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  • This Mobile runs on Android OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop) powered with Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 - 3G model Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 - LTE model.
  • This Mobile has 5 MP, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, autofocus and has VGA Secondary camera
  • This Mobile has 4.5 inches (~64.3% screen-to-body ratio) inches display IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
  • This Mobile has 8 GB, 1 GB RAM of internal memory.
  • This Mobile has Li-Ion 2390 mAh battery
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GENERAL
Sim Micro-SIM
Announced 2/2/2015
Status Available. Released 2015, February
BODY
Dimensions 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm (5.11 x 2.63 x 0.48 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)
DISPLAY
Display Size 4.5 inches (~64.3% screen-to-body ratio)
MultiTouch yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3, oleophobic coating
SOUND
AlertTypes Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudSpeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY
CardSlot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8 GB, 1 GB RAM
DATA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Blue Tooth v4.0, LE
USB microUSB v2.0
CAMERA
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, autofocus
Camera Features Geo-tagging, panorama, HDR
CameraVideo 720p@30fps
CameraSecondary VGA
FEATURES
OS Android OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop)
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 - 3G model Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 - LTE model
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White
Others - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic - MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player - DivX/WMV/MP4/H.264 player - Photo/video editor - Document viewer
BATTERY
Battery Li-Ion 2390 mAh battery
MISC

Hands-on review: Updated: Motorola Moto E (2015)

Introduction, design and display

At the back end of February this year, as I was packing my bag for MWC 2015, Motorola delivered a surprise package to TechRadar towers.

Quite like a child abandoned on an orphanage's doorstep, there was a small box waiting and upon bringing it into the warm we found it to be Motorola's own "press conference in a box."

It's a smart idea considering inside was the Motorola Moto E (2015), and heading to a full blown press conference for this would likely have been a misstep - so it being delivered directly into my palms was great.

The second generation Motorola Moto E is an upgraded version of 2014's Moto E, one of the best affordable handsets you could pick up last year.

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Motorola has packed in a bunch of new features on the refresh and given the design some major tweaking as well. The Moto E aims to offer the Moto G features to a fresh audience with a lower price.

In fact you can pick up the second gen Moto E for just £99.99 (around $150, AU$190) SIM free, which means it finds itself up against the EE Kestrel, Nokia Lumia 535 and Sony Xperia E3.

Design

The design is pretty similar to what we saw on the original Moto E. It's still got a plastic body with a rounded back. All the buttons remain in the same easy to reach places with the metal unlock and volume rocker on the right hand edge of the phone.

The headphone jack sits in the middle at the top and the microUSB slot continues to sit in the bottom middle of the handset.

The Motorola logo is emblazoned on the back in a small indent to body and the main camera sits above it. I always find myself placing my index finger in the Motorola logo dent, giving what feels like a little extra grip but probably isn't. The camera is a little larger now with a nice looking silver rim around the edge of the sensor.

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The back panel is made of a softish plastic that picks up grease and dirt really quickly. It was less noticeable when playing with the white version of the handset but it showed up immediately when using the black model.

You've got the choice here of either black or white, I much prefer the white version but the black one still looks good when it's clean.

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Motorola's biggest change to the design on the Moto E 2015 is the omission of the removable back panel – it's now a removable plastic edging.

When peeled away from the body it reveals the pure edges of the phone to insert the SIM and microSD cards.

It can be a real struggle getting the plastic edging off the phone and once I actually thought I'd broken it off. I hadn't, but it's pretty flimsy and it wouldn't be difficult to do when getting frustrated with it.

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It does also mean you can replace those edges with some jazzier colour versions such as yellow and blue to give it a slightly different look but these will cost you extra directly from Motorola.

Losing the removable back panel also means the battery can't be replaced and that was a selling point of the original Moto E.

Coming round to the front of the phone you'll find 4.3-inch display. Above that sits a forward-facing snapper, a new addition to the Moto E, on the top right hand side next door to the long earpiece.

The phone isn't particularly thick considering the price range of the handset, but it isn't exactly slim either at 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm, whilst weighing in at 145g. It does fit in the hand nicely, and you can get a decent grip round the handset.

Don't expect the back of the phone to look as pristine in a couple of months' time either, I managed to be a bit of a klutz and drop it within the first day of using it and scuffed the bottom after only one drop.

I imagine dropping it a few times could do some serious damage to the outer look of the phone, so be careful out there.

