Specs summary


The Motorola Moto E's screen is 4.3 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1980 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 16.7 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G), 301 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

It's easy to forgive the Moto E's shortcomings as there simply isn't a better Android effort in the budget sector

- Damien McFerran , Know Your Mobile 

The Moto E redefines what inexpensive Android smartphones can offer.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

Based on 38 reviews

What's good  

  • Silky smooth interface
  • Lightweight design
  • Excellent build quality
  • Clear, bright display

What's bad  

  • No LTE support
  • Low storage capacity
  • No front facing camera
  • “Terrible” rear facing camera

The Moto E is the latest entry-level device from Motorola. While it’s 4.3-inch display, dual-core 1.2-GHz processor and 1GB of RAM are far from top-of-the-line, Motorola’s aggressively cheap pricing could change what an entry-level smartphone is capable of. But does the phone live up to it’s claims? Let’s find out!

One of the most commonly mentioned aspects in reviews of the Motorola Moto E is the build quality. The device shares a similar design and materials to the more expensive G and X devices. Engadget states, “The E is awfully nice to hold, even when compared to premium gadgets like HTC's One M8.” Gorilla glass and a water-resistant case provide added durability while the curved, matte finish plastic provide a comfortable secure grip. A removable back provides access to the SIM slot and a microSD slot. Jerry Hildebrand of Android Central says, “It fits well in your hand, feels solid, and while not made of any fancy materials like wood or aluminum, it's very well built.”

The display receives just as much praise. While it is limited to just 540-by-960 resolution, reviews note that it is plenty crisp and bright for regular use. Android Central says, “A budget screen is part of the budget price, but Motorola did fairly well picking out a bright and clear one.” A few reviews did note that the IPS panel did have mild distortion at extreme angles, otherwise, reviews were generally positive.

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While it won’t play the latest games or crush any benchmarks, performance was reviewed quite positive for a budget phone as well. Vlad Savov of The Verge states, “This is far and away the fastest and best user experience you can get in a sub-$150 phone.” Android Central notes, “The software experience is where the Moto E shines, the whole thing feels very fine-tuned to the hardware.” Overall, apps appear to run well, multi-tasking is fluid and the phone responds well. A few reviews noted that image-heavy websites and HD video could cause slight lag on the device but nothing that made the device freeze or rendered it unusable.

There are, however, a couple of potential issues with the device. The biggest is a lack of storage space. All reviews noted that after everything is installed on the device that a scant 2GB remains for regular use. If you plan to download anything, take pictures or play games, Engadget says, “Picking up a microSD card is damn near a necessity.”

The camera is also a weak point in many reviews. Lack of a front facing camera makes video chat and other features impossible. The 5MP rear-facing camera receives lackluster reviews. SlashGear states, “Images lack detail, struggle in low-light conditions, and the fixed-focus means close-ups are pretty much impossible.” The Verge goes as far as to call the camera “terrible.” Combine this with potential storage issues and the device could pose problems if you’re looking to take photos and video with your phone.

Overall, the device appears to be a clear winner in the entry-level category. TechRadar gives the device rave reviews, stating, “at that price I'd argue that there's nothing else out there as good as the Moto E.” The Verge believes this could change the entry-level market of Android devices, saying “Motorola has set a new standard with the Moto E. A handset that’s affordable to many and good enough for most.” Whether you are looking for an affordable device, want a cheap phone for the kids or picking up a backup for your daily use phone, the Moto E seems to offer outstanding value.

Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)


Excellent value for money

from TechSpot

Over the years testing and reviewing smartphones, I haven’t used a device that retailed for under $130 at launch that was actually decent. Until I tried out the Moto E, that is.

The Moto E isn’t a device suited to power users. It isn’t a device for people that demand the best hardware or a suite of crazy features. It is, however, a great entry-level handset that gives you all the necessities in a simple, functional package for a very attractive price. Crucially, the necessities aren’t hampered by terrible software or laggy performance, which typically haun... Full review


Decent specs in a very affordable package

from Mobile88
The Moto E is as good as it gets if you’re looking for a super affordable phone. Not only you get a solid device which offers an efficient all-round performance, the fact that it runs on the latest Android operating system coupled with prompt updates make it currently one of the best budget Android phones around. It’s truly bang for your bucks... Full review
Know Your Mobile

Stock Android, great build quality, expandable storage

from Know Your Mobile

The Moto G completely redefined the concept of the budget smartphone, providing an experience that most people would have happily paid twice or maybe three times as much for. The Moto E is even cheaper, but in order to shave some cash off the RRP, Motorola has had to cut corners when it comes to screen size, CPU power and camera capability.

