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Our Verdict

The new Moto E 4G is a worthy upgrade over the original Moto E, with upgrades in every area. For an extra £20 it adds 4G LTE connectivity and a front-facing camera, plus performance and storage improvements. It might not be as fast as the grey-market Doogee F1 Turbo Mini, but this Moto E 4G is a much better deal than the EE Kestrel, making it the best budget 4G phone intended for UK sale we’ve seen.

Motorola has upgraded its super-budget smartphone, the Moto E, for 2024. The new Motorola Moto E has received some useful hardware upgrades for faster performance, and comes in a version with 4G LTE, making it a better buy than the Moto G 4G. (Also see: Best budget smartphones 2024.) 

Motorola Moto E 4G / New Moto E review: Price and availability

Motorola’s 4G Moto E is available now at £109. Note that many networks will also require you to buy a £10 top-up, however. For example, you can buy the Moto E 4G on O2’s network from Amazon for £119. The non-4G model will be available in the US, Latin America and India from 3 March, with other countries to follow. That 3G version will cost $119.99 in the US, but a UK price is not yet known.

At £109 this budget 4G phone goes up against the likes of the EE Kestrel and Doogee F1 Turbo Mini. With some useful hardware upgrades that we’ll outline below, the Moto E is no longer just a cheap phone for first-time or light users, but a proper Android smartphone that is more than capable enough for day-to-day use. (Also see: Best cheap 4G phones.) 

Motorola Moto E 4G vs Motorola Moto G 4G

Throughout this review you’ll see how we’ve compared the new Moto E 4G to other budget phones such as the EE Kestrel and Doogee F1 Turbo Mini. The more obvious comparison is to Motorola’s own Moto G, of course. (Also see: Old Moto E vs new Moto E.)  

The Moto G has had a bit of an odd history, first sold as a 3G phone ( mk 1, reviewed), then upgraded to 4G ( mk 2, reviewed), and then a second version was released without 4G (

So ignoring the fact the mk 2 Moto G, which comes with 4G, is now over a year old, is there any reason why you might choose to buy the Moto G 4G over the Moto E 4G? 

In a word: no. 

Sold SIM-free at the Carphone Warehouse for £139, this £30 cheaper Motorola Moto E matches or improves on many of its core specs. Placed on the desk in front of me the difference in size and weight is barely noticeable (the Moto G 4G is just 2g lighter and only 0.7mm thinner). The new Moto E 4G has a newer processor, faster graphics and a larger-capacity battery. Meanwhile, the Moto G 4G has a slightly higher-resolution still-4.5in screen at 1280×720 (326ppi vs the 245ppi of the new Moto E), and an LED flash at the rear. Worth an extra £30? No chance.

Motorola Moto E 4G / New Moto E review: Design & build

The new Moto E 4G is very similar in its design to the original Moto E, with the same curved rear, chunky design that feels good in the hand, and reasonably thin screen bezel. It’s lost one of the two metal bars at the front, now with just the one at the top to hide the speaker. For a budget phone, it looks pretty good. 

Whereas you could change the rear shell on the original Moto E, with this new version you can also change the grippy band that runs around its edge, allowing you to mix-and-match colours and create your own design. Motorola shells and bands are sold separately, though, and the Moto E ships with matching black or white shell and band. (also see Best smartphones 2024 and Best Android phones 2024.) 

A key difference is the slightly larger screen. Now a Kestrel-matching 4.5in rather than the 4.3in we saw in the original Moto E, the Motorola offers slightly more screen space on which to watch videos and play games. The resolution hasn’t changed, though, meaning this qHD (540×960) IPS display has a slightly lower pixel density of 245- rather than 256ppi. Show us the difference and we’ll show you a liar. 

The display itself is good for the price, bright and reasonably clear for a qHD screen. IPS tech means colours are true and viewing angles are good. The Moto E’s screen is now splashproof; it also has an anti-smudge coating and is protected with Gorilla Glass 3. 

Despite the increase in screen size, the new Moto E is just 3g heavier than the original. The reassuringly heavy 145g smartphone is the same width at 12.3mm, which is a tell-tale sign of its budget price, and just a little longer and wider at 66.8×129.9mm.

Motorola Moto E 4G / New Moto E review: Hardware and performance

The new Moto E features several hardware upgrades. It still has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, but the 410 chip seen here is quad- rather than dual-core. Memory is the same, at 1GB, while storage has doubled to 8GB. As before you can add up to 32GB via microSD. (Neither the memory or storage allocations would be anything to shout about with a flagship phone, but at this price they’re very reasonable.) And where the original featured the Adreno 302 GPU, this new Moto E has the 306. 

We ran the new Moto E 4G through our usual benchmarks and were pleasantly surprised with its performance. Whereas the original managed 608 points in Geekbench 3.0’s multi-core component, the new Moto E recorded 1463. In the single-core component we saw 464 points. In terms of raw performance, that makes it significantly faster than the original Moto E, quite a bit faster than the EE Kestrel, and lagging only the Doogee F1 (but that’s a grey-market phone, and you may prefer to stick with one intended for sale in the UK). 

