Motorola Moto E Review
Motorola’s strategy has been a peculiar one lately to say the least. In the high-end segment, its Moto X Android smartphone proved to the masses that great phones don’t need beefy specs to stand a chance in being successful. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, its Moto G ushered in a new era for the proud company with its hard-to-beat price. In following up to that success, the Moto E stands to continue the trend by diving deeper into the competitive entry-level segment of the market. Brandishing an even more aggressive $130 off-contract price, can the Moto E permanently make extinct those feature phones?
The package contains:
- Wall charger
- Get Started Guides
Pricing might be regarded as dirt cheap, but it bears a humbling design that comes off slick.
Cosmetically, Moto E employs the same humble design language of the Moto G before it, but there are a few minor differences. Compact, lightweight, and form-fitting, it’s a comfortable thing to hold despite being a little bit chubbier than the Moto G – thanks in part to its decent construction and slightly arched casing. Relying on a plastic build, there’s a pleasant personalization aspect to the design, seeing that the rear casing is interchangeable. Factoring the cost, the design of the Moto E could’ve gone a total different way, but in the end, Motorola manages to deliver something that doesn’t come off obnoxiously cheap.
So what’s different about the phone from the Moto G? For starters, the speaker has been positioned to the front – just below the display. However, they had to omit a front-facing camera to keep its cost with their target budget. Besides that, everything else is pretty much the same here. They include its power and volume controls on the right, microUSB port on the bottom, and its 3.5mm headset jack on top.
Around the rear, there’s a 5-megapixel fixed focused camera sans flash, which has the ability to shoot 854 x 480 (FWVGA) video. Fortunately, a microSD card slot is hidden behind the rear casing to supplement its storage capacity. Although it’s not expected to survive submersion, the Moto E features a water-resistant splash guard to safely protect it from minor splashes.
124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm
5.01 oz (142 g)
119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)
121.5 x 63 x 9.9 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)
124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm
4.66 oz (132 g)
Far from being the sharpest on the block, the display gets the job done without a whole lot of complaints.
Honestly, we weren’t expecting anything extravagant with the display, especially knowing its price point. Sporting a 4.3-inch 540 x 960 (qHD) IPS display, which gives it a pixel density count of 256 ppi, it’s effective enough for most things, but don’t expect crisp results everywhere. Sure, it’s still good for surfing the web, so there’s not much concern regarding its detail.
However, its weaker brightness output of 389 nits combined with its poor viewing angles, doesn’t make it a strong usable candidate under sunny conditions. From the front, colors radiate with a punchy and robust tone, but the slightest of tilt causes them to wash out. Hardly expected to enthrall us, the display here might not earn high marks in all key areas, but at the end of the day, complaining about its deficiencies is pointless due to its low cost.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Motorola Moto E||389
|Nokia Lumia 520||364
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Motorola Moto E||90.2%
|Nokia Lumia 520||No data
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
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1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1393; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Fantastic device. Btw, what the hell is 5C doing there?
4. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 388; Member since: 24 May 2011)
i thought the same thing. lol, we could buy 6 moto e's at one 5c price.
7. ScottSchneider (Posts: 317; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
Wow... A 9 is actually a great rating for a low spec device from PA though... Moto has a real good winner with G and E on their hands and X+1 around the corner... Moto is gonna be real happy with things turning around...
90. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 95; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
Well, the 5C is sort of Apple's, "low end" phone, with the high end being the 5s. also, 5c has sort of low-end qualities-1.3 Mhz dual core processor, 4 in. screen, cheap plastic body, stuff like that. So if you want something like the 5c, you might as well buy the Moto e at 1/6 the price. Still, I do think that's sort of weird, though.
41. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
But the phone looks ugly
The L520 looks better
78. sgodsell (Posts: 1237; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder. The 520 has a crappy ecosystem compared to Android. Don't even pretend that it even competes with Android. Enough said.
87. hulk_14 (Posts: 46; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)
Crappy is the best word to describe your person.
5. EgyDroid (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
So the Xperia M2 gets 5-10 and this 9.......huh?
8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
M2 costs double and is not perfect at all.
13. EgyDroid (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
Yeah I know but PA should have a rating for the low end devices and the E is a great device
22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
M2 costs $350 and has a similiar package to Moto G. You decide now.
