Motorola Moto E beats Samsung Galaxy S5 in performance test

Motorola Moto E beats Samsung Galaxy S5 in performance testMuch 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…

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CTPAHHIK  May. 22 at 16:39

Pretty convincing proof that Samsung UI is crap.

Using SlimKat on Note 2 - got fed up with Samsung bloatware.

JanSt / MOD  May. 22 at 16:46

Pretty convincing proof that Samsung UI is crap.

Using SlimKat on Note 2 - got fed up with Samsung bloatware.


Agree! Samsung's Touchwiz causes some problems to this day. The gallery, e.g., as mentioned sucks big sucky things.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 22 at 16:49

Pretty convincing proof that Samsung UI is crap.
Couldn't put it better myself. Android is now a fast, smooth and pretty OS; the days of needing a manufacturer UI to hide the ugliness of stock Android are long gone.

I'm considering re-rooting my Note 2 (its warranty is currently intact, after much fiddling about) because I know it can be a much better device than it currently is. Admittedly, the Note 2's UI isn't as bad or heavy as the S5's, but it's still a lot more resource hungry than stock Android.

CTPAHHIK  May. 22 at 17:14


I'm considering re-rooting my Note 2 (its warranty is currently intact, after much fiddling about) because I know it can be a much better device than it currently is. Admittedly, the Note 2's UI isn't as bad or heavy as the S5's, but it's still a lot more resource hungry than stock Android.


I never updated bootloader - still KNOX free. I'm assuming you did?

matt101101 / MOD  May. 22 at 17:33


I'm considering re-rooting my Note 2 (its warranty is currently intact, after much fiddling about) because I know it can be a much better device than it currently is. Admittedly, the Note 2's UI isn't as bad or heavy as the S5's, but it's still a lot more resource hungry than stock Android.


I never updated bootloader - still KNOX free. I'm assuming you did?

A few months back the phone was freezing all the time and I was going to send it off to Samsung. However, updating to the latest (then 4.3) firmware via ODIN solved the problem. Unfortunately, it also installed KNOX in the process :(.

The phone is out of warranty in December though, so I might just wait until then.

Elli7  May. 24 at 18:59

According to me Galaxy S5 is much better Smartphone then Moto E. The golden days of Motorola in the world of Smartphones are over now and it is impossible to beat the best ever Galaxy S5. Well, I am using Galaxy S5 from last 1 month and have no regrets of ditching my iphone 5S. However, it is little annoying to remove the flap over charging port so I recently purchased a wireless charger with receiver for Galaxy S5 from [... mod edit.. ]

duksa1974  May. 26 at 11:00

I don't think so...All Moto G or Moto E are made in China. The Quality levels are zero. Just had a very bad experience with Moto G, just after two months Mobile is not working due to mother Board issue. Running pillar to post for replacement and poor Customer service.

JanSt / MOD  May. 26 at 13:17

I don't think so...All Moto G or Moto E are made in China. The Quality levels are zero. Just had a very bad experience with Moto G, just after two months Mobile is not working due to mother Board issue. Running pillar to post for replacement and poor Customer service.

Interesting!
I was wondering about that. I had a Moto G for 2 weeks and I was very impressed.
I never intended to keep it for longer, mind you - I do not like Android. But I
liked the G more than most Android devices I tried.

I did wonder, though - would it be easily fixed? Etc?
My skepticism kicked in immediately: had to be a downside.
And in winter I made a rather nasty experience with a Lumia 1020:
a cut to size sim got caught in the sim tray. Not such an unusual 'accident' seeing
how millions of people use sims cut to nano size or adapters to use in a normal size sim tray etc... But the kicker was this: Due to the Lumia 1020 design it was literally impossible
to retrieve the sim without damaging the sim port. Turns out said port is part
of a larger part. And that part is practically impossible to get. It also cost in excess of €200.
And came with a waiting time of, at least, 2-3 months! So, there. A phone that cost 3.5 times what the Moto G costs. Unfixable due to a trivial incident. The disadvantage of a design that
appears so sturdy I'd use it to hammer nails into concrete. Brought down by a louse!

The cheapness of the `G' has to come at a price, right?
What are we expecting???

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