With Motorola’s recent launch of the Moto E, Brighthand readers had a good deal to say about the Lenovo-owned manufacturer’s latest attempt to conquer the low-end smartphone market.
Reaction was generally quite positive for the contract-free $129 device. Reader scjjtt was particularly succinct about the value:
[T]he Moto E looks like it would do everything I need in a phone FOR $129 – you got to be kidding me. If you can get that phone on T-Mobile you could be paying only $40 a month. Great deal!
Mi An agreed completely, jokingly giving scjjtt credit for salesmanship:
Maybe they should hire you to pitch this thing. That says it pretty well. Today…I care about NFC. But not very long ago I would have happily completely ignored that. [T]his is so much bang for the buck (so is the [Moto] G, and discounted [Moto] Xs ain’t too bad either).
In a nod to saving money, NetBrakr pointed out that using an unbranded smartphone means your carrier won’t be able to force you to pick certain plans:
Another group of people who may like this idea: those who don’t want to pay for mandatory data plan, like me. I’d rather save $30/month for something else than spend it on data plan which I don’t use at all.
Still others chimed in with other comparable values. LandSurveyor noted that customers on contract plans can still get even better phones for less by buying high-end phones of one generation back:
There’s a market here, but primarily for those who prefer to pay the full price of their device up front and want a basic smartphone to begin with. Personally, I think one can do nearly as well by just buying the next-to-cutting-edge device instead, IF one is a contract customer. For example, I only paid fifty [dollars] for my S3 when the S4 was the flagship. True, this was the subsidized price, but it still would have been lots cheaper than the S4. This is a big help for T-Mobile customers and a lot of the MVNOs.
Reader Mitlov, on the other hand, argued in favor of Motorola’s own Moto G, which has recently been updated with LTE and a MicroSD expansion card slot. That makes the G more attractive than it used to be, and maybe worth the extra price over the E:
I still think the Moto G is the sweet spot when it comes to smartphone value. In specs and user experience, it’s most of the way to the Moto X, but in price, it’s most of the way to the Moto E.
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