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Moto E Unboxing and Tour

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With a Moto E freshly announced and already in our hands, we couldn’t help but whip up a quick unboxing. The phone, while meant for emerging markets and the prepaid world, is incredibly affordable at $129 off-contract. It carries decent specs for a phone targeted at this type of audience, yet also boasts a number of key Motorola features that we have grown to love over the last year.

As a recap, the Moto E sports (full specs) a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera, 1980mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat.” It can be purchased from either Amazon or Motorola today, along with colorful Shells that give its backside some new life. 

In the clip below, we show you the device, take you on a tour of its hardware, and eventually dive into some of the software. For a phone this affordable, I think it’s safe to say that we are very impressed thus far.

More coming!

Amazon Links:  Moto E (Black) | Moto E (White)

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    if only these phones had lte that could be used on vzw…id prob buy one

  • KP

    earphone???

  • marcuspinner

    Another Smartphone to launch this month is the THL 4400 ($189) and features twice the battery capacity of most smartphones, with a 4400 mAh battery with 16 hours of battery life.

    The THL 4400 offers a Quad core processor along with a 5-inch 1280×720 HD Display. Other highlights include 1GB Ram / 16GB storage, Bluetooth, and a 5 MP front / 8 MegaPixel Rear cameras and is available contract-free for use on GSM Networks, including U.S carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Straight Talk.

    iPro Tablet – is one site that has complete details on the new THL 4400

  • Franklin Ramsey

    I’m wondering what the usable memory is out of the box?

    • Wes

      approx. 2.2gb

      • Franklin Ramsey

        That actually isn’t bad. Wouldn’t accommodate a lot of local storage of things, but if you have all your music on Google Music and use Drive, You could use the cloud for storage and have enough room for apps.

        • Wes

          don’t forget micro SD slot, too!

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well, with KitKat you can’t write to storage from the device. So if you ejected it and added music to the card and then put it back in, that would work, but for editing documents or anything besides just reading, it would have to be in the cloud or on the device itself.

          • Wes

            that’s true, assuming you’re not rooted. but then again, people getting this phone would probably not be rooting.

          • guesswhat

            well I read of punit soni’s google+’s post that motorola enabled back of the features to to store apps/music on sdcard on moto e

  • LisaJDwyer

    What happens if you put a 64gb card in there? I’ve noticed some devices say they only support up to 32gb cards but will actually support higher with a few tweaks. http://num.to/6026-9251-5279

  • ulfruc stormcloack

    The LG L70 is $50 at Metro Pcs and runs Kit Kat has a 4.5 display, I’m surprised there’s now news about this phone.

    • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

      Metro PCS is known for having low cost LG phones with decent specs. L70, F3 and F6 all having Snapdragon 400s. Also usually under $100. Bad part is they never get updated to newer software.

      • stormcloack

        You could always root, but yes they NEVER get updated

        • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

          Yea, on those LG phones you HAVE to root since they only leave like 1 GB left and need to move the apps to sd card.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      A 4.5 inch display at a lower resolution though, and only Gorilla Glass 2. Also, LG has a tendency to not really support these devices as far as updates go. Granted, this one does have a .3mp front facing camera, if I’m not mistaken and the phone is $50 after an instant rebate. Free if you count the additional $50 mail in rebate. I’d suspect that pre-paid providers will probably offer the Moto E for less than $129 if you sign up for service, like Metro PCS is doing with the L70. So if you took $100 off the Moto E like they are doing with the L70, it would be $29 dollars instead!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s on Metro PCS. It won’t work anywhere else. And it’ll never get updated.

      • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

        You can unlock it and use it on Tmo or Tmo mvnos since they share the same network.

    • Teaser38

      I got a MetroPCS Huawei Valiant for $30 (~$120 w/o subsidy) like 6 months ago. I think it has like 75% of the specs of the Moto E and very usable. (Again, only one update since and is probably stuck on 4.1 forever with very little chance of a Cyanogenmod rom.) There are lots of cheap budget phones that are fine and great values, but these Moto phones are special. It might be due to some sort of reverse engineered Apple pixie dust, but it’s true.

