As expected, the Motorola Moto E sold out on Flipkart within the first 24 hours and the initial response has been pretty good for the device. I have been using the Moto E for over 24 hours now and while it is still too early to call it a review, I believe this would answer a lot of questions you asked us yesterday. So read on for my first experience of using the Moto E as my primary smartphone for the first 24 hours. Also Read - Moto G Stylus 5G launched with Snapdragon 480 SoC: Check price, specificationsAlso Read - Best camera phones under Rs 10,000 in June: Moto G10 Power, Redmi 9 Prime and more
First the good news. Also Read - Poco M3 Pro 5G vs Moto G40 Fusion: Spec-by-spec comparison, which is better?
The Moto E is almost everything Motorola has been trumpeting it to be. Even though the phone is pretty heavy for its diminutive footprint, it feels good to hold. Motorola has not compromised on the quality of plastic and the curved back also fits well in the hand. It looks and feels like a solid smartphone.
The 4.3-inch qHD display is sharp and is legible both indoors and under direct sunlight. The viewing angles aren’t great but they ain’t that bad either. It doesn’t take long to get used to it and I figured tinkering with the wallpaper and brightness settings can help alter your experience.
Motorola had claimed it will provide a day-long battery and the Moto E doesn’t disappoint. My first battery cycle from full 100 percent charge is still going on and the phone still shows 12 percent battery left after 24 hours. I expect the battery to perform even better as during this time I spent a lot of time downloading the apps I use and setting up the phone. I also spent a lot of time checking out different features. On the usage front, the display was on for almost five hours, I had 3G and Wi-Fi turned on throughout, about an hour of calls and lot of Internet usage. I had two email accounts, my Twitter and Facebook account, as well as a super active WhatsApp account running on the phone.
I did not face any call drops and the in-call audio quality has been as good as it can be. Even the front firing onboard speaker was better than what I usually encounter in most smartphones. I did a few calls on the speakerphone and again both parties could hear each other clearly. The phone did not heat up during long calls or even while downloading a game that was in excess of 1GB in size. Some phones tend to heat up during such heavy downloads.
Now the not so good news.
A lot of you asked me about the camera quality. While it is too much to expect anything but barely passable for a phone priced at Rs 6,999, that’s the benchmark Motorola has set for itself. Unfortunately, the camera is not worth writing home about. Photos have a lot of noise and lack details. The camera does have an HDR mode and it does what it is supposed to do but it hardly matters with the quality of photos you get.
Another question that has been asked a lot of times is about internal storage and how one can get games on it, many of which are in excess of 1GB in size. The Moto E has 4GB of internal storage, out of which approximately 2.1GB is available to users. Unfortunately, it has been pre-partitioned and since the phone is running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the pre-partitioned 2.1GB is recognized as “external SD storage” by app developers.
This means even if the developer has selected to allow storing of files on external storage, they get stored on what we would think of as internal storage. Motorola has a tool that lets you move files from internal storage to a microSD card but that applies only to photos, videos and music files.
I have answered most of the frequently asked questions about the Moto E here. In case you have more questions, you can ask them in the comments section below.