In SunSpider it lagged those phones with its 1301ms score, but again saw a marked improvement over the original Moto E’s 1877ms. And it was the same story for graphics performance, with the new Moto E 4G turning in 6fps in Manhattan and 13fps in T-Rex (the original managed 5fps in Manhattan and 11fps in T-Rex). You can compare these results to all the phones we’ve recently tested in our article what’s the fastest smartphone 2024. 

In actual use, the new Moto E feels pretty swift in general, but there can be annoying delays when opening apps. There’s also slight hesitancy when navigating around Lollipop, but nothing you won’t quickly get used to.

Motorola Moto E 4G / New Moto E review: Cameras

One of the additions to the new Moto E is a front-facing camera. It’s only a VGA model, and not much cop for selfies (although you can set a timer), but those looking to Skype or video chat through other means will appreciate its presence. 

As before the rear camera is 5Mp, here with a f2.2 aperture, 4x digital zoom and several features such as a burst mode, auto HDR, tap to focus and quick capture. HD (720p) video is supported at 30fps, and there’s also a slo-mo video mode. There’s no LED flash, which is not at all unusual for a budget phone, but it’s a pain if you were hoping to use your phone as a torch.

The results are very much the same as we saw from the original Moto E. Images are generally well exposed, but lack detail and reveal heavy-handed compression when you zoom in and look closely. They’re fine for sharing online, but won’t produce good enlargements for printing to put on the wall.

Here’s our usual shot of St Pancras. (All are original 5Mp photos from the phone – unedited and not resized.)

Video is understandably shaky since there’s no stabilisation. However, it is captured in HD now – 1280×720 as opposed to the 854×480 of the old Moto E. It is much better than the old phone and colours are decent enough, but detail is lacking compared to the best smartphone video (possibly due to compression again) and it isn’t particularly sharp, either:

Motorola Moto E 4G / New Moto E review: Connectivity

Here’s the key change in the new Moto E: for an extra £20 over the original it includes 4G connectivity, operating on LTE bands 1, 3, 7 and 20. You can learn more about 4G in our complete guide to 4G, but suffice to say it is the fastest mobile data standard, and both network coverage and pricing within the UK is getting better all the time. 

Other connectivity specs remain unchanged, and the new Moto E 4G features Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and GPS.

Motorola Moto E 4G / New Moto E review: Software

Whereas the original Moto E ran Android KitKat, the new Moto E 4G has Lollipop version 5.0 out of the box. Amazingly, for such a cheap phone, Motorola is also guaranteeing an upgrade to the next version of Android. Read more about Android M

It’s a reasonably plain implementation of Lollipop, but with some unique Moto software features. It can show notifications without waking the screen, and monitor your activity to create useful new features and functions. Motorola Assist keeps your screen off while you sleep or in a meeting, plus there’s the double-twist gesture we mentioned earlier to launch the camera. Motorola Migrate also features, easing the transition from your old phone, and there’s Motorola Alert, which can share your location with your friends and family.

Motorola Moto E 4G / New Moto E review: Battery life

Motorola has also upgraded the Moto E’s battery. Whereas before it was fitted with a 1980mAh battery it now has 2390mAh. That’s perhaps not a big a jump as it sounds, given the faster hardware, although Android Lollipop *should* be more efficient than KitKat. 

We’ve not had this phone long enough to thoroughly test the battery, but early indications are very good, and we’re sure the ‘E will last a full day with mixed use, just as Motorola claims.

Read next: Best new smartphones coming in 2024.  

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Specs Motorola Moto E 4G: Specs

Android 5.0 Lollipop (with guaranteed upgrade to the next version of Android)

4G LTE bands 1/3/7/20, 3G 900/2100MHz, 2G 850/900/1800/1900MHz

4.5in qHD (540×960, 245ppi) IPS display, with Gorilla Glass 3 and anti-smudge, splashproof coating

1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor

400MHz Adreno 306 GPU

1GB of RAM

8GB of storage, expandable through microSD up to 32GB

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.0 LTE, GPS

5mp rear- and VGA front cameras, 720p video at 30fps

2390mAh battery

66.8×5.2-12.3×129.9mm

145g

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Review Motorola Moto G82 5G

Pros

Conectividad 5G

Buen diseño en acabados

Gran precio

Contras

Rendimiento mejorable

Cámara para tomas diurnas

La lente macro es inútil

Nuestro veredicto

El Moto G82 5G puede presumir de contar con una pantalla grande que se ve francamente bien, además de un audio impresionante en comparación con otros teléfonos de gama media. El rendimiento es mejorable, pero en líneas generales rinde bien con una muy buena autonomía.