Despite this, the Moto E remains an impressive phone that puts rival low-cost smartphones well and truly in the shade. If you're in the market for a device and price is your primary concern, then it makes sense to save the additional pennies... Full review


Great design and good display at an affordable price

from Pocket-lint

The Moto E is a brilliant device for the price. If your budget doesn't stretch beyond £100 then we would say - ignoring the lack of 4G connectivity - that there isn't a competing device that offers the same overall experience, specification and design.

Despite the price point the Moto E has glimpses of premium about its build; the matte finish on the rear makes it a delight to hold and the metal buttons feel quality. Add some useful software features, a true Android experience, solid battery life, microSD slot for storage expansion, quality sound output and it's an undeniab... Full review

Digital Versus

Like a low-cost dual-SIM Nexus

from Digital Versus
With such serious multimedia and battery shortcomings, the Moto E is clearly no Rolls Royce of the phone industry. But it would be unfair to judge it based solely on that. After the Moto G's excellent value for money, Motorola is striking the same chord with the Moto E, offering up an extremely inexpensive smartphone with a responsive interface and nice screen. It's really an enjoyable phone to use and it doesn't provoke the usual frustrations that other budget Android phones do. The Moto E is clearly the new reference in its category... Full review

Feels really solid in the hand and navigates extremely smoothly

from UnleashThePhones
The Moto E is the type of device I would recommend you to recommend to others. Get it as a first smartphone for your child/younger sibling. Get it for your maid/driver/whoever. If you have to buy a smartphone for yourself, and intend to use it for a long time, I would *strongly* recommend you try and increase your budget to fit in the Moto G, if even the 8GB variant bought second hand. The performance that the Moto G offers for its price still blows us away more than this one does... Full review
Everything Android

A phone that redefines consumer expectations of a low-cost smartphone

from Everything Android

If you are an enthusiast, this isn’t going to be your primary phone. It does however make for an inexpensive backup or a great way for folks on other platforms to test drive and experience Android as it was intended. Outside of the Nexus program and rumored Android Silver phones, Motorola is the only manufacturer making phones that ship with a pure Android experience, going as far as to guarantee you’ll receive an update to the next major version of Android. When you remove all of the bloat, Motorola has found that you don’t need the fastest processor to provide users with... Full review


You get what you pay for...and a little more

from MobileBurn

Motorola has rested its hat on delivering the most phone possible for the least money necessary. The company cut corners on the Moto X and focused on software, then cut even more corners with the Moto G and focused on price. With the Moto E, it's raced to lower depths and still managed to create a phone worth buying. That's because the Moto E costs only $129 without a contract. At that price, no other smartphone comes close. I'd recommend anyone considering a Moto E aim a little higher and get the Moto G if they can afford it, but for someone whose first priority is the budget, the Moto E i... Full review


Delivered successfully in so many departments

from GSMArena
The Moto E is another bulls-eye by Motorola. It's not the best performer out there, but it packs a serious punch for the least amount of money. We especially appreciated the unspoiled Android OS and the solid promise for timely updates. The camera is certainly a letdown, but not everybody needs a good camera. What everybody would get with the Moto E is a solid user experience and great bang-for-buck ratio, and that's what counts... Full review
The Inquirer

A smartphone that looks to shake up the affordable smartphone market

from The Inquirer
The Moto E has some impressive features. It ships with a largely vanilla version of Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, and it has good battery life and plenty of storage.Howevever, the Moto E has a tough act to follow in the Moto G, and we can't help but think that it might be worth paying £40 more for an HD screen and a quad-core chip. .. Full review


Luv it

I got this phone cheap and it's all I need to make calls and texts. Not much memory, but it's pretty fast and not a great big thing that gets in the way.
I got this phone cheap and it's all I need to make calls and texts. Not much memory, but it's pretty fast and not a great big thing that gets in the way. Less

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Full Specs

Release date May 13, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/850/1900 MHz
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.5 W/kg
Body: 0.97 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1980 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 391 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 301 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
840 minutes (2G)
840 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.5 x 6.5 x 1.2 cm
(4.9 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 142 grams
(5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density 256 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, QCP, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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