63. Doakie (Posts: 1252; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Meh. The M2 has a qHD screen vs the Moto Gs 720p screen. Not to mention it's way more expensive than the Moto G LTE....$350 vs $220. M2 sucks!!! No wonder it got a 5/10
$350 can buy you a Nexus 5 16 GB or a 64 GB Oneplus One..... If you think the M2 is a good deal at $350 you need to get your brain and your Sony fanboy side checked.
62. pwnarena (Posts: 902; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
xperia m2 is expensive. it's an ugly stain on the current xperia lineup.
6. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2014; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Now this phone is priced really well here in India, and I hope it sells well, which it probably will.
58. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
wow now replying you got me a warning saying personal attacks LOL.
64. Doakie (Posts: 1252; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Wait... "now replying you got me a warning saying personal attacks"..."YOU got ME a warning"??? Did your parents ever teach you personal responsibility? Nobody makes you personally attack them. Amirite?
71. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
I just replied him "great now you have a avatar it will be easy to spot you". Now tell me mr. Sherlock was that a personal attack, it didnt hurt him either.
89. tech2 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Are you serious ?! No way you could've banned by that statement alone. Unless you wrote something you didn't mention here ? :/
10. hemedans (Posts: 153; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
overated phone snapdragon 200 with dualcore cortex a7 and adreno 302 is crap even for low end. these are alternative you can get for same or litle more price.
1. xiaomi hongmi
720p display, quadcore cortexa7 1.5ghz for about 130usd
2.huawei honor 3c
720p display quadcore 1.3ghz cortex a7 for about 130usd
with 4g, 720hd display quadcore snapdragon 400 for 135usd
if you pay more like 160usd you can get 2gb ram version.
all of the above has camera 8mp or 13mp with flash, and front camera.
you can get it as cheap as 60usd and spend like 20usd to unlock or about 100usd unlocked. it has 1ghz cortex a15 with adreno 305 and it run windows phone.
24. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
I think I agree with you. The Lumia 525 is better than this phone at this price. It offers similar specs and WP will run smoother than Android at a dual core CPU.
65. Doakie (Posts: 1252; Member since: 06 May 2009)
It honestly isn't that good of a deal...... If you're in the USA you can get better deals. How about the T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch Fierce for $125.01, or the AT&T ZTE 998 $112.98 on Amazon. 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.
66. hurrycanger (Posts: 1120; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
I agree... again. Last time I mentioned the LG F3, F6, and the Galaxy Light.
Now I would like to add this, even some BLU phone is better deals than the Moto E.
Yep, BLU phones are pretty poorly built comparing to phones from bigger brands (including the Moto G), but the E is not priced that well for what it is offering either, imo. The BLU Studio 5.0 S ii is most likely a better choice (no water resistance splash guard though). I got a chance to use the BLU Studio 5.5S (the same thing with the 5.0S ii, but 5.5" display), and it runs very smoothly. Asphalt 8 also runs smoothly at medium settings, and same for Ironman 3.
The Studio 5.0s ii costs about $150 and comes with a charger, a soft case, and headphones. The Moto E doesn't come with any of those things.
72. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Okay sir, i'll request Mr Dennis Woodside to offer the Moto E at $60 with snapdragon 810, 4K display, 5000mah battery, 4gb Ram, 128gb inbuilt storage, aluminium unibody, and Godzilla Glass... Happy or want more.
84. Doakie (Posts: 1252; Member since: 06 May 2009)
If you were replying to me your comment was pretty retarded. I didn't ask for it to be cheaper, I didnt ask for more specs. I simply pointed out better deals. Calm down man.....
75. kryme (Posts: 140; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)
huawei honor 3c is ......http://www.ebay.com/itm/HUAWEI-Honor-3C-Smartphone-MTK6582-Quad-Core-Android-4-2-Unlocked-Black-White-/151261888550?pt=Cell_Phones&h
huawei honor $175 with 4.2 android
moto e $130 with android 4.4.2
77. GTR722 (Posts: 236; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Yes but you just cant buy those phones...I would LOVE to get a Asus Zenfone 5 at 150$....but guess what?? not even in amazon, where I can buy......Moto E is already in amazon just days after announce.
11. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
Moto G & Moto E have impressed me. Too bad they don't come to Indonesia.
14. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
lol over rated ..... even htc m8 couldnt get 9............. while moto e is a mid ranger ....... 8 are last best for moto e
16. jellmoo (Posts: 669; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that they grade their ratings based on price point. So they are saying that for the price, the Moto E is a great device.
The fact that you can buy something like 5 Moto E handsets for the price of an M8 should be pretty telling in this regard.
70. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
i know its super cheap at such specs.... but give m8 some respect ....
17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
U MAD BRUH?! this is a dirt cheap device with great bang for buck. If you had the slightest of common sense you wouldnt comment like that.
15. jroc74 (Posts: 4752; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Shocked at some of the screen benchmark scores. Shocked at everything overall....Moto is really trying to knock it out the park in the low end category.
18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
+1. My moto G is absolutely flying in speed with CM 11 ROM. Great job Motorola.
31. tech2 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Hey I am considering to install CM11 on my Moto G too. Is it stable enough ? How's the battery life ?
47. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Battery life's okay. No strange drain. But there are fair share of annoying bugs. If you are not adventurous enough i suggest you to wait till stable release hits the github.
38. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2014; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
How's the performance sans the CM 11 ROM?
49. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Cant judge man, its not stable. I am like reporting everyday. But based on my ex-companion which had a stable cm 10 i can attest you that it was a lot faster than samsung crapwiz.
53. hemedans (Posts: 153; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
cm11 is old story use omni rom, i use it in gs3 and its better than cm11. many developer have left cyanogen and start to build omni rom include our favorite chainfire
56. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Ha that CM Wannabe and rip off ROM. NO. Maybe i'll consider other CM based ROMs that give credit.
33. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Good to see we have a quality low end Android offering - I am still waiting for my OnePlus One....
37. antonioli (Posts: 175; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
Brilliant. With right price we can buy also as a secondary ou backup phone.
57. jrod78414 (Posts: 101; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
I m just blow away this gets a 9 and htc one m8 gets 8.8. Previuous midrange and low end phones score from 5 to 7. I think this just got unreal. Phone is good not saying its bad just wondering how this is better than M8. This should be reflected on other phones that are mid range to low end. Should redo. IF this got this score, Htc mini should be like a 9.2. Just saying. life goes on
60. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3244; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
bang for the buck is considered not retail price.
59. jrod78414 (Posts: 101; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
I agree with commentor "hemedans" there other altenatives equal or if not better
61. Planterz (Posts: 813; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Looks like a great low-cost phone. If you're in the US on T-Mobile though, look at the Galaxy Light. You can find them new for under $150, sometimes as low as $100-120. I got mine used (but perfect condition) on eBay for $120. Quad core 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM (+microSD). The 4" WVGA screen isn't the fanciest, although it's adequate. But it has a LED flash, front-facing camera (if that's important to you), NFC, and most importantly, LTE. Root it, install your favorite launcher/widgits, Xposed framework, and Wanam Xposed (and other Xposed tweaks) to get rid of TouchWiz fugliness. Best low-cost phone option for T-Mobile.
67. hurrycanger (Posts: 1120; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Definitely the best phone for the money. I have it, and I enjoy it very much even without custom rom.
And right now it's $130 for the brand new unit on eBay. Definitely a better choice than the Moto E.
69. rdaex (Posts: 88; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Im a HUGE fan of the new LG L90. Better screen, much LARGER screen, and better processor for the same price.
73. hurrycanger (Posts: 1120; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
L90? It's the same price with the Moto G, not the Moto E. It was just released a few weeks ago, you cannot find it for less than $200 yet.
And yeah, personally prefer the L90 over the Moto G.
68. robocopvn (Posts: 180; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)
PA should add the price-zone before the score of review. it's clearer for reader to understand that scores meaning
74. diehardnokian (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)
no wonder this phone's already out of stock here in India!
76. rizwanazad (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)
Don't know about US and other countries but Moto E is doing pretty well and selling like hot cakes in India, if figures at Flipkart is anything to go by. At this price range Moto E is hard to beat with almost pure Android kitkat with a guarantee for atleast one upgrade. Now beat that! Most mobile users in India look for value for money device and this is where Moto E and Moto G delivers. If you look at the price segment the only viable option for Moto E is Lumia 630 but that still scores low on specs and awareness for windows phone amongst the general users in India is still quite low. The only gripe that I have with Moto is that they should/could have launched the devices (Moto X, Moto G and Moto E) through retail stores as well. Making them Flipkart exclusive is a wrong strategy I guess, because majority of Indian people still buy in a retail outlet than online and this is where Moto is losing to competition.
79. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
Wow the device looks really great... man I just wished they'd put a VGA sec camera and a flash then it'll be amazing ..
80. salaal (Posts: 95; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
Are you gonna upgrade to any phone this year from the mega of yours?