The Motorola Moto E is finally here. After a much-hyped reveal last month, the budget Android has finally hit the shelves. But really, budget doesn’t even begin to define this latest smartphone entry from Motorola. How does it stand up in terms of competition and price point? Let’s find out, in our Motorola Moto E review.
Design and Build
The Motorola Moto E looks almost exactly the same as its bigger brother, the Moto G. And that’s a good thing. We’ve always like the understated and under-the-radar looks of the Moto G. The Moto E won’t catch anyone’s attention but it looks fine as it is. The material used for the device is plastic, so this phone should hold up pretty well against scratches.
Being a budget smartphone, a great display was never going to be on the cards for the Moto E. Despite this, Motorola haven’t just scavenged the bottom end of the displays bin. The Moto E has a relatively respectable 540×960 pixel 4.3 inch display. Now this isn’t terribly impressive, but for the price point, this screen is refreshing. The viewing angles are fine and so is the contrast. Really, for the price Motorola have done an admirable job with the Moto E’s display.
The Moto E comes with a basic processor and memory setup. Under the hood you’ll find a dual-core Cortex A7 processor coupled with a gigabyte of RAM. This isn’t going to blaze through modern benchmarks, but for everyday tasks like messaging and checking Facebook, it’s perfectly fine.
The camera on this device is just as unexciting as the rest of the specs. With just 5 megapixels to play with, it was never going to be a photographer’s dream. And to make matters worse, it’s got a fixed focus lens. That means close ups are completely off the table. For just capturing a few important moments and uploading them to Facebook, it’s perfectly OK.
The Moto E is equipped with a non-removable 1980 Li-Po battery that should give it a day’s worth of heavy usage. If you’re careful with your use, you can easily get two days out of it thanks to the feeble processor and undemanding display.
The Motorola Moto E is a perfectly fine budget Android smartphone. At just $129, we were not expecting this to be the next benchmark-buster. That said however, it does its job very well and if you’re looking for a basic Android smartphone that will do basic tasks without any hiccups, there is no better choice than the Moto E.