March 26th 2014 8:01 am

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A good low-cost 4G phone, but with a Moto on its back

79

EE has achieved with the Kestrel exactly what it wanted to. It offers good value for the money, warts and all. The camera isn't great; the display resolution may leave some wanting; and there's nothing special about its design apart from the poorly placed headphone jack. But, with a good choice of display panel, excellent performance and Cat 4 LTE, £99 is a fair price. There's nothing attractive in the way of alternatives for that kind of money, either, especially if it's an Android phone you're after. So, the Kestrel fits into a comfy niche, for now, but Motorola's recently announced LTE variant of the Moto G with expandable storage is about to spoil the party.

Critic reviews

8.6
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  • Display
    7.5
  • Battery life
    7.2
  • Camera
    6.0
  • Ease of use
  • Design and form factor
    6.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    9.1
  • Media support
  • Durability
    6.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0

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8.0
Engadget May 20, 2014

EE's Kestrel has many good qualities, performance especially, that make it a very fair purchase at £99 off-contract. The camera and display may not suit the needs of everyone, however, and it won't be as competitive a handset when Motorola's LTE version of the Moto G launches imminently.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 18, 2014

We've got to take our hats off to the Kestrel for opening the 4G door and if you're heading to a festival and need a budget no brainer handset then this is an apt solution. The EE Kestrel might be plastic, but it still manages to be fantastic.

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9.0
TrustedReviews May 15, 2014

It lacks a few finishing touches of phones twice the price but the EE Kestrel is an accomplished 4G phone that offers superb value for money without too many compromises.

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CNET Mar 25, 2014

The Kestrel doesn't pack the most luxurious hardware, but with such a low price, it's hard to find fault with the phone itself. The sticking point is likely to be EE's tariffs themselves, which still don't offer a huge amount of data.

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