Tuesday 22 August 2017

Moto E3: Tech review

Moto excels again with budget phone

Moto E3
Moto E3
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Our technology editor reviews the Moto E3 phone

Price: €90 prepay (Meteor)

Rating: 4 Stars

As budget phones go, Moto models excel. For what you pay, it's hard to get a better handset. The E2 model is a case in point. It has a decent 8-megapixel camera (and 5-megapixel selfie-camera), a very decent 5-inch screen and a better user interface than most Android phones (because it's stock Android without any of the annoying layers). It's also really easy to handle and doesn't feel anything like as cheap as its price belies.

It's around the same weight as an iPhone 7 and, although it doesn't have a home button or a fingerprint sensor, the layout of the device is sensible and fuss-free. You'll be able to use this almost instantly and you'll see the built-in advantages from one of the most recent Android interfaces (it comes with Marshmallow, not Nougat) a lot quicker than you will from many other rivals.

Battery life is also worth noting on the E3. For a budget device, the 2,800mAh battery is surprisingly good and outlasts most rivals in its category. There are only really two significant negatives to consider.

First, it doesn't come with NFC, meaning that you can't use this phone for the Android Pay service launched in Ireland a month ago. Second, it only comes with 8GB of storage built in. That's simply not enough on its own, so Motorola has also included an additional memory storage slot for MicroSD cards.

And speed? This isn't as high powered as a top Samsung or Apple phone. But you may not notice it. The quad core processor and 1GB of Ram under the hood push most things along just fine. That said, don't depend on this phone as your main Netflix or gaming device. It will handle video perfectly well but not some of the more demanding games. Then again, no phone at this price point will. Compare prices

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