Mejores precios hoy: Motorola Moto G82 5G

Tienda

Precio

$440.00

Ver oferta

La línea de móviles G de Motorola, tradicionalmente, ha sido durante mucho tiempo una elección sólida para cualquier comprador de teléfonos móviles que es consciente de su presupuesto algo limitado. 

El fabricante tiene un nombre muy respetable, con el aliciente de que los teléfonos siempre se han mostrado sólidos (aunque no espectaculares) y, a medida que continúa el goteo de lanzamientos de nuevos buque insignia, Motorola ha sido rápido en mejorar sus dispositivos. 

Así, el Moto G82 5G parece más caro de lo que es, gracias a sus acabados y a su impresionante pantalla OLED con cámara de 50 MP. No obstante, se han recortado ciertos aspectos de los que hablaremos a continuación para mantener su precio de rango medio. 

Diseño y construcción

Trasera de plástico con presencia de huellas

Protección frente a derrames y salpicaduras

Toma de auriculares

Acabados en meteorito gris o lirio blanco

Como mencionamos al principio, el Moto G82 5G continúa la racha de teléfonos atractivos de la marca para los que no tendrás que dejarte un gran presupuesto. 

El frontal es un diseño de casi todo pantalla, con biseles negros que son bastante recortados y se estrechan muy bien alrededor de las esquinas, y la cámara frontal incrustada a modo de agujero perforado ubicado en el centro superior de la pantalla. 

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Cada extremo ofrece un altavoz para la reproducción de sonido en estéreo, mientras que también hay un conector para auriculares en la parte inferior si anhelas esos días felices, junto con un puerto USB C para llevar a cabo la carga de su batería. 

En el lado derecho, encontrarás un controlador de volumen y un botón de activación de pantalla junto con el escáner de huellas dactilares que también puede llamar al asistente de Google con una doble pulsación rápida. La ranura para la bandeja SIM queda desplazada al lateral izquierdo. 

Nuestra unidad cedida para la review es la que tiene acabados en meteorito gris, y aunque es de plástico, se ve francamente bien en la distancia haciéndose pasar por otro tipo de material. Lo malo es que el Moto G82 5G es un auténtico imán de las huellas dactilares, a diferencia del acabado mate del G22. 

El Moto G82 5G mantiene la racha de Motorola en lo que se refiere a fabricar teléfonos atractivos que no suponen un gran desembolso

La parte buena es que Motorola sigue incluyendo una funda transparente para la protección del mismo y para evitar precisamente esto, que las huellas estén a la orden del día. 

También es muy acertada la disposición del conjunto de cámaras, con tres sensores alineados en formación vertical. De esto hablaremos un poco más adelante. 

Destacar que aunque no ofrece certificación IP de ningún tipo, Motorola afirma que el móvil es resistente a derrames y salpicaduras, por lo que no deberías tener problema si lo usas en la calle un día de lluvia. 

Pantalla y altavoces

Panel OLED de 6,6 pulgadas

Frecuencia de refresco de 120 Hz

Altavoces estéreo

Aunque muchos teléfonos baratos evitan el hecho de ofrecer una pantalla de mayor resolución en favor de integrar un panel más económico, no es el caso del Moto G82 que opta por una modalidad de panel OLED Full HD con resolución de 2400 x 1080 píxeles.

Los beneficios son inmediatos cuando se inicia el dispositivo, con los iconos de aplicaciones mostrándose con colores brillantes que hacen destacar la interfaz de Android. También tiene una frecuencia de refresco de 120 Hz, lo que permite desplazarse de forma fluida por la interfaz. 

Lloyd Coombes / Foundry

Probamos el panel con algunos avances de películas y videojuegos con acción, y todo se veía genial, incluso las escenas más oscuras. La precisión del color es buena y la pantalla evita la sobresaturación de los colores, algo que hemos visto que sucede en teléfonos OLED de rango medio. 

Otra agradable sorpresa es la inclusión de un sistema de altavoces estéreo. No es excelente cuando se trata de reflejar detalles de audio, pero tiene un volumen impresionante. 

Es muy válido como dispositivo para escuchar podcasts, aunque probablemente preferirás usar unos auriculares Bluetooth para escuchar música. Dicho esto, recordarte que mantiene el conector mini-jack de auriculares para los que lo prefieran, con sintonizador de radio FM. 

Especificaciones y rendimiento

Rendimiento sólido en aplicaciones

No es lo mejor para jugar

Conectividad 5G

Como ya hemos mencionado, la pantalla es uno de los puntos fuertes del G82 5G. También es de valorar la conectividad 5G proporcionada de serie. Sin embargo, la compañía parece haberse relajado con el rendimiento en este modelo en concreto. 

El móvil es muy capaz de manejar aplicaciones de todo tipo, usar las redes sociales, así como saltar rápidamente de una a otra. Pero si decides pedirle un poco más, comprobarás que la potencia del procesador no está a la altura de las circunstancias. 