Display

The 4.3-inch display comes with a 540 x 960 pixel resolution resulting in a pixel density of 245ppi. Don't expect a high quality affair here, you're getting what you pay for but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Personally I feel 4.3 inches is a little too small, I feel the optimum for a smartphone is between 4.7-inch and 5.1-inch but that's all down to personal taste. That said, it's easy for your thumb to hit the top of the screen whilst using in one handed.

Moto E (2015) review

The bottom and top bezels are out of proportion here as the usual hardware buttons have been adapted into the screen this time around. It means it looks a little top heavy when using the handset.

Video content doesn't look stunning, but it doesn't look down in the pits either and considering how little you're spending it's quite impressive.

The display is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 technology to help stiffen it up a little and after a quick drop onto paving slabs, by accident I must add, the display sustained no damage.

Moto E (2015) review

Putting the Moto E 2015 display onto maximum brightness was a bit of a let-down. I did that whilst outside and struggled to see the display well on a sunny day, otherwise brightness seemed pretty average and didn't really cause any problems.

If you've got poor eyesight this may not be your bag - I found myself squinting to see the display whilst outside, even though I've got what I consider to be 20/20 vision.

Viewing angles have never been strong on this range and once again I struggled to see some of the screen when at the wrong angle, but considering the price of the second gen Moto E you really can't complain too much.

Moto E (2015) review

Performance, battery, camera and early verdict

Performance

The new Moto E comes with an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. That comes alongside 1GB of RAM and should give it a bit of an upgrade under the hood but isn't going to blow anyone away particularly.

It is still an impressive feat to get such a good chipset into such a low price handset and in our small amount of time using the handset we didn't notice anything worrying in terms of performance.

Battery

One of the positives on the original Moto E was its strong battery life, and we're hoping things will be even better on the new Moto E as it's been upgraded from 1980mAh to 2390mAh.

Considering there isn't particularly anything different here to power we'll likely see even better battery life on the new Moto E (2015).

Moto E (2015) review

Check back for our full review where we'll give it a proper test and really put it through its paces.

The essentials

One of the biggest benefits of the Moto E is it comes with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system on board in its purest stock form. It means all the latest features from Lollipop are here, and it's an impressive feat on a low end handset.

Moto E (2015) review

Arguably the biggest benefit is the addition of LTE in the new phone meaning you'll now be able to get a 4G signal and swift download speeds with the Moto E (2015).

This is a feature we felt was potentially held back from the original Moto E just for this update but it is good to see such a low end handset get what a couple of years ago was considered a top end feature.

Camera

The 5MP rear camera remains on the Moto E. We didn't get much of a chance to play around with it during our hands-on but it was one of our biggest criticisms of the handset.

It's a shame to see this hasn't been upgraded on the new phone but Motorola has seen fit to add in a front facing camera.

Moto E (2015) review

It's a VGA shooter so don't expect anything impressive but it's better than not being able to take selfies at all.

Early verdict

Motorola all new Moto E will launch at £109.99, $149 (around AU$180) making it potentially the cheapest handset on the market running Android Lollipop out of the box.

It offers an impressive amount of features considering the price tag and has upgraded on a few already strong features for adding in a bigger battery and an even more powerful processor.

The biggest benefit comes from the addition of LTE connectivity meaning it's one of – if not the cheapest phone on the market offering super-fast internet speeds at such a low price point.

Camera wise the addition of a front-facing selfie snapper is a welcome one but it would have been good to see some upgrades to the poor main camera.

But for that price, can you really judge Motorola? At such a low price point it's impressive to have half of these features and if you're looking for a low priced handset you really couldn't go wrong with the new Moto E.








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UPDATED: All 38 Apple Watch designs: Every band, case and face so far

Apple Watch: watch cases and bands

Apple Watch features

This week was the Apple Watch launch day, but you can't try on the iPhone-compatible wearable yet since we're a month away from pre-orders and two weeks further from its official release date.

That's a problem for anxious early adopters who want it now. The April 24-bound smartwatch comes in a variety of colors and styles, way more than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

In fact, there are 38 different Apple Watch choices (up from the original 34) and nine default watch faces with millions of customizations, according to Apple.

Here's every Apple Watch face, band and case announced so far, giving you extra time to decide which "iWatch" should be your watch before waiting in line.

