Date of publication: 2018-05-29 02:08
Having an up-to-date phone is reassuring from a security standpoint, as is the Moto E9’s superfast fingerprint sensor, which I activated immediately. The sensor supports gesture controls for one-handed use, a feature I’d expect from a pricier device.
There’s some bad news: The device has just 16GB of storage, and less than half of it usable, thanks to the OS and preinstalled apps. A microSD slot lets you expand that storage up to 128GB, so the 16GB base is more of a technicality.
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Available through Verizon for $69 and $99 unlocked through Amazon Prime ($129 without Prime), this phone seems ideal for teens, international travel or iOS users looking for a (cheap) first taste of Android. However, you’ll have to live with an unimpressive battery and it can run a bit hot under pressure.
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Little things like split-screen apps and faster app-switching made the Moto E9 feel like a current device instead of a sad, cheap hunk of plastic you’re trying to squeeze the last bit of use out of.
The Moto E9 offers the latest version of Android in an ultra-cheap package with your choice of carrier. Its poor battery life and just OK camera might be deal-breakers for some, but if all you care about is price, this budget phone is worth a look.
The reason you buy the E9 is its price. And for the price, it's amazing what Motorola gives you. Its nearest rival is the Samsung Galaxy J8 which costs more, takes worse photos and lacks the overall charm of the E9. But if the E9's compromises, such as an average camera, make you sad, remind yourself how much it costs. Still sad? Get the Moto G5 Plus ( $ at Walmart ).
In the US and UK, Motorola also makes the E9 Plus, which has a larger screen, a bigger battery and a higher megapixel camera for $185 and £159, respectively. On paper, the UK version seems worth the £85 upgrade since it comes with 8GB of RAM instead of the 2GB found in the US version.
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