The Motorola e13 4G smartphone is by definition entry-level at $149, and as we've said before, there are compromises to hit that price. It's a good phone, but $50 more gets you a better phone.
The same goes for Nokia and other entry-level smartphones.
- 32-bit Android Go (will not run 64-bit Google Play apps).
- No OS update: 13 is all.
- Limited patches: 2 years.
- 2 GB slow RAM and 64 GB eMMC slow flash memory.
- Single rear camera.
- Slow processor and performance.
- Sin NFC.
- 7 hours plus charge, no charge included.
For $50 more, theMotorola g22– cheap and cheerful (smartphone review)solve all these problems. And you won't be locked into one telco or paying for higher data/voice plans.
So with that in mind, excuse us if we're not gushing and don't recommend this device unless all you have is $149; look for the extra for the G22.
Australian Review: Motorola e13 4G, 2/64GB, Model XT-2345-6 (Single SIM & Dedicated microSD)
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|Company||Owned by Lenovo (Est 1984), a multinational technology company with principal operating headquarters in Beijing and Morrisville, North Carolina. It is the world's largest PC maker, and bought Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014. Most of Lenovo's smartphone business is now under the Motorola brand, with big plans to become one of the "top five" smartphone makers. smart phones.|
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Deep Dive Review Format
It now consists of two parts: an abstract (the first part) and a separate specification based on a database of more than 300 lines, which includes more than 70 tests to support the findings. It also helps us compare different phones and features.
We use Fail (below expectations), Pass (meets low expectations), Pass (meets expectations), Pass+ (nearly Exceed but not leading in class), and Exceed (exceeds expectations or is leading the class). class) against many of the items below. You can click on most images to enlarge them.
First impression: a basic smartphone for a basic price: Pass
It's a no-fuss glass slab. Motorola has done a good job with build quality, and the black plastic back has metal overtones.
It lacks a fingerprint sensor, just a 2D face unlock or a Pin.
Display: 6.5”, 1600 x 720p, 20:9, 60Hz, IPS LCD – Pass
It's a fingerprint magnet. Not daylight readable at 250/350 nits max/typical brightness (245/330 test); it's fine in the shade. Contrast is 1200:1 (tested 1100:1), but color accuracy has a distinctive blue cast. Fortunately, it doesn't have PWM, so it's acceptable for those sensitive to that. The 720p screen is fit for purpose and has an L3 Widevine rating for HD SDR streaming content.
It has an obvious center notch selfie and rather wide bezels.
Processor: UNISOC T606, 2GB, 64GB eMMC – Barely passable
It's the same 12nm processor that's used in a number of entry-level phones from Nokia, Samsung, and Motorola.
We don't have to test (but we did) because this is a very slow processor, exacerbated by 2GB of RAM, slow eMMC storage, and 32-bit Android Go. Screen lag is present every time you select an app, and it quickly chokes up if you leave multiple apps open. OS updates take up to an hour instead of 15-20 minutes.
Its performance is like a MediaTek P70 and Qualcomm SD665.
The Geekbench 5 single core score is 154, but multi cores would not run. OpenCL and Vulcan GPU tests were not running.
2 GB of RAM means it runs in Android Go 32-bit mode (usually full Android 64-bit), which means not all apps will run.
64 GB eMMC (44 GB free). CPDT sequential read/write scores are 179/127 MBps, very slow. It will mount a 1TB MicroSD card at 83/32MBps. An external USB-C S1TB SD hung up the phone, but it seems to be fine with flash drives up to 256GB.
Acceleration is minimal, but you will notice the low GIPS (power).
Summary: Android Go is 32-bit, and 2 GB is barely enough to run. The device is sluggish, sluggish and often hangs for a second or two. It is the lowest cost phone par excellence.
Communications - Wi-Fi 5 AC, BT 5.0 - Pass
Wi-Fi 5 AC has a theoretical maximum of 433Mbps. Our tests show a maximum of 292 Mbps with reasonable signal strengths up to 10m.
Since it's not a Qualcomm SoC, it doesn't have their aptX sound codecs, which means it's limited to SBC and AAC with a latency of 200+ ms, too high for gamers.
It doesn't have NFC.
GPS performance is slow and accurate to better than 10 meters, but the phone takes too long to recalculate routes, so don't rely on it for high-speed turn-by-turn navigation.