Cases: Apple Watch vs Sport vs Watch Edition

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr72v7Z7m4Y

All Apple Watches boast the same rectangular design with rounded off corners, but they're divided up into three different case "collections" based on build materials.

Starting at $349 (£299) and costing as much as $17,000 (£13,500, AU$24,000), the names Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition, don't tell us a whole lot about those differences, so let's explain each watch case.

The regular Apple Watch

Apple Watch design and colors

Donning the "regular" Watch puts a highly polished stainless steel case on your wrist, one that comes in glossy metal colors of either space black or stainless steel.

Protecting the precious Retina display is sapphire crystal, which is the same glass that covers the Touch ID home button of newer iPhones.

Sapphire crystal is touted as the hardest transparent material on earth next to diamond. It'll stand up to dings every time your formerly-bare wrist forgets what it's like to wear a watch.

Watch Sport

Apple Watch design and colors

Sport is the the lightest of the three Apple Watch choices thanks to its anodized aluminum case that still manages to be 60% stronger than standard alloys.

It skips out of the expensive sapphire glass in favor of what Apple calls strengthened Ion-X or aluminosilicate glass. This further reduces the weight, making it fit for active lifestyles.

Sure, the iPhone-matching matte space gray and silver aluminum case appears less shiny vs the regular Watch, but Apple's 7000 Series aluminum and Ion-X glass makes it 30% lighter.

It's also the least expensive Apple Watch version at $349 (£299) for the 38mm size and 42mm for the $399 (£339) size.

Watch Edition

Apple Watch design and colors

Watch Edition will be the most expensive Apple Watch at $10,000 (£8,000) because of its 18-karat gold case. It may even be locked inside a safe within your local Apple Store.

It's been crafted by Apple's metallurgists to be twice as hard as standard gold, says the Cupertino company, and will come in two colors: yellow gold and rose gold.

Complementing those cases are color-matching bands made of leather or fluoroelastomer plastic.

Bands are the next step in deciding on the right Apple Watch.

Six different band styles, 18 colors

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch is all about personalization with six band types and 18 colors, all of which are easily interchangeable thanks a unique slide-out locking mechanism.

Yes, it's a proprietary watch strap - did you expect anything less? - but it looks to be a whole lot easier to switch out compared to the irksome hidden pins of the Moto 360.

I'm okay with that. I want the sport band at the gym and the Milanese loop for a night on the town without the hassle of digging into the watch case with a pair of tweezers.

Link bracelet

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch choices

Available with the regular Watch, the link bracelet is one of two stainless steel Apple Watch bands. This one matches the 316L stainless steel alloy of the case.

It has more than 100 components and the brushed metal links increase in width closer to the case. A custom butterfly closure folds neatly within the bracelet.

Best of all, you can add and remove links with a simple release button. No jeweler visits or special tools required for this stainless steel or space black-colored strap.

Milanese loop

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch bands

One of the classiest-looking Apple Watch bands is the Milanese loop, a stainless steel mesh strap that loops from case to clasp.

Emphasizing that woven metal design, there's hardly a clasp. Its tiny magnetic end makes the strap infinitely adjustable and tucks behind the band for a seamless look on one's wrist.

An out-of-the box option with the regular Watch, the Milanese loop is truly one of a kind in that it only comes in a stainless steel color.

Modern buckle (leather strap)

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch leather

A modern buckle adorns the bottom the first of three leather options among Apple Watches, complete with top-grain leather sourced from France.

The French tannery is said to have been established in 1803, but Apple puts a tech-savvy twist on the buckle. It's a two-piece magnetic clasp that only looks ordinary when together.

This leather option comes in black, soft pink, brown or midnight blue for the regular Watch and bright black, red or rose gray for the premium Watch Edition, all meant for the smaller 38mm watch size.

Classic buckle (leather strap)

Apple Watch design and colors

Apple Watch models

If the Apple Watch modern buckle is a normal-looking watch band with a magnetic twist, then the classic buckle is an ordinary-looking variant without one.

No tricks here. It's just a traditional and secure band that feeds through a stainless steel or an 18-karat gold loop and matches the watch case.

The classic buckle's leather is from the Netherlands and the color choices are as simple as can be: it comes in black for the regular Watch or either black or midnight blue for Watch Edition.

Leather loop

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch design

This is the leather-equivalent of the all-metal Milanese loop because it tucks magnets into the soft, quilted leather Apple Watch band.

