Motorola Moto E, my experience of use

Motorola Moto E, my experience of use

Many may already be familiar with the famous “Moto” cell phone line that Motorola successfully introduced since mid-2013 with 3 terminals initially, which have been a complete success. The first 2 to be part of this family were the Moto X and the Moto G, each one characterized by being very well made and powerful. I for my part have a Moto G and I have made my own Moto G review counting my experiences as the owner of one of these small large ones. However, not long ago (in May 2014 to be precise) a third member came to this family that I really wanted to try, and it is the youngest of all, the Motorola Moto E.

Motorola Moto E

Interchangeable housings

Motorola Moto E, my experience of use

Some time ago, the Motorola Moto E Dual SIM came into my hands, which is the cheapest terminal of the Moto family (it is available here in Colombia for less than 150 dollars or what is a little less than 300,000 pesos). This team is definitely a great machine, because despite its modest specifications, it performs remarkably on Android.

During the first power-up, the terminal already received me with an update to the latest version of Android at that time, that is, Kitkat 4.4.4 which is a great motivation for those who purchase mid-range to low-end terminals. And is that Motorola has spared no expense to make its Moto terminals, the most updated on the market. Thanks to the Moto E has an almost pure version of Android, updates can come very quickly if Motorola proposes it, since they do not have to worry about updating layers of personalization that other manufacturers add to their terminals.

Motorola Moto E

Dual SIM configuration menu

Speaking a bit about the performance of the equipment, I day to the task of installing multiple Apps and games and see how the terminal behaved with each one of them, or when multitasking and going from one application to another, and I was very surprised by how well it is managed, and how it manages to optimize its resources. However, this does not mean that I do not have difficulties to run any App. For example, I wanted to see how the famous karting game ran Angry Birds GO, so I installed it and started a race. And although the cell phone can run the game in some moments, the animation feels somewhat slow, surely a product of a lack of memory.

Motorola Moto E

SD memory can be added to expand its capacity

Going through the camera section, this terminal has a 5MP camera which in general terms is enough for the average user, that is, if you are not fond of taking photos, this camera will be more than enough. But if one of the factors you take into account when buying a cell phone is the camera, then perhaps you should consider that this equipment does not stand out for taking spectacular photos. Finally speaking of its external casing, I must say that despite being made of plastic, this equipment feels very firm in the hands and has a good grip. As it is not so wide, it is very easy to hold it in your hand and work with it. Motorola definitely did an excellent job with the ergonomics of this terminal.

In this way we could make a small list of the strengths and weaknesses that I have noticed so far from this team (perhaps the list can be completed over time if I come across new things).


  • Updated to the latest version of Android 4.4.4
  • Excellent resource management
  • Possibility of expanding the internal memory with SD cards
  • It is very easy to ROOT it, thanks to the fact that Motorola itself has made the BootLoader unlocking available from its own page, which is not the case with most manufacturers.
  • Excellent battery life, despite having a traditional battery, it manages to make very good use of it, giving you a little more than 1 day of moderate use without problems.


  • Non-removable battery
  • No front camera
  • This version is not 4G LTE
  • Does not have NFS
  • There is no Gyro sensor, which is the one that allows you to take 360-degree photos on Nexus terminals for example.
  • The rear camera has no Flash

Motorola Moto E

The battery is not removable, 2 slots for min SIM card and one for Micro SD

Moving on to a more detailed list of the Moto E’s specifications, we can see that despite its low price, it is not badly endowed at all.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850/900/1800/1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G NetworkHSDPA 2100 – XT1022
HSDPA 850/1700/1900/2100 – XT1025
SIMDual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
BODYDimensions124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm (4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 in)
Weight142 g (5.01 oz)
DISPLAYTypeCapacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~ 256 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
SOUNDAlert typesVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerAnd it is
3.5mm jackAnd it is
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 32 GB
Internal4 GB, 1 GB RAM
EDGEAnd it is
SpeedHSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WlanWi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetoothv4.0, LE
USBmicroUSB v2.0
CAMERAPrimary5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels
FeaturesGeo-tagging, panorama, HDR
Video480p @ 30fps
FEATURESYOUAndroid OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 200
CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPUAdreno 302
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity
RadioFM radio with RDS
BATTERYTypeNon-removable Li-Ion 1980 mAh battery
Talk time16:35 h

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Motorola Moto E

Updated to Android 4.4.4

I hope you liked this review, if you have additional contributions or comments about this terminal, comment and we are completing with everyone’s experiences. These are some articles related to the Moto G Moto E and Moto X that might interest you:

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