Moto E Review: A Decent Entry Smartphone at Low-End Price
Motorola recently revealed its Moto E smartphone, along with the Moto G LTE. The smartphone, which weighs at 142 grams, was showcased at an event which took place in London.
The front panel of the Moto E is equipped with a respectable 4.3-inch scratch resistant, durable Gorilla Glass 3 and with a native resolution of 960 x 540 with a 256 ppi (pixel per inch) density. The screen is also layered with an anti-smudge coating. The display suffers from poor viewing angles however, it is relatively crispy compared to other phones in the same price range.
For a phone which is aimed at entry level market, this is surely impressive especially when its is coupled with some mid range smartphone features all at a price tag of $129. In order to gauge the smartphone as a whole package, it will most likely be compared with other smartphones in its league such as the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Samsung Galaxy Fame.
The Moto E comes with dimensions of 124.8mm x 64.8mm x 6.2mm following the same design principles as its predecessors, and features a curved back that feels really nice when held as it has a high quality matte finish.
The back of the device which is available in nine unique color can be changed at the whim of the user to provide variety. Ergonomically speaking, it’s a little bit heavy for its chassis but it is most definitely a delight when held.
On the software front, the phone runs on a nearly stock version of Google’s Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system. Having ‘features just for the sake of having features’ can backfire at times and it’s good that Motorola understands this really well.
The smartphone, which is aimed at the general public, is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 SoC along side an Adreno 302 GPU.
Based on its modest hardware capabilities, the phone offers a seamless swiping experience, however it tends to lag a bit when apps are executed or switched. Considering the phone is aimed at the entry level market and is rather inexpensive, this limitation should be bearable.
Although the phone comes with only 4GB of internal storage, it can be further increased by using a MicroSD card.
The phone comes with a 1,980mAh battery, which is a surprisingly decent performer as it can easily last a whole day use involving making calls, listening to music, using the wifi and of course, gaming. The battery reserves its resources efficiently and offers a respectable standby time.
To much disappointment, the phone is equipped with only a rear facing 5 mega pixel camera with 4x digital zoom, which is probably the biggest let down when considering it as a whole package. Selfie enthusiasts will most probably avoid buying this phone as it has no front facing camera.
Despite its shortcoming, it can be viewed as the standard for what we can describe as a basic smartphone as it definitely sets the right tone. People who are looking for an android based entry smartphone with a tight budget should seriously consider this phone.