Motorola Moto E2 Review, The Sequel

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Ever since the Motorola name has been revived, the smartphone market has been constantly receiving some great and affordable Moto handsets that range from entry-level devices to flagship levels, having some capable mid-rangers in between. The smartphone that I’ve chosen for a closer inspection today comes from the latter category and is known as the Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen), an improved version of its predecessor that received a small display enlargement, a doubled internal memory, a better processor, LTE support and more. Among the most important features of the Moto E2 are a 4.5 qHD screen, dual-SIM support, an 8 MP camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop and more. If you’re feeling interested, keep reading and find out more details about it.

Inside its retail package, the Motorola Moto E2 comes along only with a microUSB cable. That’s right, no charger plug or headphones, it appears that Motorola is counting on you to already have these. If you don’t, buying them separately won’t be emptying your wallet, as the phone itself is more than affordable for what it has to offer.

The Moto E 2nd Gen measures 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm and weighs 145 grams, being kind of hefty for today’s standards, but very comfortable to manage and slip into pockets. The handset is made from a high quality matte plastic and seems very sturdy and reliable, having a build quality that exceeds most of its competitors that ride in the same league. The rear side features a rubbery finish that offers an excellent hand grip and keeps away fingerprints or smudges. The handset is surrounded by a plastic frame (called Motorola Band) which can be removed and replaced with another one. This item comes in several colors and also has a rubberized finish and reveals access to the card slots when removed, which is something that I’ve never seen until now and is quite a good idea.

The Moto E2 holds on its frontal side a 4.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, a pixel density of 245 ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection and oleophobic coating. The image quality is very good, with pleasant colors, good contrast and decent viewing angles, but this situation changes once you’re outdoors, where the phone can be uncomfortable to use under direct sunlight due to its screen reflectivity.

Let’s see what’s cooking on the inside in terms of software. The Moto E 2nd Gen comes loaded with Android’s latest and greatest software update, Lollipop 5.0.2. If you prefer a pure Android experience, good news: the interface is very clean, with only a few customizations from Motorola that serve for the best.
For example, your notifications are displayed without actually waking up your phone when the latter detects that you pick it up or pull it out of your pocket. If you missed anything, some icons will appear and will reveal informations when tapped.
Some other interesting and useful improvement is the wake-up mode for the camera, which consists in twisting your wrist.
The homescreen is customizable, supporting shortcuts, widgets and wallpapers. The Notification area is accessed by swiping down from the top and displays your notifications and the quick toggles on a secondary swipe from the top.
The user interface is friendly, intuitive and runs smooth thanks to the hardware capabilities, which are mid-range for nowadays standards, but enough for offering a pleasant user experience if you’re not exactly a power-user.

The Motorola Moto E2 comes in two versions, a 3G model and a LTE one. The 3G version is powered by a Snapdragon 200 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor and Adreno 302 GPU. The LTE model features a Snapdragon 410 chipset and holds a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor and Adreno 306 GPU. Both models rely on 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The handset isn’t exactly a powerhorse, but will handle daily tasks without any hiccups.

Inside its connectivity bag, we’ll come across quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE for both versions, Wi-Fi b/g/n with the Hotspot functionality, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and microUSB 2.0 with On-the-go support for connecting peripherals.

The Moto E2 offers a 5 MP snapper for taking pictures which has autofocus and captures stills with a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels, being a noticeable improvement over the previous one. The camera produces some very decent photos, with vibrant and accurate colors, a high amoung of detail (for a 5 MP cam, that is) and good contrast. The camera application offers support for HDR and Panorama, among others.
The video camera is capable of producing 720p videos @30 fps and also does a decent job.
A front-facing VGA camera is also on board.

For serving your daily needs, the Moto E 2nd Gen also comes with a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, Google Chrome for offering a great browsing experience, Google Docs and Sheets for managing document files, a stereo FM Radio with RDS support, two very capable media players for audio and video playback and more.

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The Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen is powered by a 2,390 mAh battery and will endure three days under a moderate usage, which is quite nice.

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