Moto E Review- Entry-level Smartphones Redefined

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After the huge success of Moto G, Motorola mobility (now owned by Lenovo) launched another shiny new droid made especially for the developing markets named- Moto E. The main USP of Moto E is its affordable price tag and super impressive specifications for an entry-level android smartphone.

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I’ve personally received a lot of requests from my friends to review the Moto E. I tried to order it online but was always greeted by the Out of Stock message on flipkart.com

The phone was again made available online on 23rd May and its extreme popularity resulted in site wide outage on flipkart. Again, I was not able to order my Moto E!

flipkart outage

Thankfully, a friend of mine received the E a few hours before and was more than happy to lend me his brand new Motorola for reviewing purposes.

 

PROS

  • Sharp display
  • Good Design
  • Latest OS (v4.4.2) with a guaranteed upgrade

 

CONS

  • Average 5MP camera without AF and LED flash
  • No front camera for selfies
  • Inability to install games on microSD card

 

User Experience

 

Design

If you liked the design of the Moto G then you will like Moto E’s design too. Unlike the other phones below the price tag of ₹ 7k the Moto E doesn’t look cheap in any way. In fact, it impressed me.

The 4.3 inch display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and looks great on a small device like this. The loudspeaker grille on the front side of the display hides the primary microphone. The top side bears the 3.5mm audio jack and a secondary microphone for noise cancellation purposes.

The poly carbonate matte finish backpanel is sturdy and reveals the sealed battery when removed.

It is very easy to hold and maintain good grip over the phone. The rounded edges and its size ensure that you do not have to adjust your hands while using the phone. The right side flanks the power and volume rocker buttons.

 

User Interface

The Moto E runs on almost stock android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. The word almost indicates the presence of a few manufacturer specific apps like Moto Migrate etc.

The transitions and animations as would expect are buttery smooth. We didn’t encounter even a single lag during our entire testing.

 

Display

The Moto E sports a 4.3 inch TFT LCD display having a resolution of 540×960 pixels. The pixel density is 256.15 ppi which is not bad at all for a sub 7k INR smartphone.

The colors look vivid and the contrast is also good. The viewing angles on the other hand are not that great. Who expects excellent viewing angles from the display of a budget smartphone!

The display has gorilla glass 3 coating for protection against scratches but it doesn’t protect it from smudges and fingerprints. It gets greased up soon. The sunlight legibility is okay with the auto brightness setting turned ON.

 

Camera

Moto E is a great phone and if you have read this review till here then you know that it comes with few compromises. Its hardware seems too impressive for its price tag and leaves most of the people wondering about where Motorola did the cost cutting.

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Yes, you guessed it right. The 5MP camera lacks focusing capabilities and also doesn’t have an LED flash for taking shots in low-light scenarios. But, don’t let this lowly pixel count of 5MP discourage you from buying this otherwise great phone.

This 5MP F/2.4 shooter can capture above average details and also performs good in dim-lit scenes. The photos are taken in 16:9 aspect ratio having a resolution of 2592×1456 pixels. It can also capture videos with a resolution of 864×480 pixels @30fps.

Camera Samples

Multimedia

The Moto E plays all of the popular audio formats out of the box except .wma. The audio is loud and also has some bass unlike other Chinese local branded phones.

Motorola has wisely placed the loudspeaker at the front side below the grille just below the display. This placement escalates the video watching experience to a whole new level when compared to phones having a single speaker at the back.

Formats supported:

  • mp3- Yes
  • aac- Yes
  • wma- No
  • wav- Yes

It also supports many widely used video formats except .flv but we don’t take it as an issue. You can use third party apps like MXPlayer to play these formats.

 

Formats supported (480p):

  • mp4- Yes
  • flv- No
  • avi- Yes
  • mkv- Yes
Resolution Supported (mp4):

  • 480p (SD)- Yes
  • 720p (HD)- Yes
  • 1080p (full-HD)- Yes
  • 4K (Ultra HD)- No

 

The videos look crisp and it can even play 1080p mp4 videos with breaking a sweat. I however, would not recommend you to watch full-HD videos on smartphones with less than 5 inch of display (and below FHD resolution). It won’t make much of a difference plus full-HD videos will require more CPU time and hence will use more battery juice.

