that 4G adoption will soon be on the rise, Motorola decided to launch a
variant of its budget smartphone, the Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) (Review | Pictures). The new Moto E (Gen
2) 4G has a souped up SoC with integrated 4G for connectivity. All
other features are the same as before.
The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G goes up
against formidable competition such as the Lenovo A6000 Plus (Review | Pictures), the Yu
Yuphoria (Review | Pictures), and the Xiaomi Redmi 2 (Review | Pictures),
all of which can connect to LTE networks. Read on to find out how Motorola's contender fares.
Look and feel
The phone looks identical to the
Moto E (Gen 2) and we still think that it is one of sturdiest and
best-looking smartphones in this price range. The recently launched Yu Yuphoria
does use metal in its build but the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G's design is
The design and screen of the phone are exactly the same as those of its non-4G sibling. Head over to our review of the Moto E
(Gen 2) to read about them in more detail.
Specifications and software
This is where things are
slightly different. The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G has a 1.2GHz quad-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with Adreno 306 graphics. This is definitely much
more powerful than the quad-core Snapdragon 200 on the
non-LTE variant. The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G has 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage
space, which can be expanded by up to 32GB using a microSD card. Furthermore, the Micro-USB port can be used with USB-OTG storage devices.
One of the SIM cards in the dual-SIM
phone can connect to 4G networks, including 2300MHz band used in India. The other
connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The
phone has a 5-megapixel primary camera and a VGA camera
for selfies. There is a large 2390mAh battery providing the juice for
The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G runs an almost vanilla version of Android
5.0.2 Lollipop and the experience is unchanged from the Moto E (Gen 2), which is great.
Performance and camera
The Moto E (Gen 2)
was a formidable performer but the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G is faster and
doesn't stutter at any point. Even some high-end games such as Asphalt 8
and Dead Trigger 2 ran without any lags, albeit at lower graphics
Even the benchmark results were much better. In AnTuTu
and GFXBench, the phone scored 22,241 and 13,925 respectively. These
numbers are even higher than what the Yu Yuphoria or the Lenovo A6000
Plus achieved, although the Moto E (Gen 2) has a far less demanding qHD (540x960) display compared to the competition. In 3DMark
Ice Storm and GFXbench, the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G scored 5,324 and 12.4fps
The phone was able to play all our videos without
any stutter or lags. The speaker is adequately loud but the bundled
earphones are really annoying to wear for long periods of time. We
noticed that the sound quality in phone calls was average at best and
there were some call drops as well. This is unlike what we've come to
expect from a Motorola smartphone. Also, the 4G connectivity was pretty
erratic but that could have been due to problems with the network. One area where the
Moto E (Gen 2) 4G is far superior to its predecessor and its competition, for that matter, is its battery life. In our video loop test, the
phone lasted 11 hours and 26 minutes, which is superb.
5-megapixel camera's performance is identical to that of the one on the
predecessor. Basically, Motorola still hasn't figured out how to make
good cameras for low-end smartphones. The VGA front camera is even worse.
is no denying that the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G is a better bet than its predecessor in terms of performance and because it's more future-ready. However, the Lenovo A6000 Plus, Yu Yuphoria and Xiaomi Redmi 2 all have 2GB of
RAM and better cameras, making them better value for
money overall. But, the software experience on the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G is