Telephone – only for capital city and suburbs – Passable
As seems typical with UNISOC modems, it could only find the nearest tower, up to 500fW. Pass for capital city users with good tower coverage.
Battery: 5000 mAh and 10 W charging – Barely passable
First, we need to chastise Motorola for not having a charger inbox. Sure, it's a 5V/2A/10W charger that everyone should have, but this market is waiting for one.
Charging takes more than 7 hours; using a higher power charger does not speed up charging.
- Video loop 50% brightness/volume, airplane mode: 19 hours 36 minutes
- PC Mark Modern Office Battery life: 23 hours 24 minutes
- GFX Bench Manhattan and T-Rex tests: Would not run
- GFX Bench T-Rex: 733.7 minutes (12.23 hours), 1931 frames
- 100% charge battery discharge: 4 hours 43 minutes
- Idle mA: 350-400
- Full Load mA: 1150-1200
Battery Summary: Reasonable battery life, but unacceptable charge times and relatively high charge current make it hard to recommend. It uses too much power in standby mode and will need a daily charge.
Sound - Passable
This mono device with Dolby Atmos decoding is about as useless as a submarine screen door! It's more about bragging rights and does exactly nothing except add an equalizer that doesn't work.
- The maximum volume is 78dB (a bit low).
- The speakerphone is poor with a microphone on the bottom, no noise cancellation and low speaker volume.
- BT codecs are SBC and AAC, but channel separation and BT volume were only average.
- It has no bass, almost no mid-highs, late mids and early highs for clear dialogue and no mid or high treble, so the music is not good and lacks vibrancy.
Build – Pass
No matter the plastic frame or PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate shatterproof glass substitute), it's probably more impact resistant than glass. It's well made and the warranty is one year for retail and two years through Telco. It is IP52, not very waterproof.
Android 13 Go – Barely passable
It ships with Android 13 Go 32-bit and Motorola's My UX overlay. There is no operating system update; you can reasonably expect two years of security patch updates.
Android is almost pure, and MY UX adds things like a camera app and Moto gestures. See the table to see all the features.
But Android Go is slow and doesn't run 64-bit Android apps, so you're limited in what it can do.
- NFC, but we don't expect that at this price
- Sound quality
Camera – Motorola e13 4G
It has a single 13MP Galaxy Core GC13053 sensor and a 5MP selfie shooter. Camera performance is basic and shooting options are limited (no night mode or macro).
UNISOC AI's competition is unknown, but it produces shots of social media classes on a decent day or office light. Video fights.
- 1X Day Primary Sensor: Colors are natural with decent dynamic range. Good details in the background, shadows and lights.
- 2X Daytime Primary Sensor: Colors are natural with good dynamic range. The background is getting noisy.
- Day 4X: Main Sensor: Pushing your limits.
- Macro – Doesn't have a macro sensor, but the main sensor handles this with a 4cm focus
- Indoor office light: colors are good and the dog's face/ears are black.
- Bokeh Depth – Although there is a portrait setting, it requires a human face for bokeh.
- Dark <40 lumens: The standard (not night mode) is quite good, with adequate details, although there is too much noise.
- Night mode: Not applicable.
- Selfie: The 5MP selfie has natural skin tones, details and a range of filters to enhance any image. The best in daylight and office.
- Video (we're not video experts): You can record at 1080p at 30 fps. It has problems, and it would be better at 720p@30fps.
CyberShack's Motorola e13 4G review redefines entry-level in a pretty fitting way
It's fit for purpose if this is all you can afford and lowers your expectations. At this level, you get what you pay for!
But the processor drags, photo results are variable, phone reception is for capital city use only, and we had to drink a lot of coffee waiting and waiting for tests that usually take anywhere from seconds to minutes to complete.
It's not helped by 32-bit Android Go (and 32-bit apps), a meager 2GB of RAM, slow 64GB eMMC (18GB free), and crashes and freezes far too often. Did I say it's slow to a crawl?
You wonder how low you can go - lookBest Android Phones 2022: $200 to $2000 (January 2023 Update Guide)and still get a decent working phone, albeit slow. Frankly, we think the $179Motorola g22– cheap and cheerfulIt was borderline, but compared to this, it's stellar.
Rating Explanation: Motorola e13 4g, 73 out of 100
Any smartphone with a score higher than 7 is suitable.
- Characteristics: 75 – It has basic characteristics according to the price. Lose points by inbox without charger.
