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Motorola Moto E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the reliability and design are generally positive. The screen and battery are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the features and camera.

value for money, battery, screen, responsiveness, design

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Moto E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 48 reviews)

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Motorola Moto E review: Have a break!

 

Motorola has done it again. The Moto G made quite the stir in the midrange and the story continues. The next one's up - and this time it's even cheaper. With a 4.3" display of qHD resolution, a dual-core processor, 5MP camera, and a solid 1,980mAh...

4.3" LCD, 540 x 960px, 256ppi; Gorilla Glass 3 with ambient light sensor ; Android OS v4.4.3 KitKat with a promise for timely updates ; Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU; Adreno 302 GPU and 1GB RAM ; 5 MP fixed-focus...

Non user-removable battery ; Camera doesn't have auto focus and produces low-quality photos and videos ; No camera LED flash ; No front-facing camera ; Comes without a wall charger or a headset

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Cheap Thrills

 

It may not be an ideal primary phone, but if you want a beater phone to take adventuring, or need something to fill in for a broken device until you reach the end of your contract, the Moto E is a great option.

ZOMG CHEAP! Water resistant and a damn near smash-proof body. This phone is harder to kill than Steven Seagal. Great, solid handfeel. Variety of color options

Selfie hater: Lousy back side camera, and no front side camera at all. 4GB of storage is not enough to even store all my apps

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Moto E review: Where very good meets very cheap

 

After Motorola released the well-received Moto X into the world last year, most of us had just one question: What's Google's expensive mobile division

Runs an almost untouched version of Android 4.4.2 ; The vivid screen is a pleasant surprise ; Rounded design makes for comfy gripping ; Incredibly affordable

Only 4GB of internal storage ; Rear camera is mediocre at best ; No flash or front-facing camera

The Moto E has its shortcomings, but they're largely offset by the device's affordable price. While the more powerful Moto G is likely the better bet for most shoppers, those looking to ditch their feature phones without breaking the bank will find...

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Moto E review: the people's smartphone

 

The first cellphone I ever owned was the cute and compact Nokia 6510. My heart was actually set on the more expensive and slider-protected 8850, but a teenager's budget could only stretch so far. The funny thing is that over the course of its lifetime,...

Extraordinarily cheap ; Runs the latest version of Android very well ; Uncomplicated and pleasing design

Woeful camera ; Display is merely adequate ; 4GB of storage isn't much

This is the smartphone that makes all others look stupidly expensive

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Motorola Moto E

 

The Motorola Moto G was my favourite phone of 2013. Not because it had the best HD display or most powerful quad-core processor, but because it offered a well-rounded set of specs for a price that blew its competition clean out of the water. Now...

The Moto E is cheap, comes with the latest Android KitKat software and has a screen and processor capable of tackling the essentials.

Its camera and battery life don't impress and it isn't much less than the Moto G, which remains the best Android bargain around.

The Motorola Moto E is unquestionably cheap and has a set of specs that makes it more than capable of handling your basic everyday tasks. Its price, however, isn't much lower than the Moto G, which has a better camera, more powerful processor, improved...

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Motorola Moto E

 

Motorola's $129 Moto E is a durable and customizable Android phone at a fraction of the cost of leading handsets, but it's missing some features.

Very affordable; Nearly perfect color reproduction; Customizable rear Shell

No LTE support; Below-average battery life; Lacks front camera and camera flash

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Motorola Moto E review

 

The Moto G is the best-selling smartphone in Motorola's history. It outsold every Droid and new Razr the company released, and that's because it hit a new sweet spot. At only $180, it's insanely cheap for a smartphone, but packs almost all the goodies...

It costs $130 ; Comes with Android 4.4 KitKat ; Comfortable to hold ; Great battery life ; Decent-sounding speakers ; Moto Alert is useful ; MicroSD slot included for expanded storage

No 4G LTE ; 4GB of internal storage is not enough ; Crappy rear cam, no front cam ; Screen has poor viewing angles ; Battery cover rattles ; No NFC

Moto E is $130, and for that price you get a phone that works. But it won’t be a phone that you love. Buy a $180 Moto G instead.

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Motorola Moto E Review

 

Motorola's strategy has been a peculiar one lately to say the least. In the high-end segment, its Moto X Android smartphone proved to the masses that great phones don't need beefy specs to stand a chance in being successful. Meanwhile, on the other end...

Hard-to-beat $130 pricing for this unlocked model

Photo and video quality are sub-par

It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t have to be – mainly because the Moto E is most impressive for its rich value. Value, it’s something that’s prized to the folks who don’t want to shell out a ton of money to experience the advantages of a smartphone....

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Motorola Moto E review

 

When Motorola launched the Moto G smartphone last year, it said it wanted to offer "an affordable smartphone for people who don't want to compromise on quality, experience or style". It more than succeeded in that venture, and now its focus shifts to...

Great design, affordable price, good display, excellent battery life, microSD support, raw Android 4.4 operating system, great sound

No front-facing camera, terrible rear camera, slow performance/loading at times, limited internal storage, no 4G connectivity

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Motorola Moto E review

 

A dinky dialler that's got a lot to shout about

Rock bottom price ; Good screen ; Solid battery ; microSD slot

Terrible camera ; Low internal storage ; Occasional slowdown ; No front camera

The low budget smartphone market is starting to get interesting as some genuinely good phones, such as the Moto G and EE Kestrel, are coming out at low price points. But while both those phones are cheap they're still more expensive than the Moto E.