The more pronounced pebbled texture also stands out from the subtle finishes of the modern and classic buckle. Apple says its Venezia leather sources from Italy.

Apple Watch buyers who go with the leather loop band have four colors choices: black, stone, light brown and bright blue.

Sport band

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch sport band

Despite its name, the sport band is an out-of-the-box option among all three "collections," not just the Apple Watch Sport.

The band is made of smooth fluoroelastomer, so it's resilient for all activities and fastens with a simple pin-and-tuck closure. Hopefully it's easier to buckle than the Fitbit Charge.

The sport band is available in the most colors on the Sport Watch: white, black, blue, green or pink. Regular Watch and Watch Edition buyers can choose between black or white.

Apple Watch sizes

Apple Watch sizes

Less exciting, but equally important is the choice of among Apple Watch sizes. There are two case heights: 38mm and 42mm.

This opens it up to smaller and larger wrists. The 38mm size is more compact, but having that little bit extra screen space by way of the 42mm option may go a long way.

It should be noted that a few bands appear to be exclusive to certain sizes: the modern buckle is limited to the 38mm option and leather loop the 42mm size, for example.

No right-handed and left-handed Apple Watch decisions need to be made at the Apple Store, thankfully. This smartwatch is ambidextrous because the screen can be flipped.

Apple Watch faces

Apple Watch analog watches

There are nine different default faces from Apple, according to its official website, and likely a lot more to come from third-party developers currently testing out WatchKit.

The great thing about smartwatch faces is that none of them are permanent, something we were fond of when testing out Android Wear smartwatches.

Mickey Mouse is my favorite because I never got a Mickey Mouse watch as a kid. But maybe that'll be reserved for Disneyland visits now that I'm an adult.

Analog watches like Chronograph, Color, Simple and Utility can be swapped in for a more professional look that rivals today's best smartwatch alternatives.

Customizable watch faces

Apple Watch designs

Digital watch faces all have something unique to offer. Motion adds a bit of animal-inspired movement in the background, solar lets you follow the sun's path based on your location and the time of day and astronomy lets you explore space and a rotatable 3D Earth.

Modular, the grid-like ninth watch face, really defines what Apple means when it talks about complications. Most faces can be alerted to include pressing information like stock quotes, weather reports or your next calendar event, according to the company.

Apple Watch wrap-up

Apple Watch

With two sizes for most band designs, six band types, 18 band colors and three cases with two colors each, there's a lot of choice going into this smartwatch purchase.

Apple Watch is launching with a lot of personalization, echoing a time when the Cupertino firm introduced variety among its iMac G3 computers and iPod successors.

Which case and band combination I get has ultimately been determined by the price and availability. For such a new product that's bound to be outdated in a few months to years, I'm leaning toward the cheaper Sport Edition when the Apple Watch release date rolls around.








UPDATED: All 38 Apple Watch designs: Every band, case and face so far

Apple Watch: watch cases and bands

Apple Watch features

This week was the Apple Watch launch day, but you can't try on the iPhone-compatible wearable yet since we're a month away from pre-orders and two weeks further from its official release date.

That's a problem for anxious early adopters who want it now. The April 24-bound smartwatch comes in a variety of colors and styles, way more than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

In fact, there are 38 different Apple Watch choices (up from the original 34) and nine default watch faces with millions of customizations, according to Apple.

Here's every Apple Watch face, band and case announced so far, giving you extra time to decide which "iWatch" should be your watch before waiting in line.

Cases: Apple Watch vs Sport vs Watch Edition

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All Apple Watches boast the same rectangular design with rounded off corners, but they're divided up into three different case "collections" based on build materials.

Starting at $349 (£299) and costing as much as $17,000 (£13,500, AU$24,000), the names Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition, don't tell us a whole lot about those differences, so let's explain each watch case.

The regular Apple Watch

Apple Watch design and colors

Donning the "regular" Watch puts a highly polished stainless steel case on your wrist, one that comes in glossy metal colors of either space black or stainless steel.

Protecting the precious Retina display is sapphire crystal, which is the same glass that covers the Touch ID home button of newer iPhones.

Sapphire crystal is touted as the hardest transparent material on earth next to diamond. It'll stand up to dings every time your formerly-bare wrist forgets what it's like to wear a watch.

Watch Sport

Apple Watch design and colors

Sport is the the lightest of the three Apple Watch choices thanks to its anodized aluminum case that still manages to be 60% stronger than standard alloys.

