Motorola Moto E — How to decide between the Moto E and Moto G

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May 15, 2014 12:05:34 PM via Website

If you're looking to snap up a bargain Motorola device, either the new Moto E or Moto G, then you can read my full comparison article (and watch the video) that I posted yesterday.

But the major differences are a roughly $50 price difference, but the Moto E gains:
- a microSD card slot (up to 32 GB ) - the Moto E only has 4 GB internal storage.
- official ''water-resistant coating/splash guard''
- at least one guaranteed update to the Android platform (it comes with Android 4.4.2), not bad for a hundred buck smartphone!

But the Moto E loses:
- a front-facing camera
- the ability to tap-to-focus in the camera app
- a LED flash

Things in the middle, based on personal preference/care factor:
- the same 5 MP camera from the Moto G
- front-mounted speaker (instead of on the back in the Moto G)
- slightly sloppy rear battery cover
- slightly thicker, but smaller footprint than the Moto G.
- smaller display size and much lower pixel density than the Moto G (326 ppi vs 256 ppi)

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May 15, 2014 6:08:30 PM via Website

I would choose the Moto G 4G hands down! I've seen the Moto E and it isn't that nice, especially the white model looks like a child's toy. I think other colors would be nice for sure, but the Moto G still has that smartphone feel for me as for the Moto E, it feels like a phone I had a few years ago. But then again, I haven'T spent much time with it, so my opinion might change... :angel:

May 31, 2014 8:35:58 PM via Website

Yeah, the LTE Moto G is definitely the big winner for me here too. Add a microSD card AND LTE to the Moto G? End of competition. Makes me wonder who will be buying the non-LTE Moto G now though (other than people like us where LTE is not exactly widespread).

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Jun 9, 2014 11:05:41 AM via Website

I agree with both above but then the Moto E hadn't appeared yet in the UK while the G was already available. I can see the E appealing to people who want to keep the size down - it's about 5mm shorter and only 1mm thicker than the G and the SD card plug-in is more convenient (though adds cost) than the G's workaround of plugging in an OTG cable to use external USB sticks, though that works fine too. However the 16GB version of the G is the only one worth considering as it's easy to use up 8GB of space in a few months - unless you don't take photos, listen to music, or download apps, ie don't actually use the phone much! Long term, both will probably start to change what other manufacturers produce in terms of value.