Moto E review: Where very good meets very cheap
The Moto E has its shortcomings, but they're largely offset by the device's affordable price. While the more powerful Moto G is likely the better bet for most shoppers, those looking to ditch their feature phones without breaking the bank will find plenty to like here.
- Runs an almost untouched version of Android 4.4.2
- The vivid screen is a pleasant surprise
- Rounded design makes for comfy gripping
- Incredibly affordable
- Only 4GB of internal storage
- Rear camera is mediocre at best
- No flash or front-facing camera
After Motorola released the well-received Moto X into the world last year, most of us had just one question: What's Google's expensive mobile division doing next? Then-chief Dennis Woodside was surprisingly forthcoming for a tech CEO -- he said Motorola wanted to reinvent the experience of using a low-cost smartphone. When the Moto G appeared later that year, I thought the company had done what it set out to do. Oh, how wrong I was. Motorola still hasn't given up on its dream of putting smartphones within reach of anyone who wants one, and the latest weapon in the company's arsenal is its cheapest yet.
The Moto E costs a scant $129 here in the States, and Motorola seems confident that its low-cost formula will do some real good for the people of the world (not to mention the company's bottom line). Now we're left with another set of questions: Does the Moto E live up to Motorola's lofty goals? Can it stand out against a clamoring crowd of competitors? Are you actually getting what you pay for? Read on for our take.