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Motorola Moto E

Originally reviewed by 21 May 2014

Best Cheap Phone Under £100

Key features:
  • 4.3-inch 960x540 resolution IPS screen
  • Android 4.4.2
  • 5-megapixel camera

While it might not be as revolutionary as the Moto G, the Moto E is an £80 phone that offers better basics than most of its closest rivals.

Smaller and slightly cheaper than the G, the plastic body doesn't have any attention-grabbing quirks but most importantly is comfortable in the hand. There's a 4.3-inch screen with a 960x 540 display so it's not in the same class as the G's 720p display but it does include Gorilla Glass 3 to give it another layer of durability.

It runs on a relatively untouched version of Android 4.4.2 so it's almost bang up to date and includes Motorola Migrate, Alert and Assist apps. The dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 chip is acceptable for most tasks though some more demanding games can chug a bit.

You will have to make other compromises particularly in the camera department where there's a decent 5-megapixel shooter with no flash or front-facing camera for selfies. It does surprise in others areas like the respectable front-facing mono speaker and the one and half day battery life.

If you can live without some of the smartphone frills, this is the best basic phone under £100 to get your hands on.

Price: £79.99

Our Score

8/10
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