Moto E is another low cost handset launched by Motorola in India with a very tempting price tag. It is using the dual core Snapdragon 200 processor (MSM8610) clocked at 1.2GHz with Adreno 305 GPU. The E runs on KitKat out of the box with 1GB RAM.

Box Pack: Inside you will find the Moto E handset, earphone, travel charger with micro USB pin and user guide / warranty card in both Hindi and English languages. Data cables are not included.

Design and Display
The handset closely resembles the Moto G, however there are few design changes. The loud speaker has been moved to the front, this in fact has helped cover up a lot of space on the front bottom – the screen is 4.3 inches (it’s smaller) and there are no dedicated buttons. Handset weight with battery is 142 grams. It is thicker in the center (12.06mm) and slimmer towards the edges (8.45mm). Because of the curvy design and build quality the handset looks and feels sturdy and is indeed comfortable to hold.

As mentioned the loudspeaker is on the front bottom, there are no dedicated touch navigation buttons. The microphone I believe is beneath the speaker vents. There are dual mics for noise cancellation.

3.5mm audio jack is placed on the top, micro USB at the bottom and volume rocker plus the power button are on the right side. The back cover is removable, colorful back covers are also available. This is a dual SIM handset – battery comes built in.

Moto E box pack

The screen is 4.3 inches with corning gorilla glass 3 protection and supporting resolution of qHD – 960 x 540 pixels. However due to absence of on dedicated navigation buttons the usable screen is 888 x 540 pixels. Touch is smooth and responsive. The viewing angles are okay – you will not be able to view the screen clearly from certain angles. There are 3 sensors accelerometer, light and proximity. There is LED notification (single white light).

SAR Value: 1.50 W/kg (head) and 1.36 W/kg (body). The white color looks good but gets dirty easily, specially on the rear. The rear is with matte finish and the handset body has got a glossy finish.

Moto E review and unboxing

Memory and Storage
There is 1GB RAM and 4GB storage plus micro SD slot. 2GB is the free storage available for apps and the available free RAM on the first boot is 454MB. You cannot install apps directly on the external storage. Some of the apps can be moved to SD card after installing it on internal storage. OTG is not supported.

When it comes to high end games the data files are always stored on the internal storage. This means that even though the handset is powerful you will not be able to install many high end games and forget any game that is over 1.8GB.

Moto E review

Performance and Benchmark
The Moto E is using the dual core MSM8610 qualcomm snapdragon 200 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz with Adreno 305 GPU. The performance is pretty good and lag free.

Benchmark Scores

App Result
Quadrant 5283
Antutu 12605
Vellamo HTML5 (1193) Metal (452)
Nenamark 2 49.1fps
Multi Touch 5 point

Moto E hands on

Gaming
The apps / games by default will be installed on the internal storage. I could not install the MC4 (Modern combat 4) game as it required 1.9GB of space and only 1.8GB was available on the internal storage. However I could install the Asphalt 8 that required only 1.3GB space.

The Asphalt 8 game play was smooth and playable even at high visual quality settings. I tried moving the game to SD card using the move to SD card option in settings (apps). It showed that the game moved to external card however the data files were still present on the internal storage.

Entertainment and Camera
The hardware can comfortably play 1080p video with ease. I tried playing the FHD video using stock video player as well as via MX player, in both the cases the videos played well. FHD is playable in H/W mode on MX player and it’s no good when using S/W mode.

There is 5MP camera on the rear without LED flash and there are no front cameras. Is it a fixed focus camera or an Auto Focus camera – it’s not clearly mentioned on the box pack. Unfortunately this is a fixed focus camera. There is no LED flash and front camera is missing.

Moto E 5mp fixed focus camera

There is control exposure option in the camera settings now this is different from what we have seen on the Moto G. On the Moto G you will get the control exposure and focus option. The focus option is missing on the Moto E.

You will still get the green circle that might look like the focus point, but it really doesn’t focus. This is fixed focus and using the control exposure will definitely give better results. The camera can record videos in 480p resolution at 30fps, you can capture still images when the video recording is on.

It is fixed focus and long shots are just okay, not so great.  You can check the sample images / videos at the end of this review.

Others
The handset supports 3G (H+), 2G, Wi-Fi with Direct / hotspot, Bluetooth (tethering), micro USB (tethering) and GPS with GLONASS. GPS lock is almost instant. Sound is loud and clear.

The earphone quality is just okay – cannot expect anything better for this price. If possible try using a good quality earphone, I tried Samsung earphone and it was just awesome (you will know the difference).

1980 mAh battery
The Moto E comes with non-removable battery. Battery backup looks good (Note I was using the handset with the battery saver option switched off). I ran the benchmark apps for about 21 minutes the battery dropped by 5% and when playing the Asphalt 8 game for about 19 minutes the battery dropped by 7%. The max temperature was 38 degrees.

Moto E battery non-removable 1980 mAh

With continuous usage (moderate) the battery will easily last for over 5 to 6 hours and with heavy usage (playing games – Asphalt 8 for example) the battery will last for around 4 to 5 hours.

Verdict
This definitely is a very good buy Rs. 6,999. The camera however is fixed focus and if you are not satisfied with the camera images (check sample images) then avoid buying this handset if camera is your key priority. You cannot save all of the apps on the external storage, OTG is not supported but FOTA updates are supported.

There are positives (Gorilla glass / KitKat / future updates / 1GB RAM etc) and negatives (FF camera, OTG not supported / cannot install heavy games on external storage etc) but when you look at the price tag, build quality and the brand it is worth the price.

