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
The Moto E is one of those curious devices that’s unassuming and yet immediately recognizable at the same time. That sounds a tad paradoxical, but hear me out. Its face is spartan, to put it politely, and the E’s 4.3-inch qHD screen (swathed in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 no less) is bounded by some unobtrusive bezels. Your eyes can’t help but be drawn to the two silver strips that run in parallel above and below the screen, comprising the speakers and microphone. Together, they make for a very tasteful touch of personality that gives the E a sense of self without much extra visual noise.
Flipping the Moto E over reveals that the company’s design DNA hasn’t been diluted at all. The recessed Motorola logo, the swooping curve around the 3.5mm headphone jack — if Superman took hold of a Moto G and compressed it a bit (you know, without turning it into a diamond or something), you’d basically have the Moto E. Meanwhile, a 5-megapixel camera sans flash sits high on the E’s rear and selfie fanatics will be crushed when they discover there’s no ego-stroking front camera here. The E skews toward the chubbier end of the size spectrum (compared to the lithe Moto X, at least), but its curved rear means it’ll fit quite comfortably in your mitts. During my testing, I actually found myself cursing at my otherwise trusty iPhone 5s and its prominent edges.