Intentamos ejecutar títulos como League of Legends: Wild Rift y el móvil luchó por mantener una velocidad de fotogramas constante, a menudo dejando caer los fps casi por completo lo que provoca que los gráficos vayan a saltos. 

Así pues, rápidamente descubrimos que el Moto G82 5G no es un teléfono que se desenvuelva especialmente bien en el apartado de juegos, con lo que los amantes de esto tendrán que buscar en otra parte como el OnePlus Nord 2T o el Nothing Phone (1).

Aún así, al mover archivos a través de Google Drive, cargar ficheros adjuntos a correos electrónicos o realizar otras tareas menos emocionantes, el móvil funciona mucho mejor que el G22. 

Queda patente que el Moto G82 5G no es un teléfono pensado para los juegos

Los 128 GB de almacenamiento integrado también son una buena elección, especialmente cuando cuentas con el aliciente de poder ampliar dicha capacidad mediante el uso de una tarjeta microSD que te permitirá alcanzar 1 TB. 

Cámaras

Buena cámara principal

El enfoque en modo retrato

Lente macro decepcionante

El Moto G82 5G viene con un trío de opciones de lentes situadas en la parte posterior, encabezadas por una ultra ancha de 50 MP. En condiciones normales, especialmente en exteriores, es buena, aunque muchos puedan llegar a pensar que tiende a saturar los colores.

Con la lente principal no hay problema alguno de enfoque, algo que realiza en breves instantes. La lente gran angular también se comporta bien a plena luz del día, aunque vimos que en ocasiones puede llegar a presentar algún problema con los detalles más nítidos. 

Lloyd Coombes / Foundry

En condiciones de poca luz, la cosa cambia ya que los sensores pasan a luchar con las sombras. Volvemos a detectar una clara tendencia a sobresaturar, lo que lleva a que se puedan producir algunos efectos de viñeta casi naturales. 

En lo que a la lente Macro se refiere, lamentablemente no hay mucho que comentar. Su uso es prácticamente superfluo, excepto si la usas cuando más luz hay a lo largo del día. El enfoque es un proceso lento y no siempre consistente, con lo que obliga a repetir las capturas para obtener un resultado pasable. 

La captura de vídeo se lleva a cabo a un promedio de 60 fps en calidad HD, pero solo obtendrás estabilización a 30 fps. También se nota cuando las personas se desplazan ya que se pierde algo de enfoque y la estabilidad no es de las mejores. 

La cámara frontal, en realidad, funciona razonablemente bien en condiciones de luz media, pero tiene problemas con su modo de retrato. En nuestras pruebas, no perfiló bien la silueta de una persona cortando el cabello, aunque traza bastante bien las orejas y la mandíbula. 

Autonomía y carga de batería

Dos días de uso en la vida real

Carga rápida de 30 W

Conectividad 5G

Cuando usamos el Moto G82 5G en el uso diario, nos impresionó lo bien que se comporta tras una carga. Normalmente, alcanzamos un día y medio o dos días de uso, y la prueba de batería PCMark 3.0 dice que ofrece más de 15 horas de tiempo de uso de pantalla.

La batería de 5000 mAh se carga a través de USB C, con carga rápida de 30 W desde el cargador incluido. Eso significa que puede alcanzar el 27 % en 15 minutos y el 53 % tras media hora conectado a la corriente eléctrica.

Dado que ese 53 % es esencialmente equivalente a un día de uso, eso es lo suficientemente fácil como para poder afrontar un día de uso típico. Encontrarás en el mercado cargas mucho más rápidas, pero no una batería de tanta capacidad, lo cual compensa la balanza. 

Software y aplicaciones

Android 12 

Acciones Moto

Colorful OS aprovecha la pantalla OLED

Los menús son ágiles

Motorola aplica en el Moto G82 5G una variante de su software muy liviana que corre sobre Android 12, con lo que apenas agrega algunas funciones de acceso directo muy sutiles sobre la versión básica de Google, algo muy de agradecer por los usuarios. 

De esta forma, es fácil utilizar los gestos para moverse entre aplicaciones o volver a la pantalla de inicio. Francamente, las Acciones Moto se han vuelto más numerosas, con lo que la personalización del móvil de la marca ahora es mucho mayor. 

Lloyd Coombes / Foundry

Sin duda, una de las funciones más atractivas de Moto es la que permite consultar las notificaciones en pantalla a simple vista sin desbloquear el móvil, de manera que puedes pulsar sobre cualquiera de ellas y acceder directamente a la aplicación en cuestión. 

Si hay una marca que consigue ofrecer valor añadido en la capa de software desplegada sobre Android, esa es Motorola, que ya lleva bastante tiempo mejorando esta experiencia de uso hasta el punto que muchos usuarios ya se han fidelizado a la marca. 

