Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen): Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on April 5, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a look at the second generation Moto e now there are two versions of this film there's the 4G LTE version like the one I have here and then the 3G version the 3G version retails for 119 the 4G retails for 149 that's off contract so that's quite a bargain for a 4.5 inch smartphone running the latest version of Android now while both phones have a 1.2 gigahertz quad-core processor the 3G version has a Snapdragon 200 processor with an adrenal 302 GPU while the LTE version has a Snapdragon 410 processor with an Adreno 306 GPU but beyond that

They're basically the same devices so we have one gig of ram we have 8 gigs of internal storage with a micro SD card slot that does support 32 gigs in terms of that display this is 4.5 inches with a resolution of 540 by 960 that's good for 245 pixels per inch and this is an LCD IPS panel covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3 the battery is 2390 milliamp hours there is a water resistant coating on this film like the Moto e from last year so that means you can splash it with water you don't necessarily want to submerge it because it does not have an IP

Certification rating in terms of cameras we have a 5 megapixel camera this time with all the focusing and 720p HD video along with other features like slow-motion video now they have finally added a front camera this time the last moment we did not have one but unfortunately it's only VGA all right so let's go and crack into our box here pretty simple packaging they don't even put tape on it so inside is our Moto e as you can see I have the white version this is also available in black if you prefer but you can change it up with some of the accessories they offer such

As the Motorola bands and the Motorola grip shell which I'll explore later in this video alright so the display on the device is pretty clear 4.5 inches it's a little lopsided here and that's because part of the display is taken up by the Android keys we're going to set that aside for just a moment while we take a look at our contents here which are pretty basic so we have a pretty standard USB wallet after with the cable permanently attached here now in terms of paperwork we have our Quick Start Guide of course we'll go through some of that in this

Video and then we have our safety warranty and product information pamphlet alright the first order of business is to boot up our problem just going to tap and hold the power button on the right side all right so we're all booted up and ready to go so before we take a close look at the software let's take a look at the hardware so we have a four point five inch LCD IPS panel 540 by 960 good for 245 pixels per inch and this is an IPS display so if you look off axis you can see it does a pretty decent job although it's not one of the better displays out

There but they're pretty sharp and bright display up top you'll find your earpiece / loudspeaker so these used to be separated on the last generation mobi in 2014 the loudspeaker used to be at the bottom but instead we have more space for the screen in the upper right we have our VGA front-facing camera we have our ambient light sensor and proximity sensor now what we're missing here this time is an LED notification light and that's because the display is an active display which will show you your pending notifications right on the display like you would on the Moto X now

On the back you'll find our microphone right next to our 5 megapixel camera with autofocus eeen and 720p video recording a pretty unremarkable camera here in the optical image stabilization no LED flash we also have our motorola dimple toward the center which picks up on the motor-oil design we're all familiar with like all Motorola phones we have our headphone jacks center mounted toward the top along the right side we'll find our textured power button along with our volume rocker right below it down below we'll find the micro USB 2.0 charging port this does

Not feature turbo charging like the Moto X well size a microphone right above that now popping off this band is really easy comes right off and that gives you access to the micro SD card slot along the side and the micro sim here this does not have an Allison like other Motorola phones now if you flip the phone over on the right side you'll see we have our buttons here so when you pop off this band it does include the buttons so when you buy the band's they actually include the buttons built right in and those interface with these little contact points here now what's really

Interesting to me is that they've kind of hidden the IMEI information in this little slot here so you can use a pair of tweezers to pull this out to bring out the IMEI sticker which is kind of a clever way of hiding it so let's go and take a look at our user interface so once again this is pretty much close to stock Android in this case Android 5.0 so it has all the design characteristics of Android 5.0 with these expandable notifications with our clear all function toward the bottom you can expand them with your two fingers and then you can

Down to get to quick settings pretty much the stock Android experiencing the interface here you can quickly toggle on Wi-Fi turn it off on the rotate mute and that sort of thing and then we can swipe up here to unlock it now the whole screen if you swipe to the right takes you right to Google now of course you can swipe up to get to Google now and you can command it with your voice ok Google what's the weather like tomorrow in Rochester Hills tomorrow's forecast for Rochester Hills is 24 degrees and partly cloudy now unlike moto X or the Droid turbo or other

Higher-end Motorola phones this one is not listening to your voice command when the phone is locked although you can expand the reach of Google through some settings here so let me go ahead and get to our Google standings here I'm just going to go to Google now we're going to go to settings and then we're going to go to voice and under voice what we're going to do is enable ok Google detection from any screen though excuse me there so you want to enable it from any screen this is off by default so basically what will happen is if the phone is lit you can say ok Google

Launched YouTube now this works no matter what you're doing so even if you're in the Google app you can say ok Google show me pictures of a Yorkshire Terrier pictures of a Yorkshire Terrier sure you can also tap and hold on the home screen to get to your home screen editor so you can adjust your wallpapers and widgets if you want you can also manage your settings for the home screen which includes a lot of Google now settings so you can change your search language your voice interaction phone search as well as your google now cards so if you want to manage those you can

