Ever since Motorola launched Moto G, I was tempted to buy it. Eventually I bought Moto G and posted the reasons why I chose it over Nexus 4. There’s actually no competition where it comes to deliver softwares updates for Motorola phones. Even though, they cancelled Android updates for some of their previous handsets like Motorola Photon & Motorola Atrix, they changed the whole ecosystem of dealing with softwares.
Today Motorola announced Moto E, a budget phone specifically targetted for emerging countries like India, Brazil, UK and other 30 countries.
Built on Top of Pure Android to Push Faster Software Updates
First of all, they build now on pure stock Android. Why? Because it’s faster, leaner and works better with low end hardwares too. The 2nd reason? This stock Android gives them the opportunity to deliver Android updates faster than ever. Punit says,
Motorola wants to complement Android, not duplicate apps like Samsung does
Today Motorola held six press events in six different locations. Two of them was UK and India. We are going to talk more about India because it’s one of the most densely populated countries and budget smartphones have great potential to do good business here.
Launching of Moto E in India
Motorola chose Punit Sony, Software Head of Motorola, to launch the Moto E in India. Surely, it’s no wonder that Punit who is a by born Indian would be perfectly suitable to launch the smartphone in India. It’ll go on sale in India for a magical ₹6999 on 14 May sharply at 00:00.
Hardware and Specs
As the name suggests, the E is cheaper version of Moto G. But aside from his alphabetical order what exactly is the difference?
Both the Moto E and Moto G offer similar design. The old phone is the larger, but both offer the same quality of build and construction. The Moto E doesn’t feel like the budget phone, it feels nice and solid in the hand with a finish that’s very close to that of the Moto G.
Both devices will let you pull off the back covers, with a range of colour accessories to make the device your own.
The new Moto E is a slightly smaller device, with a 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540 display in comparison to the Moto G’s 4.5-inch one with a higher resolution of 1280 x 720. That will naturally make a significant difference in the sharpness of the pictures, even though the extra size on the latter device is negligible.
The devil here is literally in the detail: the Moto E at 256ppi is a good deal grainier than the Moto G at 326ppi, which gives you much smoother visuals.
In processing terms, the cheaper Moto E does cede ground to its older sibling. It sports a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor while the Moto G has a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset. The latter will be considerably more efficient with multiple tasks, especially when performed at the same time.
Both devices have 1GB of RAM on board.
The rear camera for the Moto E is identical to the one on the Moto G. Both have 5-megapixel sensors. However, there’s a marked difference between the front cameras. The Moto G has a 1.3-megapixel front cam and the Moto E has no front-facing camera at all. That hurts! There’s also no flash on the rear, which is equally odd.
The Moto E comes with 4GB of internal storage space, the Moto G comes in 8GB and 16GB options.
This seems like no contest, but the Moto G does not have a microSD card slot for expansion, while the Moto E does. That’s a better move in our opinion.A 4G Moto G with a microSD card slot is on its way, however, although only available with 8GB internal storage.
It sports a 1,980mAh battery.Motorola claims it can run a full day on 1 charge.
Software Updates & Software Optimization
Moto E will get one major software update, that means it will be upgradable to Android 5.0/Lolipop/whatever the next Android is. I use a Moto G and I know how Motorola is good at optimizing software for low end hardwares. They optimize in these core which gives back value to users.
To be completely honest, it’s an awesome price point for anyone who wants a good Android experience. the cheaper Moto E is suitable for parents, students, moderate users who simply wants to do their day to day job like maps, music, movies, average gaming. It’s not for those who wants to have everything perfect.
Made to Last. Priced for All
However, at $130 unlocked/₹6999 in India, the Moto E is set to make a comeback to Android ecosystem. With their highly praised & most successful smartphone Moto G, and now with cheaper Moto E, they is doing it right and setting a bar for other OEMs.
Pros & Cons
-Great value for the hardware and software
-Optimized software with future software updates
-No front cam
We give a rating of 7/10 considering different aspects.