Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G review: For blazing fast internet access
High-speed data access
USB OTG support
Whole plastic design
Non-removable battery pack
The Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G is a good option in the budget segment in India considering its blazing fast internet access and latest Android presence. Moreover, it offers a compact design and Motorola's brand power to stand in the competition.
As 4G LTE is now becoming a common feature in emerging markets like India, Motorola is one of the key smartphone makers that brought the Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G as its newest entry-level 4G smartphones. The new smartphone is the successor to the last year launched Moto E and the 4G variant of the Moto E (2nd Gen) that launched in the Indian market in March. We covered an in-depth review on the 3G variant about a couple of months ago and now it’s the time to take a look at the 4G one. So without writing more in the beginning, let’s get started with our review on the Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G.
What’s in the Box
Just as its 3G variant, the Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G comes in a small package that has the smartphone image on top. The box confirms the presence of 4G LTE on the smartphone through a tiny logo on bottom right and includes all the necessary content, including an AC charger, headset and a quick start guide.
The company could include a USB data cable considering the competition, but it maintained the cost by offering just a handful of in-box content.
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The Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G is the company’s first entry-level smartphone that has 4G LTE support. Apart from 4G LTE, it has an all-new design and a whole new range of features to compete against other affordable offerings in the smartphone market.
Motorola has provided a 4.5-inch IPS display on the Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G that has 960 x 540 pixels (qHD) resolution and 245ppi pixel density. The display is the same that debuted on the 3G variant and on top, there is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection with oleophobic coating. The coating resists most of the smudges and enhances the smoothness of the display panel.
Unlike the same display panel of the 3G variant, the Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G has an all-new chipset under its premium plastic chassis. This is the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) that has a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A53 CPU and Adreno 306 GPU. The chipset comes equipped along with an embedded memory that has 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB ROM. Further, a microSD card slot is available for expanding the built-in storage by up to 32GB.
The Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system out of the box, and it recently received an update to Android 5.1. The presence of Android Lollipop on the smartphone brings Google’s Material Design language elements with vivid colors, bold fonts and several animation effects.
On top of Android Lollipop, Motorola has additionally provided some of its proprietary features on the Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G that include Motorola Assist, Motorola Display and Quick Capture. The Motorola Assist provides an advanced management functionality that adjusts tasks on the basis of time. In addition, the Motorola Display enables notifications at a Glance and Quick Capture brings a gesture control to let users activate the camera just by a twist of their wrist.
The Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G has pre-installed Google Apps, including Gmail, Google+, Google Maps, Play Music, Play Movies, Play Books, Play Newsstand, Play Games, Drive, YouTube, Photos, Hangouts, Calendar and Docs. Besides, there is Google Now integration and Motorola Alert security feature.
Motorola has additionally provided Google Chrome on the Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G that enables easy web browsing on the affordable smartphone. The web browser supports multitabbing and comes with features like incognito mode. Moreover, it uses built-in 4G support to render webpages at a faster speed than that on the Moto E (2nd Gen) 3G. We have not found any issue while browsing various sites on the Moto E. However, its small screen size does not provide a comfortable web browsing experience especially on some heavy sites.
For telephony, the Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G has stock Phone, Messaging and Contacts apps. There is dual-SIM card support with dual-standby technology and the smartphone has GSM, HSPA and LTE network support on various Indian and international frequency bands. We have not noticed any lag on the voice calling front and messaging functionality on the Moto E was just as same as on all the latest Google Nexus devices.
The 4G LTE support on the new Moto E variant provides high-speed data access with faster download and upload speeds than what on its 3G variant. Apart from high-speed data access, its 4G support improves network quality to deliver a better telephony experience than most of the other entry-level smartphones.
We tested benchmark performance of the Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G on some of the popular apps. These apps include AnTuTu Benchmark, NenaMark 2, Quadrant Standard Edition, RealPi Benchmark and Vellamo. On AnTuTu version 5.7.1, the smartphone resulted 22,436 scores. When tested on NenaMark 2, it resulted 59.7fps frame rate. It got 13,783 scores on Quadrant Standard Edition version 2.2.1 and RealPi Benchmark resulted 20.51 seconds elapsed time. Lastly, it got 950 scores on Vellamo’s Metal benchmark.
Apart from testing its benchmark performance, we played some games to test the real-life performance of the smartphone. The games that we chose to play include Asphalt 8: Airborne, Brothers in Arm 3, Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers. The smartphone didn’t lag on any of these games and graphics performance was also in line of most of the other highly popular entry-level smartphones. But some heat was observed from its rear after a long playtime.
The Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G has single band Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and a microUSB port. However, there is no pre-installed app to support external storage devices, the smartphone does have USB On-the-Go (USB OTG) functionality to let users attach their pen drives or hard drives with the smartphone. The functionality also works with some USB-powered peripherals such as keyboard and mouse.
Motorola has provided a Li-Ion battery on the Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G that has the same 2,390mAh battery that we saw on its 3G variant. Considering the new chipset that uses more resources, the battery backup of the 4G variant is a bit lower than its 3G counterpart. But we easily got over a day backup on a single charge throughout our testing. The smartphone additionally preloaded with Google’s battery saver feature that it included within Android Lollipop.
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