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Motorola Moto E 2ND Gen – Once, great! Twice? No, thanks!


The Motorola joined the race smart phone race a little late but nevertheless made it up for all the lost time with its Moto E and Moto G phones which ruled the markets for being great budget-friendly phones. Hoping to recreate the magic, Motorola launched another model earlier in the month of March called Moto E 2nd Gen with a few improved changes. The improvements are comparatively great for an entry level phone but the performance here and there lacks and puts it down in front of its competitors like Lenovo A6000, HTC Desire 516 which fall in the same price range. The price is nominal for the features it offers with the only problem being some of the features not being up to the mark. It does not deliver the performance that it promises.

Motorola Moto E 2nd Generation Mobile Review

Motorola Moto E 2nd Generation

Motorola Moto E 2nd Generation

Design and feel:

The Motorola has got a little change in the design as well; the phone looks much sharper than its predecessor. The phone has deeper edges giving it a very good feel. The major change that the phone has gone through is the new replacement of a removable plastic back cover with that of a rubbery grip one and it comes with a band that runs along the edges surrounding the phone’s microSD and SIM card slots. The bands are now available in colors also. This new design is cute and great.

The Moto E 2ND Gen is 2 grams heavier than the 1st Gen phone. It fits perfectly in your palms and the rubbery back cover gives you a good grip.


The screen size gets an update here in this model. It is 2 inches bigger than the 1st Gen phone which was just 4.3 inches in sizes. Increasing the screen size by 2 inches does actually make a lot of difference than expected and it looks better than the 4.3 inch screen. The disadvantage that the Moto E 2nd Gen has here is that it does not offer HD display while its competitors have started introducing HD display screen in the same price range. The Corning Gorilla Glass runs over the 540 x 960 pixels resolution screen with an average 245 ppi pixel density. The resolution looks sharp but the lighting is a bit off balance.

Battery Backup Life:

The Motorola Moto 2nd Gen operates on a Li-Ion 2390 mAh battery which is better than the previous model’s battery. The battery update can bring a lot of buyers as it even delivers the performance it is supposed to. The performance is great and it can last for over a day on casual use. The non-HD screen helps the battery perform better here so it does have its own advantages. If it has housed an HD screen, the battery life would greatly be reduced.


The Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen operates on a Qualcomm Quad-core 1.2GHz processor. It is a definite improvement from the dual core processor featured in the 1st Gen. The flow was smooth and the phone did not have any lags as such but the processor might slow down eventually after months of usage.

The phone spots an Adreno 320 Graphic Processing Unit which is not suitable for high-end games but the other games can be played without any lag.


The updated version of Android (v5.0.2) supports this phone. The phone’s user interface is quite good with only a very few pre-installed apps. Motorola hasn’t still modified the User-interface which is actually quite good as it gives the user a pure and rich android experience.

The bugs and bloatware found in some sets of Moto E 1st Gen were all removed and updated which gives it a new feel. The User interface is the selling point as no phone in this price range offer the 5.0.2, updated version of Android, currently.

Memory & Storage:

Motorola Moto E 1st Gen had only 4GB internal storage. This model of Moto E has upgraded it to 8GB. The memory can further be expanded to 32GB with the help of the provided microSD slot. The memory up-gradation was necessary and we are happy that Motorola went with it. Out of the 8GB provided, one can use up to 5GB of the internal storage.

The 1GB RAM remains the same and supports the processor well. But a better RAM would have made so much difference and pushed Moto E 2nd Gen a few places up on the board against its competitors.

Camera Features:

The Primary camera is 5 megapixels which is the same as the previous model. The quality of the images hasn’t improved but this model has auto-focus while the previous model didn’t have this feature. It does not have a lot of picture shooting modes or options. It does not have an LED flash also. The indoor pictures are blurry but the outdoor pictures are great if your subject is close to the camera. The 4X zoom is not of much use because zoomed in pictures have worse resolution.

The previous model did not have a secondary camera and this one does but will not serve of much use as it is only a 0.3 MP VGA camera. The quality is very poor needless to say.


The mobile offers 3G connectivity which is the USP of this phone. There are the other basic connectivity options like Bluetooth, WiFi, USB connectivity, hotspot, etc. It also has FM radio.

Another model of this phone offers LTE connectivity option.


The Motorola Moto E Second Generation, the upgraded version of Moto E First Generation, has a lot of upgrades right from design to the internal storage but it fails to deliver performance wise and since the competition is increasing day by day it will become hard for this model to survive the competition as even now there are many phones that offer the same and even better specs with good performance in the same price range. When compared to its competitors like Lenovo A6000, Redmi 2 and HTC Desire 516, the model doesn’t beat any of the above mentioned.

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