Motorola has revolutionized the affordable smartphone market. It’s true the company is not alone in this quest – we have many Asian manufacturers selling very capable devices at stunning prices. In fact, Asian manufacturers have been doing this for some time, but Motorola is the first major smartphone maker to do it.
In comes the Moto E, a device that takes things to a whole other level. It was believed this would be a successor to the Moto G, but we have found out the Moto E is in another realm. The Moto E is meant to be fairly capable, resistant and even more affordable.
The device has just been announced and is currently on pre-sale for just $129! That is a stunning price, but is the Moto E a stunning device? Our very own Roland Quandt has gotten his hands all over it and has given us his very first impressions of the ideal “first smartphone”.
Moto E specs
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 4.3-inch qHD display (540×960)
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
- 1 GB of RAM
- 4 GB of internal storage
- 5 MP camera
- 1980 mAh battery
The good & the bad
It’s hard for me to tell you what is good and what is bad about this phone. We must consider the market it’s headed for. If you had asked me what is “wrong” with the Moto G, back when I was testing it, I would have said “nothing”. Don’t get me wrong, these phones are very far from perfect. They just happen to be amazing if we consider their prices.
There are some sacrifices you make when you pay $129 for a smartphone (could be lower or higher, depending on the market). First of all, the Moto E has a 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) display. This is smaller than most of us are now used to, and qHD resolution is rather outdated.
As Roland mentions in the video, the screen is also a little on the dark side. It’s not as bright as other smartphones and viewing angles are not great. The processor is not as powerful as the Moto G’s Snapdragon 400, but the lower-resolution screen should help speed up performance a bit.
4 GB of internal storage is also not much, but this device does come with a microSD card slot. You can expand the memory yourself. The camera also has no auto-focus and no flash, so expect pictures to be a bit inferior.
Now let’s move on to the brighter news. Roland does believe this is a great device to buy as a first smartphone. It is water & dust resistant, which makes it a semi-rugged smartphone. It will do better than others. The speaker has also been moved to the front, which gives it a pretty good sound.
All in all, the phone is great for $129! There are sacrifices to be made, but what $129 smartphone will give you all of this? Similar options at this price point are scarce (that’s if they exist at all).
Who is buying one?
You can now purchase a Moto E for just $129 straight from Motorola’s website. It should be a great secondary device, or the perfect gift for a teenager or first-time smartphone user.
I was thinking of getting one just to use when I go out of the USA, but then I remember I want everything and should stop myself sometimes. I already have other devices for that. Are you signing up for one?