Moto E is available exclusively on Flipkart for Rs. 6,999 in Black / White color options

Image gallery

Sample images shot using Moto E handset

Moto E handset and gaming review (Asphalt 8 game play)

480p video shot using this handset

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. Hi, when making or receiving calls I cannot hear anything unless I switch to speaker. This just began and I don’t know how to fix this problem. Is this a hardware issue or does phone need to be professionally repaired? Please Help!

  2. Actually I have only 300 contacts but when I use to factory reset phone they now become 1400 by the repetitive same names plz help me out n I’m unable to this fixed USB charger I don’t get it how to separate the USB cable

  3. Sir,
    I’m planning to buy my first smartphone. I’m confused btwn the options Though I liked Micromax Android 1 its battery back up is an issue, for moto E its the camera and Lumia 530 the lesser apps. Please guide me

  4. Hello
    My device moto e s getting heated up especially on d display than d back cover…even d charger gets heated up very fast ..please temme Wht to do..

  5. Sir my dad has never used a smartphone before so which operating system will be more easy for him to use andriod or windows??
    Should i get him Moto E or Nokia lumia 530??

    1. If new to OS, does not matter windows or Android, he will get used to. But Android will be better.

      1. Hi sir, i recently purchased moto e on the big billion day!
        It is nice quality phone. But i am having a problem with the defalult music app(google play music).It crashes every time when i open the app and scroll down to play differernt songs. It does not crashes if the songs are on the top rows. But when i scroll down to middle it crashes with the message “Unfortunately google play music has stopped”. So, i did a factory reset of my Moto E, but the problem remains same!
        It is 4.4.4 out of the box.
        So, can you provide me any solution sir?
        or, should i call for replacement?
        Please reply sir!

        1. Try updating the google play music, go to settings, apps, look for play music and clear cache see if that helps.

          1. Sir, I did everything you said,but not solved. Will filpkart make a replacement for this minor problem?
            Or should i downgrade to 4.4.2?
            There is no other problem other than this.
            help me sir!!!

  6. hi recently bought a moto e, and later , checked the display, while pressing the screen display, tend to see splat like effect or wave like effect, which is surprising for a gorilla corning 3, kind of, well checked with some forms [http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2770302], and replies says its an issue with the product, well can you reply on this issue

    Thanks
    Nive

    1. ya…i too find that effect on my moto e phone when press hard.but in other phones are good at that pressure on normal glass.. i think its manufacture defect..

    1. Yes google announced Android Lollipop today and Motorola confirmed upgrade for Moto E also.. Hurray.. It is 15-20 day wait I think or may be more than a month.

  7. The camera quality is very bad in this scenario
    1. Take another phone and open an image
    2. by using moto e, try to capture the image.
    3. the text in the phone is very dull and blurry. even though you can increase brightness in both phones.

    But when you take snapshots from other phones like asus, zenphones, we are getting a high quality image with crystal clear. but moto…a very waste image capture with blurry text,.

  8. How to use wifi direct on moto e without any other third party s/w like superbeam etc.

  9. Hey Gogi I’m little confused with two Handset Moto E & Xolo Q600s which is better in future camera an mostly in Display bcuz Some one tell me that moto E display is not strong while a drop from certain height plz help me out bcoz display my mod get off from moto E is it TRUE that display is not good …

  10. Gogi- SAR value being on the higher side do you think it is ok to buy the product?

  11. Hii Gogi, I am getting 3G network issue with moto e. It show H/H+ but whenever I run Chrome or play store it came to E and with E internet is hardly run.

    Also play store is crashed several time. I also got replacement unit but same problem.

    I try same airtel sim with galaxy core N quattro N face no such lags. Plz tell me, why this is happening so and what should I do?

    1. Try using other browser see if you get the same issue, if it is related to chrome may be check the chrome settings for bandwidth management.

    2. Dial *#*#4636#*#* then a new window will open click at first option ie (phone performance) and then select wcdma only above the radio off you always got H+ signal.

  12. I have taken the Vodafone 3G plan but Moto E is still showing E on top. I already change the network settings to 3g. Why it is not showing 3.5G or G ?

  13. I saw lots of issues with this device on internet the major issue I think was when moto e users complaining about crack screen of moto e on motorola website the screen of moto e is very week physically it cracks with just drop of 2 or 3 feet. Was this damage of screen is normal of any moto device? I used nokia lumia 520 and it drops by me many time very hardly but no effects on screen.

    1. Screen is tough, scratch resistant but it is breakable. It depends a lot on which part hit the ground first.

    2. moto e screen being very weak is confirmed… i know many people including my phone where phone dropped merely 5 -6 inches on wooden floor, still screen crack… glass is intact, but screen inside broken… gogi ji, kindly advertise this better… i think they know about the problem and thats why moto e screen free replacement in USA, where regulations are tougher

  14. Whenever I check for update on Moto E, it always shows “unable to check at present plz try again later” I am using 3g. What should I do to check for update?

  15. My moto e battery is also draining very quickly on using 3g net it last only 3 hour while surfing is that OK or its a problem?

  16. My moto e takes around 10minute to show battery percentage from 0% to 1% after that charging speed seems normal. Also LED does not blink when connecting and disconnecting charger. Two time I observed that it take around one hour to show battery % from 0 to 1. I also factory reset one time but problem is same what should I do?

    1. Yuvi, on almost all handsets when the battery is 0% it takes time to reach higher percent, charging is slow in the beginning but after 5% to 10% it will pick up. If that does not happen or it takes a lot of time reaching to 100% then there is some issue with the battery and need a checkup at the service center.

      1. My moto e is taking around 3 hours to get full charge 5% to 100%, is it normal or I should ask a replacement to flipkart.