better second generation phone

Motorola realizes that in the coming days 4G network will dominate in India. That’s why the company has launched the 4G version of Moto E (Gen 2) in the budget smartphone segment. The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G has a more powerful SoC, which is integrated with 4G connectivity. All other features are same as before.

The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G competes with Lenovo A6000 Plus, Yu Yuphoria and Xiaomi Redmi 2, all of which have support for connecting to LTE networks. How is the performance of this Motorola handset in this segment, read further.

look and design
This phone looks similar to the Moto E (Gen 2) and we now believe that it is the most beautiful looking smartphone in its price range. The recently launched Yu Yuphoria uses metal in its build but the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G has a very unique design. The design and screen of the phone is similar to its 3G version.

Specifications and software
There is a lot different in this category. The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with Adreno 306 graphics. It is more powerful than the quad-core Snapdragon 200 used in the non-LTE variant. The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G has 1GB of RAM. Its internal storage is of 8 GB, which can be expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. Apart from this, the Micro-USB port can also be used as a USB-OTG storage device.

One SIM card of this dual SIM phone can be used to connect to 4G networks, including the 2300MHz band being used in India. For connectivity, there are features like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0. The phone has a 5 megapixel primary camera and a VGA camera on the front for taking selfies. A 2390mAh battery has been used in the phone.

The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G runs roughly the vanilla version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and gives the same feel as the Moto E (Gen 2), which is a good thing.

Performance and Camera
The Moto E (Gen 2) delivers decent performance, but the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G is faster and never stops. High-end games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 also ran smoothly, albeit at lower graphic settings.

Benchmark results were also much better. The phone got scores of 22,241 and 13,925 respectively in AnTuTu and GFXBench tests. These figures are far better than the Yu Yuphoria and Lenovo A6000 Plus’s scores, though the qHD (540×960) display of the Moto E (Gen 2) is less demanding than its competitors. The Moto E (Gen 2) 4G achieved scores of 5,324 and 12.4fps respectively in the 3DMark Ice Storm and GFXbench tests.

The phone did not have any problem playing our sample videos. There is enough sound from the speaker, but there was a problem in using its earphones for a long time. We found that the sound quality during phone calls was average and there were call drops at times. We don’t expect anything like this from Motorola’s smartphone. Also the 4G connectivity was very erratic, maybe due to poor network. In one respect the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G outperforms its rivals and its predecessor, that is, the battery life. The phone’s battery lasted for 11 hours and 26 minutes in our video loop test.

The performance of the 5 megapixel camera of this handset is similar to the non-4G version. Overall, Motorola still hasn’t figured out how to make good cameras for a cheap smartphone. The front camera is even worse.

our decision
There is no doubt that the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G is far better than its predecessor in terms of performance, as it is built with futuristic technology in mind. However, Lenovo A6000 Plus, Yu Yuphoria and Xiaomi Redmi 2 have 2GB of RAM and these handsets also have a much better camera. For this reason, all these handsets give much better value for money. However, the software experience of the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G is no match.

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