My first hand experience with the new Moto E


I had the chance of getting some hands-on experience of new stock fresh Moto E. It is being labelled as the one of the top budget Android phones. Please read on to know how it goes with the expectations.

Moto E: The Best Sub-10K Android Phone Till Date?


It's a great awakening of a sleeping giant, to say categorically. Motorola has left behind many a competitor if we consider the type of pre launch hype it has created with its three recent offerings- Moto G, Moto X, and the very latest, Moto E.

Pricing


It surely demands a first mention. Moto E was launched through Flipkart with an attractive carrying price of Rs. 6999.00 clearly taking competition to a higher level, which includes budget Dual Sim Android phones from companies like Sony, Samsung, HTC, as well as those dominant players in this sub-10k market like Micromax, Lava, Xolo.

Take along with some introductory offers from Flipkart like fifty percent off on cover, on a Transcend 8GB memory card, some free ebooks worth Rs. 1000 and its a killer deal.

Build, Display, Performance


Taking this new handset of Motorola in hand, it looked almost like its predecessor Moto G, especially its back panel, only difference being the absence of a flash. The front panel has some differences in terms of two chrome toned speaker grills at top and bottom.

Moto E comes with dimensions: 124.8×64.8×12.3 mm and weighs 142 gms, means slightly thicker and heavier than Moto G.

The display is a 4.3 inch 540×960 qHD as on paper with a pixel density of 256 ppi which is approx 2/3 that of Moto G. But Motorola has used same Corning Gorilla Glass 3 along with water and smudge repellent coating here as well and that is great in this price segment.

Under the hood, Moto E is powered by 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, along with Adreno 302 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. Moto G on the oher hand houses a processor twice as fast. However, it does not mean average user will have any problem in smooth running of apps on this set. But game enthusiasts will feel the occasional lag while playing games like Asphalt 8 or so and so.

It has a 4 GB memory (but only a tad more than half is usable by the customer) and a slot expandable to 32 GB. Now here it outshines Moto G as main demerit of the latter was lack of a memory slot.

Camera


It features 5 mega pixel camera on rear, sans flash. This means shutterbugs will feel upset over camera utility in the dark. Also, unlike Moto G, it does not sport a secondary camera on the front. Hence, making video chat would be a problem.

Software


Moto E comes with original Android 4.4 Kit Kat with a guarantee of at least one major upgrade from Google. This is really a big First in this sub Rs 10000 level. Motorola packs it with some interesting and helpful features like Moto Assist, Moto Migrate and the good one, the Moto Alert (alerts the near ones whenever needed), which can also be downloaded from Google Play.

Overall View


Moto E, though not as sturdy in hardware, packs punches in terms of design, feel, features and a latest version of Android in such a price tag. Consider the other phones in the same segment and you are bound to think whether this is the best budget Android phone! My opinion: it is surely deemed to be a winner.

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