Motorola is aiming to grab a bigger slice of the budget smartphone market with the release of the £89 Moto G – a fully fledged smartphone running the latest version of Android (4.4).
Bought by Google last year (and soon to be hived off to Lenovo), Motorola scored a big hit with last year’s Moto G, a £135 budget handset that matched phones nearly twice its price .
This time, Motorola are aiming even further down the budget scale, with the similarly looking Moto G trying to tempt the wallets of the cash-strapped.
Weighing 142g and relatively slim at 64.8 x 124.8 x 12.3mm, the Moto E packs a 4.3in screen supporting a modest 540 x 960 qHD display, which isn’t great but about par for the course at this price point.
That said, the Gorilla Glass-covered screen is better than many of its rivals, with good colour saturation and crisp and clear enough for most uses.
Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, the Moto E comes with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage expendable to 32GB via a microSD slot. Performance is impressive for the price point, with all but the most demanding games being playable (save the occasional stutter).
Conveniently for the butter fingered, the Moto E has a P2i nano waterproof coating, making it water repellent and splash proof, but we wouldn’t strap it on if you’re about to dive into the sea.
The sole 5-megapixel rear camera is where the budget price reveals itself with the camera struggling to capture detail, but it’s decent enough for everyday use, although it’s a particularly poor performer in low light.
For the price, the Moto E is an impressive performer, offering a decent level of build quality, reasonably snappy user experience and a good battery life.
The lack of a front facing camera will upset selfie fans, and the substandard 5MP snapper may prove problematic for some some users, as might the limited storage.
Even with these shortcomings, the Moto E represents excellent value for money and one to consider for people looking to upgrade to their first smartphone – or perhaps for outdoor types needing a second phone for work or the festival season.
The Moto E pretty much covers all you’ll need for every day use, although we’d still recommend shelling out the extra £30 or so for the Moto G though. Now that is a remarkable phone.
Android™ 4.4, KitKat®
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 with 1.2GHz dual-core A7 CPU Adreno 302 400MHz single-core GPU
4GB user storage
MicroSD slot supports up to 32GB expandable memory 1GB RAM
Dimensions and weight
Depth: 12.3mm (6.2mm at edges)
540 x 960 qHD, 256ppi
Features anti-smudge coating and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
MicroUSB, supports USB 2.0
3.5 mm headset jack
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 1980mAh
Mixed usage up to 24 hours
Video capture and playback
Capture 30fps FWVGA (MP4, H.264, H.263)
Up to 720p playback capable FWVGA (MP4, H.264, VC-1, WMV-9, DivX 4/5/6)
AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM,
FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis
AWS 850/1700/1900 (2100) + QGSM 850/900/1800/19000
802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Version 4.0 LE
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
In the box*
Moto E in black or white
Quick start guide