Motorola Moto E, Mid-Range Wonder Droid


Motorola Moto EIf searching for a nice and decent phone that will go easy on your pockets, the recently released Motorola Moto E certainly offers a solution that addresses your needs, being able to deliver a great user experience and a lot of features, everything for a tiny amount of money, less than you would usually expect to hear when talking about a snappy performer, like this fellow over here. Yes, this baby is the successor of the Motorola Moto G, which gained a lot of attention due to its very small price vs its capabilities, which were more than enough for the average consumer. Anyways, let’s focus on the current one. Keep reading and find out more about it, as it might just be the best choice you can make at the moment, considering the ample package of features and the small price asked for it.
The Moto E comes in a retail box accompanied only by a microUSB cable and the user manuals, you’ll need to buy yourself a charger and pair of headphone, if you need one.
Let’s take a look at it. The Moto E measures 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm and has a weight of 142 grams, being very much alike its predecessor. Its appearance doesn’t step out of the crowd, being very simple, but pleasing, overall. The phone is entirely made of plastic, featuring a matte finish on its back, which offers a good hand grip and keeps fingerprints away from sticking to it. Managing it is easy peasy and it’ll also slip in your pockets without feeling like a burden.
The build quality isn’t great, yet would satisfy the average consumer who doesn’t have great expectations from a budget phone.
Motorola Moto E in handThe Moto E holds a 4.3 inches capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, has a pixel density of 256 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The image quality is decent for a device in this price range, having bright colors and a good contrast, but, unfortunately, it’s too reflective for being used properly under direct sunlight. Oh well, that’s not a deal breaker if you keep in mind that this fellow over here is among the best from this price range. Let’s carry on and find out what’s under the hood.
The software department greets us with Android v4.4.2 KitKat and is upgradeable to the latest version (4.4.3). The interface has been left alone, as Motorola didn’t throw in any customizations or anything like that, so the experience wears the Android fingerprint and nothing else.
In terms of hardware, the Moto E is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset, having a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 processor, Adreno 302 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The user experience is very decent, considering its modest specifications, and the phone won’t raise any lag issues or anything if you don’t abuse it with a lot of tasks at the same time.
For capturing photos, the Motorola Moto E holds a 5 MP fixed-focus camera which takes stills with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. The camera application offers support for geo-tagging, touch focus, panorama, HDR and more. The pictures aren’t great, yet quite decent for a 5MP performer.
The video camera is also kind of modest, being able to shoot videos with a maximum resolution of 864 x 480 @ 30 fps. There’s no secondary camera on board.
In terms of connectivity, the Motorola Moto E holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n with the Hotspot functionality, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, microUSB 2.0.
Surfing the web is a very pleasant experience on the Moto E, as you have Google Chrome as your default browser, and we all know about the plethora of capabilities and functionalities that it features. The pages are loaded fast and you’ll have a lot of options and settings for improving your experience.
The Moto E holds several other goodies in its basket, such as a GPS receiver with support for A-GPS and GLONASS, Google Maps for navigation, Quickoffice for viewing and editing document files, an FM Radio with RDS support, Google Now as an assistant, the Android Device Manager for linking you with all of your other Android-based devices and also enabling you to find your phone if it gets lost and lock it or wipe the data if it gets stolen.
The Moto E holds a 1,980 mAh battery inside and will stay alive for more than 2 days until it needs recharging. The back cover is removable, but the battery is not.
Motorola Moto E colors


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