Motorola is, once again, taking the market by the hand and leading it to a brighter future. Releasing the Moto G was like finding the abominable snowman – none of us could believe a good and capable phone could cost under $200. The Moto E is now leaving us in awe with an even lower price!
The Moto E costs only $129. It’s obvious this smartphone is no super phone and there are some sacrifices to be made, but just how capable is this smartphone? We went ahead and put it to the test. We have the usual benchmarks, but we know you don’t want to look at numbers and call it a day.
We have also put the Moto E to the most demanding test there is – gaming. And we are not talking Flappy Bird, here. We have tested it with games like Grand Theft Auto 3, Dead Trigger 2, Shadowgun: Deadzone and Riptide GP 2.
Moto E benchmarks
We know benchmarks never directly translate to good or bad performance. Devices can do terribly in benchmarks at times, but offer a very good experience. It all depends on how well the hardware and software work together. They do give us a brief idea of how powerful the device is, though. Especially when you take multiple benchmarks and round up all the results, like we did.
Moto E gaming test
Now let’s get to the gaming! We tested multiple games, including Real Racing 3, Grand Theft Auto 3 (GTA 3), Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Shadowgun: Deadzone, RipTide GP 2 and Temple Run 2.
As expected, the Moto E is no gaming beast, but it is surprisingly good. We never thought that 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 and 1 GB of RAM would be able to handle a good game like this. You get your hiccups and stutters, but games are totally playable.
It’s also important to note we tested these games at maximum settings. They would play much smoother if we were to lower the graphics and effects. That is simply surprising for a $130 smartphone.
The biggest Moto E gaming problems
As we mention in the video, one small problem is the screen. That 540×960p resolution is not enough for the minuscule 4.3-inch screen. The screen doesn’t offer the best gaming experience… period.
Now, there is a more important problem around. Games require a healthy amount of internal storage, something the Moto E doesn’t have. With 4 GB of storage, the Moto E is not able to hold more than one of the biggest games (like GTA 3). You need to uninstall them and re-install them as you switch between them.
Of course, performance may also be an issue, with the occasional stutters and slowdowns.
Moto E customers are not exactly gamers. This phone was made from the ground up to only do the basic functions. It’s for the casual users, social networkers and general consumers. This doesn’t mean we need to give up the occasional fun time, though.
For $130, the Moto E can offer a fair gaming experience. Even if you throw some of the most demanding games at it! To me, that is a huge accomplishment.