It skips out of the expensive sapphire glass in favor of what Apple calls strengthened Ion-X or aluminosilicate glass. This further reduces the weight, making it fit for active lifestyles.

Sure, the iPhone-matching matte space gray and silver aluminum case appears less shiny vs the regular Watch, but Apple's 7000 Series aluminum and Ion-X glass makes it 30% lighter.

It's also the least expensive Apple Watch version at $349 (£299) for the 38mm size and 42mm for the $399 (£339) size.

Watch Edition

Apple Watch design and colors

Watch Edition will be the most expensive Apple Watch at $10,000 (£8,000) because of its 18-karat gold case. It may even be locked inside a safe within your local Apple Store.

It's been crafted by Apple's metallurgists to be twice as hard as standard gold, says the Cupertino company, and will come in two colors: yellow gold and rose gold.

Complementing those cases are color-matching bands made of leather or fluoroelastomer plastic.

Bands are the next step in deciding on the right Apple Watch.

Six different band styles, 18 colors

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch is all about personalization with six band types and 18 colors, all of which are easily interchangeable thanks a unique slide-out locking mechanism.

Yes, it's a proprietary watch strap - did you expect anything less? - but it looks to be a whole lot easier to switch out compared to the irksome hidden pins of the Moto 360.

I'm okay with that. I want the sport band at the gym and the Milanese loop for a night on the town without the hassle of digging into the watch case with a pair of tweezers.

Link bracelet

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch choices

Available with the regular Watch, the link bracelet is one of two stainless steel Apple Watch bands. This one matches the 316L stainless steel alloy of the case.

It has more than 100 components and the brushed metal links increase in width closer to the case. A custom butterfly closure folds neatly within the bracelet.

Best of all, you can add and remove links with a simple release button. No jeweler visits or special tools required for this stainless steel or space black-colored strap.

Milanese loop

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch bands

One of the classiest-looking Apple Watch bands is the Milanese loop, a stainless steel mesh strap that loops from case to clasp.

Emphasizing that woven metal design, there's hardly a clasp. Its tiny magnetic end makes the strap infinitely adjustable and tucks behind the band for a seamless look on one's wrist.

An out-of-the box option with the regular Watch, the Milanese loop is truly one of a kind in that it only comes in a stainless steel color.

Modern buckle (leather strap)

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch leather

A modern buckle adorns the bottom the first of three leather options among Apple Watches, complete with top-grain leather sourced from France.

The French tannery is said to have been established in 1803, but Apple puts a tech-savvy twist on the buckle. It's a two-piece magnetic clasp that only looks ordinary when together.

This leather option comes in black, soft pink, brown or midnight blue for the regular Watch and bright black, red or rose gray for the premium Watch Edition, all meant for the smaller 38mm watch size.

Classic buckle (leather strap)

Apple Watch design and colors

Apple Watch models

If the Apple Watch modern buckle is a normal-looking watch band with a magnetic twist, then the classic buckle is an ordinary-looking variant without one.

No tricks here. It's just a traditional and secure band that feeds through a stainless steel or an 18-karat gold loop and matches the watch case.

The classic buckle's leather is from the Netherlands and the color choices are as simple as can be: it comes in black for the regular Watch or either black or midnight blue for Watch Edition.

Leather loop

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch design

This is the leather-equivalent of the all-metal Milanese loop because it tucks magnets into the soft, quilted leather Apple Watch band.

The more pronounced pebbled texture also stands out from the subtle finishes of the modern and classic buckle. Apple says its Venezia leather sources from Italy.

Apple Watch buyers who go with the leather loop band have four colors choices: black, stone, light brown and bright blue.

Sport band

Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch sport band

Despite its name, the sport band is an out-of-the-box option among all three "collections," not just the Apple Watch Sport.

The band is made of smooth fluoroelastomer, so it's resilient for all activities and fastens with a simple pin-and-tuck closure. Hopefully it's easier to buckle than the Fitbit Charge.

The sport band is available in the most colors on the Sport Watch: white, black, blue, green or pink. Regular Watch and Watch Edition buyers can choose between black or white.

Apple Watch sizes

Apple Watch sizes

Less exciting, but equally important is the choice of among Apple Watch sizes. There are two case heights: 38mm and 42mm.

