Motorola Moto E is one of the cheapest smartphones in this segment, but you wouldn't say that. The phone has a lot to offer at a very competitive price.
Although the 4.3 inch screen only has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Motorola gets a compliment for the screen quality. Colors are accurate, and the display looks bright and sharp enough.
The Moto E has a rubbery curved back, which makes it very easy to handle. It makes him a little thick compared to other phones, but fortunately you quickly get used to it. The extra space also ensures that Motorola could provide a stronger battery, resulting in a battery life of one and a half day or even two days.
Under the hood sits a Snapdragon 200. This is on papers not such a powerful CPU, but it seems sufficient to make the Moto E smooth. Apps do not always open as fast, but it never gets frustrating. The internal memory of 4GB is current for this price range and can be expanded.
The biggest pain point of the Moto E is its camera. A front camera is missing and at the back there is a 5 megapixel camera that stands out with features that it lacks. There is no LED flash and you cannot manually focus. The autofocus doesn't work so well, so photos are not always sharp. This is not a device for the avid smartphone photographer.
Looking for a first smartphone, and you'd rather not spend too much money? Then the Motorola Moto E is a winner.
119 euros (at time of writing) www.motorola.com
+ Screen quality; Competitive price; Battery life.
- Camera; Thick.