As well we also have our recent apps with that stacked card viewer which is very quick and smooth so of course you can swipe to dismiss things or bring them forward like so and then you can also search while you're in this view here just by tapping the icon now we have some nice do-not-disturb settings available when we hit the volume button of course we have our volume slider right now we're receiving all of our notifications if you go to priority you can select what notifications you want to receive in this mode so for example if you just want to receive your events

And reminders receive your calls or receive your messages receive calls for only certain number of people or from people who call twice that sort of thing all of that is manageable here of course you can just be simple here and just select none so you receive no notifications and you can limit this by time from 15 minutes all the way up to 8 hours take a look at the absolution of course we have the standard array of google apps plus if you motorola apps thrown in including a motorola gallery we have an FM radio to work with the FM tuner

We have motorola alerts moto migrate and we have a help app right there now motorola learned has a few functions here its primary function is to send your GPS location to an emergency contact but you can also use follow me so that they can follow your GPS location or meet me to send your current gps location so they can find you so if you want to set up emergency mode what you'll have to do is select a specific text message which you can modify here you can also set this to contact local emergency services and when you tap this you can designate those services or you

Can just alert a specific emergency contact as i have here now once you set up this emergency mode you'll get this little countdown timer once it's done it'll sound the alarm and notify your contacts we have a few other features here including moto which includes things like moto assist basically these are automated actions depending on your current conditions such as time of day GPS location and sort of things so you can kick in sleeping mode which will meet your notifications during specific times a day which manage here or you can activate meeting mode which activates

Depending on your calendar settings you can also set up an auto reply to text messages that may come in while you're in your meeting we also have our actions and one of them is twist for quick capture so basically in order to use that feature I have to do is twist the phone really quickly to launch into the camera and you can twist again to launch the front-facing camera we also have moto display here which we're familiar with from the Moto X basically the lock screen acts as your Notification Center so when you receive a new notification it will flash on the lock screen or if

You pick up the phone from a flat surface or if you take it out of your pocket it will pop up and show your notification now you have several options here so you can turn that feature off entirely you can hide some of the notification details from the lock screen so people can't look at them or you can have it vibrate on touch so if you have a pending notification it will vibrate the phone for you when you pick it up we also have Motorola migrate which allows you to transfer from one phone to this phone or from this phone to another

Phone so you have both options here but if you're transferring from for example an Android phone you get to transfer your photos videos messages and more if you're transferring from an iPhone you can transfer your contacts or anything on your sim as well as your calendar and then from an older type of phone you can transfer your context now if you take a look at the Settings panel again it's pretty close to stock they've added a few things here so of course we still have search so we can search our standings panel which is very useful you can also see that under device we have

Modal which is pretty much the app that I showed you earlier basically brings you to the same functionality now in terms of stores not a whole lot of spaces left to the user five gigs is available out of eight gigs and right now I have less than three gigs available and that's with very few photos and videos taken very few apps downloaded so you're going to run into some space limitations pretty quickly with this phone but of course you do have a micro SD card slot but of course not all apps fully support loading on the micro sd card we also have our

Battery information so you can see our battery timeline again pretty close to stock Android we do have multi-user mode here so you can add additional users to use this phone if you prefer as well as a guest mode we do have screen pinning here which is pretty easy to activate you just go to security go to screen pinning turn it on and then in order to activate it you have to go to this overview mode and the first app in the overview mode is eligible for pinning so if you want a different applet you'll have to do is bring that forward then go to overview then you can pin it once

It's pinned the user cannot exit this screen without pressing these two buttons at the bottom we also have our Motorola privacy settings so if you want to restrict how much information Motorola is collecting from your device you can do so here you also have your Motorola ID in my case I just use my Google account alright so let's quickly take a look at that camera app so it's a pretty basic interface that we're familiar with from other Motorola devices so if you want to access your settings you just swipe them from the left edge you get to things

Like HDR which is set to auto to automatically determine whether the scene can benefit from HDR now you have to turn on manual focus because that's off by default if you don't turn it on what will happen is that when touch the screen it takes the photograph this gives you an opportunity to move the focus point around on the scene before taking the photograph we also have our video settings we have HD 720p and slo-mo and 720p so not on a lot of settings there we have panorama mode we have our timer we have our geolocation which you can turn on we can change our

Stored location to the micro SD card slot we can change our resolution from widescreen 3.7 megapixels to the standard 4×3 at five megapixels you can also turn off the shutter release sound and you can turn on or turn off quick capture so with this very simple interface you just have on the screen to take the photograph you swipe up to zoom in and out you can start recording video with this icon in the upper right corner you can pause recording or stop the recording and again you swipe up like this to zoom in and out and you can tap

Anywhere on the screen to take a photograph while recording video now in terms of image quality it's actually pretty decent for a 5 megapixel camera on a $120 phone yet to keep in mind that we don't have a high-end internal processor here for image processing we don't have the best optics or the best sensor so delivers pretty reliable results especially in bright sunlight conditions so you get sharp clear images it does a pretty good job finding focus accurately under most conditions but there are a few faults here one of them is color reproduction it tends to be

