Omio is rounding up all the mobile phone reviews over the past week from the major tech titles in the UK.
This is all in order to bring you an all-inclusive and encompassing view of the opinions, from the various handset reviewers.
When Motorola launched the Moto G smartphone last year, it said it wanted to offer “an affordable smartphone for people who don’t want to compromise on quality, experience or style”. It more than succeeded in that venture, and now its focus shifts to the even more budget section of the market with the Motorola Moto E.
The Moto E is less spec-savvy than its bigger brother Moto G, but it still puts on a darn good show considering its £89 asking price. By cutting back on the specification and price point has Motorola got the balance right to be the budget king once again? We’ve been living with the Moto E as our go-to phone for a couple of weeks to see whether it adds up.
The Moto E is a brilliant device for the price. If your budget doesn’t stretch beyond £100 then we would say – ignoring the lack of 4G connectivity – that there isn’t a competing device that offers the same overall experience, specification and design.
Despite the price point the Moto E has glimpses of premium about its build; the matte finish on the rear makes it a delight to hold and the metal buttons feel quality. Add some useful software features, a true Android experience, solid battery life, microSD slot for storage expansion, quality sound output and it’s an undeniably decent device.
On the not-so-good side of the coin the rear camera really isn’t up to much and the lack of a front-facing one feels like an oddity, plus the screen resolution is fairly low. But that’s hardly surprising given the price.
All said and done the Moto E gives plenty of bang for your buck. But it sits in a busy market, and one that’s already dominated by Motorola. That, in part, is the Moto E’s undoing, because we would still opt to spend a little more cash and buy the 4G Moto G instead. But that can’t detract from the Moto E’s successes: it’s a great phone available at a great price. Check out the full Motorola Moto E review on Pocket Lint.
The HTC One E8 is the phone I never thought I’d see. Given HTC’s big push into making design the most important element of its flagship One M8 phone, why lose it?
And this theme returns when you turn the phone over: all the talk of the importance of the duo camera, with Ufocus and other assorted Ultrapixel gubbins, is gone in favour of an off-the-shelf 13MP sensor.
What gives, HTC? It’s nearly 30% cheaper? Oh. That makes sense.
Beyond that, we’re treated to the HTC One M8 spec for spec. That means a Snapdragon 801 chip inside, the same larger 2600mAh battery, a glorious Full HD 5-inch Super LCD3 screen, a microSD slot and, well, you might as well just read the spec sheet for the One M8 to get the full picture.
There’s a lot here that I’m missing from the One M8, but not as much as I thought I would. The build quality is a lot lower, but the colour of my sample and the well-packaged unibody mitigates that somewhat.
The camera, in the early tests, performs very well, but I’ve not tried it in the full range of low light and differing texture tests, so I’ll be intrigued to see how that pans out.
Essentially, this budget version of the One M8 isn’t that budget – but it does provide competition to the likes of the Nexus 5 and the OnePlus One for a high-end phone with great specs and a lower price, and it appears HTC has managed that well here. Check out the full HTC One E8 review on TechRadar.
The Vodafone Smart 4 Mini is a small, very low cost phone. If you want a mobile you won’t have to worry too much about breaking, need to buy someone their first real smartphone or just want a backup, it seems like a good option.
At £50, it is just a tenth the price of the top phones. There are obvious cuts made in almost every area of the Smart 4 Mini that mean we can’t fully recommend it, but you do get the full Android experience for very little cash here.
The Vodafone Smart 4 Mini is a very affordable phone that’s among the very best you can buy at the price. However, its quite slow and cuts across the board mean you need more patience than you’d need with a slightly more expensive mobile. Check out the full Vodafone Smart 4 Mini review on TrustedReviews.