  • http://idle0095.com/ IDLE0095

    I want to order 25 of these for my stores and the dame ship date is June. WTF

    • ok heh

      You didn’t even know this existed a month ago, and now you’re mad about it.

      • http://idle0095.com/ IDLE0095

        I already have customers asking me for these. I have to sell them Moto G or Blu devices instead. The New Blu Life Pure XL are sick. I just got my shipment of them. Expensive though for most of my customers.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Who are your customers?

  • Dave

    I’d get this if my phone cracked or died, although no front camera really bites.

  • JRomeo

    But will it run as smoothly as the Moto G, that is the question.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Looking at the video and the fact that it runs KitKat with 1GB RAM. It looks like it, the scrolling in the video looks exactly how my Moto G moves.

  • DanielMena9

    When you see your shiny new M8 with a 4MP and this has a 5MP lol

    You can buy 2 of these for a front and back camera at 5MP for about a 1/3 of an M8.

  • Tony Byatt

    Not bad…

    It’ll be $100 by July…

    • Maxim∑

      Expect 10-20 sales for maybe 89$ later too

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Definitely keeping my eye on Amazon since they do sales like that, like it’s a normal thing

  • duke69111

    This would be a good phone for Straight talks, byod plan.

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  • lensgrabber

    For this price point it should be a great seller. Now bring on the X+1!

  • bobbymay1

    What happens if you put a 64gb card in there? I’ve noticed some devices say they only support up to 32gb cards but will actually support higher with a few tweaks.

    • bisayan

      I have been wanting to ask this! Anybody out there would care to answer this question? Thanks!

      • Ayush

        My experience (I have a Droid 4 which supports up to 32GB and a Lumia 520 which supports 64GB): When it says it supports up to 32GB, it means it’s guaranteed to run up to speed with that size, but anything beyond that it’ll start running very slowly. I couldn’t even use the Droid 4, it just lagged. The 520 can handle a 128GB just fine though, so I think the upto 64GB phones can support 128GB just fine.

  • droidify

    The asymmetrical metal bars on the screen look fantastic.
    Not.

    • flosserelli

      For $129, you can’t be too picky.

      • droidify

        Wouldn’t ya think it costs more to add that feature? The glass would have to have more tooling plus that’s just more parts to manufacture.. Unless they are fixed to the body and designed for quicker screen alignment during assembly.

        • Gaurav Mehta

          all said and done FF speakers are IMBA

    • ok heh

      WHEW SICK NOT BURN BRO

  • a) youth.in.asia

    At this price point, you’ll get people buying it that just want something to tinker around with

    • Dave

      I had to do a report in high school about euthenasia, something I had never heard of before. So not knowing, I wrote and read this report about kids/teens in Eastern cultures and current things effecting them. The class started giggling about 30 seconds in when they realized I wasn’t joking. Pretty embarrassing memory.

      • droidify

        Kinda like using “effecting” instead of “affecting” :)
        I kidd.

        • Dave

          Affect was my initial thought, shouldn’t have changed my mind.

          • marcuspinner

            One other Smartphone to launch this month is the THL 4400 ($189) and features twice the battery capacity of most smartphones, with a 4400 mAh battery with an amazing 16 hours of battery life.

            The THL 4400 offers a Quad core processor along with a 5-inch 1280×720 HD Display. Other highlights include 1GB Ram / 16GB storage, Bluetooth, and a 5 MP front / 8 MegaPixel Rear cameras and is available contract-free for use on GSM Networks, including U.S carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Straight Talk.

            iProTablet – is one site that has more details on the new THL 4400

  • patt

    quick question my friend wants to buy it for someone is June 3 only on Amazon , if I buy from Moto directly when will it ship?

  • droidify

    It’s from Moto and has a sub 5″ screen so I’m sure you have a slight chub right now.

    • a) youth.in.asia

      I’d have a harder chub right now I I seen a Moto X² with a 5″ display and a MAXX type battery