Motorola’s new smartphone boasts impressive features and performance for the price. The 4.3-inch Moto E is set to retail for just $129 off-contract when it hits stores this spring. That makes it one of the best values around for budget-minded business users in the market for a new business phone.
The Moto E replaces another affordable device, the Moto G, as Motorola’s best smartphone deal. An exact release date for the entry-level Moto E hasn’t yet been announced, but Motorola says it will become available in just a few weeks. Here are three features that make it good for business.
The Moto E’s standout feature is its low price point; the phone will sell for just $129 off-contract. That means the device costs around the same price as Motorola’s flagship Moto X smartphone, but without the need to sign on to a pricey two-year contract. To get an idea of how cheap that is, consider that the Moto X retails for $400 off-contract. For business users on a budget – especially those with only basic computing needs – the Moto E offers great bang for your buck.
At this price point, the Moto E’s speed and performance won’t blow you away. But its modest hardware should provide plenty of oomph for entry-level users. The handset packs a reasonably snappy dual-core processor with 1GB of Ram and 4GB of onboard storage. Those specs can’t stand up to flagship devices, but they’re better than the average budget smartphone. And in terms of functionality, the Moto E blows away features phones in the same price range.
Unlike most budget Android devices, the Moto E will ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. Compared to older iterations, KitKat packs business-friendly features such as native printer support, and built-in support for Quickoffice, a mobile productivity suite. Motorola is also touting new features for the Moto E including “Find Me,” which lets you quickly text your current location to a contact with a few taps. That could come in handy for business meetings.