Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What if you don't want a state of the art smartphone?

In the battle of smartphones, the iPhones, Galaxy S's, Blackberry z10s and Nokia 1020s can slug it out all they want to to be the biggest, quickest, and most responsive smartphone on the block.  But what about customers who only want a phone to make calls, send messages, and occasionally go online or check Facebook or Twitter?  

If the top-of-the-line phones are overkill and a waste of money for your own humble purposes, you could do worse than getting a new Motorola Moto-E.  It's a simple unlocked smartphone that scrimps on some features, but comes at an attractive, no-contract price that doesn't require you to lock in to one carrier for an extended period of time.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
The Los Angeles Times

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Excerpt: "At $129, the Moto E is one of the cheapest smartphones customers can get. By comparison, a 16 GB iPhone 5s costs $649 without a contract. But despite its low price, the Moto E gets the job done where it counts.

During my week with the device, the Moto E performed admirably in nearly all the tasks I would consider essential to a smartphone. The gadget delivered clear voice calls, delivered my text messages just fine and provided me with a quick Internet connection when I surfed the Web or used apps such as Facebook.

The Moto E turned out to be speedier than I expected. With no way to connect to high-speed 4G LTE networks, the Moto E is relegated to running on the 3G networks of years past. I tested it using T-Mobile -- but it works with all U.S. carriers -- and it performed very well. Don’t get me wrong. The Moto E is not nearly as fast as an iPhone 5s or a Galaxy S5, but its speed never frustrated me.

Customers will also be happy to know that the Moto E runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. Motorola has also committed to updating the device at least one more time, so customers can count on their gadget having the latest software for at least the next two years.

Another highlight of the Moto E was its battery life. Motorola said it designed the Moto E to have all-day battery life. That’s been part of the company’s marketing pitch on numerous devices for several years, and the Moto E was no exception. Using the device as a secondary phone, I was able to get more than two days of full battery from the Moto E. Used as a primary device, the Moto E should deliver on its full-day promise.

The Moto E’s exterior design also stood out. The phone is by no means a sexy gadget. In fact, it’s a bit chunky and made out of pedestrian plastic material, but the design works because Motorola made the Moto E very comfortable to hold. With a rubbery, curved-back, the Moto E is easy to grip. The back cover also features a round indentation under the Motorola logo, designed for one’s finger when holding the gadget to make a phone call. Overall, the Moto E is a very ergonomic device.

Customers can also add some character to the phone by mixing up its color scheme. When buying the device, customers choose between a black and white front cover. They can then choose from various different colored back cover shells. After buying the device, customers can purchase more shells individually from Motorola.com or Amazon.com that start at $14.99."

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