Affordable but not powerful enough The original Moto E was the harbinger of change.
For the first time, a company was banking on cumulative smartphone experiences rather than spec sheets, to sell its product, through a very simple philosophy: give users what they need, and not overburden them with paper specs that, at the end of the day, don't matter much for an average user. Clean software and good battery life, for instance, were its plus points. It was also aggressively priced. It's no surprise then that the Moto E became an instant bestseller. Especially in India, where consumers were for long waiting for a decent smartphone, that wouldn't burn a hole in their pocket a majority of them being first time buyers who were looking to make a switch from feature phones to uncharted territory, but were too afraid to shell out their hard earned cash on something, well, more expensive. But, that was two years ago. Look how the tables have turned in 2016. It's all about the specs, and specs alone now. Smartphone experiences are important, also, but hey, I don't see why anybody would mind some good specs, if they come for cheap. Change is in the air. The Moto E, now in its third generation avatar, however, is still far from the madding crowd. It's still guided by the same philosophy that a smartphone should focus on technology that makes a difference based on what people really care about. But, can it really survive solely on its, now, aging philosophy? Design and build qualityLife was much simpler when there was one Moto X, one Moto G and just one Moto E. In 2016, we have three Moto Xs (err. Moto Zs), three Moto Gs, and two Moto Es. Diversification of the Moto brand courtesy Lenovo started last year. Only this year, it seems to have reached an all time crescendo. Not that it is a problem. It is always nice to have more options. The problem is there is so very little difference between Lenovo's budget and mid range Moto phones right now both in hardware and in looks that it becomes confusing. It's like all of a sudden Lenovo is trying to be Asus or something. The Moto G4, the Moto G4 Play, the Moto E3 Power and the Moto E3 all look the same. The Moto G4 Plus has been left out of this conversation because, well, it has a fingerprint scanner. Take that away, and it would be a part of it. Having said that, I really like the way the new Moto E3 Power looks. I really like the build quality as well. The same design that doesn't work that well in the Moto G4 Plus, works well here. The all plastic shell and chrome rim toting Moto E3 Power makes so much more sense. It's because the Moto E was always about the durability and ease of use. Lenovo has kept both these parameters intact, even though, its design may not be all that familiar any more. The Moto E3 Power, built by Lenovo, is generic at best, just like the other affordable Moto phones of this year. There's something about the Moto E3 Power's design, which sets it apart from the entire hullabaloo in the budget segment. It brings back memories when all plastic phones and removable ?????? batteries were still the in thing It's flat, mostly, and curves around the edges just so you don't feel the sharpness. It sits well in the hands and it stays there, without slipping away. The back panel, which is also removable, has this very fine textured finish that gives the phone a sophisticated look, and improves grip. This is a phone that you would love to hold in your hand(s) and the five inch form factor means it's also very comfortable to operate with one hand. Just like the Moto E of Motorola's heyday. The characteristic Moto dimple on the back stays put, but the camera module now rests behind an oblong piece of glass like plastic that is surrounded by a fine chrome lining. At 153.5 gram and ray ban sunglasses for sale 9.5 mm, the Moto E3 Power retains the chunkiness of past Moto Es, which also means that it is still heavier and thicker than rival phones in the market. It also has wide chunky bezels. The Moto E3 Power is not out to give the Xiaomi Redmi 3S a run for its money. In fact, it's not even close to what Xiaomi's phone has to offer in design and build quality. But, there's something about the Moto E3 Power's design, which sets it apart from the entire hullabaloo that has been sweeping the budget segment off its feet. I call it nostalgia. It brings back old memories when all plastic phones and removable batteries were still the in thing. Rest assured the Moto E3 Power will take you there. Moreover, the Moto E3 Power also has a water repellent nano coating that protects the phone from accidental spills, splashes or light rain. It is not exactly waterproof but it helps. DisplayThe Moto E3 Power comes with a 5 inch HD IPS LCD display with a 720x1280 pixel resolution that roughly translates to 294 ppi pixel density. Brightness levels are just about adequate and adaptive