Nevertheless, the Moto E is an outstanding value. It works a smartphone market that’s treated its most affordable devices like garbage, taking the old yet still effective materials of yesterday’s high-end phones and using them to create a perfectly adequate handset.
If you’re a former flagship owner looking to save a buck, it’s only a gentle step down. If you’re new to the smartphone world and strapped for cash, it’s a revelation. It makes some clear sacrifices to reach its rock bottom price point, but if you put something competent next to a bunch of things that are incompetent, it’s going to look golden. There isn’t another phone in this price bracket that can touch it.
The elephant in the room is that all of this could also describe the Moto G. Simply put, the Moto E’s only raison d’etre is the $60 it shaves off the cost of the G—otherwise, that phone is the better blend of quality and affordability. Its screen is bigger and sharper. Its build is just as smooth and refined, but slimmer and devoid of the E’s odd border material. Its internals are nearly identical. And at the very least, its camera isn’t worse than the one here. The one nominal advantage the Moto E has is LTE support, but those LTE speeds aren’t always faster than the HSPA+ ones you can throw on the Moto G. Unless you absolutely cannot go over $150, or you’re completely against the idea of a display larger than 4.7 inches, we recommend scrounging up a few Hamiltons and climbing up a rung on the Moto ladder.