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Motorola Moto E (2015) Review

Motorola Moto E (2015)

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Motorola Moto E (2015) Review

Motorola Moto E (2015) Review
Motorola Moto E (2015) Review
Motorola Moto E (2015) Review
Motorola Moto E (2015) Review

One area seeing considerable growth over the last couple of years is the entry-level segment of the smartphone market, which is garnering more and more precedence amongst companies. Last year, Motorola brought on a one-two punch with its Moto G, which was subsequently one-upped in the price department by the even cheaper Moto E. Well folks, the process is exactly the same thing this time around, as the 2nd generation Moto E dishes up an even more drool worthy starting price tag of $120 – a marginal decrease over its predecessor’s sticker price of $130. We’ve seen several value centric smartphones of late, so we’re intrigued to see how this one handles.

The package contains:

  • Motorola Moto E
  • Wall charger
  • Product information


It’s the same premise as before, simple and humble.

Simple and humble, that’s the premise behind the design of the 2nd generation Moto E. For the most part, they didn’t stray far from the design language this series is known for. What’s different, though, is that the new Moto E features a slightly more closed design – in the way that the rear cover isn’t removable like last year’s model, but rather, it’s only the plastic bezel that can be removed. Yes, it’s still constructed out of plastic. And yes, it’s incredibly compact and decent feeling with its construction, so the entire package comes off pleasantly nice. In fact, this is arguably the perfect size in an era where with 5-inchers are considered the norm.

Available in either white or black paint jobs, there’s a touch of personalization in the form of the various Motorola Bands and Grip Shells available to the phone. These Motorola Bands are offered in a palette of paint jobs, and do decently to accent the otherwise uniform colored smartphone. Even though there’s a water resistant coating with the construction, the various translucent colored Motorola Grip Shells add another layer of protection by giving the phone some extra grip and ruggedness.

Motorola Moto E (2015)
5.11 x 2.63 x 0.48 inches
129.8 x 66.8 x 12.2 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Motorola Moto E (2015)

Motorola Moto E
4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 inches
124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm
5.01 oz (142 g)

Motorola Moto E

HTC Desire 510
5.51 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches
139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

HTC Desire 510

Nokia Lumia 630
5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches
129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm
4.73 oz (134 g)

Nokia Lumia 630

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Motorola Moto E (2015) Review


Generally speaking, the display bears improved qualities over its predecessor.

Being a smidgen longer and wider than its predecessor, Motorola is able to up the display on the new Moto E to a 4.5-inch qHD 540 x 960 IPS display. Technically, the new model dishes up a lower pixel density count of 245 ppi, due to the larger display and unchanged resolution, but it’s nevertheless still detailed enough to make out small details from a normal distance.

Right from the onset, even before running any of our benchmark test, the display undeniably exhibits a warmer tone – one that’s made further evident by its color temperature of 6323K, so there’s a distinctively yellowish tone to the screen. Despite that, its color reproduction, for the most part, is fairly accurate. Even better, though, the display radiates slightly stronger than its predecessor at 407 nits – a step up from the former’s tally of 389 nits. However, most of its punchiness is best viewed straight on, as distortion becomes visible at wider viewing angles.

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 (2015) 407
Motorola Moto E 389
HTC Desire 510 321
Nokia Lumia 630 398
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posted on 11 Mar 2015, 08:10

1. sgodsell (Posts: 4896; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I guess you can't expect a lot for a low cost device. But it does have a 64 bit CPU on board where as none of the others listed are 64 bit.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 10:09

2. Osama99 (Posts: 41; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)

Desire 510 is also 64 bit.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 21:43

6. Sharky (Posts: 244; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)

Depends on the region though. In the US it uses the SD400.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 22:19

7. keekguy (Posts: 40; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)

Did you read actually? SD410 not 400, it is "64 bit enabled"

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 10:38

3. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

They really should've done better on the call quality, but otherwise this is a solid device for the money...

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 12:10 2

4. waddup121 (unregistered)

This phone is more powerful than the Moto G, which is saying something at least.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 21:11

5. keekguy (Posts: 40; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)

Really? 8 out of 10? PA, windows phone handles better with low end processor and 512mb of ram, offers a better update cycle, more battery life, and are a whole new experience for emerging market than this android phone, android can even run well on 1gb ram, windows phone doubles that 1gb or even 512, 8 out of 10= bad rating considering:

Sluggish performance with heavier operations
Speaker quality is flat
Poor camera quality
Challenging call quality

posted on 13 Mar 2015, 03:43

8. EcoCare (Posts: 443; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)

You're only comparing regarding its performance.

Android has much better flexibility, customizations, wider app catalog, and update cycle actually differs between device manufacturers (let's not put Developer Preview here) though both Nokia and Moto provides decent updates. Battery life is actually pretty much the same while Android are not pretty much left behind in performance, especially with the new Lollipop.

posted on 13 Mar 2015, 17:06

9. keekguy (Posts: 40; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)

Maybe that is the only one problem but aside that, the rest is true

posted on 20 Jul 2015, 17:24

10. GoogleUser101 (unregistered)

On Amazon, the LTE version is only $99.00. Seriously, a phone this good shouldn't be this cheap!

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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.11 x 2.63 x 0.48 inches
(129.8 x 66.8 x 12.2 mm)
5.11 oz  (145 g)

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