Motorola Moto E review: The Game Changer

Motorola Moto E review: The Game Changer


4.5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Battery Backup
4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value for Money


4.7 out of 5


  • Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Pros:

    Solid Built
    Decent display
    Latest Android version
    Fast performance
    Dual-SIM support
    Impressive price

  • Cons:

    Inferior camera
    Less internal storage

  • Conclusion:

    Motorola Moto E not only wins in the reviews conducted by the media but has also become the best value for money smartphone in the current market.

In Depth

Motorola has provided decent design and a basic camera on the Moto E to influence the first-time smartphone buyers. But these are not just the only factors to make the buyers convinced to pick the smartphone. So here we are covering all those factors which may help in choosing or leaving the Moto E.

Motorola Moto E review

Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E has a 4.3-inch IPS LCD display with 540 x 960 pixels (qHD) resolution. Above the display, there is Gorilla Glass 3 protection and anti-smudge coating to give better durability and experience than the competition. The display is quite impressive when comparing with other entry-level smartphones in the current market and viewing angles are also decent. The digitiser available on the top of the screen does not feature any super-sensitive touch support, of course to cut the cost, but has 5-point multi-touch support.

On the software front, Motorola has provided Android 4.4 KitKat operating system out of the box with stock interface. The latest operating system enables the Moto E to give faster performance than other entry-level smartphones which have an older Android version. In addition, the stock interface gives Nexus-like experience in a budget-friendly price. The company has also promised to provide a next major update as well.

Motorola Moto E with Android 4.4 KitKat

Motorola Moto E runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box

The latest Android operating system along with stock interface states that the interface of the Moto E has slide to unlock, five homescreens and a simple app drawer. On the downside, users cannot add or delete any homescreen and the app drawer does not support folder creation. There is a status bar on the top which gives all the notifications and comes with toggles to give easy access to all the connectivity options.

Motorola Moto E interface

Motorola Moto E with stock interface

Motorola has provided some of its pre-installed apps on the Moto E to distinguish from the competition. In this regard, the Moto E has Motorola Migrate, Motorola Assist and Emergency Alerts. Among all the three apps, the former two apps are also available on the Moto X and Moto G but the latter one is debut on the Moto E to help users in case of an emergency.

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Motorola Moto E with pre-installed Motorola apps

For telephony support, the Moto E has basic smart dialer which debut on the Nexus 5. The dialer allows users to use type a contact name or number to dial instantly. The smartphone has dual-SIM support with dual-standby connectivity to provide two network connections and 3G support is also available through HSDPA network on one SIM network. In our testing, we have not found any issue with the telephony of the Moto E. The in-call quality is up to the mark and there is no signal dropage found even in the basements and top floors. A secondary microphone is also available to improve the voice call experience. For typing text messages, there is Google keyboard available with auto-predict and auto-correct features. The screen size of the smartphone is enough to type fast.

Motorola Moto E telephony

Motorola Moto E with stock telephony and messaging support

Being running on the latest Android operating system with stock interface, the Moto E has Google Chrome browser pre-installed for web browsing. The Chrome browser supports multi-tabbing for surfing multiple webpages simultaneously. The Moto E overall performs well even when surfing multiple heavy webpages.

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Motorola Moto E with Google Chrome web browser

To provide a decent multimedia experience. Motorola has provided Google Play Music, Play Movies and an FM Radio apps on the Moto E. The Play Music and Play Movies apps required a Google account to download contents online but also support offline playback of contents and compatible with all the popular audio and video formats. The addition of FM Radio entertain users in regions like India just after plugin a headset. The front-facing loudspeaker grill makes the audio output louder and clearer than the entry-level smartphones which have a rear-facing speaker. Additionally, the audio output is quite impressive with equalised balance of sound.

For some of our readers who want to know the benchmark results , we picked all the popular benchmark apps to test the Moto E. On AnTuTu version 4.4.2, the smartphone scored 12663. When tested on Quadrant Standard Edition version 2.1.1, the result was 5102. On Vellamo version 2.0.3, the Moto E scored 448. On RealPi, the Moto E taken 30.43 seconds elapsed time.

Motorola Moto E benchmark results

Motorola Moto E benchmark results

We have also test the Moto E performance by playing some popular game titles. The smartphone performs well across all the tested game titles which include Asphalt 8: Airborne, Minion Rush, Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2. The graphics performance through Adreno 302 GPU are even similar to some mid-range smartphones, however, users cannot install large-sized games due to less internal storage. Overall, the Moto E has decent gaming capabilities to impress the gamers.

On the specifications side, the Moto E has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset along with a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 CPU, Adreno 302 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The smartphone has 4GB internal storage out of which 2.21GB remains free for the end-user. A microSD card slot is also available for expanding the storage up to 32GB. The Moto E has a decent list of connectivity options which include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and a microUSB port. Unlike its elder brothers, the Moto E does not support USB On-the-Go (USB OTG) to allow external media devices and pen drives.

Motorola has provided a 1980mAh battery with the Moto E which is non-removable. The battery has enough capacity to provide more than a day backup against decent usage. But on the down side, users cannot replace the battery pack if any service required.

Overall, the Moto E has an impressive amalgamation of latest software and hardware in a budget-friendly price. The smartphone has many things to impressive but very less to depress.

Now turn to the next page to know about the key features and competitors. Our conclusion on the review is also available on the next page.

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  • Aaditya Menon

    A great phone…………………..