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Should you consider the Moto E?

Should you consider the Moto E?

The latest offering from Google, the Moto E, is a budget handset with something for everyone. We compare it to its nearest rival, the Nokia X, and tell you which one you should go for.

Google is at it again. The Moto E may seem like a very attractive offer from a company that also builds the operating system. But is the device a good fit for you? Here are the pros and cons of the Rs6,999 smartphone that is generating so much hype.

Exclusively available on Flipkart, like the previous models Moto G and Moto X, the Moto E comes with very attractive specs at an astonishing price point. Since it’s only available online, you won’t be able to go to a store and try out the phone. You’ll have to make a buying decision based on word of mouth. Go here to know your options if you’re looking for other budget Android smartphone.

Let’s get into the interesting specs. For the full list of the Moto E’s specifications, scroll to the bottom.

Memory expandability and back covers
The most interesting feature is that internal memory can be expanded since there is a microSD card slot. But another eye-catching attribute is that there will be interchangeable back plates for the phone if you want to spruce it up with a little colour.

Other features
The Moto E features an anti-smudge coating and a water-resistant splash guard on its Corning Gorilla Glass 3, qHD display. A front camera is absent, but you can expect that from a budget model. So if a front snapper is a must, the Moto E won’t sit right with you. The phone uses a micro SIM card and is also available in a dual SIM variant. There’s also Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS and Bluetooth 4.0 with LE. It weighs 142g and has a claimed 24-hour battery life, under mixed usage.

Head to head with the Nokia X
The Moto E directly rivals the Nokia X, and we feel beats it in most categories, including price. In terms of specs, the Moto E has a larger screen, more RAM, a speedier processor as well as a larger camera sensor. In this respect, it’s pretty far ahead of the Nokia X.

The Nokia X runs on an Android platform which mimics Windows Phone, meaning that it could have limitations in its functionality compared to an Android OS. However, the innovation of the Nokia X extends to its “Fastlane” feature which allows you to get to apps quickly and smoothly. Based purely on specifications, the Moto E gives you a much better deal than the Nokia X. However, if you’re looking for a Windows Phone experience with the functionality of the Android app store, you could consider the Nokia X.

Moto E specifications:
Display: 4.3-inch, 540x960p screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Operating system: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Processor: 1.2GHz, dual-core, A7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, with 400MHz, single-core Adreno 302 GPU
Internal memory: 4GB
Expansion: up to 32GB via a microSD card slot
Camera: 5MP (rear)
Connectivity: Bluetooth v4.0 LE, Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS
Battery: 1,980mAh, Li-ion
Launch price: Rs6,999

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