I still remember that sometime back in May 2014, I got my first real smartphone. This is how I would like to describe it in a few lines, Bryan Adams Style.
“I got my first real smartphone
Bought it at an online shop
Used it till my fingers pained
Was the summer of one year back…”
|My First Smartphone - Moto E Unboxed|
Yes, almost a year has passed since I bought my Moto E. I still use it so much, and I have dropped it a couple of times, but the phone remains as new as it was when I bought it. I chose to start with the Moto E a year back, because I wanted a good phone which looked decent and had many features. I was working at a small firm as a research writer back then, but making money was quite difficult. I had to choose a smartphone which fitted in my shoestring budget, and I was waiting for one. Luckily, I saw an advertisement on a famous newspaper about the Moto E and it was really attractive. I loved the price of the Moto E more than anything else. I immediately tried to get one, but it was out of stock. I started to work, but all my thoughts were on the Moto E. Since my workplace was quite strict with internet usage, I had to wait to go home and check if it was available.
The bookings were open, however, and I booked my Moto E. I got it delivered within 4 days. As soon as I opened the box, I was so delighted to see the Motorola symbol. I never thought I would own a Motorola smartphone, since they were pretty costly. But Moto E changed that notion. Within a few weeks, there were Moto Es everywhere, someone or the other had it.
One thing that I love about the Moto E even till today is its display. Though it did not have a qHD display, like most smartphones have these days, I actually tricked most of my friends into believing that my Moto E had an HD display. Some of my friends even bought MotoEs for themselves after I flaunted it. It was completely functional with a very light UI, and it worked good even for small games. I wanted a smartphone for utility, and till now, the phone has just crashed twice. Of course, you need to maintain minimum apps and standard memory, but for a smartphone with a small price tag, it was not bad at all. The Moto E also came with a notification light. I never thought it would be so useful, but I realized it only after I began to use the phone.
The best thing of my first smartphone is its user interface. Most other smartphone firms use a heavily loaded UI to make it look good, and that reduces the phone’s performance badly. Motorola chose not to do so, and advanced Android users still use the Moto E UI on their phones after rooting it. But with all this said, there was only one disadvantage - the camera. Since I was not a selfie freak, I never needed the front cam. I would have loved the Moto E even more if it had a better rear cam. Though it was a 5MP shooter, the quality of the images sometimes looked like a VGA output, especially when shooting indoors in low light. Outdoor photographs were decent enough, but most Moto E users had nothing to blame, because Motorola did enough justice to the phone’s price.
But if you do not own a smartphone yet, and you are planning to get one, I would just say that you got lucky. The Moto E 2nd generation is here, and it is much better than the previous one. It also has a secondary camera, though 0.3MP, it must be enough. Needless to say, the rear camera has been improved a lot, because Motorola did not want to miss it out this time. Also, it has a 4.5 inch screen, which is perfect for people who do not like big smartphones.
Personally, I would not prefer spending too much on a smartphone. I chose to start with the Moto E a year back, and if given the same 7000 rupees again, I will definitely choose the new Moto E. That’s because once you use a Motorola, you will just not be happy with any other Android smartphone maker.