Considered as the pioneer of mobile phones in India, Motorola created ripples in the smartphone market when it launched its first moto e in 2014.
For many people, Moto E 1st generation was like a dream come true. It garnered many favorable views and reviews from smartphone lovers and mobile pundits. The phone was a realization for many that owning a decent smartphone that would be powerful, durable and popular is no longer a thing of creating a big hole in one’s pocket.
Following the same trend, Motorola launched the 2nd generation Moto E with slight upgradations that includedCorning Gorilla Glass, v3 Screen Protection, enhanced 8 GB internal storage and a VGA front camera along with a quad-core processor. The phone was well received amongst budget smartphone users. Although, it was not a grand success like the 1st generation Moto E, but still people loved it.
It is only after one and a half years, that Motorola again came up with the 3rd generation of its budget star called Moto E3 power. The phone which seems to be a decent one has many upgradations as compared to its predecessors.
The time gap that Motorola took to release Moto E3, can be understood by the fact that recently Motorola’s smartphone segment was brought over by Chinese electronics giant Lenovo in 2015. The makeover of the phone was on the cards. but somehow, the same makeover is not something to rejoice about.
Design-wise, Moto E3 remains the same as the previous Moto E phones. It has the same high-quality plastic built with the same generic look.
Motorola has upgraded the display size in its new Moto E phone with an HD IPS LCD display that has a 720×1280 pixel resolution. The colors in Moto E3 look vibrant and bright enough but somehow don’t seem to match the budget smartphones of Xiaomi or to that extent even Lenovo.
The Moto E3 Power comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus & LED flash and a 5-megapixel snapper on the front. the quality of the photos clicked from both the cameras at best can be termed as something that is not bad but just above average.
With a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor coupled with Mali T720 GPU and 2GB of RAM, Moto E3’s performance is not even close to what Xiaomi Redmi 3 offers with its snapdragon 430 octa core processor. This can be termed as the biggest downfall for brand Moto since it has never gone for Mediatek processor before.
This is the only front, in which Moto E3 seems to be at par with other budget phones from Xiaomi or Lenovo. With a 3500 mah battery for its 5-inch screen, Moto E3 would last for a day easily with moderate usage.
Moto E3 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with no bloat or unwanted app here. It has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage along with an expandable capacity to 32 GB.
Should one buy Moto E3
It is very evident from the specs of Moto E3 that it is not here to compete with the likes of Redmi 3 or Coolpad note 3 lite. So at best, we can assume that it is a deliberate attempt by Lenovo to showcase Motorola as something like an Apple or Blackberry but fails totally at it. The specs of Moto E3, although might signify a great amount of upgradation compared to Moto E 1st or 2nd generation, but then we have to realize that such specs are today available for in every other budget phone that is at least 1500 or 2000 bucks less than what the Moto E3 costs. So personally speaking, it is best to avoid Moto E3 and go for Redmi 3 at Rs 6999. even for those people who have been the most loyal fans of Motorola; you have to realize that the brand no longer has the same stature as before and is a part of a China’s Lenovo which itself is known as an average smartphone brand.