Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Moto E : The new budget phone

The new budget phone hits the markets in India and UK today. Motorola is back with a bang with its new mobiles. Moto G has created a sensation in the mobile market and made it to the lists of "best smartphones" every month. The flagship Moto X is also promising but failed to attract many. Now Motorola is back with yet an another budget phone to the budget embracing world. Let us have a sneak peek of its features.

The specifications are similar to that of Moto G but they removed some of them just to reduce the cost and make it available to more people. Moto E is priced at ₹6,999 in India. It runs on the latest Android version 4.4 (Kitkat) and is equipped with 1 GB RAM with 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 A7 processor. It also has an Adreno 302 400 MHz single core graphics card that ensures efficient gaming.

It comes with a 4.3 inch display with a qHD (960x540 pixel) resolution and a pixel density of 256 ppi which ensures the visuals are sharp and crisp with a crystal clear display. The display is protected by scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a splash guard to ensure resistance from water. The anti smudge coating is a perfect finish for everyday use.

Equipped with a built-in 1980 mAh Li-ion battery, it provides decent usage time. The dual sim feature doesn't let you compromise with your mobile network needs and a 5 MP camera with a touch-anywhere-to-capture functionality sounds cool.

Motorola has changed its mind this time by providing with an expandable memory slot unlike it's predecessors. Moto E comes with a 4 GB internal storage and up to 32 GB expandable memory.

Moto E has Wifi connectivity, 3G supported and comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and with sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor and Ambient Light Sensor.

1) Expandable memory
2) Scratch Resistant Gorilla Glass and water resistant coating
3) Long lasting battery comapred to other phones in its range
4) 1 GB Ram

1) No Front Cam
2) No Flash
3) 4 GB internal memory (We cannot install apps in expandable memory stick. So we only have 4 GB for apps. We can do that by playing with root though. But a normal end user cannot do that without support)
4) Bugs in Kitkat (Many users faced problems with the 4.4 OS. Not sure whether we'll see same issues in Moto E or not. I personally prefer 4.3 Jelly Bean)

So basically, it's just
Moto G - Front Cam - Flash - Quad Core processor + Dual core processor + Expandable Memory

Moto E is a good phone in its price range irrespective of the cons. My personal advice is to go for it. It's awesome at 7k!


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