Much to our surprise, Motorola is really shaking things up at the lower end of the smartphone scale, with the perfectly capable £100 Moto G leading many to question if it’s worth paying five times as much for a flagship-level device.
The Motorola Moto E is cheaper still, and incredibly it actually outperforms the Samsung Galaxy S5 in some respects, as evidenced in a video-based test.
On paper, the Motorola Moto E is fairly modest, with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and 1GB of RAM.
Pay five to six times the price, and you can grab the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.
Obviously the Samsung Galaxy S5 punches the Motorola Moto E into oblivion, right? Well, not necessarily.
Observing Tom Rich and his Moto E vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 speed test (YouTube), the former is actually slightly quicker to unlock, ditto launching the camera.
There’s a more noticeable difference with opening the gallery; the Samsung Galaxy S5 almost appears to hang for a few seconds while it thinks about it, while the significantly cheaper Moto E gets straight down to business.
It’s a similar story with Google+. The Moto E is slightly quicker when it comes to opening the app, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 again appears ever-so-slightly laggy when bringing in a side panel.
Even Tom admits that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is obviously a superior phone, and would inevitably crush the comparatively humble Moto G in aspects like gaming.
The issue here is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is clearly suffering from firmware bloat, while the Motorola Moto E is pretty close to stock Android.
It’s an ultimately confusing message, however. Should all Android phones do away with UI customisations in favour of a smoother experience? How then would Android OEMs make their phones stand out? Perhaps Android Silver has the answer…