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Motorola's second generation Moto E adds a quad-core CPU, larger screen and LTE for under $150

By Shawn Knight
Feb 25, 2015
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  1. Motorola has unveiled its second generation Moto E smartphone and while it's not the type of high-end device that you'll be hearing a lot about next week from Mobile World Congress, it does pack some notable features at a budget-friendly price.
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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    And there's probably no reason to think it won't be be a solid deal. For a 150 bucks you really can't expect more.
     
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 908   +384

    I bought a "budget" smartphone last summer and have been 100% satisfied. You don't "need" the fastest processor, highest end graphics to have a good working device. Mine was off contract just under $300(us), has a snapdragon 400, 6" screen, incredible battery life. People are doing the same thing that they did back in the 90's by chasing the "megahertz" crap that the computer industry did. Every year, a faster and faster pc came out and people would chunk their old one in the trash for one that has maybe 10% better performance, not caring or knowing that most software wasn't able to take advantage of it. Digital cameras, same thing...more megapixels "must" mean a better camera, all the while not knowing the science behind a point & shoot camera that even an 8-10 megapixel camera will output a photo that can be printed on A3 (11x17) paper! More, sometimes, is NOT better. If a smartphone, with a snapdragon 4xx processor, is married correctly to android, with adequate ram & video, tweaked properly, it can perform (except for the silly benchmark programs) quite well for probably 80-90% of the general population. The ones that "just have to have" the fastest processors, graphics etc? Well, those are probably the same people you see, that are in their 50's or later, driving around with a super expensive sports car, with gold chains around their neck, fake tans etc...it's all flash!
     
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  4. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    As for 'budget lte phones' in the philippines, it looks like it is Moto E (local price unknown) versus nokia lumia 736 (~8600php, ~44php+ to 1$ u.s., 12%Value-Added Tax)
     
  5. Yap Gris Som

    Yap Gris Som TS Rookie

    Absolutely, agreed with your views.
     
  6. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Addict Posts: 251   +86

    I wonder why the new moto g didn't come with LTE from the beginning, anyway, both are great phones.
     
  7. USAvenger

    USAvenger TS Enthusiast Posts: 26   +18

    I agree wholeheartedly. I purchased a Cricket wireless Moto E from Wally World a couple of months ago for the subsidized price of $50 + tax. Throw in a new AT&T sim card (free from the AT&T Store) and a $2.50 unlock code from Ebay, and I have an off-contract phone that cost me less than $60. I save $15 a month on my AT&T bill by not being under contract plus the $40 upgrade fee. That amounts to $400 over the course of a two-year contract in addition to whatever upfront fees that I may have paid for a phone under contract.

    The camera stinks, there is no tethering option built-in, and no LTE, but otherwise I love the phone. Motorola's near-stock Android experience really gets the most out of that 1.2 GHz.

    If Cricket were to subsidize the 2nd Gen one for $100 or less, I'd probably grab it and sell this one for what I paid for it. Winning.
     
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