Motorola Moto E (1st Generation) - Black - 4 GB - US GSM Unlocked Phone
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- Compatibility- All GSM Networks including AT&T and (2G) T-Mobile
- Optimized to work with 3G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks when roaming outside the US. Only supports 2G coverage on T-Mobile.
- Protected with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a water-resistant splash guard for lasting durability.
- A long-lasting battery (this device ships with a USB charger only; no wall plug included). Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 1980mAh battery.
- Switch out your Motorola Shells. With its curved design, Moto E fits comfortably in your hand and nicely in your pocket.
- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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|Camera Description||5 MP||5 MP||8.0||5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels||5 MP||Primary: 5 MP, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, Video 720p@30fps, stereo sound rec., HDR|Secondary: 1.3 MP|
|Screen Size||4.5 in||11.43 cm||5||4.3 in||4.5 in||4.5 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.55 x 4.91 x 0.48 in||5.11 x 2.62 x 2.08 in||2.83 x 5.69 x 0.35 in||2.55 x 4.91 x 0.48 in||0.46 x 2.6 x 5.1 in||2.59 x 5.11 x 0.46 in|
|Item Weight||5.01 ounces||4.96 ounces||4.83 ounces||5.01 ounces||5 ounces||5.12 ounces|
|Operating System||Android||Android||android 6.0||Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)||Android||Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat)|
Built to last The sharpest display in its class. Protected with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a water-resistant splash guard. Don’t let the fear of everyday scratches and splashes stand in your way. Power to last With a long-lasting 1980 mAh battery you can go all day without plugging in. Software to last Moto E runs Android™ 4.4, KitKat®, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile platform. And with a guaranteed upgrade, you'll be up to date with the best Android experience.
Top customer reviews
I finally went to use headphones with my phone just now and noticed that they don't snap into place (the cord can literally fall right out of the phone). Also, when plugged in, the headphones don't seem to make a connection with the phone (sound is not routed to the headphones), so I pushed just a little bit harder than normal to see if they would snap into place and the phone quickly showed sporadic signs that the headphones were plugged in and unplugged, and plugged in and unplugged, and so on and so forth (all of this with me barely touching the phone). Meanwhile, the headphones - which function perfectly normal - only had sound in the left earpiece. In short, I believe the problem with this phone to be the following:
Due to a faulty headphone jack, the phone might be trying to route sound to headphones when none are even plugged in. This would explain why tapping the phone temporarily alleviates the issue as it jostles this faulty connection.
This is a really awesome phone (so why only two stars?), but unfortunately I experienced a pretty big issue.
After about half a month of using this phone, my external speaker stopped working. I couldn't use:
-Notifications (text, email, etc.)
-Speaker phone calls
-Basically anything that uses the external speaker
After trying pretty much everything I could think of, such as restarting the phone, messing with all the different volume settings, I gently tapped on the backside of the phone about 8-10 times. To my amazement, audio to the speaker was restored, leaving me to believe there is possibly a loose connection to the external speaker.
However, a friend convinced me to file a replacement claim ("you haven't had it long enough to be experiencing these kinds of issues."), so I did. When the replacement arrived, I fully charged the battery, I transferred all my contacts, I updated all my aps, and all the other fun stuff you do when you get a new phone. All was well, except instead of lasting me half a month the external speaker decided to die after just 3 days. I reproduced the tapping on the backside of the phone and, sure enough, after a few attempts, sound was restored.
This is apparently a common issue with the Moto E. Just google "Moto E no sound" to see for yourself. It's a shame, too, because this is such a great phone (read some of the 4-5 star reviews), but an issue like this can't be ignored. What good is a phone if it can't ring when someone is calling you?
My review of two stars might seem harsh, but I did try two different phones and they both had the same issue. Amazon classifies two stars as "I don't like it," which is pretty much what it took for me to decide to return it.
Luckily amazon has a great return policy.
The phone works great and it's paid for as in DONE. It's on Straight Talk/AT&T for 45 bucks a month. Unlimited everything. Data is HSPA+, so while it's not LTE, it *is* the next best thing and waaaayyyy quicker than the .3 g phone my CDMA carrier was making me use. Coverage has been very good. This is a deal!
Kit Kat, while still android, is smooth and fast with this phone. Hooray! for no crap-ware! Hooray! for the micro-SD slot! Great screen, nice audio, nice size, fits nice in the hand, plays music and movies perfectly, and has an FM radio. Can easily use apps to find restaurants, coffee shops and update status, if you care for that stuff.
No front camera - no big deal. 5MP rear camera - could be better, but no big deal. No flash - boy, I miss that flash!
A fine phone for those wanting travel flexibility, good performance for media playback, low cost, and quality design.
Things I was looking for in a new phone:
-Fits comfortably in pocket
-Runs the latest version of android
-Has the capacity to hold all of my music and CoPilot offline GPS app
-Sturdy build that I could use for several years
I researched for several months and had a lot of trouble finding a phone that had everything I was looking for. Wanting a small phone was the biggest obstacle I found. Initially I had written off 4.3 inch screens thinking the phone would be too big but this one is only about 1/4" taller and about the same width and thickness as an Iphone 3gs. That being said it fits VERY comfortably in my pocket.
Also, after researching online a bit I saw that a few people have noted that a 64gb micro sd card works just fine in the Moto E. I took a chance and bought this one from amazon:
Once I went into the settings/storage/mount sd card and allowed it to format I had 59.36gb to store my music! I have it over halfway full now with music and apps and videos and it is working perfectly.
My only gripe is that, as others have noted, the back cover of the phone (the part you can change for other colors) has a little bit of wiggle room. It does not by any means feel like it is going to fall off it is just worth noting.
Tl:dr; great phone for the price. Would recommend to anyone who is low maintenance and just wants a smart phone that will work fast and do smart phone things without all the bells and whistles.