This opens it up to smaller and larger wrists. The 38mm size is more compact, but having that little bit extra screen space by way of the 42mm option may go a long way.

It should be noted that a few bands appear to be exclusive to certain sizes: the modern buckle is limited to the 38mm option and leather loop the 42mm size, for example.

No right-handed and left-handed Apple Watch decisions need to be made at the Apple Store, thankfully. This smartwatch is ambidextrous because the screen can be flipped.

Apple Watch faces

Apple Watch analog watches

There are nine different default faces from Apple, according to its official website, and likely a lot more to come from third-party developers currently testing out WatchKit.

The great thing about smartwatch faces is that none of them are permanent, something we were fond of when testing out Android Wear smartwatches.

Mickey Mouse is my favorite because I never got a Mickey Mouse watch as a kid. But maybe that'll be reserved for Disneyland visits now that I'm an adult.

Analog watches like Chronograph, Color, Simple and Utility can be swapped in for a more professional look that rivals today's best smartwatch alternatives.

Customizable watch faces

Apple Watch designs

Digital watch faces all have something unique to offer. Motion adds a bit of animal-inspired movement in the background, solar lets you follow the sun's path based on your location and the time of day and astronomy lets you explore space and a rotatable 3D Earth.

Modular, the grid-like ninth watch face, really defines what Apple means when it talks about complications. Most faces can be alerted to include pressing information like stock quotes, weather reports or your next calendar event, according to the company.

Apple Watch wrap-up

Apple Watch

With two sizes for most band designs, six band types, 18 band colors and three cases with two colors each, there's a lot of choice going into this smartwatch purchase.

Apple Watch is launching with a lot of personalization, echoing a time when the Cupertino firm introduced variety among its iMac G3 computers and iPod successors.

Which case and band combination I get has ultimately been determined by the price and availability. For such a new product that's bound to be outdated in a few months to years, I'm leaning toward the cheaper Sport Edition when the Apple Watch release date rolls around.








Hands-on review: Updated: Motorola Moto E (2015)

Introduction, design and display

At the back end of February this year, as I was packing my bag for MWC 2015, Motorola delivered a surprise package to TechRadar towers.

Quite like a child abandoned on an orphanage's doorstep, there was a small box waiting and upon bringing it into the warm we found it to be Motorola's own "press conference in a box."

It's a smart idea considering inside was the Motorola Moto E (2015), and heading to a full blown press conference for this would likely have been a misstep - so it being delivered directly into my palms was great.

The second generation Motorola Moto E is an upgraded version of 2014's Moto E, one of the best affordable handsets you could pick up last year.

Moto E (2015) review

Motorola has packed in a bunch of new features on the refresh and given the design some major tweaking as well. The Moto E aims to offer the Moto G features to a fresh audience with a lower price.

In fact you can pick up the second gen Moto E for just £99.99 (around $150, AU$190) SIM free, which means it finds itself up against the EE Kestrel, Nokia Lumia 535 and Sony Xperia E3.

Design

The design is pretty similar to what we saw on the original Moto E. It's still got a plastic body with a rounded back. All the buttons remain in the same easy to reach places with the metal unlock and volume rocker on the right hand edge of the phone.

The headphone jack sits in the middle at the top and the microUSB slot continues to sit in the bottom middle of the handset.

The Motorola logo is emblazoned on the back in a small indent to body and the main camera sits above it. I always find myself placing my index finger in the Motorola logo dent, giving what feels like a little extra grip but probably isn't. The camera is a little larger now with a nice looking silver rim around the edge of the sensor.

Moto E (2015) review

The back panel is made of a softish plastic that picks up grease and dirt really quickly. It was less noticeable when playing with the white version of the handset but it showed up immediately when using the black model.

You've got the choice here of either black or white, I much prefer the white version but the black one still looks good when it's clean.

Moto E (2015) review

Motorola's biggest change to the design on the Moto E 2015 is the omission of the removable back panel – it's now a removable plastic edging.

When peeled away from the body it reveals the pure edges of the phone to insert the SIM and microSD cards.

It can be a real struggle getting the plastic edging off the phone and once I actually thought I'd broken it off. I hadn't, but it's pretty flimsy and it wouldn't be difficult to do when getting frustrated with it.

Moto E (2015) review

It does also mean you can replace those edges with some jazzier colour versions such as yellow and blue to give it a slightly different look but these will cost you extra directly from Motorola.

