[Hands On] Motorola Moto E Review

Sometime back Motorola has started a war of entry level smartphones which runs on Android KitKat by launching Moto E. After Moto E several Indian vendors has launched their own entry level smartphone which too runs Android KitKat like Micromax Unite 2. Today we had got Moto E in our lab to test, we had spent 4-5 days with device. Let see what it has got.

InBox Contents :-


Moto E Inbox Contents

When you first open Moto E box then you will find following contents in it :-

  • Moto E handset with non-removable battery
  • Charger with Micro USB pin
  • Headset, not inear
  • User manuals in Hindi and English

There is no USB cable in box, you have to buy it if you want to sync data from PC.

Build & Design Of Moto E :-

When you first hold Moto E in your hand, it feels solid, it build quality is very good. Phone is build of plastic but it doesn’t feel cheap in hand. Back has rubberized matte finish which gives a great grip to hold. Device is bit bulky but thanks to its curved back which makes it easy to hold in hand.

At front you will find two chrome grill, one is ear piece which is above screen and another is speaker grill which is placed just below display screen. Both grill gives nice look to the phone.


At front you will find a 4.3 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 540 x 960 qHD screen resolution, screen is being protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.


At top of Moto E you will find a 3.5 mm audio jack, there is nothing at left side, at right you will find power button and below power button you will have volume rocker. There is a micro USB port at bottom. Just above screen you have ambient light, proximity sensors and a hidden status/charging indicator LED. There is no capacitive touch buttons as Moto E uses on-screen buttons for navigation. At back there is a 5MP camera, there is no LED flash, below camera you will find a Motorola’s M logo, beside this there is nothing back.

Hardware’s Of Moto E :-

Motorola Moto E features a 4.3 inch IPS LCD display screen with 540 x 960 qHD screen resolution, under the hood its powered 1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 200 processor paired with 1 GB of RAM, it comes with a 4 GB of internal storage out of which 2.21 GB is available to users, it do has option to expand memory via microSD card, at back Moto E features a 5 MP Fixed Focus Camera along, it misses a front facing camera.


It houses a 1980 mAh lithium ion battery, for connectivity it has Dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack and FM Radio.


Software and UI of Moto E :-

Motorola Moto E runs on stock version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat with clean and neat UI, Its software is one of the main USP of this phone. Its Moto E which was the first entry level phone which comes with Android KitKat out of the box. Motorola has promises at least one software update for Moto E.

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Motorola has left Android KitKat untouched which means you will get clean home screen, clean UI, a camera icon on lock screen, Google Now, on screen buttons.

Moto E comes with two pre-loaded apps from Motorola, Moto Migrate which helps you to migrate data from your old phone to Moto E very easy, another app which is Moto Assist, it determines in which ringing tone a phone should be at a particular period of time. It can sync your calendar and can determine at what time you are in meeting and then enter phone into meeting mode.

Camera Of Moto E :-

Moto E comes with a 5Mp fixed focus camera, it comes with the same camera app which we had seen in Moto G, default camera app is very basic and very few settings are available on it. Images taken in good light have some noise and its better if we dont talk about images taken under low light conditions. If you loves to take images then its not for you. It misses auto-focus which allows you to takes images quickly. Even being 5 MP camera it cant record HD videos, maximum resolution for videos are 480p.

Below are some images taken with Moto E along with a video :-






Performance Of Moto E :-

If you use to surf social media, surf internet, play moderate games then you wont find any lag on this phone. We had played games like Temple Run 2, and Subway Surfer and handt faced any kind of lag. Even we had tried running multiple apps in background and it went smoothly.

Benchmark Scores :-






Final Verdict On Moto E :-

Overall phone is value for money, you get decent specs at this price range. Phone is available on Flipkart for Rs. 6,999/- in black and white colors, however you can buy additional back colors which are available in vibrant colors. If we leave camera then its performance is very good in other categories.

Motorola Moto E
Reviewed by Rahul Sharma on July 6 2014
Rating: 4.0
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