- James Peckham , TechRadar
Motorola has updated one of the best budget handsets of last year with some key features including an overdue selfie snapper and 4G connectivity.
- Devindra Hardawar , Engadget
A solid improvement over its predecessor, with plenty of features for a low price.
- Ability to personalize phone with interchangeable bands
- Decent performance during daily tasks
- Good battery life
- 4G LTE connectivity
- 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."
Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)
Loses out to the competition in terms of value for money
A balanced feature mix combined with a wonderful price tag
A better deal than the first
Good build quality, responsive performance
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
One of the best, and most affordable, Android Lollipop smartphones
Combines high-quality parts with clean Android software
The price/performance ratio convinces
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.
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Smooth performance, good build quality, good battery life
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.
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One of the cheapest off-contract smartphones you’ll find
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.
It is a cheap smartphone which is more than sufficient for an average user
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