Hands-on with the Moto E and Moto G LTE


  • MobiDude

    lol that dog picture

    mobilesyrup seems to be getting rich, so many phones, accessories and trips to conferences! Plus getting an extra person to hold the phone… new hire?

    • MikeOxlong

      It better be a manly girl too as those fingernails are waaaaaay too long for a dude to be sporting.

    • MobiDude

      It’s a girl. Video has smaller nails and hairy arms. Could be wife (Daniel has a son, unless he was adopted and he isn’t straight… Sorry Daniel, you need wiki page)

    • Daniel Bader

      Guys, it was a small PR event organized by Motorola.

      And no, I don’t need a wiki page.

    • rgl168

      I’d say those are the hands of a Moto rep.

    • thedosbox

      It’s likely a PR event held by motorola. And as it appears to be at a bar, there shouldn’t be any shortage of barstaff or PR flaks to lend a hand.

    • MobiDude

      PR event at a bar?

    • thedosbox

      See Daniel’s response, and look at the sample picture.

  • Columbo

    Moto E sounds actually pretty awful. If it was sluggish brand new, imagine it in 6 months with a bunch of apps installed and long text message threads. It’s a good idea in principle, but this is a bit TOO low end for the North American market IMO. 2.2GB free space, limited SD potential, what looks like a pretty crappy battery and screen… It will probably just turn first-time smartphone buyers off Motorola.

    • Susan

      What do you expect for $180 phone? Motorola is targeting people who are still using “dumb phones”, who don’t want to spend too much money on a new smartphone. For first time users, the Moto E is more than capable of doing a lot compared to a flip phone. I might get this for my mother who is still using an old Motorola flip phone that has no features.

    • MobiDude

      moto g was 150 last year. At least better processor?

    • Susan

      That’s on a tab. It’s $200 outright. Look on Koodo’s site.

    • MobiDude

      nope, 150 (stores offering discount or sale). 200 was on release. But still, for 180, should’ve better processor. Maybe charge $5 more.

    • Susan

      Actually correction. On their site, it’s $150 on tab. On prepaid which is the same as buying it outright, is, $250. I was at Koodo store 2 weeks ago, it’s still going for $150 on tab.

    • MobiDude

      so they getting expensive.. got one on release for $200 (day 1), no tab. Better to get oneplus one for $50 more

    • Susan

      It looks that way. But I bet the price is going to drop very soon, now that the Moto E and Moto G LTE are coming out. They will have to compete with Fido since they will be carrying the Moto G LTE version.

    • crimsonablue

      Virgin Mobile has it for $150 on prepaid, gigantic thread on RFD

    • Susan

      I bet a lot of people are buying them. I wouldn’t be surprised if most Virgin Mobile stores are sold out by now. Once it gets posted on RFD, everyone goes out a get one or more.

    • Jay

      Can’t speak directly to Koodo but I just bought a Moto G on Virgin (outright) for $150.

    • Columbo

      What do I expect for a $180 phone? Not much. I’d rather pay an extra 20 and have it not be garbage, is my point. For example look at the BlackBerry Z3, leaving the different OS aside for an extra $20 its specs are just vastly superior. No reason Motorola couldn’t do the same.

    • Columbo

      Not my point, just look at the specs and see what an extra $20 gets you (ignore the fact that you hate the OS inside). Bigger screen, more RAM, more storage, better battery, 2 cameras, a flash, etc. Couldn’t have Motorola done the same? Is the $20 difference so important that they decided to make an awful phone?

    • Susan

      BlackBerry Z3?? You can’t compare a phone that’s not available in North America. If you buy the Indonesian version, you won’t get 3G. So this comparison is moot.

    • Jay

      Part of me wants to agree with you. From a personal standpoint, I could not use this phone without wanting to throw it against a wall! But, as a retailer, I love this category of phone. With fewer and fewer ‘basic’ phones available, these phones bridge the market between standard phones and smart phones. It is a low cost, low risk way to get in to a smart phone. Motorola hasn’t added all kinds of bloatware which also makes it less intimidating for first time smartphone users. I think the only ‘problem’ I would have with this phone is it currently retails for $30 more than the Moto G on Koodo or Virgin and itsn’t as good a phone as the Moto G.

  • Ben Burger

    Sorry this is off topic but: Frequently when using this site stories and / or the second page will not open, I get the error “The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.”. This happens daily, only on this site.
    I am using Firefox + Windows 7, on a satellite connection (Xplorernet).
    Does anyone know why this is happening?

    • qrtyuyikfdvcv

      cause you touch yourself at night. ^_^

    • Ben Burger

      I was hoping a mod might answer…

  • GrimConch

    The Moto E is just around to hype up people for the Moto G. Imagine a reveal event like this: “Think this sounds like a great phone for a great price, coming out soon? WELL GUESS WHAT, we have a better cheaper phone and it’s OUT TODAY!” and then the specs/price powerpoint slide they have on stage changes to the Moto G and the crowd goes nuts. That’s what I assume they were trying to capture, at least. Or maybe they’re just really bad at pricing.

  • gommer strike

    “…the Moto E missing two of the four Cortex A7-based cores, Android clearly needs the extra horsepower when the cores are clocked this low” – …well no, I don’t think so.

    It’s slow *because* the available cores(both of them) are clocked low. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it the case where normally, the other cores sit completely idle unless you fire up a game or something very graphics intensive(think any racing game)? Remember the Moto X? Wasn’t that thing “only” dual core(but the cores were clocked higher than say, the HTC One M7)?

    Point is this. Android doesn’t fire up every single core just to scroll the screen or launch apps. It doesn’t do so, unless it needs to. And you don’t need all 4 cores firing on all cylinders to do most(non-gaming) things. In fact only a single core’s enough.

  • Northern Raven

    Sort of a shame a Canadian review didn’t address what 3G bands are available. The original G had “US” and “Global” varieties which each supported only 4 of a group of 5 3G bands – the “US” supported the AWS1700 (band 4) used by T-mobile, etc, while the “Global” didn’t but added the 2100 (band 1) found in Europe and Asia. Koodo/Telus/Virgin carried the “Global” (Wind, etc needed the “US”).
    For the LTE, the Moto site shows preorders for only a “US” version, but Amazon calls it “Universal”, and one or two places seem to show it supporting all 5 3G bands combined from the two original models. It would be nice if someone hands-on could confirm this.

  • sggodsell

    This makes no sense that the moto e is $179. When you can buy a moto g for $150. The moto g is superior to the moto e. Larger HD display, more internal storage, USB otg, rear camera flash, front facing camera, slow motion video capture. None of that is on new moto e. I can see the moto e being popular in places like India and Brazil. But not in Canada. Which I believe that is its intended targets.

  • Pangur Ban

    talking to myself here, but what the heck: I use my moto e to call, text, and for occasional search, for specific information. I do not like google at all, cos I resent constant lead to commercial sites requiring yet the next tap to maybe locate what I sought.

    google software blocks or mucks up duckduckgo and firefox functions to the point where I kinda hate my perfectly good moto e. Reset didn’t help; google apps remain, still kick in post-disable, and my cell still wants a gmail address to proceed.

    I’m no tech-head, so any ideas greatly appreciated.