Motorola started the trend of selling decent smartphones at reasonable costs, and the company's Moto E is its most affordable Android device to date. The Moto E runs $150 for a 4G LTE-enabled model, or $120 for one with 3G-level speeds.
Either way, you're getting a comfy if somewhat chunky phone with an unassuming plastic-based design. The Moto E comes in black or white and uses a series of interchangeable multicolored bands to add a splash of color onto its body.
The device has a modest 4.5-in. 540 x 960 display -- nothing like the vibrant and crystal-clear screens you'll see on high-end smartphones, but something that's perfectly usable nevertheless. The phone is similarly adequate in most other areas, including its storage (8GB of internal space and a microSD slot) and performance -- which is by no means snappy but fine enough for casual use.
The areas where the Moto E shines are in stamina and software, both of which are better than what you'll find on many phones with six times the cost. On the latter front, Motorola provides a version of Android that sticks closely to Google's Lollipop-level user interface, with no arbitrary visual changes and just a small handful of genuinely useful feature additions.
And cost is the key thing to keep in mind with the Moto E. For $120 to $150, it provides a respectable overall user experience -- one unlike anything else you'll find for that price.