is the first smartphone offering this kind of display with protection. Display is quite good but viewing angles are not up to the mark.
Moto E is powered by a low end 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 dual core processor with an integrated Adreno 302 graphics processor. It is also packed with 1 GB RAM. So, phone can run most of the supported apps without lag. You can also play games in this smartphone without any issue.
It is packed with 4 GB internal storage from which 2.2 GB is available for users. Apps will be installed this storage. Unlike Moto G, it comes with a microSD card slot to expand storage up to 32 GB.
Moto E has a 5 megapixel camera with no flash. It also lacks front camera. Camera of the phone disappoints but it works good in day light. In low light, photos are worse. If you want a device for capturing decent photos, this phone is not for you. Camera app in the phone is same as in Moto G. But we cannot expect more than this at this price.
If we talk about video recording, the Moto E can only record up to 854×480 resolution. See photo captured by Moto E and video recording at the below.
It has all the common connectivity options. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G. It also offers USB teathering and Wi-Fi teathring features. Call quality of the smartphone is also good.
It is packed with 1980 mAh non-removable battery. Motorola claims that the battery will offer more than 5 hours talk time. In normal usage, it will last more than one day. You can charge Moto E with both the USB cable and non-detachable charger.
If you use this phone in the normal life, you will have to charge it at the end of each day
With the launch of Moto E, It created trouble for Nokia and Samsung. Now, Motrola Moto E is the best smartphone to buy under Rs. 10,000. Even local brands should also re-consider their marketing strategy.
The only smartphone which can compete with Moto E is Nokia Lumia 525. But pricing difference clearly says that Moto E is much better.
Pros: Solid build, microSD card slot, good screen for the price, all-day battery life, cheap
Cons: poor quality camera with no auto-focus, very limited internal storage, 3G-only
watch the unboxing video below
Video recording sample.