brightness works as it should. Viewing angles are just about adequate as well, with just a hint of discoloration when you tilt the screen sideways. Lenovo's phone, however, does not better the Redmi 3S Prime in terms of peak brightness, even more so in terms of colour accuracy. Although colours look rich and vibrant, they don't exactly pop the way they do on Xiaomi's phone. Moreover, unlike the Redmi 3S Prime, the Moto E3 Power also doesn't give you a manual mode to achieve better results. You're basically stuck with the phone's default settings. There is also no bloat or unwanted app here. The only 'extra' that Lenovo has put inside the Moto E3 Power is a Moto Alert app, that is essentially a safety or SOS feature. The Moto Alert allows users to share their location with family and friends, auto dial a pre defined number or sound an alarm, in case of emergency. There is also a file manager. That's about it. Near vanilla Android experience is something that all Moto phones vouch for, and buyers, who buy these phones, usually tend to prefer it that way. If, however, you're someone who likes third party skins, for maybe, the customisation options (like themes) that they offer, Xiaomi's MIUI would probably suite you more. Having an almost unmodified version of Android has its advantages. One is of course, the experience. Phones with stock Android (and close) generally tend to be smoother and lag free. But more importantly, these phones are also fairly quick to be updated with latest software. Moto phones in general are relatively quick to get software updates as opposed to say Xiaomi, a company that has to wait for Google to give the code to it so it can re work on it and then pass on the update to users. It comes with 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The dual SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE ready) and USB OTG. The phone comes with separate slots for two SIM cards and one microSD. I will not beat around the bush here. The Moto E3 Power is not as powerful as Lenovo would want you to believe that it is, based on its naming convention. ray ban mens Heck, it's not even close. Moto phones have, for long, been rocking Qualcomm chips. Not top tier chips, but, Qualcomm based, at least. MediaTek chips, despite the fact that they are a little more heat efficient, are known to be less powerful than Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. I agree that raw rayban glases power has never been the USP of the Moto E (even the Moto G, for that matter), but at least, previous Moto Es were pretty fast in day to day usage. These phones, with their unadulterated software, managed to do the basics right. The Moto E3 Power, not so much. The phone seems lacking in almost every sense of the word, so much so that even near vanilla Android can't save the day. Practically, each and every app inside the phone opens and closes with visible lag or stutter. I've even had a couple of instances when the Google launcher went haywire and crashed out of the blue: not at all a pretty sight. Killing background apps does help, but there's only so much that it can do. Besides, constantly closing apps in the background, so newer ones would work slightly better, becomes jarring after some time. The Moto E3 Power is definitely not the phone you're looking for if you're into gaming. Even basic games like Subway Surfers are susceptible to a few lags here and there, particularly during long periods of game play. The Moto E3 Power is not as powerful as Lenovo would want you to believe that it is, based on its naming convention. And then there is the Redmi 3S, with its heftier Snapdragon 430 processor. The Moto E3 Power, well, it doesn't stand a chance. The front firing mono speaker on board the Moto E3 Power comes as a very pleasant surprise though. It gets really loud, louder than the Redmi 3S Prime, with little or no distortion at peak volume. Voice quality during calls made with the Moto E3 Power was also excellent. The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery which is also user removable. Battery life is fantastic. Lenovo claims one day worth of battery life on this one. Our tests have shown it can go even longer using the phone's in built battery saving option. Of course Android Marshmallow's Doze functionality has a lot to do with this. Having a 5 inch 720p display and a heat efficient processor also helps a lot. Moderate to extreme usage saw us cross the one whole day barrier with ease. Extreme usage scenarios got us close to 13 hours on the Moto E3 Power.
It doesn't exactly beat the Redmi 3S Prime (4,100mAh) but it gets close. Moreover, the included fast charger is rated to deliver up to 5 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging, according to Lenovo. It takes nearly one and a half hours to charge fully though.
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