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

0. phoneArena posted on 13 May 2014, 09:32

The Motorola Moto E is a special phone yet not for the usual reasons. It does not have a super-fast processor, ground-breaking camera, or a display so sharp that you wonder if your eyes are good enough for it...

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posted on 13 May 2014, 09:36 1

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

If it's tough, and can last a day or two on a charge without fear, yes.

Might actually see it dent WPs market stronghold, ouch.

posted on 13 May 2014, 10:22 12

17. buccob (Posts: 2741; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I don't really think that Motorola in particular could kill the feature phone... but I voted yes, because Motorola HAS started trends in the past...

The Waterproof Android trend was started by them..... then Sony made it popular

The bigger than 3.5" screen was also very influenced by the Droid... then Samsung made it popular

The fingerprint scanner on Smartphone started with the Atrix... then Apple followed and made it popular

So, in conclusion I do believe that Moto is going to start something that other Manufacturers will follow and probably execute better...

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:06

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posted on 13 May 2014, 20:59

53. sgodsell (Posts: 4906; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I think the moto e is just starting out at the starting price of $129, but rest assured if you can get a moto g right now for $99 at some places. Then it will take very little time when you will be able to pick up a moto e for less then $60-$70. Therefore bringing the moto e down to feature phone pricing.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:30 5

31. Brewski (Posts: 433; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)

Motorola started the cell phone. Nokia made it popular.

I also voted yes, I think feature phones will die soon and this will push it in that direction.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:21

42. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I had a scanner on a LG Expo/IQ with WM 6.5, back in the day.
First phone with a scanner an 1ghz snapdragon.
Just pointing that small bit out, otherwise I agree.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:02 1

45. buccob (Posts: 2741; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Fair enough / Well let's say Fingerprint scanner on Android phones....

And to be honest, the one on the Atrix is the only feature I really REALLY miss... specially its location and design on the phone...

it was perfect to have the phone upside/down in my pocket and then in one move I could slide it out, power and unlocked before reaching my face...

Some people had trouble with the sensor, but that was probably the only thing that never failed on my Moto.. it still works (thankfully, since the digitizer broke and its the only way to unlock it now)

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:41

46. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Duley granted.
For the record I wanted to scoop an Atrix in the day,but carrier availability killed that for me.
My LG is still in perfect order other then lessened battery, used that pico projector too on it, but sold that to a bud.
That was kind of fun.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:57

47. buccob (Posts: 2741; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Well the quality issues with the Moto was the reason I changed to Sony... (my wife had a SE Xperia Pro at the time, and it was/is durable)... so then we both got the Acro S... and the only problem I have with it is a faulty accelerometer sensor... other than that it is the toughest Android I have had... Hers is working perfectly even though she take less care of it than I do.

I wish resilence was something manufacturers took into consideration today... but I guess they make a balance between fragility / good reputation so they can still sell, but also be replaceable once broken.

It is one of the reasons I still like phones smaller than 5" screen... but the Z1 Compact is not as tough as I wished...

still waiting for a tough, waterproof, small, flagship... Z2 Compact maybe?

posted on 13 May 2014, 20:36

52. sgodsell (Posts: 4906; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs only came out in 2010. They had other CPUs like the scorpion, and it was the scorpion that was in the LG Expo that was released back in 2009.

posted on 13 May 2014, 10:39 3

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Maybe someway it kills features phones if people planning to buy 100 features phone then, but in Someway people buy 20$ to 70$ features phone then its a different story.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:00

25. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)

WEll Feature Phones are already dead (by the Chinese phone makers) .... Now this could be a threat to Chinese companies who make very cheap phones..Ppl will no longer buy Chinese phones instead they will now buy Recognized Brand products which are now making good Devices in the Cheap !!! So ppl on a Budget will prefer devices like Moto E & Nokia X & Nokia 520 , etc...Let the Low end Market boom with cheap phones from Big Brands !!YEah we the consumers will Win !!

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:50 1

44. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I voted yes....but also WP and those Lumias can too.

posted on 13 May 2014, 09:37 7

2. jimjam (unregistered)

Nokia 520 = $60 (refurb $40)
feature phone $10-40
$129 phone a killer -doubt it

posted on 13 May 2014, 09:56

6. Antimio (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)

Think in what you're receiving in exchange in the long run, price is not important here.
EX. Apps, touchscreen, browsing, chat.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:18 3

29. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Because people looking at a feature phone will not care about that at all. Benefit? Yes.

The death of the feature phone, lies with the teens and will be teens of today.

It will not be moto, nokia, samsung that kills the feature phone. It will be when current day kids/teens are in their 40's. And all they have known is smartphones.

posted on 14 May 2014, 02:02

57. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

The Lumia does all those things.

posted on 13 May 2014, 10:09 1

11. sgodsell (Posts: 4906; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

The 520 was originally launched at $180. Also those prices of $40-$60 is for the US only. The rest of the world it is higher priced.
Right now in the states you can pick up a moto g for $99. I am sure the moto E will be less then the price of the 520. The 1gb of ram, water resistance, gorilla glass, and higher resolution display alone make the moto e better then the 520.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:17 2

28. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

link to a retailer selling the moto g for 99$? Even Moto Doesn't sell it for 99. Unless you are considering the prepaid only version..http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_ex_n_1?rh=n%3A2335752011%2Ck%3Amoto+g&bbn=2335752011&keywords=moto+g&ie=UTF8&qid=1399997698

Also the nokia is still cheaper at 70$.

We can talk OS' all you want, in the end someone looking at a feature phone can care less what OS runs on it, they will be using it to call and text. Period. With the occasional benefit of a smartphone OS.

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:25 1

36. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Only Verizon has the Motorola G for $99. But it's crappie 3g CDMA only.

posted on 14 May 2014, 07:23

62. tankifycation (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

Boost mobile also has a $99 moto G

posted on 14 May 2014, 02:04

58. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

520 was $99 new, 521 was $149 new, but have decreased significantly.
I'll give you the water resistance and display, but the 520/521 don't need that much RAM, whereas androids do because of native inefficiencies.

posted on 13 May 2014, 09:37 4

3. YusufAli (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 May 2014)

The Moto E is probably the best budget phone anyone can buy.

posted on 13 May 2014, 09:48 12

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

Killer budget phone, yes. Feature phone killer, no,......

Feature phones will see their end only when smartphones last 3 to 4 days on an average.

posted on 13 May 2014, 10:11 2

13. aksa123 (Posts: 342; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Agree. Feature phones are as hard as rock, and can last 1-2 weeks per charging.
They're hard to kill.

posted on 13 May 2014, 09:50 5

5. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

No. Feature phones stick around because price of data not price of phones. If you didn't need a data plan with any smart phone, smart phones would have got rid of feature phones years ago

posted on 13 May 2014, 10:02

8. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

^This. I was just about to say that.

posted on 13 May 2014, 10:35 1

21. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Good point. Features phones are not only about the lower price of acquisition, which is 1/4 to 1/2 of the Moto E, but also the price of using them. As a matter of fact, in the third-world, where receiving calls is free, many people have a pre-paid SIM and never make a call, just receive them and text.

I grant that the Moto E is a good entry-level smartphone for those willing to pay more for a phone and to use it though. So, it might help increasing the penetration of smartphones, though it's a crowded price-level, but feature phones will still be with us for many years to come.

posted on 13 May 2014, 10:01 4

7. AnukulVcool (unregistered)

there are phones available for $20 and poor people want a phone just to text and talk. so, no feature phones are going to stay

posted on 14 May 2014, 02:07

59. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Not just poorer folk, but folks who choose cheaper phones, like older folks.

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