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Wolverton: Motorola’s new Moto E has a nice price, but lacks features

Wolverton: Motorola’s new Moto E has a nice price, but lacks features

Wolverton: Motorola’s new Moto E has a nice price, but lacks features
News from San Jose Mercury News:

Motorola’s Moto E smartphone. (Motorola photo)

There still are lots of cellphone users here and abroad that haven’t yet switched to smartphones, and Motorola is hoping to finally lure them over.

Earlier this month, the company unveiled the Moto E, the latest in its Moto series of phones. The device looks a lot like the flagship Moto X, which Motorola released last year. But it’s smaller and — more importantly — cheaper.

The phone costs just $ 130. That’s it. That’s not the subsidized price and not what you pay if you sign a two-year contract.

You can find smartphones for less. But they’re typically older models, used, manufactured by third-tier brands or run relatively unpopular operating systems like BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone 8. None of those apply to the Moto E. This is a brand new model running the latest version of Android.

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News from Los Angeles Times:

With the Moto E, Motorola set out to make a well-designed affordable smartphone with a long-lasting battery. Mission accomplished.

The Moto E is by no means perfect, and customers who buy the device will have to compromise on certain features. But the Moto E is a great smartphone for customers who don’t want to pay much or to be tied down to a service contract.

At $ 129, the Moto E is one of the cheapest smartphones customers can get. By comparison, a 16 GB iPhone 5s costs $ 649 without a contract. But despite its low price, the Moto E gets the job done where it counts.

During my week with the device, the Moto E performed admirably in nearly all the tasks I would consider essential to a smartphone. The gadget delivered clear voice calls, delivered my text messages just fine and provided me with a quick Internet connection when I surfed the Web or used apps such as Facebook.

The Moto E turned out to be speedier than I expected. With no way to connect to high-speed 4G LTE networks, the Moto E is relegated to running on the 3G networks of years past. I tested it using T-Mobile — but it works with all U.S. carriers — and it performed very well. Don’t get me wrong. The Moto E is not nearly as fast as an iPhone 5s or a Galaxy S5, but its speed never frustrated me.

Customers will…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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