"The dirt-cheap, Android-packing Motorola Moto E"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
The dirt-cheap, Android-packing Motorola Moto E
Motorola Moto G is an astonishing bargain, combining a good set of specs for a rock bottom price.
If that's still a bit too pricy for you, then cast your eyes over the Moto E. It's an Android KitKat packing a 4.3 inch smartphone, with cut down specs and an even more cut down price.
You'll easily spot the family resemblance between the MotoE and the G.
Although smaller, it has the same curved back which is very comfortable to hold, a little dimple for the Moto logo and it has interchangeable back covers allowing you to change the color when you fancy a fresh look.
It looks and feels lke it's slightly less luxurious phone than the Moto G, but it does only have a toughened gorilla glass screen display and the internals have been given a water resistant coating.
The display has a 916x540 pixel resolution, which is lower than the G 720p display.
Not quite as crisp and it's viewing angles are great, but it's good colors and reasonable brightness make it more than adequate for every day tasks.
Inside is a 1.2 gigahertz dual-core processor instead of the quad-core chip found in the Moto G. Didn't put in a brilliant performance on benchmarks, but navigating around the Android interface was still pretty niffty with menus and apps opening without any of that annoying lag.
It handled a spot of light gaming too, although frame rates did noticeably drop on occasion.
It's running the latest Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat software, which is a huge plus for such a budget phone, which tend to save money by coming with older versions of Android.
It's a mire stock version of Android which is simple enough for even the most harden technophobes to get used to.
And the back of this 5 megapixel camera which I found generally unimpressive, thanks to its low quality and fixed focus lens.
Moto E is really not the phone for photography fans.
In general, the Moto E packs enough tech to tackle the absolute basics adequately, and it's a very cheap entrance into the Android world.
Its price however isn't much lower than the Moto G which has a better camera, more powerful processor, improved screen angle and the battery life.
Unless you're shopping on a very tiny budget, the Moto G is still the best value phone around.
I'm Andrew Hoyle, CNET, and this is the Motorola Moto E.
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