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Moto G Fast vs. Moto E: Here’s which sub-$200 Motorola phone to buy





Although Motorola has a couple of alternative premium telephones, just like the foldable Razr phone and the 5G-enabled Edge Plus, the cellphone maker is generally recognized for its reasonably priced, well-made handsets. Living proof, its $300 Moto G Stylus and glorious $250 Moto G Power, which have been launched earlier this 12 months. However there are two extra, even cheaper new telephones below Motorola’s belt, the Moto G Fast and the new Moto E, which repackages a few of final 12 months’s tech from the fabulous Moto G7 into a brand new physique.

Each telephones are stable choices in case your funds is below $200 and you may possible be capable of purchase them for even much less provided that Moto G and E telephones are often discounted or bundled with a contract from carriers with a digital rebate. At the moment, you should purchase both cellphone from Finest Purchase and obtain $50 off the worth whenever you activate it on AT&T, Verizon or Dash. And $50 actually adjustments issues as a result of which means you’ll be able to snag a Moto G Fast for $120, which is just a tremendous deal, or get the Moto E for just $100 — a great price that appears too exhausting to consider for the cellphone you are getting.

Between the 2, the Moto G Quick is healthier in just about each means and that will be the cellphone I would select to purchase. However this is the wrinkle, Motorola’s costlier funds telephones additionally get discounted. Meaning you would possibly find the Moto G Stylus for $200 or get the Moto G Power for $150. Each the Stylus and Energy symbolize a significantly better worth at these discounted costs than the Moto G Quick or Moto E.

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From its stable construct and hanging iridescent white and chrome appears to be like, the Moto G Quick would not appear to be it could price $200 (when not discounted). That is as a result of it largely has lots of the options of the costlier Moto G Energy, like a 6.4-inch hole-punch show, a triple-rear digicam array, a Snapdragon 665 processor, Android 10 and all of Moto’s intelligent software program shortcuts like twisting your wrist to open the digicam.

However with the cellphone’s low worth, it does make some sacrifices. The Moto G Quick has a smaller battery than the Moto G Energy, in addition to much less RAM and half the storage. The display screen has a decrease 720p decision. These compromises aren’t precisely negatives when you think about the worth and I would nonetheless choose it over the brand new Moto E.

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Although it is not so good as the Moto G Quick, I nonetheless like this machine and it is Motorola’s most reasonably priced choice. It blends outdated options, like a teardrop notch show and final 12 months’s Snapdragon 632 processor, however with a contemporary, glossy physique and Android 10, so you are not essentially getting an out of date cellphone.

On the again there are two cameras that embrace a 13-megapixel predominant shooter and a 2-megapixel depth digicam for portrait mode photographs. Curiously, as an alternative of a USB-C port it has a Micro-USB port. Don’t be concerned, I checked and it is nonetheless 2020.

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Design: The Moto G Fast has a ‘better’ screen albeit with a low resolution

Both phones have a 720p resolution LCD screen, which in 2020 is pretty low. In use, the displays look just OK. Text often looks a touch soft and you can even see the pixels that make up app icons and animations. I should clarify that these displays aren’t bad or unusable, but it’s definitely one area where you get what you pay for. I do miss the higher resolution screens on the Moto G Stylus and G Power.

The screen on the Moto G Fast has better color accuracy and is much brighter than the Moto E’s display. The hole-punch camera on the Moto G Fast’s screen looks incredibly premium compared to the water drop notch on the Moto E, too. 

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The Moto G Fast looks sporty in its white iridescent finish. The Moto E goes for a more business casual look with its navy blue color.


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Both phones come with 32GB and support expandable storage via a microSD card, which you might need to use seeing as I easily filled my review units with photos and videos during the couple of weeks I had the phones.

There’s a fingerprint reader on the back of both phones, which works excellently and each phone has a rating of IP52 for water-and dust-resistance that protects against splashes and light rain.

Unfortunately, both phones have a single bottom speaker and they sound OK at best. When watching YouTube videos or playing games, I found it very easy to cover it up with my hand and muffle the speaker. On the upside though, both have a headphone jack.

Winner: The Moto G Fast has a better screen, even if it’s not the best screen on a budget phone.

Motorola Moto G Fast and Moto E

The Moto G Fast has three rear cameras while the Moto E has a main rear camera and a depth camera for portrait mode photos.


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The Moto G Fast has three rear cameras

Probably the biggest difference between the phones are the cameras. The Moto G Fast inherits its triple-camera array from the Moto G Power. In bright conditions, photos are good, but pictures taken indoors or in low light look soft and suffer from image noise. Ultrawide-angle photos have decent image quality but are a “pinch of salt” too soft. The macro camera is a blast and can be used for photos and videos. That said, I just don’t know if this is more of a novelty or a nice-to-have feature. Oh, and you need a lot of even light when using it because the macro camera is easily susceptible to image noise.

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This was captured with the Moto G Fast in HDR. Notice the detail in Cheddar the cat’s fur and how the highlights in his white fur aren’t blown out.


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The ultrawide-angle camera can produce some dramatic pictures even if details are the sharpest.


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Here is a macro photo of a key that I took with the Moto G Fast. Macro shots need a lot of even bright light otherwise they suffer from a lot of image noise.


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A photo from the Moto G Fast with soft morning light coming in from the left side of the photo.


