Review: Motorola Moto E
3.6Overall Score
Price (RRP): $179 Manufacturer: Motorola

If you thought Motorola had left Australia, think again, because one of the pioneers of the mobile is back, and this time, it has something great for anyone keen not to spend an arm or a leg.

Features

The second Motorola for 2014 in Australia is an entry class phone, which could be why Motorola has called it the “E,” or “Moto E” officially.

Inside this handset you’ll find a 4.3 inch quarterHD screen, also known as qHD and supporting the resolution of 960×540, with a pixel clarity of 256 pixels per inch. The third generation of Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass coating (Gorilla Glass 3) protects this screen, as does a level of anti-smudge coating.

Underneath this screen are the parts that make the Moto E work, and for that you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, a dual-core chip running at 1.2GHz and working alongside 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, and Google’s Android 4.4 “KitKat” running atop that storage.

Mobile connections are relatively standard for a low-end phone, with 802.11b/g/n, GPS, A-GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, with 3G connectivity complimenting this for mobile performance. Pretty much every telco in Australia should support the 3G offered by the Moto E, which is ideal since the E is sold unlocked.

Interestingly, the 3G on the Moto E is handled with not just one SIM slot, but two, with two microSIM slots found on the left slot, just above a microSD expansion slot for the 4GB storage inside the phone.

A camera can also be found on the Moto E, with a 5 megapixel shooter on the back, but no flash to accompany it.

Few buttons exist on Motorola’s E, mostly in line with the way Android handsets are heading. As such, you’ll find on-screen soft buttons for Android, and only two physical buttons, both located on the side and working for power and volume on the right edge.

Two ports can also be found, with a 3.5mm headset jack up top and a microUSB charge and data port at the bottom.

The rear plastic cover can be removed, revealing a fixed battery underneath with three slots, two for each microSIM and one for the microSD.

The battery is rated at 1980mAh.

Performance

Most of the handsets that pass by the GadgetGuy review desk are of a flagship nature, and that makes sense, since if you’re going to spend up to a grand on a phone, you should know what you’re buying into.

But some people don’t want to spend that much, and so we also review mid-range phones. Then there are people who don’t even want to spend that much, and that is precisely who this review is for, as we take a look at Motorola’s “E,” a new handset with a name — a letter, really — that could mean “everyone,” which is who this model might be made for.