Moto E (2nd. Gen.) Review – Great Budget Phone

Here at Tech We Like we understand that not everyone is in the market for the latest top of the line phone. Life happens, sometimes your phone breaks beyond repair, gets stolen, or lost in the ocean (true story by the way,) and you need a new smartphone that’s not going to set you back several hundred dollars out of contract. Enter the Moto E.

I’ve been a long time iPhone user. So when I was handed over this phone to review with foreign software (to me) I was so lost! I knew that I couldn’t compare this phone to my iPhone; so I did the unthinkable. I took all of my business email accounts and my Google business number off my main phone and put them all on the Moto E.

A few things happened when I did that, first I got my life back! How freeing to not be bombarded with business emails at the beach on a Saturday afternoon. But, it also caused me to use the Moto E regularly.

Moto E Specs

cindy-rodriguez-moto-e-smartphone-review-tech-we-likeDisplay: 4.5″ qHD 540×960 245 ppi IPS / Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 / Anti-smudge coating

Cameras: Rear: 5 MP, f/2.2 aperture / Quick Capture / Tap anywhere to capture / 4X digital zoom / Slow motion video / Burst mode / Auto HDR / Panorama

Tap to focus / Front: VGA

Processor / RAM: 4G LTE: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU / Adreno 306 with 400 MHz GPU / 3G: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 302 with 400 MHz GPU / 1GB RAM

Memory: 8GB / Removable storage: Supports up to 32GB microSD card

Battery: 2390 mAh / Mixed usage up to 24 hours**

Connectivity: Micro USB, 3.5mm headset jack / Bluetooth version 4.0 LE / 802.11 b/g/n

OS: Android™ 5.0 Lollipop

Features: Activate camera by flicking your wrist / Water resistant

Price: $119 – $149

Moto E Design and Build

The 2nd generation Moto E has an ergonomic shape. The back is rubberized and curved, and fits comfortably in my small hands. The phone is also very lightweight. The right side of the phone has the power and volume controls; there are no other buttons anywhere else on the phone. The back of the Moto E features a centered camera with an indented logo.

Top Moto E Features

One of my favorite features on this phone is Sleep Mode. I set it up so the phone doesn’t alert me of any phone calls, texts, or emails during certain hours at night. My other favorite feature is that you can flick your wrist and the camera app opens up. This saves a lot of valuable picture taking time! I also love that the phone is waterproof, although I was never brave enough to just dunk the phone in some water. You can also purchase different colored bands to go around the phone and make it a little more personal.

Overall Thoughts on the Moto E

I’m pleased that my first Android phone experience was pleasant with the 2015 model of the Moto E. I think this phone is great for a child as a first phone, for budget users who want a good smart phone, and anyone looking to get a second phone that isn’t bulky or expensive, but is still powerful. You can purchase the 4G LTE Moto E online with no contract for only $149.99, or the 3G version for $119.99.