- Value: 80 – Only one Telco in a plan
- Performance: 60 – It's an entry-level value SoC and gets adequate performance for its purpose. It is not for gamers.
- Ease of Use: 70 – My UX adds some value to stock Android, but loses points to 32-bit Android Go. 2 years of security patches.
- Design: 80's - All plastic is fine - looks like a more expensive smartphone
Motorola e13 4G
|Comparison of CyberShack Smartphone v1.7 (E&OE)|
|Model||motorola e13 4g|
|price basis||$149 from Telcos only|
|months warranty||Telco Operator 24 months|
|Country of origin||Porcelain|
|Company||Owned by Lenovo (Est 1984), a multinational technology company with principal operating headquarters in Beijing and Morrisville, North Carolina. It is the world's largest PC manufacturer. It bought Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014. Most of Lenovo's smartphone business is now under the Motorola brand, with big plans to become a "top five" smartphone maker.|
|Other models not for Australia (Do not buy)||Shop only from Telstra or Optus, no retail availability|
|Plana, Curva, 2D, 3D||Department|
|% screen to body||0.828|
|colored bits||8 bit 16.7 million colors|
|Update Hz, adaptive||Fixed 60Hz|
|Response 120Hz||N / A|
|Typical nits, test||250 (test 245)|
|Nights max, try it||350 (tested 330)|
|Contrast||1200:1 (tested 1100:1)|
|Rec.2020 in otro||No|
|Delta E (<4 is excellent)||N/A, but above 4|
|blue light control||Yeah|
|PWM if known||No|
|readable in daylight||No|
|always on display||No|
|Accessibility||Common Android functions|
|DRM||L3 (lowest) – 480p at best, but Netflix won't play|
|Gaming||not to play|
|screen protection||A stranger|
|Comment||Slight bluish undertone: Best to use the Natural setting. fit for purpose|
|brand model||UNISOC T606|
|Cores||2 a 1,6 GHz + 6 a 1,6 GHz|
|Modem||4G gato 7|
|UPPER PARTS AI|
|Geekbench 5 from a single core||154|
|Geekbench 5 multinúcleo||Would not run – Android Go|
|As||Used in Nokia G11/21/22/|
Samsung Galaxy A03
Entre MT Helio P70 y Qualcomm SD665
|GPU||ARM Correo G57 1 core 650Mhz|
|CL open||I wouldn't run|
|As||N / A|
|Volcano||I wouldn't run|
|RAM, type||2 GB LPDDR3|
|Storage, free, type||eMMC de 64 GB (44 GB free)|
|micro-SD||Up to 1TB|
|Internal sequence of CPDT. read MBps||179: typical of eMMC flash memory|
|Internal sequence of CPDT. write MBps||127|
|CPDT microSD read, write MBps||83/32|
|CPDT externo (¿montable?) MBps||1TB test drive identified in My Files but not seen in CPDT; can't ride|
|Comment||Android Go is 32-bit and 2GB is barely enough to get it going. The device is sluggish, sluggish and often hangs for a second or two. It is the lowest cost phone par excellence.|
|Comment||Good thermal management|
|Wi-Fi type, model||WiFi 5 AC|
|Prueba 2m -dBm, Mbps||-33/292|
|GPS simple, doble||Single|
|USB type||USB-C 2.0 480Mbps|
|ALT DP, DeX, Ready||No|
|accelerometer||Yes, the combo with Gyro is very responsive|
|Comment||Wi-Fi AC speeds are slower than expected; they should have been 433 Mbps. Again typical of UNISOC.|
LTE y 5G
|SIM card||Retail: Dual Sim and dedicated microSD|
Telco: single SIM and dedicated microSD
|Asset||Only one active at a time|
|Single, dual ringtone||Doble|
|Wi-Fi calls||operator dependent|
|Comment||All Australian 4G bands|
|5G sub-6Ghz||N / A|
|Comment||N / A|
|millimeter wave||N / A|
|Prueba Boost Mobile, Telstra|
|UL, DL, ms||11/28/23ms|
|Torre 1 -dBm, fW o pW||-96/300-500fW|
|Comment||It seems typical of the Unisoc modem. This is a city/suburb phone only if you have good tower coverage.|
|Charger, type, supplied||Not supplied: 5V/2A/10W compatible|
|PD, QC level||No PD, but you can use PD chargers.|
|Qi, power||N / A|
|inverse qi or cable||N / A|
|Test (60Hz or adaptive display)||N / A|
|% charge 30 minutes|
|Charge 0-100%||more than 7 hours|
|Qi de cargo, W|
Using Belkin Boost Charge 15W Fast Wireless Charging
|N / A|
