Motorola has literally taken us and in fact everyone with surprise with super aggressive pricing of Moto E. In our previous blog post on Moto E launch and specs we speculated it to be priced between a range of Rs. 8,500 to 9,000. But Motorola literally smashed the competition by selling Moto E at an unbelievable price point of Rs. 6,999. When Motorola launched Moto G in February it created a sort of benchmark for all the smartphone manufacturers in sub 15,000 category and Moto E appears to be doing the same in sub 10,000 category.
Moto E will be a tough nut to crack for other smartphone manufacturers as in this price segment it is really tough to provide quality display, better hardware and host of other features which Moto E brings to the table. Most of the smartphones in this segment offer grainy display, poor hardware, and customized UI over android which makes them dead slow. Moto E is now available on Flipkart with host of exciting offers like flat 50% off on Motorola shells, 8 GB Transcend microSD card and free pre selected ebooks worth Rs. 1000.
Display: Though Moto E’s display is not HD but it still manage to perform decently with a pixel density of 256 ppi which is far ahead of Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo’s 186 ppi available for more than double the price. Colors are bright and no pixels or grains are visible on the display as has been found in this price segment. Moto E sports a 4.3 inch qHD display with 960X540 resolution. In a nutshell Moto E provides one of the best displays in sub Rs. 10,000 category. Another feature worth mentioning here is the excellent touch sensitivity of Moto E. We tested its sensitivity and most of the times it responded very well even to the slightest of the touch.
Design: Moto E carries forward the legacy of Moto G and Moto X with curved back and rounded edges which makes this smartphone compact and gives it very good grip in hand. Motorola has made one big change in terms of design by placing speakers at the front. Earlier both in case of Moto G and Moto X speakers were placed at the backside near camera. Power button and Volume rocker are both on the right hand side. You may change the back covers with custom Motorola Shells however the battery is non removable just like Moto G and Moto X.
Hardware: This is the area where Motorola has left behind other smartphone manufacturers by a huge margin. Motorola has shown to the world that cheap doesn’t necessarily mean cheap hardware with qHD display, 1.2 Ghz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor coupled with 1 GB RAM and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Whats more! you even get water resistant coating all over the internal components of Moto E. This means your Moto E would be able to survive that accidental splash during monsoons or other outings.
It has 4 GB of on board storage and if you want to increase the memory then there is a microSD card slot which is capable of upto 32 GB. It has a 5 megapixel camera at the back without LED flash. Don’t expect any wonders out of this camera but it can churn out acceptable pics in daylight. Connectivity suite of the phone is pretty standard and consists of 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. All this is handled by a 1,980 mAh battery which will easily take you through full day without a charge.
Operating System: Moto E thankfully runs on stock android 4.4.2 Kitkat out of the box which further lends to its good performance. Except for some Motorola apps like Assist, Migrate and Alert everything is purely Android and Google. Thanks to absence of custom UI and bloatware Moto E is much faster unlike Samsung Duos and other such android devices found in this price range. Motorola has promised one future Android update on this smartphone, so this makes this deal all the more sweeter!
Performance: The time we spent with this device astonished us as to how can a sub 10,000 smartphone work so smoothly. In fact Motorola claims that Moto E can perform tasks like making calls and sending texts much faster than Samsung Galaxy S4. What we like most was the excellent touch sensitivity. Apps opened at the slightest of touch without delay and it never seemed like we are playing with an entry level smartphone.
Most of the casual games like Angry birds, Temple Run and Subway Surfer ran flawlessly. Web surfing was also pleasurable with chrome browser.
Conclusion: We have seen numerous entry level smartphones but nothing of Moto E’s calibre ever crossed our eyes. If budget is a constraint for you then straight away go to Flipkart and buy this phone without a second though. You won’t regret buying this smartphone this is our belief. 🙂