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Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 37 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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."

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."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


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 an...

- Prasid Banerjee, Digit
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...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
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 4...

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
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, m...

- Daniel Bader, Mobile Syrup
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. Ad...

- Alastair Stevenson, The Inquirer


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Screen Size
4.5"

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

Processor
1.2 GHz

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 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 1999 minutes, 762 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto E (2nd Gen) Specs

Overview
Release date February 25, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
variations
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 size
Micro-SIM
variations
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 Storage 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
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
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2390 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 784 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 762 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1999 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors White, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13 x 6.7 x 1.2 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating 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
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, 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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Slow motion video, Burst mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 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 AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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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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