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Moto E (2nd gen) 4G Express Review: Decent phone, but there are better options

Consider Moto E (2nd gen) 4G, only if you start using it with a 4G SIM card from day one and really love the Moto branding

Rating: 3 out of 5
Written by Debashis Sarkar |
July 8, 2015 1:30:56 pm
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The second generation of Moto E couldn’t excite smartphone enthusiasts as much as what the first generation did. Primarily because it was a minor upgrade of the popular Moto E. Yes, the second generation has a lot of stuff to attract buyers who are looking at a quality budget device, but what is confusing most buyers is whether they should they should opt for the 3G or 4G version of Moto E 2015.

Specs: 4.5-inch (540×960 pixels, 245 ppi) display, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, 64 bit Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB (expandable up to 32GB), 5MP A/F rear camera with no Flash, 0.3MP front camera, 2,390 mAh battery, Dual SIM, 4G support

Price: Rs 7,499

Moto E 4G

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Specs wise, both the devices are almost similar. Motorola is charging Rs 500 extra for a 64 bit Snapdragon 410 SoC. On the other hand, the 3G version runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor. We did a detailed review of the 3G version. So, if you are willing to shift to 4G any time soon, should you consider the Moto E 4G a good option?

What is good?

The new Moto E has great build quality, looks good and is compact. It is among the very few smartphones to offer pure Android Lollipop operating system. The battery life is decent. Motorola has included some good features like Moto Display, Moto Alert, Moto Migrate among others. Overall, experience with the UI is really good.

Motorola says it is betting big on 4G devices. (Sources: Motorola) Motorola says it is betting big on 4G devices. (Sources: Motorola)

The Moto E can be good smartphone for first time smartphone users and those who wish to have a budget Android Lollipop smartphone. The 64-bit Snapdragon 410 SoC performs better than the Snapdragon 200. Though in reality, the difference can hardly be felt beyond paper, the 4G version scored around 20,000 on AnTuTu, while the 3G version scored around 18,000. Overall, the device is smooth. The battery back is decent. You can manage to squeeze in a day on 4G.

What is not that good?

The display of the smartphone is average. The camera quality is nothing to be proud of. However, it can take some decent shots in good lighting conditions. Note that there is no Flash. Overall, there is very little point in buying the 4G version if you don’t intend to shift to 4G soon.

Should you buy it?

It makes no sense to future-proof yourself with the new Moto E 4G now. That is also because there are a handful of other phones that offer similar specs but at lower price points. Consider this one only if you start using the Moto E with a 4G SIM card from day one and really love the Moto branding. Also, even after shifting to 4G, you would want to download games, watch videos and do stuffs that you were not able to do with 3G speeds. But can the Moto E 4G deliver it? I don’t think so.

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First published on: 08-07-2015 at 01:30:56 pm

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