- High Resolution Screen
- Premium Build quality
- Highly responsive touch
- Missing LED flash
- No front camera
- Low internal storage
Motorola has recently been garnering fame for doing right thing at the right time in the right way. Moto E belongs to the same school of thoughts. Motorola has created a masterpiece which houses the class leading features and retails at an amazingly affordable price. Moto E will be ideal for people looking out to buy a smartphone at the price of feature phone and yet not compromise on parameters like the Quality and the features.
Design and Build:
Moto E bears an uncanny resemblance with its famous elder brother the Moto G. The front facade is dominated by the 4.3 inch display unit and the rather thick bezels. Capacitive buttons are omitted sticking to the Motorola tradition. The rear panel embraces the knurled matt finish similar to the Moto G and a slightly depressed pod that houses the camera lens. Rear panel is slightly bulged and the phone doesnt feel slim at 12.3mm. Moto E feels good to hold as it fits perfectly in ones palms. The build quality is surprisingly good and has a dash of premium feel to it which is a rarity for phones in this segment. Body panels dont have any gaps due to the fact that Moto E is supposed to be water repellent.
Moto E is deployed with a 5MP snapper which also does duty in the Moto G . The camera is descent and the images in the daylight are crisp and bright. The color reproduction is however not upto the mark and we can clearly detect the overlapping of the colors in separate regions. Absence of front camera is gloomy and to make up for this Moto E has an added feature that will let you click selfies by tapping anywhere on the screen. Camera is strictly not for use after sunset as the grains start settling in along with distorted colors. LED flash would have made a whole world of difference and would not have the camera rendered useless in the low light and dark conditions.
Moto E is blessed with a 4.3 inch display unit with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels resolving into a pixel density of 256ppi. Pixel density is the best in this segment and it is a clear indicator that Motorola didnt wanted to cut the corners where it mattered the most. Viewing angles are good and the screen is less reflective making it pleasant to use even in the sunny outdoors. Screen has been coated with an Anti smudge coating which is said to repel the fingerprints. Best part is that the display is optimized for media consumption and doesn't feel cheap from any angle.
Moto E is propelled by Snapdragon 200 chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz and coupled with a 1GB RAM. Snapdragon 200 chipset is the latest entrant entry level chipset from the house of Qualcomm targeted for the emerging markets. It comes equipped with a Adreno 302 graphics unit. The touch is silky smooth and lag is something that the E hates as much as you do. The screen transitions are neat and at times will make you forget that your using a budget smartphone. Moto E runs games like Angry birds and Fruit Ninja without a hitch, However high end gaming titles burden the device and result in slightly choppy graphics. Overall the computing ability of the Moto E is a notch above the other devices in this segment and it will be painstakingly difficult for other brands to take on the Moto E headon.
Power On It:
Moto E packs a 1980mAh removable battery pack. It is sufficient to run the device for a day and a half with mixed usage. It is reported that the battery will last for an entire day with heavy usage. User replaceable battery will be handy for people carrying additional battery packs.
Motorola has been trailblazing the smartphone scene with devices like the Moto G and the Moto X . This new device will only strengthen their foothold at the bottom of the smartphone chain and mark their prescence in almost all the significant smartphone segments. Moto E is an astonishing device with praiseworthy hardware and features retailing at an equally delicious price. The 4.3 inch display unit with pixel density of 256ppi and the premium fit and finish make the Moto E a much sweeter deal. It would cater to the consumers who want to switch to a budget smartphone without making any major compromises. Moto E would also be a perfect second device for consumers who carry high end smartphones and are looking for a budget smartphone for rough use. Motorola has once again discovered a new segment and would rub shoulders with Nokia Lumia 520 and the umpteen number of devices from the homegrown manufacturers.