Moto E quick review, comparison, price

Motorola has launched a budget friendly smartphone in India, which they call, ‘a priced for all phone.’ Motorola Moto E is truly a “priced for all phone.” They have deliberately voided some of the accompanying features that we find on android phones. Most disregarded factor will be the camera in Moto E. They obviously have not given any importance to the camera in this phone. We will look more in to it in the respective sections of this review. Like the previous Motorola phones, this phone too sells from Flipkart exclusively, and is priced Rs.6,999. Let us see if this phone is worth the price or if it delivers more.

At this price range Moto E will be competing with Lava Iris 406q.

Design

Motorola Moto E

Motorola follows the same design aesthetics that we saw in Moto X and Moto G phones. The edges of the phone are curved, the rear side is concave with the phone slimming towards the edges. The phone is 12.3 mm on its thickest part, and it weighs 142 g. The overall dimensions ranges between 64.8×124.8×12.3 mm. The volume rockers and the power button are on the right side of the phone, while there in nothing on the left side. One cannot call this phone thin, but it not too heavy either, so it should very well balance in our hands. The side bezels are thin so it does not add much to the size of the phone.

The main competitor Lava Iris 406q have less curves. The rear and the sides of iris 406q is almost flat unlike Moto E. I think moto E will be more comfortable to hold.

Display

Motorola have included a 960 x 540p qHD display in this phone. The 4.3 inch display is wide enough to browse the Internet. The display offers ~256 ppi pixel density. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 provides extra protection to this phone’s display. It keeps the phone scratch proof and it is hard enough to bear unfortunate drops.

The lava phone on the other hand has smaller 4 inch display with WVGA 480p resolution against Moto E’s 4.3 inch 540p qHD display. Moto E is a clear winner in this department.

Chipset, CPU, GPU and memory

Moto E is powered by a dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. The chipset in this phone is Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and GPU is Adreno 302. This is the most widely used chipset on budget android phones and is proven to be good. The processor is paired with 1 GB of RAM which is good for multi-tasking. The in-built memory is limited to 4GB. This can be increased up to 32 GB using a microSD card. All in all the engine of the phone is configured to perform well, though there may be slight lags in playing graphic intensive games, though this may not be a purpose of having this phone. There should not be any problems with applications, Internet browsing, playing videos and performing other phone tasks.

The power source is the same in the Lava phone. The CPU, GPU, chipset and memory are all the same. So it is difficult to declare a winner. It depends on how well the devices are optimized to perform well under coditions.

Connectivity and OS

The connectivity features in Moto E includes WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, microUSB v2.0 and GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, with Google Maps. Besides there are 2G and 3G network connectivity options. The network bands supported by the phone includes GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; HSDPA – 2100. Download/ Upload speeds ranges 21.1 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA; HSPA+. The operating system is the latest Android 4.4 kitkat. This is an advantage of the Moto phones, they comes with guaranteed Android updates.

The competitor Lava phone comes with 4.3 Jelly Bean OS with guaranteed Kitkat update, which it is yet to receive. The connectivity features are all the same in both phones.

Camera

This is an area where Motorola turned itself to a price cutting mode. They have let go with the front camera and the flash with rear camera. The rear camera which is the only camera in the device comes with a 5 MP sensor and no flash. Geo-tagging and touch to focus are the camera features. It records 854×480 pixel videos @ 30fps. The camera in this phone is just for namesake. There is not much to expect from this phone in terms of image capturing.

Iris 406q on the other hand comes with primary and secondary cameras. The 5MP rear camera in Lava phone records 720p videos and there is a VGA front camera. It comes with a flash too. So overall it has a slight advantage against Moto E, although it does not matter much on both phones.

Battery

Moto E comes with a 1980 mAh Li-ion battery. This is a slightly larger battery than Lava iris 406q.

Conclusion and Price

Moto E is selling at Rs.6,999 which is a great price for this phone. Motorola offers more than what is expected at this price. Earlier Moto G was termed as the “best smartphone money could buy”. This could as well may be applied to this phone given the price and specification it offers. The only disappointing part in this phone is the camera which is very basic and comes with out flash. For those, who are not obsessed with camera, this phone is great buy for the price it offers.

Below I have listed the key specifications of Moto E along with its competitor, Lava Iris 406q, for comparison.

Also See: Moto E vs Lava Iris 406q

Phone Moto E Lava Iris 406q
Price Rs. 6,999 Rs. 6,999
Display 4.3 inch IPS LCD, 960x540p resolution 4 inch IPS LCD 800x480p resolution
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
GPU  Adreno 302 Adreno 302
OS Android 4.4 Kikat Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgradeable to Kitkat
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
ROM 4 GB, microSD card up to 32 GB 4 GB, microSD card up to 32 GB
Connectivity 2G, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB 2G, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB
Camera-rear 5 MP, 480p video recording 5 MP 720p video recording
Camera-front NA 0.3 MP
Battery 1980 mAh Li-ion 1700 mAh Li-ion

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