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Poll results: Moto E: is this the end of the feature phone?

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Poll results: Moto E: is this the end of the feature phone?
The Motorola Moto E is a phone that does not have any ground-breaking features: it’s got no Quad HD display (and not even 1080p one), it’s system chip is not among the fastest out there, nor is its camera all that amazing, but still it has managed to capture our attention for one huge reason.

We’re talking about price of course - the Moto E does not deliver great in any aspect, but it does bring good features all-around at a very affordable price: just $129 off-contract. Last week, we asked you whether you think that with its alluring price tag, the Moto E could finally bring forth the end of feature phones, sold for around the same price.

Now, the answers are in: an overwhelming nearly 66% of you think that the Moto E does indeed have the potential to be the lethal weapon that kills the feature phone for good. The remaining 34% disagree.

What were your reasons? Those who voted in favor pointed out that people will always prefer the vastly superior functionality of a smartphone over a feature phone now that the price gap is little, if there at all. On the other side, arguments ran that feature phones will never die since they can go down in price to cost just tens of dollars, and in addition, they offer great battery life that no smartphone can ever match.

Either way, results show that feature phones have one serious killer in the form of the Moto E. And as to whether they’d fade away or not? Only time will tell.

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Can the Moto E kill feature phones?
65.87%
1318 votes
(1318 votes) Yes.
34.13%
683 votes
(683 votes) No.

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posted on 21 May 2014, 09:22 3

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14310; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Question is why would you buy the E when you can get the G for just about the same price? Should've priced it a little lower if you ask me.

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:40 15

8. o0Exia0o (Posts: 900; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Moto E: $129 USD
Moto G: 8GB $179-16GB $199USD
Moto G LTE: 8GB $219

For $50 more one could have the BASIC Moto G but for some $50 might as well be $5000. The Moto E delivers the biggest bang for the buck of almost any smartphone available. A person could buy 5 of them off contract and still not spend the amount that almost any other smartphones cost now days. If you think there is a better deal for a smartphone out there please Mxy do tell us!

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:59 2

11. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I agree! $50 more is an increase of 40%. That's a huge difference. To many of the people that the Moto E is targeting, it's just as significant as comparing a $399 phone with a $559 phone (same 40% difference.) It's all relative to their purchasing power.

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:49 2

19. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


The G can be found in the $100 range (Verizon or New Cricket [after rebate]) or even lower (Boost) in carrier packaging in the U.S.

Unless the E shows up the same way here in carrier packaging in the $50 to $70 range, it is either senseless or the buyer is uneducated if they pay more for an E than a G.

posted on 21 May 2014, 15:03

25. Doakie (Posts: 2109; Member since: 06 May 2009)


CDMA Moto G's barely count. Even in the most optimal conditions Verizons CDMA would top out at 2 Mbps, usually only getting 1 Mbps. My unlocked US Bands Moto G on T-Mobile gets 12 Mbps downloads on good days with 8 Mbps on a bad connection. You get what you pay for and CDMA sucks.

posted on 23 May 2014, 13:30

36. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


What makes you think that everyone is from USA? I am from India and Moto G costs $240 in India for the 16GB version which is exactly the double of what is costs for the Moto E, which is $120 in India.

posted on 21 May 2014, 13:58

24. Doakie (Posts: 2109; Member since: 06 May 2009)


If you're in the USA you can get better deals. How about the T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch Fierce for $125.01, AT&T ZTE 998 $112.98 on Amazon or $99.99 for a reconditioned Z998 from AT&T GoPhone directly. 4.5" qHD, 4 GB internal storage, 5 MP phones have existed for a long time. Plus these phones are even better because the screen size is marginally larger with off screen buttons which give you more usable screen space, both have a LED flash, both record video in 720p, both have front facing cameras, not to mention the 998 has a better processor, GPU and includes LTE. Check out this comparison. The Moto E is pretty crap compared to the ZTE 998.

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Motorola-Moto-E,Alcatel-OneTouch-Fierce,AT-T-Z998/phones/8654,8161,8056

Don't forget the Lumia 520 from AT&T GoPhone for $79.99 new $39.99 reconditioned. There are much better deals than the Moto E. I'd personally take a Z998 with LTE over the E.

posted on 21 May 2014, 19:54 1

32. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Also, the ZTE and Alcatel are from cheap chinese crap brands, they may have better specs on paper, but they wont last nearly as long, and will degrade in performance much more easily. The moto e may not be a powerful phone, but we can at least expect it will be a reliable one. That's more worth it than a bigger screen or higher res video capture honestly.

posted on 21 May 2014, 15:19

27. zhiae (unregistered)


For 30$+moto g lte u can get
sd801 ,3gb ram ddr3,13mp camera.1080p screen,better than stuck android.
U can gess the phone allready.
almost frgot it have LTE too.

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:40 4

13. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


are you drunk?