Losing the removable back panel also means the battery can't be replaced and that was a selling point of the original Moto E.

Coming round to the front of the phone you'll find 4.3-inch display. Above that sits a forward-facing snapper, a new addition to the Moto E, on the top right hand side next door to the long earpiece.

The phone isn't particularly thick considering the price range of the handset, but it isn't exactly slim either at 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm, whilst weighing in at 145g. It does fit in the hand nicely, and you can get a decent grip round the handset.

Don't expect the back of the phone to look as pristine in a couple of months' time either, I managed to be a bit of a klutz and drop it within the first day of using it and scuffed the bottom after only one drop.

I imagine dropping it a few times could do some serious damage to the outer look of the phone, so be careful out there.

Display

The 4.3-inch display comes with a 540 x 960 pixel resolution resulting in a pixel density of 245ppi. Don't expect a high quality affair here, you're getting what you pay for but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Personally I feel 4.3 inches is a little too small, I feel the optimum for a smartphone is between 4.7-inch and 5.1-inch but that's all down to personal taste. That said, it's easy for your thumb to hit the top of the screen whilst using in one handed.

Moto E (2015) review

The bottom and top bezels are out of proportion here as the usual hardware buttons have been adapted into the screen this time around. It means it looks a little top heavy when using the handset.

Video content doesn't look stunning, but it doesn't look down in the pits either and considering how little you're spending it's quite impressive.

The display is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 technology to help stiffen it up a little and after a quick drop onto paving slabs, by accident I must add, the display sustained no damage.

Moto E (2015) review

Putting the Moto E 2015 display onto maximum brightness was a bit of a let-down. I did that whilst outside and struggled to see the display well on a sunny day, otherwise brightness seemed pretty average and didn't really cause any problems.

If you've got poor eyesight this may not be your bag - I found myself squinting to see the display whilst outside, even though I've got what I consider to be 20/20 vision.

Viewing angles have never been strong on this range and once again I struggled to see some of the screen when at the wrong angle, but considering the price of the second gen Moto E you really can't complain too much.

Moto E (2015) review

Performance, battery, camera and early verdict

Performance

The new Moto E comes with an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. That comes alongside 1GB of RAM and should give it a bit of an upgrade under the hood but isn't going to blow anyone away particularly.

It is still an impressive feat to get such a good chipset into such a low price handset and in our small amount of time using the handset we didn't notice anything worrying in terms of performance.

Battery

One of the positives on the original Moto E was its strong battery life, and we're hoping things will be even better on the new Moto E as it's been upgraded from 1980mAh to 2390mAh.

Considering there isn't particularly anything different here to power we'll likely see even better battery life on the new Moto E (2015).

Moto E (2015) review

Check back for our full review where we'll give it a proper test and really put it through its paces.

The essentials

One of the biggest benefits of the Moto E is it comes with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system on board in its purest stock form. It means all the latest features from Lollipop are here, and it's an impressive feat on a low end handset.

Moto E (2015) review

Arguably the biggest benefit is the addition of LTE in the new phone meaning you'll now be able to get a 4G signal and swift download speeds with the Moto E (2015).

This is a feature we felt was potentially held back from the original Moto E just for this update but it is good to see such a low end handset get what a couple of years ago was considered a top end feature.

Camera

The 5MP rear camera remains on the Moto E. We didn't get much of a chance to play around with it during our hands-on but it was one of our biggest criticisms of the handset.

It's a shame to see this hasn't been upgraded on the new phone but Motorola has seen fit to add in a front facing camera.

Moto E (2015) review

It's a VGA shooter so don't expect anything impressive but it's better than not being able to take selfies at all.

Early verdict

Motorola all new Moto E will launch at £109.99, $149 (around AU$180) making it potentially the cheapest handset on the market running Android Lollipop out of the box.

It offers an impressive amount of features considering the price tag and has upgraded on a few already strong features for adding in a bigger battery and an even more powerful processor.

The biggest benefit comes from the addition of LTE connectivity meaning it's one of – if not the cheapest phone on the market offering super-fast internet speeds at such a low price point.

Camera wise the addition of a front-facing selfie snapper is a welcome one but it would have been good to see some upgrades to the poor main camera.

But for that price, can you really judge Motorola? At such a low price point it's impressive to have half of these features and if you're looking for a low priced handset you really couldn't go wrong with the new Moto E.








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