Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

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Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)'s screen is 4.5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2390mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2390 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 1999 minutes (2G), 1356 minutes (3G), 762 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Motorola has updated one of the best budget handsets of last year with some key features including an overdue selfie snapper and 4G connectivity.

- James Peckham , TechRadar 

A solid improvement over its predecessor, with plenty of features for a low price.

- Devindra Hardawar , Engadget 

Reviews summary

7.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 37 reviews

What's good  

  • Ability to personalize phone with interchangeable bands
  • Decent performance during daily tasks
  • Good battery life
  • 4G LTE connectivity

What's bad  

  • Poor camera image quality
  • Low resolution display leads to some fuzziness
  • Only 8GB of space

Motorola follows up the success of their budget Moto E phone with an updated 2015 model. While it won't win any awards for best-looking smartphone, the 2015 Moto E did give experts the impression of "affordable but sturdy." It comes with an all-plastic build and interchangeable band wrapping around the rim, which hides the microSD and SIM slots. Users can customize their phone by choosing different band colors. Besides the aesthetic quality of the bands, experts add that it along with the matte back finish helped improved overall grip on the otherwise round phone. It's also a bit on the thick side at 0.5 inches but critics add that it didn't detract from its usability at all.

At 4.5 inches, the display on the 2015 Moto E is 0.2 inches larger than its predecessor though it does stick with the same 540p resolution. That means its pixel density is slight lower at 245ppi. While it wasn't generally an issue with critics they did notice some fuzziness and lack of fine detail on text and images. With that said they add that the quality of the display helped soften the blow as it provided them with good viewing angles, excellent brightness and vibrant colors. Androidpit adds that it is, "…perfectly sufficient for the casual user."

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Another upgrade on the 2015 Moto E is its internal specs. It now comes with 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. While it is provided better performance than the older Moto E and Moto G, experts still warn that it is not a gaming powerhouse. Even on simpler games they experience some hiccups and, with 3D games, very noticeable lag. Still, they were able to perform more basic tasks with ease. It also comes with a mere 8GB of internal storage though it does have a microSD slot. In order to counter the more powerful processor, Motorola stuck a 2,390mAh battery in the second generation Moto E. In general, experts were able to get a full day's of use during moderate usage, but when 4G LTE is used the batteries drain fairly fast and last only 8-9 hours.

Perhaps the biggest letdown of the new Moto E is its camera. It keeps the same 5MP resolution and lack of LED flash though it replaced the fixed focus lens with an auto-focus one. That said, many experts didn't see too much of an improvement in picture quality. Images still lacked definition and detail even under optimal light conditions and, they add, colors looked artificial. When compared to the original Moto E, Ars Technica notes that it "…is a small improvement."

While there are some downsides to the Moto E (2015), reviewers still have no problem recommending it to the casual Android user. Pocket Lint states, "…the Moto E is brilliant for the price…for the money, there's arguably no better budget phone on the market."


Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


Digit

Loses out to the competition in terms of value for money

from Digit
The Moto E 4g is definitely an improvement over the 3G variant, but it still can't match the competiton in terms of display and camera. If you need an inexpensive smartphone with very good battery life, then this one would make sense, but for everything else, you should look at the Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Yu Yuphoria... Full review
GSMArena

A balanced feature mix combined with a wonderful price tag

from GSMArena
The Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) is exactly what you'd expect from the sequel of the most popular budget phone for 2014. The new model gets a screen bump, major performance boost, better camera, double the storage, a bigger battery, a much better build quality and materials and, surprisingly, there is even LTE connectivity. Yet Motorola is asking only a slight premium for the new device - it's selling for £99 or €125... Full review
Digital Versus

A better deal than the first

from Digital Versus
The Moto E 4G is a better deal than the first Moto E was when it came out. The addition of 4G connectivity, a decent chipset, Android 5.0 and a bigger screen with better picture quality all make it a better buy. Unfortunately, there's a lot of competition in this price range. If you can do without 4G, then you can get much more out of the Honor 3C. And if you can throw in just a bit more money, the Moto G will take you even further... Full review
Mobile Syrup

Good build quality, responsive performance

from Mobile Syrup

The Moto E’s negatives are few, and don’t undermine the truly superlative nature of this product. As a first smartphone, it is a great choice, but its price affords it the versatility of being used in a number of different configurations. Because it can be so easily purchased outright, many carriers will offer discounted plans with the phone, and it takes to prepaid service quite well.

