Moto E 2015, analysis: it is not perfect but you will not find anything better for 129 euros
After a 2014 where the entry and average range has become strong, the great revalidation comes for a brand that is no longer alone on that island of cheap but well-prepared smartphones (SBASP).
We have put the Moto E LTE 2015 to the test to bring you a complete analysis to check whether the improvements that come in almost all the technical sections are enough to maintain the love for a terminal that has meant so much to the smartphone market directly but also indirect in that it has moved rivals who wanted to have something to say in the free market.
New Moto E LTE, a little more of almost everything
When we reviewed the main characteristics of the Moto E after its official announcement, we already noted that less in screen resolution, the new Moto E offered a little more of everything. We leave you with a summary of its specifications:
As we see, Motorola has updated the screen size, processor, has expanded the battery capacity and improved the camera (now it has autofocus and a secondary one), in addition to including LTE connectivity. Increased screen resolution or NFC connectivity has become an issue that will become important to mobile payment. Let's move on to his full analysis.
100% Motorola Personality
Motorola has achieved in a short time that its terminals have a look & feel very characteristic and that we can identify and appreciate both by sight and by touch. You take a Moto E or Moto G and know almost blindly that you are dealing with a brand product.
With the Moto E 4G, beyond the figures that indicate that it is heavier and thicker than last year and very similar to the original Moto G), we have found robustness, a good finish despite the use of plastic and a feeling that it is a terminal that will resist very well the passage of time.
The new Moto E is comfortable in hand, heavy (145 grams) for its dimensions and is perfectly handled with one hand. Three very interesting details are the edge grip, which is interchangeable to give it the touch of color that the model from last year based on casings, the slight curvature of the back and the rubbery and non-matte finish of that part of the terminal. Those three characteristics give this Moto E an exceptional grip and a good quality feeling.
At the design level, the 2015 Moto E looks more like a Moto G than last year's Moto E. Now on the front we go to a single speaker on the top (which meets the minimum, do not expect anything surprising in sound), integrated buttons on the screen and physical controls of great finish and good travel. The ignition and lock includes texture to differentiate it from the volume.
Considering that the screen has grown to 4.5 inches, it was expected that the Moto E would lengthen its dimensions, but it seems to us that at the frame level, especially in the upper and lower, it could have done a better job. But that would be forgetting its price, of 129 euros, which quite marks what it can or cannot offer.
On the back, the casing that is not (cannot be removed) is made of plastic, has a rubbery finish and will only be available in two colors: black and white. If you want some customization, a trick that seems key to me in a terminal with a clear youthful profile, you have to resort to colored bands that are sold separately.
Beneath that band are the microSD and microSIM card slots. Removing it requires patience, skill and care not to damage the case. As a curiosity, if you are looking for the IMEI number it comes in a hidden paper also in a slot under the interchangeable frame.
Otherwise, on the back cover is the slightly sunken Motorola logo and the camera, which does not have a flash despite the ring that could indicate otherwise.
Screen magnification, the big difference from last year's model
With the five inches of the Moto G, Motorola decided on this Moto E to slightly increase the diagonal to reach a figure that we can almost consider as the minimum today in the smartphone world: 4.5 inches. The case is that the increase in screen does not have a better resolution, and we are left with the same 960 × 540 pixels that leave the density below 250 dpi.
The screen must be said that it looks quite good, with sufficient brightness although not spectacular (a little less than 400 nits) that allows its viewing outdoors, but that is in inevitable evidence when compared to the brutal density panels in the high range or even average.
Less than 250 dpi is not bad for this category of smartphones, and there are even no rivals who really improve those features, but we do not want to lie to you and tell you that if they teach you a high-end you will not easily appreciate the difference. Also, when it comes to text and notifications, if you use them a lot, it is advisable to start thinking about having a panel with more dpi because optimizing those applications will go that way.
For the rest, Motorola has taken care to offer a quality IPS panel, with good viewing angles except for brightness, pleasant color reproduction and excellent tactile response. It is surely the best panel you can get for the price of this terminal.
Expected performance but without thinking that we are already facing a Nexus
With a 5-inch screen that does not reach 720p resolution and a Snapdragon 410 accompanied by 1 GB of RAM, on paper everything looks consistent so that the Moto E offers acceptable performance. But it has not ended up being like this despite the data of the benchmarks.
In GeekBench it has obtained 1408 points and the PC Mark Work Performance has remained in 3477 points. In the table it appears compared to terminals next to it by conception and price, in addition to the Moto G or the Galaxy A5:
Despite these data, on a daily basis it gives us a feeling of adequate fluidity if we stick to basic tasks, but little by little we want to demand not only in games but in quick changes between applications or several heavy tabs in the browser, the delays and a strange feeling of not being in front of a current terminal. Even the tactile feedback seems blocked sometimes if we demand too much of it with multitasking, for example.
