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.
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
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.
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.