Precio y disponibilidad

El Moto G82 5G puedes adquirirlo actualmente a un precio rebajado de solo 279 € frente a los 329 € que costaba el terminal en el momento de su lanzamiento. Así lo indica la compañía en su página web de venta online. 

Para tratarse de un móvil de gama media, no está nada mal, con el aliciente de que se comercializa con una única configuración de 6 GB de memoria RAM y 128 GB de almacenamiento, ampliables como hemos dicho mediante microSD. 

Como hacen otras marcas, Motorola permite contratar el servicio extendido de garantía Motocare con el que por 23,99 € obtienes un plan extendido de la garantía de tu móvil. De hecho, puedes encontrar hasta 3 modalidades diferentes en función de lo que quieras incluir. 

Te recomendamos consultar nuestro ranking de los mejores móviles de gama media del mercado. 

Veredicto

Siempre que no seas un usuario al que le gusta ejecutar juegos en el móvil o hacer buenas fotografías, el Motorola Moto G82 5G ofrece conectividad 5G en un terminal atractivo con una pantalla OLED que se ve francamente bien.

Para muchos, eso será suficiente, y la duración de la batería también es toda una ventaja frente a otros competidores, a pesar de que la carga rápida de la batería se quede en un valor de 30 W frente a muchos otros que alcanzan los 60 W.

En definitiva, se trata de un caballo de batalla sólido y un experto en multitud de oficios, y aunque no llega a ser un experto en nada, se podría decir que no necesita serlo a este rango de precios. 

Especificaciones

Pantalla FHD+ de 6,6 pulgadas y resolución de 2400 × 1080

Panel OLED con frecuencia de actualización de 120 Hz 

Procesador Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G

RAM de 6 GB

Almacenamiento interno de 128 GB

Ranura para tarjeta microSD (hasta 1 TB)

Cámaras: 

Cámara trasera de 50 MP con OIS

Cámara ancha de 8 MP

Macro de 2 MP

Frontal y selfies de 16 MP

Conectividad WiFi 802.11ac y Bluetooth 5.1

GPS, NFC y 5G

Toma de auriculares y USB-C

Batería no extraíble de 5000 mAh

Carga rápida de 30W

Resistencia al agua y al polvo IP52

Android 12

Dimensiones de 160,89 × 7,9 × 74,46 mm

Peso de 173 gramos

Colores de lanzamiento: Gris Meteorito y Lirio Blanco

Latest Moto E (2014) Twrp Recovery V3.0

Update: TWRP 3.0 is now available for the original Moto E (1st Gen, 2014 edition) and we have shared the download link right below. Because TWRP 3.0 is new and packs great deal of improvements and new features addition over v2.x, there could be some issues here and there, although very, very unlikely. But we have kept the older, tested and confirmed wokring version 2.8.x too below, so that you can install older version in case TWRP 3.0 doesn’t work, or you face any issues with it. Enjoy!

For some time now, the development of TWRP recovery for the original Moto E, 1st Gen, released back in 2014, was stopped. But thanks to user  , the development has kicked off again and now you have the pleasure of using the TWRP v2.8.6.0 on your Moto E 2014 edition. Please note this is original Moto E 1st gen model, and not the recently released Moto E 2nd Gen, for which you can find the TWRP recovery over here.

There are two ways to install the given TWRP recovery, v2.8.6.0, on your Moto E 1st gen. First, if your Moto E is rooted, in which case you can simply download an app to install the .img file of TWRP recovery. You can use flashify app, or the TWRP manager app itself. Just provide the app root access when you open it for the first time, and then choose recovery option. Then select the .img file of TWRP recovery (download link is below, transfer it to your phone first) and the app will do the job for you.

The second method of installing the TWRP recovery does not require root access. Further, you can then use the TWRp recovery itself to root your Moto E. This method uses fastboot and is 100% working way to install recovery via its .img file. The guide below will help you installing the TWRP recovery on Moto E using the fastboot method.

Supported devices

1st Gen Moto E (2014)

Don’t try on 2nd Gen Moto E (2024)

Don’t try on any other Android device

TWRP Recovery

Version 3.0 — Link

Version 2.8.7.x — Link

Credit for TWRP 3.0 — magdeoz over at XDA.

Installation Instructions

WARNING: Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Important Note: Backup important files (music, photos, documents, videos, etc.) stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below.

Get ADB working properly on your PC first. Check out our ADB installation guide for this. Just install ADB and then come back to this guide.

Unlock bootloader of your Moto E if you haven’t already. For help, check out this page for help.

Reboot to fastboot mode:

Power off your Moto E first. Wait for 5-6 seconds after screen goes off.

Press and hold Power+Volume Down together for few seconds until you reach fastboot screen.

Connect your device to PC now.

Open the folder on your PC where you have the TWRP recovery’s file. Be sure to rename the TWRP file to moto-e-twrp (full name with extension will be moto-e-twrp.img).