|Carga 5V, 2A||more than 7 hours|
|Video loop 50%, airplane||19 hours 36 minutes|
|PC Mark 3 Battery||23 hours 24 minutes|
|GFX Bench Manhattan Battery||I wouldn't run|
|Banco GFX T-Rex||733.7 minutes (12.23 hours) 1931 frames|
|Drain 100-0% full load screen on||4 hours 43 minutes|
|mA at full load||1150-1200|
|mA Watt Idle Display On||350-400|
|Estimate loss at maximum update||N / A|
|Estimate typical usage||The maximum it would charge at 5V/2A/10W, taking more than 7 hours overtime. We tried various chargers, but the result was the same.|
|Comment||Reasonable battery life, but unacceptable charging times and fairly high charging current make it hard to recommend. It uses too much power in standby mode and will need a daily charge.|
|Speakers||Mono earpiece and downward-projecting lower speaker.|
|Dolby Atmos decoding||No - DA equalizer|
|BT codecs||SBC and AAC only|
|Dolby Atmos (DA)||Yes: auto/movie/music/voice and game mode|
|dB test – all on EQ flat DA off|
|Free hands||Slightly low volume, no noise cancelling, so keep it close to your face.|
|earphones bt||Good volume and channel separation|
|Deep Bass 20-40 Hz||Null|
|Mid Bass 40-100Hz||Null|
|High Bass 100-200 Hz||Null|
|Low Mid 200-400Hz||slowly building|
|Medio 4000-1000Hz||slowly building|
|Low Treble 2-4kHz||Department|
|High Treble 6-10kHz||Linear decline at 20kHz|
|Dog whistle 10-20kHz||decline|
|Sound signature type||Mid for a clear voice. The quality of the music is bad, without bass, without treble and without vitality.|
|sound studio||mono – ninguno|
|Comment||Suitable for voice but not for music.|
|Size (height x width x depth)||164,19 x 74,95 x 8,47 mm|
|grams of weight||179.5|
|Cristal frontal||Unspecified, probably hardened|
|back material||The plastic|
|IP Classification||52 – light rain|
|pen, stylus holder||No|
|In the frame|
|cable USB||Compatible with USB-A to USB-C 2 W, without data lines|
|Comment||Lose points for not including charger|
|Android||32-bit Android 13 Go edition|
|Security patch date||5th of April|
|user interface||Gestures: Press and hold power button, System navigation, Quick flashlight, Three|
finger screenshot, quickly open the camera
|OS Update Policy||No|
|Security patch policy||Two years of security patches|
|Comment||There are a lot of additional features in MY UX, leaving the underlying Android alone. But this is 32-bit Android Go and 64-bit apps won't run.|
|Fingerprint sensor location, type||No|
Camera – Motorola e13 4G
|Sensor||Probable Galaxy Core GC13053|
|FOV° (indicated, actual)||69,2-81,3°|
|Auto HDR||Primary sensor only|
|QR code reader||spring the google|
Frente – Motorola e13 4G
|Sensor||Probably Samsung S5KE9Y|
|FOV (stated, real)||65,4-77,5|
Camera Review – Motorola e13 4G
|It has basic features commensurate with the price. Lose points by inbox without charger|
|Only one Telco in a plan|
|It's an entry-level value SoC, and you get adequate performance for your purpose, and it's not for gamers.|
|Easy to use||7|
|My UX adds some value to stock Andriod, but loses points to 32-bit Android Go. 2 years of security patches.|
|All the plastic is fine, it looks like a more expensive smartphone.|
|Rating out of 10||7.3|
|Final comment||It's good value for money, but I'd spend $179 and get JB Hi-Fi's Motorola G22 - full Android, 4/128GB and better phone antenna power.|
Motorola e13 4G, Motorola e13 4G, Motorola e13 4G
Moto e13 4G
Easy to use7.0/10
- My UX is a light touch over Android. Good security policy
- As low as you can go and still get a decent smartphone
- Reasonable battery life (but without charger)
- A proper point and shoot camera, but video is for daylight only.
- 32-bit Android and 2 GB of RAM are very slow
- The processor drags
- Inbox without charger
- Capital city/suburbs phone use only
- Dull and inaccurate color, poor viewing angle display
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