So let's say you are quite intimidated by the kind of phones (smartphones, obviously) your friends are carrying around you, and you are enticed to splurge big on a device of your own. But wait! you don't have that kind of financial backing behind you. So are you bailing out already? Are you willing to wait a bit more? Well, Motorola has effectively ensured that you don't have to.
Cashing in on the success of the previously released Moto G, Motorola has understood quite well how the Indian smartphone market works out. And while Moto G was anyway a cheaper alternative for anyone looking for a good smartphone at a lower price, the Moto E takes takes the standard a notch up and actually offers a device that breaks all barriers between pricing and specifications.
But if you think Motorola actually outed the Moto E so that it could effectively replace the Moto G, you will be quite mistaken. Rather, the company is focusing on an entirely different audience who are also unable to go for the price tag put up for the Moto G. And it's needless to say that a price tag of Rs. 6,999 is as better a deal you will get for any smartphone in recent times.
There are chances that you have already come across a Moto E unit, as it's quite unnatural since the device is selling out in numbers via Flipkart currently. And if you have indeed come across it, you will be captivated by the fact that it's offering the latest Android KitKat operating system at this cheap a price tag.
We have been sitting around with the Moto E for quite sometime now. And we have to tell you that the device is indeed a genuine attempt to spread smartphones all across the country so that more and more people have access to the web and other social networking aspects, while spending as less as possible. Something Mr. Mark Zuckerberg will be quite familiar with.
So how exactly does the Moto E perform? Is it worth the nearly 7k it's charging? And if so, why or why not should you be buying it? Check out our review to know more about it.
Motorola Moto E: Form Factor
The Motorola Moto E is basically quite a simple looking smartphone. There's not much to choose from if you are wanting a design that will be space-age and enough to define the next generation. The body of the device is made of normal plastic with no real inclinations toward any design factor. And to be perfectly honest, the Moto E bears a striking resemblance to the Moto G.
Standing in at 12.3mm thickness, the Moto E may seem a bit chunky to a few. But when you are willing to pay so less for a device that comes with great features, you need to sacrifice on a few aspects. But for us, the rubber-clad back cover offering a nice grip and a premium look to the device is more than enough to spell "style."
The device's 4.3-inch qHD display has a great understanding of colors, while also offering impressive viewing angles. And while the phone's panel still needed some work (as it's quite an ordeal to deal with it under direct sunlight), the device still offers a water resistant coating for the entire body, alongside the presence of Corning's Gorilla Glass 3.
Others factors and placements include the earpiece speaker for the phone on top, the main speaker at the bottom, with a front-facing speaker output also making sure that the phone delivers quality sound whenever you are catching up on a movie or a track.
Motorola Moto E: Operating System
While we rejoice at the fact that the device offers the latest Android operating system under the hood, the truth of the matter is that the Android inside it isn't far away from a stock Android. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially with some minor adjusments from Motorola's end.
As expected, the interface is quite smooth without any real lags to talk about. Also, the multi-tasking aspect of it is smoother than we actually expected. The interface is plain and basic with very little to offer in terms of the "fancy" stuff.
On purchase, users also get the usual offering of Motorola apps like Moto Assist and Migrate, alongside a brand new app called Alert. In case you aren't sure what Alert is, the app will let you send out an emergency message to specified contacts in times of danger. The app will let you share your location with the specified contacts so that everyone keeps a tab on where you at.
Also, the Moto E has as many as five homescreens, and all of these can be enabled from the beginning. However, you can't add or remove any of those, and that means a lot of empty space. But that isn't anything to worry about since you will soon be anway filling them up with your own selection of apps and widgets.
It's also has to be mentioned that Motorola has already confirmed that it will be upgrading the Moto E to the next major version of Android when it arrives. And hence you can shove your worries out of the window that the phone is cheap and will soon be outdated.
Apart from that, as we metioned earlierm you will also get to the use the Motorola Migrate and Assist. The Migrate app will allow you to take both content and settings from your old phone to your new one. For that, users just need to instsall Motorola Migrate on their old phone, and run the app to mark it as the mobile that you will replace.
The other one, Motorola Assist, is probably the most important and useful among all three. The app allows you to set certain time periods when notifications won't start buzzing all over the place, alongside syncing it with your Google Calendar to avoid any disruption at times of need.