• Motorola Moto E Review: A Bargain?


    The lower-end of the market is probably the most interesting part to watch because as the Smartphone market matures, you donít have to spend as much as you used to, to get a decent phone.

    One of last yearís heros was the Motorola Moto G. The Moto G was and still is a very usable phone for under $200. It came with a bunch of goodies you donít typically find on other sub $200 phones like a 4.5Ē HD display a Gig of RAM and a quad-core processor.

    Hereís Motorolaís follow up to the G, the Motorola Moto E.
    Body:

    The Moto E is a very solid phone. When you squeeze it it doesnít flex or creak.

    While itís not particularly thin, the back of the E has a curved and organic shape which pleasant to hold.



    The back cover comes off to reveal the built-in battery, MicroSD and MicroSIM slots.



    The cover itself has a nice rubberized paint job on it.

    Motorola has a whole bunch of coloured covers which you can swap out.



    The buttons are a little stiff but they do have a nice feel once you press them in.



    While many phones have a gap between the screen and the bezel, the Moto Eís seems to be a little bigger than Iím used to. I found that lint gets trapped easily in this gap.


    Headphone jack, microphone


    Left side



    Display:

    In front is a 4.3Ē 960x540 IPS display. Compared to the Moto G, the Eís display isnít as bright. Its whites are very warm and thereís a bit more off-angle colour shift.

    Its not the best Iíve ever seen outdoors, but in direct sunlight but it works well enough.

    On top is a layer of Gorilla glass so the anti-glare and oleophobic coats are good.

    It has a pixel density of around 255PPI which is relatively sharp.

    Camera:



    On the back is a 5 megapixel camera. I figured Motorola just put the camera from the Moto G on the Moto E but theyíre very different animals.

    They may have the same resolution, and the Moto Gís isnít exactly the best on the market but the Eís camera is much, much worse.

    First off, thereís no autofocus so forget about taking close ups. Secondly, thereís no flash so you can forget about using it indoors - it will work but your pictures wonít look good.

    No one would believe you if an alien suddenly landed in front of you and all you had was the Moto E. Pictures just look terrible.

    Theyíre always kind of fuzzy looking and only look good if youíre viewing them on the phoneís small 4.3Ē display.

    If you were to share the pictures, youíd be sharing how you donít have enough money to buy a phone with a decent camera.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Motorola Moto E Review: A Bargain? started by howard View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      Price is what has everyone thinking the same thing I'd think. Especially considering it's competing against itself with the Moto G.
    1. Parker5011's Avatar
      Parker5011 -
      I thought the E was around 120???
    1. mwb1100's Avatar
      mwb1100 -
      Moto E is $130 on Motorola's site for me (in the US). Maybe it's $180 in Canada?
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mwb1100 View Post
      Moto E is $130 on Motorola's site for me (in the US). Maybe it's $180 in Canada?
      Yeah, everything is more expensive in Canada unfortunately......
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mwb1100 View Post
      Moto E is $130 on Motorola's site for me (in the US). Maybe it's $180 in Canada?
      Quote Originally Posted by Parker5011 View Post
      I thought the E was around 120???
      Thanks for pointing that out. I've updated my review. I just added a paragraph at the end.
    1. HGA1C's Avatar
      HGA1C -
      Considering cricket offers the Moto G for $50 after rebate, with no contract, and will unlock after four months service; this misses the mark.
    1. Ian Brantford's Avatar
      Ian Brantford -
      I consider anything that requires a subscription to have an extra price, whether it's a few months' service or just a credit check. Too many of those will cost you later.

      However, The Moto G has been for sale for a long time in Canada at Virgin Mobile on prepaid for $150. I bought a bunch of them for friends and family. It sounds like the Moto E is a significant step backwards from the G in product quality and is in the same ballpark for price. Thanks to this fine review, the tradeoffs look too steep to consider buying the E.
    1. dansamy's Avatar
      dansamy -
      I picked up Boost Moto Gs at Target for $60/each. Moto E is way overpriced. Even compared to the G's regular prices, the E is way to expensive. Needs to be about $99 unlocked or $50 branded.

      via the HoFo App
    1. Vertabrae's Avatar
      Vertabrae -
      LOL re aliens, always enjoy these reviews!

      Small typo, in the display section.

      Its whites are very warm ...

      (No apostrophe unless you mean it is.)

      Cheers!
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vertabrae View Post
      LOL re aliens, always enjoy these reviews!