The gallery interface is pretty basic and simple and has options to organize stuff according to camera roll, time line and albums.

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Hardware Performance

The Moto E XT1022 (Dual SIM) runs on a Snapdragon 200 chipset MSM8610 having a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Adreno 305 is in-charge of graphics here and takes care of light to moderate gaming needs.

We didn’t encounter any lag or a sign of a system slowdown on normal usage.

If you are a benchmarks person then these screenshots will you feel happy about this affordable smartphone.

Benchmark Score
AnTuTu 12184
Quadrant Standard 5184
Nenamark 2 47.6
SunSpider 1644.5 ms (lower is better)

 

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Motorola claims that Moto E can last up to 24 hours of mixed usage on a single charge. I have been using it for more than a week now and I can confirm that the Moto E indeed has a very good battery backup.

I usually charge my phone in the morning and by the night it still has more than 40% battery juice left. I am a power user and I use a lot of apps, play light games and browse the internet on WiFi and sometimes on 3G.

If you are in search of an affordable android smartphone having great battery backup then your search ends here.

 

Connectivity

What is has:

  • Dual SIM (GSM+GSM)
  • 2G, 3G
  • Wi-Fi Direct & Hotspot
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • FM Radio

What it lacks:

  • 4G
  • USB OTG
  • NFC
  • Dedicated HDMI port
  • IR LED

 

 

Final Verdict

Affordable high quality smartphone having great battery backup

The Moto E is very much similar to Moto G in design but is even more affordable. It forces us to re-constitute our feeling about entry-level smartphones. They no longer have to have a poor display and pathetic battery backup.

It produces good audio levels from its front speaker and is also able to play high-definition videos and games like Asphalt 8 without any issues.

Moto E looks like a great phone but you have to make a few compromises if you are willing to buy it. The first one is the absence of an LED flash and AF from the primary camera and the second one is that it forces you to say good-bye to selfies.

The absence of the front-camera didn’t hurt me much as the other phones within the same price tag have a hopeless front camera. I don’t like to settle for anything less than good.

Moto E is and will be available online only on flipkart.com and if you are looking for an affordable entry-level branded android smartphone then I strongly recommend that you buy this phone.

Buy Moto E now.

 

You ought to know this- Why we don’t trust specifications?

 

Moto E- Specifications

General Name Moto E XT1022
OS Android 4.4.2 KitKat (4.4.3 upgradable)
Hardware Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8610
CPU 1.2GHz Dual-Core Cortex-A7
GPU Adreno 305
RAM 1 GB
Internal Memory 4GB
Expandable Memory Upto 32GB (micro SD card)
Display Type LCD TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
Size 4.3 inch; 540×960 pixels (256.15 ppi)
Camera Primary 5MP, FF
Secondary No
Battery Capacity 1980 mAh Li-Ion
Connectivity EDGE Yes
HSPA+ Yes (Down- 21Mbps, Up- 5.76Mbps)
Wi-Fi Yes (with Hotspot and WiFi Direct)
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 (with A2DP)
GPS Yes, with A-GPS and GLONASS
microUSB Yes (v2.0)
Dual SIM Yes (GSM+GSM)
Others Sensors Proximity, Accelerometer, Ambient Light
Dimension 124.8×64.8×12.3 mm
Weight 142 g
Colours Black, White
Online Price ₹ 6,999

 

Please share your valuable feedback and experience about the phone in the comments section below. You can also leave us a comment if you want any answer or explanation about any particular function of Moto E.

 

2 Comments

  • sree says:

    It is absurd to expect 4G, NFC and IR blaster in a Rs.7000 phone, so while summarizing what it has and lacks, you should consider features which are normally expected in its particular class.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Sree,
      Many first time and wannabe Android users don’t know what to expect from an entry-level phone. So, we have to mention it.

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