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
Introduction


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

Design

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)

Motorola Moto E (2015)

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.63 x 0.48 inches

129.8 x 66.8 x 12.2 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 inches

124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm

Weight

5.01 oz (142 g)

HTC Desire 510

HTC Desire 510

Dimensions

5.51 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches

139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 630

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Motorola Moto E (2015)

Motorola Moto E (2015)

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.63 x 0.48 inches

129.8 x 66.8 x 12.2 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 inches

124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm

Weight

5.01 oz (142 g)

HTC Desire 510

HTC Desire 510

Dimensions

5.51 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches

139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 630

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

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


Display

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.



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10 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 6594; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

2. Osama99

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Desire 510 is also 64 bit.

6. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

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

7. keekguy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

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

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

4. waddup121 unregistered

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

5. keekguy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 17, 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: CONS Sluggish performance with heavier operations Speaker quality is flat Poor camera quality Challenging call quality

8. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

9. keekguy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

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

10. GoogleUser101 unregistered

On Amazon, the LTE version is only $99.00. Seriously, a phone this good shouldn't be this cheap!
Moto E (2015)
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2390 mAh

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