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:04 4

15. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


He talks nonsense most of the times.

posted on 23 May 2014, 13:28

35. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


In India the Moto G costs twice as much as much as the Moto E, the same is true for almost everywhere, since 8GB version is such a no go, so naturally one would normally get at least a 16GB version which is $200.

So, that makes a $80 difference which is very much for anyone and 8GB version is a definite no go for like 90% of the people buying an android smartphone.

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:25 7

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Asking a 72 year-old to use a Moto E? You'll definitely get yell at haha

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:31 2

4. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I dont understand this...

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:00 3

12. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4493; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Some older people don't do well with touchscreens. I mentioned to my dad that there might come a time in the near future that he won't be able to get a phone like his flip phone. He said he just wouldn't have a cell phone in that case. And while I understand that carriers want everyone on smart phones to be able to charge for data, there are some people who don't want or need a smartphone. Going hat route will simply lose them customers.

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:41 1

17. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


A smartphone can be used as a feature phone, but a feature phone cannot be used as Smartphone..

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:45 2

18. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


But asking people from older generation to use smartphone is sometime impossible. Beside, why would they want to pay extra for the data plan when all they want is to call people when they need to which in their case is not very often.

posted on 21 May 2014, 12:25 1

23. sgodsell (Posts: 3902; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Anyone can learn if they want to. Its up to the individual. I trained my mom who is in her 80's now to use a smartphone. Granted at times I think it would have been easier to train a box of rocks then her, but luckily everyone around her started to help her as well.
Always remember if there is a will, then there is a way.

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:32

29. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly.

I mentioned recently how some older ppl have Facebook accounts.

We cant lump all older folks in together. I know some in their 60's that have touch screen phones. Whats a few more years ..

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:56 1

20. Chidoro43 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


why's that? 72 is not too old to use a smartphone. There were computers used during the latter 20 or so years of their careers and it isn't rocket science

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:56 2

21. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Some of you people posting on here are office jockies, probably some are the same ones that work in Verizon's corporate offices. If you actually ever sold phones, customer-facing, you might understand what he's saying about the nightmare that revolves around a 72-year-old and a smartphone.

I'd open it up more and just say "unqualified", because age isn't the real issue, it's just certain people, even younger than 72, just don't have the mental comprehension to operate a smartphone let alone a microwave oven.

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:33 1

30. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"I'd open it up more and just say "unqualified", because age isn't the real issue, it's just certain people, even younger than 72, just don't have the mental comprehension to operate a smartphone let alone a microwave oven."

Now this I can accept...

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:29

3. csoulr666 (Posts: 116; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


It might kill feature phones in the US and Europe or maybe even Japan, but feature phones won't die that easily in developing countries like India.

Many people here still prefer feature phones because they don't do much other than calling or texting, plus 3G coverage still is haphazard here

posted on 23 May 2014, 13:36

37. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I am an Indian who never got a smartphone because there was no smartphone in the $100 dollar range which had no real compromises when it came to usability.

At this price range, the smartphones available in India are from Chinese brands with 512MB RAM, bloated OS and they are lacking something or the other and has some problems here and there.

But with Moto E, you get a smartphone from a company which is recently being known for providing a good experience with no real problems that you could have with those Chinese smartphones.

The Android is stock one, the unofficial support from CyanogenMod and other communities would be amazing, the parts won't die and since it is coming from a good established company hence things would be amazing when compared to the Chinese smartphones.

I am from India who bought a Samsung feature phone, Corby II like a few years ago for $120 at that time because this was my maximum budget. Now finally, I can get a real smartphone experience at that budget and this is how Moto E killed the feature phone, at least for me.

So, looking at me and many other people in India, it really has what it takes to kill a feature phone, at least for teens and middle aged people. Old people are better off sticking with a phone that does not have a touchscreen.

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:33

5. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Whats going to kill feature phones is phones like this and the cheaper Nokia WP's...and data plans going back down. We are starting to see more n more offer 500MB of data....and 1GB and/or 2GB being cheaper now.

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:35

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


might kill off the feature phones in the western countries , but elsewhere , featurephones will still be king , many people dont want to spend the extra in a phone that has no removable battery , a flashlight and breaks after one drop

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:36

7. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


yeah Feature phones are here to stay for 10 bucks vs 129. guess who wins

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:52 1

9. quakan (Posts: 1381; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


It won't kill off feature phones for one simple reason: data. Many people are still holding on to their feature phone so that they don't have to pay those extra monthly data charges. I'd be willing to bet that if consumers could get a smartphone without having to pay for data, feature phones would already be dead.

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:44

14. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3044; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I'm not sure if this is true in other countries as well (I'm Dutch) but dad uses an iPhone 4s with data disabled and no data fee on his coverage plan. He uses it merely for calling and texting and the occasional website when on wifi.

posted on 21 May 2014, 12:03 1

22. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


That would be awesome, but in the United States, carriers and Wall Street are greedy bastards, so they force you to get a data plan with a smartphone.

If you want a smartphone here, you get the bull with the horns.

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