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Introduction

The Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen. (a.k.a. Moto E 2015) is a value smartphone with a 4.5-inch touchscreen that runs the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.2 GHz quad-core processor in the 4G LTE version. It has 1 GiB of RAM and 8 GiB or 16 GiB storage space, a 5 MP main camera, a VGA frontal camera, and supports two SIM chips in the reviewed model. Let’s see if is a good entry-level smartphone.

As they did with their mainstream Moto G model, Motorola launched an updated version of their value smartphone, the Moto E. It is called Moto E 2nd. Gen or Moto E 2015, since it was launched this year.

The model we tested is the XT1523, which supports 4G LTE and DTV, offers 16 GiB storage space and supports two SIM cards. There are several other models, with only 3G support, no DTV, only one SIM support, and 8 GiB storage, and several combinations of those characteristics.

Figure 1 shows the box of the Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen.

Motorola Moto EFigure 1: box

Inside the box, besides the smartphone, there is a wall charger, USB cable, earphones, three frames (black, cyan, and purple), and the user manual.

Motorola Moto EFigure 2: accessories

Figure 3 reveals the Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen. The front panel is entirely covered by glass (Gorilla Glass 3). There are no physical buttons on the front, just the camera at its top right and one speaker the top.

Motorola Moto EFigure 3: the Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen.

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Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.