Open the command window at the location where you have the TWRP recovery:

Select the option: Open command window here

Copy the command below, and paste it in command window. Then hit enter to begin flashing the recovery. (Replace flash recovery with boot in the command below if you want to test it first.) fastboot flash recovery moto-e-twrp.img

Once done, type the below and hit enter key to restart your device. fastboot reboot

Optional: Take a backup now. With TWRP 3.0 installed, the first thing you should do is take backup. It’s highly recommended! Boot into recovery mode and take a backup. To reboot into fastboot mode, boot into fastboot mode as stated in step 3, and then press volume down button repeatedly till you see recovery appearing on screen, and then press power button to select and boot into recovery mode.

Happy flashing!

The Best Motorola Moto G Play 2023 Cases You Can Buy

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The Moto G Play 2023 is a new offering from Motorola, and if you’re considering this phone, it’s a good idea to consider some cases, too. After all, just because it’s a budget option doesn’t mean dropping it is any better. Here are our top picks for cases for the Moto G Play 2023. Come back occasionally, too; new cases may crop up as this phone stays on the market.

And if you want the whole story behind selecting the perfect accessories for your phone, we’ve got a guide for that.

The best Motorola Moto G Play 2023 cases:

See also: The best Tudia cases

Bniut textured case

This textured case features a dual-layer design and reinforced corners to help protect your phone in case it lands edge-first. But thanks to the mottled surface, you’re sure to retain a firm grip to prevent falls in the first place. And a raised bevel around the screen and camera lenses helps protect these sensitive areas while the tactile buttons remain are easy to press. Plus, it’s a matte case, so fingerprint shouldn’t be a concern.

Pujue silicone case

It’s rare to find a silicone case that offers screen protection, but this Pujue case does just that. You get a screen cover that protects your Moto G Play 2023’s screen from scratches and impacts while the soft silicone backing is comfortable to hold. It gives you a solid, comfortable grip and doesn’t show fingerprints simultaneously. There’s also a raised bevel around the camera lenses to provide additional protection.

Soios kickstand case

The other options on this list tend toward the minimalist, but if you want something flashy and functional, try this Soiois kickstand case that comes in teal, black, blue, dark green, orange, and red. It has a screen protector for additional protection, while the case has a non-slip texture to help you retain a firm grasp. You’ll also find raised edges around the camera lenses for extra peace of mind. And, of course, the kickstand means hands-free use is easy.

Faluu wallet

A wallet case is always a classic, and this case makes your Moto G Play 2023 look great. It features a soft faux leather exterior plus a stiff lining to ensure your phone stays safe in a bag or pocket. A magnetic closure will ensure it stays shut, too. And the case can be used as a kickstand for watching movies or video calls. Plus, you can stash some cash and cards inside it.

Aiscell holster

It might look like a throwback to the ’90s, but a holster case that affixes to your belt is handy if you’re on job sites or need your hands free for other things. This case has a velcro cover that’s easy to open and close, while the nylon pouch can withstand rough conditions. The sides are elastic, too, so it’ll be simple to slide your phone into and out of the case.

Agoz leather wallet

If you want a more contemporary take on the wallet case, consider this Agoz leather case. It has a belt clip for hands-free carrying while the felt lining gently cradles your Moto G Play 2023. A magnetic closure helps ensure the case remains shut while in a backpack or purse.

Otterbox is known for tough cases that protect your phone from bumps and drops, which makes them perfect for the clumsy or accident-prone. Your Moto G Play 2023 will be safe inside a hard outer shell covering a soft inner slipcover, while strategic cutouts give you access to the charging port and camera. Raised edges around the lenses and screen offer even more security.

See also: Best Otterbox cases

Moto E5 Plus Review: Stature And Stamina

Our Verdict

Budget phones don’t often come in a plus model offering a bigger screen and larger battery, but the Moto E5 Plus ticks both these boxes and at a price tag under £150. What’s also impressive is that you get Moto G design and some other handy features including a fingerprint scanner. The downside is that performance is a bit laggy, so it might be worth jumping up to the G6 Play.

Motorola’s 2023 lineup of phones is vast including no less than six across the G and E ranges. They’re all very close in price so it’s easy to be tempted by the next one up. Here we review the most expensive in the trio of budget E phones, the Moto E5 Plus.

We’ve already reviewed the regular Moto E5 which we dubbed the best phone under £150, but should you spend a little more to get the Plus model? Read on to find out.

Moto E5 Plus: Price and availability

We gave the Moto E5 the above accolade and it’s not even close to the price limit at just £119. The E5 Plus, though, is pretty much bang on at £149. So one question we’re looking at how it compares. You can buy it from Amazon and Very. 

Confusing things a little is the fact that the Moto G6 Play (the cheapest in the G range) is £169 which isn’t much more.

In the US, the phone costs $179 and you can buy it from the likes of Sprint, Cricket and T-Mobile.

Moto E5 Plus: Design and build

Motorola is sticking with its design language in general and it’s fairly recognisable. Across the range, the firm has gone with the on-trend tall displays, but there are still reasonable bezels above and below the screen.

