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Moto E review: Budget phone with a premium touch!
26 June, 2014
Motorola's - Moto E - comes with 1.2GHz Dual Core processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3 inches qHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 4GB memory with expansion slot, 1980 mAh battery, runs on android's KitKat and costs just under Rs. 7000!
Comparing this with Samsung's yesteryear's flagship Galaxy S II, Moto E wins in almost every department other than Camera, which is a great deal for buyers on a tight budget!
The box comes with handset, charger, headsets, user-manuals and warranty guide. Back panel can be replaced with various colours which can be purchased separately. The build quality of the phone is very good with a sturdy back panel while Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 gracing the front. Although not upto the standard of Nokia's Lumia range, but much better than plastic found on Samsung's smartphones. The only downside to the build quality is the power and volume buttons on the right side of the phone, which have been given a metallic look, but unfortunately are not as sturdy as rest of the phone, although they still get the job done. Overall, phone looks good and feels great in hands. Some of my friends picked this one over Moto G when it came to look and feel.
The phone takes hardly any time to set up and runs slick right out-of-the-box with almost stock android kitkat, which is good - all the essential google goodies like gmail, youtube, chrome, quickoffice, maps are present and motorola has added minimal touch to software. Android Kitkat has made several improvements in memory efficiency and it shows, as the phone, as aforementioned, runs buttery smooth and hardly shows any signs of lag. Call quality is good too with secondary mic providing active noise cancellation, without any fuss. The qHD display is good with decent viewing angles.
Games like Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run 2, Subway Surfers, all run smooth and without any noticeable lag, which is a great boon for casual gamers. Same is also true for utility apps.
Although memory of the phone is 4GB, only 2.1GB is available out-of-the-box and, while, it can be expanded with microSD card, it cannot be used to store the apps, which is a big let-down. Playing the latest versions of games like Asphalt and Fifa, which have over 1GB of space requirement, is not feasible. However, memory expansion would be beneficial for tons of pictures, music and few movies as well.
Camera is 5 MP and not of any good other than for uploading snaps on social media. Not for selfies! With no front camera, no LED flash, no auto-focus, the quality in this department is thoroughly lacking and can be counted as below average. If camera is a major concern while buying a new phone, look elsewhere!
Surprisingly though, speaker on bottom of front side is really good. Media consumption can be pleasantly surprising, loud and clear.
One of the most important things in a phone is battery life which is above average on this phone. On a mixed usage of calls, mails, chats, games, with wi-fi on throughout, the 1980 mAh battery lasted just over a day.
Motorola has promised atleast one major update of android to this phone, which is icing on the cake. Thus, the 'L' release, which was announced by google at their annual developer conference I/O 2014, should adorn this phone in fall.
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