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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

From £11 a month or £109 SIM-free

Key features:
  • 4.5-inch, 960 x 540 IPS screen
  • Excellent performance
  • 4G connectivity
  • Two-day battery life
The Motorola Moto E 2 (2015) is an ideal option for anyone looking to buy their first smartphone. At just £109, it’s surprisingly speedy and has some features you wouldn’t expect to find on a phone this cheap, such as 4G.
 
Function over form should be the E’s tagline. Performance is incredible for the price, thanks to the 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor. It can handle high-end games well, and you’ll struggle to find anything quicker at this end of the market. The 2,390mAh battery can also easily go for more than two days between charges, and we’re pleased that Motorola has left Android 5.0 Lollipop fairly pure.
 
Design is plain and simple. It’s clad in durable plastic, and comes either in black or white. It’s quite chunky though – 12.3mm at its thickest point – but this isn’t too much of an issue. We wish the 4.5-inch, 960 x 540 IPS display was a little sharper, but it succeeds in reproducing colours faithfully. The 5-megapixel camera takes good snaps for the price, and the addition of HDR is a welcome bonus.

Our Score

9/10
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