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Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) Review

Performance and Benchmarks

Since the Moto E has no skin or theme on top of Android, you can expect a smooth performance throughout. Navigation around the UI or menus is fluid and animations are shown with no lag. Since it only has 1GB of RAM, hiccups are present when multi-tasking, particularly when you’ve been using the device for hours without closing any unnecessary apps that are still running in the background. If there’s one thing that a Vanilla Android lacks is a one-click dismissal of opened apps. Good thing the Play Store has you covered with some nifty apps to take care of that.


Aside from that, we had an issue with the Moto E during our initial setup. We updated the Google apps upon unboxing and encountered a serious error that appears to cause trouble with all the installed apps. We tried cache clearing and few options found online, but the problem was still present. We then resorted to a factory reset and started from scratch. After that, things were back to normal and the error was gone even after we re-updated the apps.

Of course, we did our usual benchmark tests on the device to see how it fares against most smartphones through numbers. Here are the results:

    Quadrant Standard – 13,881
    Antutu Benchmark v5 – 21,912
    Nenamark 2 – 59.7 fps
    PCMark Android – 2,559
    Vellamo – 1,828 (Chrome), 1,095 (Multicore), 807 (Metal)

Connectivity and Call Quality

There are two micro SIM card slots with LTE capability. Like most dual SIM smartphones, only one network can use 4G for data connectivity at a time. You can also set which SIM card you’d like to use primarily for calls and text messaging. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is onboard as well however there’s no NFC.

The large earpiece produces clear voice output during native phone calls and thanks to the noise-cancelling microphones, the recipient can hear us properly even under a noisy environment. Signal reception has been strong most of the time.

Battery Life

Powered by a 2,390mAh Li-Ion battery, longevity is expected from this smartphone. We were able to use the Moto E for a full working day before reaching 15%, thus activating battery saver. That is with calls and texts, data usage to check Facebook and road traffic, plus playing solitaire while stuck along EDSA. We also managed to get 11 hours and 7 minutes through our video loop test with 1080p video at half brightness, zero volume, and under airplane mode. While another battery test standard, PCMark, scored the Moto E with 10 hours and 24 minutes.


Categorized as a budget offering from Motorola, the Moto E has advantages over similar devices in terms of software, support, and trust. It carries the brand proudly and boasts Android to perform well without having monster specifications. With a price tag of Php 6,990, which is steeper compared to competing phones, you’ll get a clearly packaged smartphone and established Motorola experience.

Motorola Moto E specifications:

    4.5-inch IPS LCD display @ 540 x 960 pixels
    1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor
    Adreno 306 GPU
    1GB RAM
    8GB internal storage, up to 32GB via microSD
    5-megapixel rear camera, 720p @ 30fps
    VGA front-facing camera
    Dual-SIM, Dual-standby
    4G LTE
    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth 4.0
    GPS, A-GPS
    Android Lollipop
    2,390mAh Li-Ion battery
    129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm

What we liked about it:

  • Superb build
  • Great display
  • Long battery life
  • LTE connectivity

What we didn’t:

  • Mediocre camera
  • Software quirks
  • Slow charging
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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

4 Responses

  1. Avatar for mutt mutt says:

    Android 6.0 OTA upgrade is now available for 2nd gen LTE (XT1521)!

  2. Avatar for Julius the Virus Julius the Virus says:

    if you’re just after a smartphone that works efficiently for its price, go for this…kahit mababa specs nya, nkatulong nman yung clean OS nya,kya smooth overall…

  3. Avatar for jon jon says:

    ? price and the processor

    • Avatar for Daniel Morial Daniel Morial says:

      Hi JON,

      The Moto E (2nd Gen) is powered by a 1.2Ghz Quad-core Snapdragon 410 and it retails for Php 6,990.

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