      Small typo, in the display section.

      Its whites are very warm ...

      (No apostrophe unless you mean it is.)

      Cheers!
      Thanks, its a good thing you spotted that error. Otherwise the review stands on it's own right?
    1. rcentros's Avatar
      rcentros -
      Quote Originally Posted by HGA1C View Post
      Considering cricket offers the Moto G for $50 after rebate, with no contract, and will unlock after four months service; this misses the mark.
      Yeah, but if you're buying nearly $200 worth of service you don't want (or need), that brings up the cost of the Moto G pretty dramatically. (It depends on how much time you want or need.)
    1. rcentros's Avatar
      rcentros -
      Quote Originally Posted by dansamy View Post
      I picked up Boost Moto Gs at Target for $60/each. Moto E is way overpriced. Even compared to the G's regular prices, the E is way to expensive. Needs to be about $99 unlocked or $50 branded.
      I'm guessing the Moto E will show up really cheaply fairly soon. The Moto G was originally $180 (in the U.S.) but almost immediately dropped to lower prices all over. They're being semi-subsidized by the pre-paid companies.

      When you look at the Moto E specs, they pretty much match the LG Optimus Fuel's specs (which can be bought for $30 at Walmart), except the Moto E has a bigger screen and higher resolution -- and Gorilla Glass. So, I'm guessing, the Moto E will drop to $60 to $75 within a few months at various pre-paid companies.
    1. dansamy's Avatar
      dansamy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rcentros View Post
      I'm guessing the Moto E will show up really cheaply fairly soon. The Moto G was originally $180 (in the U.S.) but almost immediately dropped to lower prices all over. They're being semi-subsidized by the pre-paid companies.

      When you look at the Moto E specs, they pretty much match the LG Optimus Fuel's specs (which can be bought for $30 at Walmart), except the Moto E has a bigger screen and higher resolution -- and Gorilla Glass. So, I'm guessing, the Moto E will drop to $60 to $75 within a few months at various pre-paid companies.
      And on sale, it should run $50-60 instead of $60-75.

      via the HoFo App
    1. HGA1C's Avatar
      HGA1C -
      Quote Originally Posted by rcentros View Post
      Yeah, but if you're buying nearly $200 worth of service you don't want (or need), that brings up the cost of the Moto G pretty dramatically. (It depends on how much time you want or need.)
      Agreed on the service, but not on the price. 4 months service should cost $120 if you take advantage of autopay discount and referral discount (which is almost a no-brainer). It least if you go with cricket.

      This brings the cost of the G to around $170 including 4 months of unlimited talk/text and 500mb of higher speed internet and unlimited lower speed internet all on the att network.

      My guess is that with cricket the E may be free after rebate if they start offering it. Which would make it about $120 after discounts.

      I understand people may not need or want the service, but it is nice that you can essentially pay retail for the phone, and get 4 months service free with cricket. At which point they should unlock the phone.
    1. rcentros's Avatar
      rcentros -
      Quote Originally Posted by HGA1C View Post
      Agreed on the service, but not on the price. 4 months service should cost $120 if you take advantage of autopay discount and referral discount (which is almost a no-brainer). It least if you go with cricket.
      Didn't realize that the Basic Plan allowed smartphones on Cricket. That's good to know.
    1. Ian Brantford's Avatar
      Ian Brantford -
      For reference, here are the new competing models from BLU:

      http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/08...to-g-hands-on/
    1. bmwfreak's Avatar
      bmwfreak -
      Walmart is carrying the Cricket Moto E in retail box for $50. I'm sure it can easily be unlocked and used on other networks. Not a bad backup phone for $50.
    1. da_sok's Avatar
      da_sok -
      I am considering purchasing one on republic wireless for $99
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      I bought the Straight Talk CDMA version for $9.99 USD on Cyber Monday and just the other day got around to firing it up and was very pleasantly surprised at how nice it is.
      Mind you, I'm looking at it as a $10 phone.
      The front facing speaker is very very nice and makes watching videos on YouTube a treat.
      You know initially I was actually regretting buying this but now I'm very pleased with it.
      I have a $45 30 day code for it that was free and will eventually get around to activating it.
      Yeah I agree that the camera isn't very good but just using it to watch YouTube videos on if that's all I end up doing with it makes it well worth the $10 I paid for it.

      Sent from my Lovely LG F3
    1. kareen21's Avatar
      kareen21 -
      Just waiting for 2Gb of RAM.