Motorola Moto E Gen. 2 (2015) REVIEW!

 

 

This phone may by cheap, but is it terrible?

KEY FEATURES

  • 4.5-inch 960 x 540 240dpi screen
  • Ships with Android 5.0 (Lolipop), currently on 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 2,390mAh battery
  • 8GB memory with microSD support up to 32GB
  • 4G LTE connectivity

 

 

Body

Rather than shouting out ‘Look at this phone!’, it warmly invites you to pick it up – it feels great in the hand.

The body is a smooth matte plastic and comes in black or white, It has no removable battery, but also no silly SIM card slots you need to access with a toothpick. Instead, it’s built into the ‘Motorola Band’ around the edge. These come off rather easily, and have the (up to 32GB) microSD card slot and the SIM card on the left side, and the power/volume buttons on the left, and also a sticker with the IMEI number on, that can be pulled out. I guess this is there, and not in the band, as the bands are interchangeable with different colours. I stick with the normal black.

In mine, I use a Sandisk Class 4 32GB microSD, and that is what I store all my Spotify playlists on. The band itself is quite rugged when not clipped on, however, it still bends. The button covers are built onto the band, but I wish they weren’t, and were interchangeable so I could have my power button blue, and my volume button white. The sides of the band are textured to grip much more easily than the back of the device itself. Just above the centre of said back, there is a slightly curved dip where the Motorola logo is – I wish this was a fingerprint sensor. Just above that dip, around the camera, there’s another one, but this time it’s silver. I don’t see why they did this, and why they positioned the camera there, because as it’s a small phone, my finger sits on the camera, which gets very annoying when I take a photo as they end up with smudges from my fingertips. The camera would be better off at one of the top corners, and also, this glass covering the lens is quite large – 90mm across the diameter, but the lens itself is just 50mm. Why?!

 

Inside

The phone itself seems quite fast, and has a Geekbench score of 1261

Due to the no-bloatware route Motorola took for the E, you can get rid of the three pre-installed Moto apps; Moto Assist, Alert, and Migrate.

The other apps include a Gallery, Camera, Phone, Messaging (though I prefer Google’s Messenger), Contacts, Device Help, Downloads, FM Radio, Moto (just for setting up gestures), Settings, and then the Google apps, like the Play Store.

Having this take on bloatware means that I can put much more apps and games on it – even if I do have to still get rid of some apps when I want to install something large. Also, the 1GB of RAM lets me have my WordPress widget on my home screen without slowing the phone down.

 

Overall

This is my daily driver, and as I am only 12, it’s the only phone I use. But I like it compared to my mum’s LG G3, but it’s no match for my dad’s S7 Edge! I doubt this phone will ever get Nougat (Android 7.0), but it’s staying up to speed, even if it was made in 2015. It’s good – I like it! Apart from the camera. That’s just…

 

Thanks for reading my first tech review. I hope you like it! What do you think? Tell me down in the comments below! Until next time, Adios!

-Dan // pixelFlow

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Comments

  1. First! <3

  2. Hey I have an LG G3, and a couple, ok more than a couple, other phones. Nice review!

    • Thanks – Glad to see that people are actually​ reading my website – oh, and I don’t think I’m following you on Scratch right now… I’ll look in the morning (currently 9:49pm). Thanks again, -Dan

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