Very orange it washes out green colors while bringing forward blues and reds and warmer colors so it tends to really distort the color spectrum on your photos the other problem is exposure compensation for the most part that does a fairly decent job but it has a tendency to underexposed so darks are shadows in an image can be a little too dark to show the detail that you need now in terms of video again we have a 720p camera here with no optical or software stabilization so the results are pretty shaky especially if you're using this handheld 'add but if

You have even lighting conditions or bright lighting conditions and a steady hand you can get pretty decent results here but just like the still camera the video camera also suffers from under exposure and an orange e tone now the great thing here is that we do have continuous auto focusing although it can be slow to respond but it's pretty nice to have that on a low budget phone already guys Mike here the detorri board testing out the front facing VGA camera of the Moto e and this is basically better than nothing because that's all you had last year was no front-facing

Camera now it's not a bad camera as far as VGA cameras go it does a pretty good job exposing so you can least see yourself on the camera but that's about all you can say about the camera but of course it's something not to say this is an excellent display huge improvement over the Moto e from last year with almost no light leaking along the sides it's bright vivid clear with deep contrast looks great off axis and works great outdoors now text also looks really and sharp here it's not as sharp is certainly higher-end phones are of

Course if you look at really small text you will see the pixels bear life is pretty good here they do advertise 24 hours of battery life and that's exactly what I got here last time I had the full charge was 3 p.m. yesterday it's 3 p.m. today and I'm doing pretty good I have about 10 hours left according to the estimate here and that's with a little under 4 hours of on screen time and that's maximum brightness now although we do not have the stereo speakers of the Moto G or the Moto X this mono speaker is loud and clear and faces in the proper direction the only thing I

Have to warn you about is that of course this is also your earpiece and there is there has been one occasion where I was on the speakerphone and I went to place the phone to my ear to talk to the person and it just blasted my eardrum so keep that in mind that's the only drawback with this type of design the 2015 Ford f-150 with its high-strength military-grade aluminum-alloy body is championing breakthrough technologies and innovations that will impact US automotive manufacturing for years to come meet the future of tough now in terms of our Geekbench three scores you

Can see the Moto we actually best the Moto Jean that's because this the LTE version has a slightly better processor than the Moto G otherwise the specs are fairly similar of course the Moto X and the Nexus 6 are certainly much higher powered devices now quickly on take a look at the motorola grip shell which is one of the accessories sold alongside the Moto e on the motorola website this retails for $19.99 and is available in multiple colors now first you want to remove the band surrounding the phone and then you have to slide it in top first and kind

Of clicks into place and then you have to work the edges around the side of the phone and it can be a little tricky here so you basically want to peel it back here so it wraps the phone so take a look at the case it does provide some lay on table protection for the front glass if you look toward the bottom you see we have a micro USB 2.0 cable with plenty of room and they cut off for the microphone along with another one for the microphone near the camera the camera is nicely surrounded so provide some additional protection they even preserve the Motorola dimple and you

Have lots of grip along the side here so you have lots of impact protection and grip for your phone toward the top you have a cutout for your headphone jack it is a little cramped here so you may have some trouble with certain headphones now on the right side we have these rubberized buttons for volume and power on and off which feel a little mushy ER than I'd like to see but they do work well enough now although it does bulk up the phone that does provide a nice integrated protection solution for your phone as well as personalization options to give

You some additional color choices next up we have our motorola bands and these come in three packs in the retail for $19.99 each you have two choices here so you have red blue and yellow or purple pink and turquoise now essentially these are identical to the bands that come on the phone they even replace the buttons along the side same design just a different color so if you ever damaged your your modal band or anything like that I have to do is swap them out to spruce up your phone I think is pretty natural to compare the Moto G to the Moto e just because both devices

Are fairly similar in pricing so what's the difference here but obviously the big difference with the Moto G is that it's 5 inches versus four and half inches it's also a much higher resolution display this is a 720p display good for 298 pixels per inch versus the 540 P display on the Moto e which is good for 256 PPI so a sharper display on the Moto G even though it is noticeably dimmer the Moto G also has front-facing stereo speakers which are excellent we have a front-facing mono speaker on the Moto e we also have better cameras here on the Moto G with 8

Megapixels versus 5 now the real dilemma between these phones is 3G versus LTE now if you're looking at the 3G versions of each phone there's a pretty big price gap here 179 vs. 119 but when you're talking about the Moto e LTE model you have to wonder if 149 versus 179 is worth the $20 saving in order to get LTE so personally I think I'd prefer the Moto G for its better display audio and camera but in the end the Moto e is a standout phone for its price delivers great performance thanks to its stock Android experience which is right up to date so it feels really modern doesn't

Feel like a cheap budget phone running laggy software feels great to use it also has a bright and clear display and fairly decent cameras it gets the job done but they're definitely not the best out there but of course that's to be expected with such a low-end phone so what do you guys think do you think the Moto e is a good value over the Moto G please let me know in the comment section below so that's going to do for me in this video thanks for watching and I'll see you again in the next one

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