Yesterday I took an in-depth look at the Motorola Moto E 2015 vs. Motorola Moto G 4G LTE, concluding (*spoiler alert*) that – since the phones are remarkably similar – it’s very much a case of battery life vs. HD resolution and rear camera flash.
The answer to that is of course subjective, a bit like asking: Is Apple’s iPhone 6 worth £539? It’s up to you decide, bro (or sis).
What I can do, however, is point out eight ways that the Motorola Moto E 2015 pips the Moto E 2014. Ready? Let’s rock!
1. The Motorola Moto E 2015 has a larger display
At 4.5in, the Motorola Moto E 2015 is just that little bit bigger than the 4.3in Moto E 2014, but without giving up too much in the way of pixel density (245 vs. 256 respectively).
The slightly larger screen is ideal for media consumption, but still reasonable enough that the phone won’t burst your pocket.
2. The Motorola Moto E 2015 has a faster processor
The first-gen Motorola Moto E had a relatively modest processor, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200.
Brilliantly, the second-gen Motorola Moto E leapfrogs not just the first-gen model – but every iteration of the Moto G so far, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410. Delicious!
3. The Motorola Moto E 2015 has LTE
The Motorola Moto E 2015 takes a leaf out of the Motorola Moto G 4G’s book with LTE connectivity.
To be fair, we’re starting to see phones with 4G at half the price, like the Huawei Ascend Y550 for £54.99 (PAYG upgrade) at Carphone Warehouse.
The Motorola Moto E 2014 did not, of course, have LTE connectivity; it’s 3G only.
4. The Motorola Moto E 2015 has a front camera
On the whole, the Motorola Moto E 2014 was a pretty decent entry-level handset, but one thing a young relative immediately noticed was the lack of a front camera. This is, after all, the “selfie” generation.
No such worries with the Motorola Moto E 2015. It has a VGA front camera, and while it’s not exactly top-tier technology, it’s certainly better than nothing.
5. The Motorola Moto E 2015 has a huge battery
One of the major selling points of the Motorola Moto E 2015 is its incredibly generous 2,390mAh battery. To give that figure some context, here are some other smartphone battery sizes:
- Motorola Moto E 2014 – 1,980mAh
- Motorola Moto G 4G LTE – 2,070mAh
- Sony Xperia E4 (Sony is raving about the battery) – 2,300mAh
With a modest 540 x 960 resolution, the Motorola Moto E 2015 should keep on keeping on for a good while.
6. The Motorola Moto E 2015 comes with Lollipop out of the box
“Where’s my Lollipop update?” is the question on many people’s lips. It’s an incredibly confusing state of affairs, with missed deadlines, regional and carrier issues, and manufacturers – including Motorola – having to explain why it’s taking so bloomin’ long.
The first-gen Motorola Moto E, for one, is currently in an indefinite holding pattern, though it has been earmarked for the Lollipop update.
The Motorola Moto E 2015, meanwhile, laughs at those concerns, and comes with Lollipop 5.0 out of the box. Ta da!
7. The Motorola Moto E 2015 has more internal storage
The Motorola Moto E 2015 doubles the 2014 model’s internal storage from 4GB to a more manageable 8GB. Both have microSD slots, welcoming up to 32GB.
8. The Motorola Moto E 2015 can shoot 720p video
The Motorola Moto E 2015 and Moto E 2014 both have 5MP rear cameras, and while the newer model might disappoint with the lack of flash, it does at least offer 720p video capture. The first-gen model offered 480p video recording.
Motorola Moto E 2015 vs. Moto E 2014: conclusion
Here, at a glance, are those eight ways the Motorola Moto E 2015 pips the Moto E 2014:
- Bigger display
- Faster processor
- LTE connectivity
- Front camera
- Bigger battery
- Lollipop out of the box
- Double the internal storage
- 720p video capture