It’s impressive that the E5 Plus feels just as premium as the G6 range with a similar style to the back including a fingerprint scanner complete with ‘M’ logo, and an attractive camera surround.

The Plus model is where the E5 jumps to a glass rear cover. It might look more eye-catching and premium compared to the aluminium backed E5, but it does make it more slippery and shows up fingerprint marks more.

We like the rounded sides on the back that help it feel nicer when holding the phone. However, this is a 9.4mm thick and 197g handset so it’s not the most svelte around. There’s a pretty good reason or two for that which we’ll explore later.

It’s worth noting that although it looks like the G6, the E5 Plus doesn’t have a water repellent coating.

Moto E5 Plus: Specs and features

Being a Plus model might mean the phone is on the unwieldy side when it comes to design but it has things in the hardware department that, for some, will make it well worth while.

Screen

The display is one of the main reasons to get the E5 Plus as it’s the biggest Motorola around. At 6in, it’s even bigger than the 5.9in G6 Plus. If it’s the most amount of real estate you’re looking for then this is it.

It’s essentially the same screen as the E5 and G6 Play only bigger. So it’s an IPS LCD panel with a 720 x 1440 resolution, so that’s HD+ to create an 18:9 aspect ratio as so many phones offer now. Motorola calls it Max Vision.

Unlike the E5 Play with its disappointing screen, the Plus is bright and colourful. The pixel density is lower than the other Motos we’ve mentioned but not enough compared to the closest in price to make a difference.

The large size is great if you want to do things like watch videos or use two apps at the same time. Like other Moto phones, you also benefit from Moto Display which gives information at a glance.

Processor, memory and storage

The E5 Plus falls down a little here as despite the price jump from the regular model, you still get a fairly basic Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. The phone also comes with 2GB of RAM which isn’t much. A 3GB version is market dependent.

That comes with 16GB of storage which is fairly normal for a  budget phone. If you can find the 3GB RAM model then you’ll get 32GB of storage. Either way, there’s a microSD card slot for adding up to 256GB.

Performance is one of the worst thing about the Moto E5 Plus as there is noticeable lag, even when swiping between homescreen panels and then opening various apps. Oddly, we didn’t find the regular E5 this bad.

It’s certainly not the end of the world, and a phone under £150 isn’t going to be lightning fast. This is one reason to jump to the G6 Play as it has a higher grade processor. You’ll notice the E5 Play benchmarks better in some tests, which is due to its lower screen resolution.

Connectivity and audio  

As with most budget phones, there’s not much to say in this section. You get basic single band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and Micro-USB. It’s a shame to see no NFC, which the single SIM E5 has so bear this in mind if you want to use the phone for contactless payments and the like.

A boon for some users is the ability to have two SIM cards at once, and this is without having to take up the microSD card slot which is unusual.

In terms of audio, you get a basic speaker and a headphone jack but we’re not complaining since the latter is becoming more and more rare.

As mentioned earlier, there’s a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. It works accurately and fairly quickly, too. You can use it to unlock the phone without having to press the power button first.

Cameras

At the back, the Moto E5 Plus has the same camera as the E5 and G6 Play. It’s 13Mp with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection auto focus and HDR. However, it also has a laser autofocus too which you don’t even get on the more expensive G6 Play.

We did find focusing to be nice and quick an in general, the E5 Plus is capable of taking some decent shots you’d be happy to share on social media. This wasn’t the case for phones under £150 too long ago.

As you can see in our gallery below, the results in decent lighting are good. The phone doesn’t cope with low light, though, as you might expect. Video is nicely detailed but not stabilised well so you’ll be better off shooting videos without moving the device.

At the front is a 5Mp camera which will take half decent selfies outdoors but prepare yourself for grainy shots inside, or dare to use the front facing LED flash. Jump to the G6 Play and you’ll get an 8Mp selfie camera as well as extra features such as colour spot and slow motion video.

Battery life

The second indication that this is a Plus model, after the screen, is the impressively large battery. Some of Motorola’s other phones already have an above average 4000mAh cell, but the E5 Plus pushes things to a whopping 5000mAh.

In our battery benchmark which is a worst case scenario, the E5 Plus lasted 11 hours and 22 minutes. That’s far more than most phones on the market with the vast majority struggling to get close to 10 hours.

Motorola touts a 1.5 day usage but we think that some users will get a full two days worth out of the phone – with light usage, of course.

There’s no Turbo Charging like on the G6 phones but you get a Rapid Charger which can get the E5 Plus to 22 percent in 30 minutes. It doesn’t sound great, but bear in mind the capacity of the battery.

Moto E5 Plus: Software and apps

The Moto E5 Plus comes with Android 8.0 Oreo, which is no longer the latest version but 9.0 Pie is still fresh and the phone should get an update at some point.