In addition to LTE connectivity, something very valuable from now on, the Moto E 2014 offers an expansion of the internal memory from 4 to 8 GB, a step forward. Now the memory available to the user as soon as the terminal is switched on is 5 GB, always expandable with microSD cards.
Since the images of the camera are usually the main reason to end that little memory of the input range terminals, being able to indicate from the camera's own interface that we want the SD card to be the default storage place is a good way to deal with 8GB internal memory.
Almost 5 GB of the 8 available on the Moto E are for the user. It is already much more than all the memory of the previous model, which was quite insufferable by how quickly we ran out of available capacity.
The Android version is 5.0.2, without layers of any kind. The only addition that we found is the usual one so far in the highest-end terminals of Motorola, such as Moto Actions that activates the camera by simply shaking the terminal, or the Moto Display, which automatically shows us notifications when we take the smarpthone. Regarding how it worked for us on the Moto X, there are differences, so don't expect much from them.
For the near future we hope that Motorola will continue to come to the market with the latest version of Android, but we must forget about considering them. pseudoNexus Because we are already seeing that the arrival of Android 5.0 to previous models is not being as fast as expected and even from Motorola itself they warn us: the promise of having the first the latest version of Android will continue to be present but without haste.
The camera is still the big downside of the Moto E
Take a look around you these days and you will see that the use of the smartphone as a photo camera, whatever the situation, is unmatched. So you should not neglect the least.
The Moto E 2015 comes with a sensor with the same 5 MP resolution of last year's model, but with the novelty of autofocus. But nothing else. The LED flash, which I'm not a supporter of but many will miss, doesn't exist, and the performance of the main camera still has many compromises.
In bright scenes and if we want the photo for social networks, period, there is not much problem. The camera shoots fast, focuses well, and the results are quite acceptable. Another thing is that we want detail in those scenes, because I have to tell you that it is conspicuous by its absence or at least it should have been improved. An option that is recommended to abuse is HDR, which in general will offer us better results in scenes without complications.
Where the shortcomings of the new Moto E's camera are evident is when trying to take photos on the move, which is strange that they come out sharp, but mainly in low-light scenes both indoors and at night.
The usual situation with the Moto E camera is that it solves the photo well but with overwhelming noise and almost absolute loss of detail.
Other considerations that I want to share is that, as we have already mentioned when talking about Android 5.0, the camera interface can be very basic if you intend to take advantage of it, although on the other hand, for young audiences it can come in handy. Here it is advisable to opt for third-party applications if you want to have more control.
And if, due to its youthful profile or the arrival of the secondary camera, it was thought that the Moto E 2015 would take possession of itself as a smartphone that took care of selfies, forget about it completely. The VGA camera is almost a practical joke these days and will hardly get you out of trouble with plenty of light for a video call. But almost not even that.
See complete gallery »Moto E 2015 samples (16 photos)
Autonomy: excelling in size
We have left for the end the section in which the Motorola Moto E 2015 stands out the most: autonomy. A more efficient processor, a less demanding screen and a higher capacity battery (2390 mAh) mean that in our several-week test with this terminal as the main device and very intense use, we have always been able to get at least 5 hours of screen lit.
In terms of hours of autonomy we have always reached the end of the day with some battery, of the order of a quarter of capacity, which has allowed us to reach, depending on the use, up to a day and a half in total. If we look at a less intensive user, the two days are an achievable figure. The tests of reference sites show similar data in autonomy.
Xataka's note and opinion
Remaining a benchmark in the entry range in 2015 will be very difficult. The Moto E 2015 is postulated as we have seen in the analysis as a serious candidate for another year for a better entry range thanks to its good feeling in hand, the quality of the screen within its range and a battery that has left us very satisfied.
The least positive part is mainly in the performance and the camera. In the first case, we expected more, and we believe that this is not something at the hardware level but it is worrying if Motorola intends to attract potential buyers of more expensive terminals.
What the user wants to do every day with his smartphone grows exponentially and not having doubts about performance is key in all ranges or there is a risk of being tempted to move up the category. The same happens with the camera, an element that can hold or sink a smartphone and that, despite the improvement, still has a tremendous journey in the Moto E 2015.
If the Moto E in its day left us a note of 7, this Moto E 2015 improves it to reach 7.3, which reflects both the overall jump in quality of the team (moderate, yes), and the difficulty that the range of entry and requirements in general in the smartphone world in 2015. But if your budget is 129 euros, there is no better Android terminal right now on the market.
7,3Design6.5 screen Performance7 Camera6 Software8.75 Autonomy8,5
- One of the best screens we can get for its price
- Robustness and grip
- Autonomy that will leave you completely satisfied
- What gives a smartphone of just over 100 euros
- The camera still offers poor overall quality
- Performance with compromises if you expect the most from your smartphone
- Fairly large frames
- Ridiculous contribution of the secondary chamber in a terminal with a juvenile profile
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