Cheap, But Not the Best

The second-generation Moto E justifies its price tag, but it isn't the best smartphone under Rs 10,000.
 Nidhi Singal        Print Edition: April 12, 2015
Moto E (2nd gen) is cheap, but not the best
Moto E (2nd gen)

MOTO E

PRICE: Rs 6,999
PLUS: Price
MINUS: Performance
RATING: 3.5/5

When it was launched last year, Moto E turned the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment upside down. Motorola has now announced its upgrade, which has an improved design and hardware. The design looks very similar to Moto X (2nd Gen).

It boasts a 4.5-inch screen with 570x960 pixel resolution, which is crisp and offers good sunlight legibility. It has curved edges and the rear has a soft touch finish. The rear panel is non-removable, and the dual SIM slots, along with the memory card slot, are hidden under the band. As the phone is available only in black and white variants, Motorola allows you to change the colour of the 'band' (available in golden yellow, turquoise, blue, raspberry, purple and red), giving it a cool look.

The Moto E is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, and is paired with 1 GB RAM. It runs on Android Lollipop (5.0.2) and is one of the few devices running on this operating system. Thanks to the OS, the three capacitive touch icons have a geometrical design - triangle for back, circle for home and square for multitasking. It has a plain vanilla interface. The multiple running apps, too, appear differently and can be closed by simply sliding.

When I used it for the first time, it asked me to add a Google account. When I did that, it showed me options such as Assist, Action and Display. Under Assist, one can select one's sleep time and during that time, the phone will be on silent mode and the screen will be off. Similarly, when in meetings, it shows the auto reply option to missed calls using a personalised message. The Action setting automatically turns on the camera when the wrist is turned twice. The Display showcases the notifications even when the phone's display is off. There is also an option to hide the notification details and only show the notification icons.

Motorola has increased the onboard storage to 8 GB, of which 5.03 GB is user accessible. The 5 MP rear camera with tap-to-focus does a decent job. Although the overall performance is decent, I felt some lag while launching new apps and switching between the running ones.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT:
While the Moto E (2nd Gen) justifies its price tag of Rs 6,999, it loses the battle to Micromax's YU Yureka that costs Rs 9,999.

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