Motorola has played its best card ever in the smartphone market with the release of the new Moto E handset. Using yet another alphabet in the language, the E from Motorola is the nearest rival which also comes from Motorola's development desk with devices such as Moto G and Moto X already creating some much needed noise.
Motorola's Moto E, as of now, can be tagged as one of the best smartphones that are available in the given price range. And it's quite hard to even pick up a potential challenger in the race since none offer such highlighted specs in that price range, similar to the E.
To recap on the specifications that are on offer for the Moto E, the device comes with a 4.3-inch display with a qHD (540x960 pixel) resolution, and 256ppi pixel density. Motorola has also touted the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen of the phone, along with the very popular 'water-nano coating' providing resistance against water up to a certain level.
The Moto E is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor along with Adreno 302 GPU alongside 1GB of RAM. The Moto E is a dual-SIM phone that supports Micro-SIM cards and a certain 'intelligent calling feature.' The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.
The device comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera, although it has no flash or a front-facing camera. The Moto E comes with 4GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 32GB. The smartphone is backed by a 1980mAh battery and sports 124.8x64.8x12.3 dimensions, weighing in at 142 grams.
But with all that being said, no device is perfect and there are shotcomings, and each has its own set of problems. So let's deviate from the 'haves' at the moment and concentrate more on the 'have nots.'
Bye Bye Selfies
If you know your language well and read the news once a while, you will be no stranger to the fact that the word "selfie" was recently inducted into the English dictionary. And as the term suggest, it's an act of clicking self photos. Something's that's missing from the Moto E.
We understand that in order to offer a smartphone so cheap, Motorola had to record some cost cutting scenarios to make ends need. And the biggest example of that is the missing front facing camera of the Moto E.
HD Video Recording
The Moto E, as Motorola says, is a budget device that's meant for first time smartphone users. However, for others who have been accustomed to smartphones in the recent past, the missing of high definition video recording will surely be an issue. And we hardly believe a 854 x 480 resolution will really appease anybody.
No Flash Support
The Moto E's camera is the one that will create most of the issues for any average smartphone user. And the biggest problem that we are guessing will be generated via the missing flash support to go with the camera. So you can imagine the quality of photos in low light conditions.
Of course, Motorola has offered a HDR mode with the camera to take care of photography, but that might not be enough.
Now we do understand that the Moto E has been made with the lowest budget possible in hand, but we were still expecting more support for the device. The phone's memory stands at 4GB, out of which only 2.2GB is user accessible. And this is unlikely to suffice users.
The device nonetheless comes with a microSD slot that enables memory to be increased up to 32 GB but that doesn't take away anything from the fact that too many apps will make the phone slow. And we are also hearing reports about how there can be an issue if you try moving apps from the memory to the SD.
Average Image Quality
Again, the camera is main concern. If you are looking for crystal clear images via the Moto E's camera, know that you will be sad since the low light is such a grave issue here. You will be much better off if you have additional editing tools for photos.