As usual, Motorola goes with a vanilla Android experience so doesn’t add to or mess with the user interface much. The main addition is its Moto app which contains a bunch of useful things.

It makes suggestions such as freeing up space as well as offering Moto Actions and Moto Display. The former allows you to do things quickly with gestures, although some like opening the camera and switching the torch on are reserved for the G6 phones.

The Display section allows you to see notifications on the screen when it’s off, keep the screen on while you’re looking at it (negating the time out) and adjust to warmer tones at night.

It’s a shame that after years of being used to a stock experience, Motorola now adds Outlook and LinkedIn. It is only those two, so there’s far worse out there but you can’t uninstall them even if you want to.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a big and bold phone for under £150 then the Moto E5 Plus fits the bill with it’s towering 6in screen and whopping 5000mAh battery.

It’s impressive how nice the phone looks and feels considering the price and the size and weight will be worth the sacrifice for these features. It is a shame there’s no NFC here but it’s a minor omission.

The main downside is the slightly laggy performance so jump up to the G6 Play if this will get on your nerves. It still has a large screen and battery, plus the benefits of a better processor and front camera.

Related stories for further reading Specs Moto E5 Plus: Specs

Android 8.0 Oreo

6in 18:9 IPS LCD HD+ (720×1440)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, 1.4GHz Quad-core

2GB RAM

16GB storage

MicroSD card slot, up to 256GB

13Mp rear camera, f/2.0 aperture with phase detection and laser autofocus

5Mp front facing camera

Fingerprint scanner (rear)

802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz

Bluetooth 4.2 LE

Dual Nano-SIM

GPS

Single speaker

Headphone jack

Micro-USB

5000mAh non-removable battery with Rapid Charge

75 x 160 x 9.4mm

197g

Moto Z2 Play Real Life Usage Review

The Moto Z2 Play is the successor to the Moto Z Play that was launched last year along with Moto Z. The phone supports the Moto Mods just like its predecessor. The company also launched a series of Moto Mods along with this phone.

Moto Z2 Play Coverage

Moto Z2 Play Specifications

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Physical Overview

Coming to the build quality of the phone, the Moto Z2 Play feels great and is solidly built. The device comes with an all aluminium body. Motorola has not made any big changes to the design of the smartphone in comparison to the Moto Z Play.

There are some minor changes in the device, like the design of the fingerprint scanner on the front is now rounded are visible. Also, the Z2 Play measuring 6 mm in thickness is slimmer than the previous model that was 7mm.

On the back, there is a camera bump that makes it easier to pick up the phone when it is placed on flat surface.

Moto has retained the 16-pin connector at the rear to support Moto Mods. The pins are made of 23-karat gold to prevent corrosion and scratches.

On the front, at the top, the selfie camera is positioned along with proximity, ambient light sensor, a recessed earpiece and a dual tone flash.

Below the display, there is the fingerprint sensor and a microphone for calls.

At the top, there is the SIM tray along with a secondary microphone.

The USB Type-C port and 3.5mm audio jack are placed at the bottom.

Overall, the design and build quality of the phone remains mostly unchanged from its previous model.

Display

The display is bright and the colors are vibrant with good viewing angles. The display performs decently in sunlight The display comes with huge bezels at the top and bottom.

Camera

The Moto Z2 Play comes with a 12 MP primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture. The company has added a dual autofocus system. The device comes phase detection and laser detection autofocus. It also features a dual tone dual-LED flash for improved low light images.

The front camera of the phone is also impressive. The front camera sports a 5 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture with a dual tone dual-LED flash.

In terms of video recording, the main camera can shoot 4K video at 30 fps, while the front camera can record 1080p videos.

Hardware and Storage

The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 626 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz. The chipset is coupled with 4GB RAM. The phone houses 64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The device features a 4G-enabled dual Nano-SIM slot along with a dedicated microSD card slot.

Software and Performance

When it comes to the OS and the overall experience of the software, it does not have any issues. Coming to the overall performance, the smartphone is quite smooth and snappy. You may not experience any lag or freezing even during heavy usage of the phone.

Benchmarks Battery

The best thing about the Z2 Play is its battery life. The Moto Z2 Play comes with a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery with Turbocharge support. Although the battery is smaller than the one on its predecessor, it performs very well.

The smartphone can easily last for a day on moderate usage. The usage includes extensive gaming, constant emailing, browsing, and listening to music etc. One thing to note that the phone heats up a bit when charging with the Turbo-Charger.

In terms of connectivity, it comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a Type-C USB 3.1 port.

Pricing and Availability Verdict

With Moto Z2 Play, the company focuses on the overall user experience instead of following the rat race to pack phone with the latest specifications. So, if you want stock Android experience with great battery life and don’t care that much about the latest specs and flagship devices, you can go with the Moto Z2 Play. The addition of Moto Mods support adds a unique selling point to the device. That said, the price is a little on the higher side.

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