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And as far as video, the Moto G Fast can shoot 4K. Take a look at the video below.

On the front of the Moto G Fast is an 8-megapixel camera which shoots 1080p video. I used the camera in a few video chats including Zoom and it was fine.

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When beauty mode is turned off, selfie photos from the Moto G Fast can be good. That said, it has a limited dynamic range. Look at the blown-out highlights on my coffee mug.


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The Moto E has two rear cameras, though you’ll only really capture photos with the 13-megapixel main camera because the 2-megapixel depth camera only helps with portrait mode photos. Generally, the Moto E doesn’t capture as much detail as the Moto G Fast, but I like the punchy contrast and colors it produces even if its dynamic range is limited.

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I am genuinely surprised by the photos I can capture with the Moto E. They have nice color and contrast.


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This shot has great colors and a punchy contrast; however, it also shows the Moto E’s camera pushed to its max. Notice the image noise in the sky and the vignetting around the corners of the photo.


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One bright point on both phones is that they are excellent at taking portrait mode photos. It’s really nice to see how refined the effect is and that it works on both the front and rear-facing cameras.

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Sorry for all the photos of myself, but it’s a consequence of the times we’re living in. This is a portrait mode photo taken with the Moto E’s rear camera.


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A portrait mode photo from the Moto E of Cheddar the cat.


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Winner: At its price, it’s amazing that the Moto G Fast has an ultra-wide camera, a macro camera and 4K video. (Though, if cameras are important to you, you’re best to pay nearly twice the price to get a Google Pixel 3A or iPhone SE which have much better camera systems all around.)

The Moto G Fast is faster and has a longer-lasting battery

Both run a nearly-stock version of Android 10 and include Motorola’s fun and helpful gesture shortcuts like doing a double-karate chop to turn on the flashlight. Motorola is committed to one major OS update with the phones and two years of bimonthly security updates. That’s really important since Apple keeps older phones updated with software and security updates for four to five years. Because of this, a phone like the iPhone SE costs twice as much as the Moto G Fast but will mostly likely last you twice as long. Nevertheless, it’s good that Motorola has plans to keep both phones relatively updated.

The Moto G Fast comes with 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 665 processor, while the Moto E just has 2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 632 processor. Keep in mind the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power both come with 4GB of RAM.

When it comes to opening apps, using Google Assistant and editing photos, the Moto G Fast feels slightly peppier. When I had multiple apps open and running in the background on the Moto E, it became laggy. Not horribly so, but I wonder what this means in, say, a year or so and how it will handle newer versions of apps as well as Android 11.

I played games like Alto’s Odyssey and PUBG just fine on both phones, but when I played Asphalt 9 on the Moto E, the phone immediately got hot. However when it came to performance tests, the Moto G Fast unsurprisingly scored the same as the Moto G Power, while the Moto E scored the same as the Moto G7 and better than the new Samsung Galaxy A01. See below for test results.

3DMark Slingshot Unlimited

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Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.4.0 single core

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Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.4.0 multicore

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Longer bars indicate better performance

Battery wise, the Moto G Fast has a 4,000-mAh battery and it had no problem making it through a day. At the end of two days the battery was down to 11%. The Moto E has a 3,550-mAh battery. It made it through a day no problem, but I found myself having to charge it midway through the second day.

Winner: With a faster processor and bigger battery, the Moto G Fast is the clear winner.

Motorola Moto E specs vs. Samsung Galaxy A01, Moto G Fast, Moto G Power, Moto G Stylus

Moto E Samsung Galaxy A01 Moto G Fast Moto G Power Moto G Stylus
Display size, resolution 6.2-inch LCD; 1,520×720 pixels 5.7-inch LCD; 1,520×720 pixels 6.4-inch LCD; 1,560×720 pixels 6.4-inch LCD; 2,300×1,080 pixels 6.4-inch LCD; 2,300×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 271ppi 295ppi 268ppi 399ppi 399ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.29 x 3.01 x 0.34 in 5.81 x 2.79 x 0.33 in 6.37 x 2.98 x 0.36 in 6.29 x 2.98 x 0.38 in 6.24 x 2.98 x 0.36 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 159.77 x 76.56 x 8.65 mm 147.5 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm 161.87 x 75.7 x 9.05 mm 159.85 x 75.8 x 9.63 mm 158.55 x 75.8 x 9.2 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.52 oz; 185g 5.32 oz; 151g 6.68 oz; 189.4g 7.01 oz; 199 g 6.77 oz; 192 g
Mobile software Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Camera 13-megapixel (standard), 2-megapixel (depth camera) 13-megapixel (standard), 2-megapixel (depth sensing) 16-megapixel wide-angle, 2-megapixel macro, 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle 16-megapixel wide-angle, 2-megapixel macro, 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle 48-megapixel wide-angle, 2-megapixel macro, 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 16-megapixel 16-megapixel
Video capture 1080p 1080p 4K 4K 4K
Processor Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 439 Snapdragon 665 Snapdragon 665 Snapdragon 665
Storage 32GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB
RAM 2GB 2GB 3GB 4GB 4GB
Expandable storage Up to 512GB Up to 512GB Up to 512GB Up to 512GB Up to 512GB
Battery 3,550 mAh 3,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Rear No Rear Back Back
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special features Stylus, Action Cam
Price off-contract (USD) $150 $150 $200 $250 $300





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