And because there are a number of accessory choices with the device, from cases to coloured bumpers, the Moto E can fit its owners’ styles without incurring too high a cost. ... Full review

The Inquirer

One of the best, and most affordable, Android Lollipop smartphones

from The Inquirer
The Moto E 2015 isn't a game changer like the original Moto E, but it is still a great example of what Motorola has to offer.Featuring a close to untouched version of Android, the Moto E is one of a select few affordable smartphones to offer all the perks of Google's latest Lollipop version. Add to this its reasonable performance and battery life, and the super low £110 price, and we have to say that the Moto E is the best affordable Android smartphone currently available.  .. Full review
PC Magazine

Combines high-quality parts with clean Android software

from PC Magazine
The Motorola Moto E stands as a litmus test for the ultra-budget smartphone market. The high-quality parts and clean Android software make for a potent combination, especially in the sub-$100 realm. .. Full review
Notebookcheck

The price/performance ratio convinces

from Notebookcheck

The build and the choice of materials are very good, and would also look good in even considerably more expensive smartphones. The plain and stylish design also appealed to us. The internal 8 GB storage is easy to expand for little money via a micro-SD card. Furthermore, the hardware's performance alongside the latest Android 5.0.5 operating system and long battery life is convincing. The communication modules do not exhibit any major missteps, and LTE is still the exception in this price range. That makes it easy to forgive the lack of NFC.

Our verdict about the 4.5-inch screen is... Full review

Fone Arena

Smooth performance, good build quality, good battery life

from Fone Arena

Moto E was one of the popular smartphones in India when it launched last year. Motorola has improved a lot this time in the Moto E (2nd Gen), but the phone still lacks LED flash. Since it lacks flash you can’t use the most handy torch-light feature in Lollipop that lets you open the torch directly from the Quick Settings menu. At a price tag of Rs. 6,999, Moto E (2nd Gen) is not the best smartphone in the price range when you have tough competition like the Xiaomi Redmi 2 that offer better specifications, including 4G support for the same price.

One thing that Motorola does th... Full review

Brighthand

Budget buster

from Brighthand
The Moto E is a competent, capable smartphone for people who don't want to (or can't) break the bank on a mobile device. The $120 handset is fantastic value in a vacuum, but it's difficult to fully recommend when Motorola's other budget device, the Moto G, brings a superior display and design for just $60 more... Full review
Android Guys

One of the cheapest off-contract smartphones you’ll find

from Android Guys

We are extremely impressed with the Moto E. Considering the $150 price point we would have been happy with a slightly larger screen over last year’s model. Or, perhaps just adding in 4G LTE support. Fortunately for us, we get both of these as well as the latest release of Android. Throw in the better camera details and battery it’s all bonus.

At $120, the 3G variant is still plenty of smartphone for someone making the leap from feature phone. Both are attractive enough in price to consider one of these as a backup or replacement for a lost or damaged model.

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Anantaraman

It is a cheap smartphone which is more than sufficient for an average user

Pros: Good speaker Decent battery life and standby time Cons: Poor image quality Only 8GB space in-built storage
Pros: Good speaker Decent battery life and standby time Cons: Poor image quality Only 8GB space in-built storage Less

Anantaraman
Budget smartphone
Sankalp

Its cheap

Not so great... prefer moto g
Not so great... prefer moto g Less
it is affordable rate very good works well
it is affordable rate very good works well Less

Bad buy

Half the phone calls I receive don't get answed you got to drag finger so slow it disconnects.
Half the phone calls I receive don't get answed you got to drag finger so slow it disconnects. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date February 25, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.52 W/kg
Body: 0.894 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2390 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 784 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 762 minutes
3G Surfing Time 1599 minutes
4G Surfing Time 1599 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1999 minutes (2G)
1356 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.0 x 6.7 x 1.2 cm
(5.1 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 145 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density 245 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Slow motion video, Burst mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto E (2015)

3G version
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad core 1.2 Ghz
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