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Very Good Budget Smartphone too Expensive!

Don’t expect a flashy overpowered flagship phone intros latest offering from Motorola. Out of the box the Moto e is a decidedly unstylish slab of black plastic and Gorilla glass with a  4.3” screen perfect for small hands,  a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat. KitKat aside, these are far from top of the line specs — it also lacks 4G LTE — but it is a very affordable phone. And that is what Motorola set out to do; Repeat its success with the Moto G but this time offering pretty good specs at close to a bargain basement price.

Moto e

Key features

  • 4.3″ LCD, 540 x 960px, 256ppi; Gorilla Glass 3 with ambient light sensor
  • Android OS v4.4.3 KitKat with a promise for timely updates
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU; Adreno 302 GPU and 1GB RAM
  • 5 MP fixed-focus camera, FWVGA video recording @ 30fps
  • 4GB of built-in storage, expandable via the microSD card slot
  • Active noise cancellation with a secondary mic
  • 50GB of free Google Drive storage
  • 1,980 mAh battery

If you want a phone than fits nicely in hand, pocket or purse that performs very well as a phone and has no trouble handling email, surfing, or taking snaps for Instagram and runs most Android apps without difficulty and won’t quite break the bank then the Moto e is the phone for you.

Moto e

Moto eFor $179 unlocked you get a solid well built device with a sharp bright screen that will do pretty much anything you expect from a modern smartphone. Unlocked means you can use it on most Canadian Carriers who will also give you a discount on the monthly fee because you are bringing your own phone.

Unfortunately the Moto e does have a few shortcomings starting with the somewhat attractive $179 price which at $50 more than the US sticker is a bit of a ripoff. The 4Gb of internal memory leaves only a bit more than 2GB available so you will have to buy a Micro SD card if you want room for apps or music.

Finally, don’t expect miracles from the camera. It takes decent pictures in good light but don’t expect it to replace your point and shoot.

Shot with Moto e

Videos won’t win any Oscars either in anything but ideal lighting conditions.

[youtube http://youtu.be/_XLrhZKM6XA]

This is a very good entry level smartphone that would likely sell like hotcakes if the price were closer to $149 as opposed to the current $179 price tag at Staples. 

[box type=”alert”]Until Tuesday August 19 Staples is discounting the black model to $149 so if you want a great price on this phone you will have to act quickly![/box]

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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