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Motorola Moto E 2 (2015)

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Motorola Moto E 2 (2015)

Originally reviewed by Jon Devo 17 March 2015

Key features:

  • 4.5-inch, 960 x 540 IPS screen
  • Excellent performance
  • 4G connectivity
  • Two-day battery life
First-time smartphone buyers should really consider the Motorola Moto E 2 (2015). SIM-free, it costs only £109, which is astonishing considering it’s 4G-enabled.
The 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor running the show provides a performance level that’s unrivalled at this end of the market. You’ll be able to play high-end 3D games without any issues, and the 2,390mAh battery can last up to two days between charges.
Design is functional rather than extraordinary. The E 2 is chunky – 12.3mm at its thickest point – and covered in durable plastic, which means it can withstand a bump or two. Its 4.5-inch, 960 x 540 IPS display isn’t the sharpest, but colour reproduction is accurate. The 5-megapixel camera comes with an HDR mode, and captures solid images.
Price: From £8.50 a month or £99.99 SIM-free

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