If you’re looking for an affordable smartphone, then where’s better to look than Motorola? When Google took over the company back in 2013, we got a whole host of new smartphones that were heavy on specs but light on your bank balance.

And this year is no different: with the release of an updated version of the Motorola Moto E, those budget conscious buyers have a lot to be happy about. So if you’re trying to decide between the old and new handset, let’s find out what’s new in our 2015 vs 2014 Moto E review.

Design

When you put the 2014 Moto E and 2015 Moto E side by side, you’ll soon notice that they’re almost identical. With a smooth polycarbonate outer casing and the instantly recognisable Motorola logo on the rear, you’d struggle to tell the difference between the two.

moto e 2015 vs 2014

Design aside, there are some small- miniscule even- differences between the 2014 and 2015 Moto E handsets, and they come down purely to size. The new Motorola Moto E sports a slightly larger 4.5-inch display compared to the 4.3-inch screen on the 2014 edition, though in spite of this upgrade, the sharpness is slightly better on the 2014 Moto E.

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Moto E specs & battery life

So if the design of both Motorola smartphones is more or less identical, what is it that’s making the new Moto E such a great phone for your lifestyle and your wallet?

In the power department, the Moto E (2015) features a mighty quad-core 1.2GHz processor compared to the dual-core effort in last year’s device, making it much speedier when it comes to powering your apps, messages and camera.

And the upgrades between the two Moto E smartphones don’t end there! At 8GB, the 2015 version offers double the internal memory of its predecessor, and with a 32GB memory card slot in tow, you’ll never run low on space.

The battery life has also made a leap when it comes to the new Moto E. Although the 1st gen. Moto E boasts an impressive 1,980mAh battery, the new and improved Moto E sports an even bigger 2,390mAh power pack, set to last a full day.

Want to know more about the original Motorola Moto E? Browse through our Moto E review to find out why it’s worth splashing the cash.

Moto E camera comparison

So just because you’re after a smartphone on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t get some bang for your buck in the camera department. And with both the 1st and 2nd generation Moto E handsets sporting a 5 megapixel camera, there’s plenty to celebrate if you’re a keen photographer.

You’ll also be pleased to hear that the new Moto E sports a number of additional features to keep you snap happy, including a Burst mode which takes multiple shots in just a few seconds, Panorama mode for all those sweeping vistas and Quick Capture mode which launches the phone’s camera with a flick of a wrist.

Moto E 2015 front facing camera

Unlike its predecessor, the 2015 Moto E features a front facing camera for all you selfie addicts out there, making it the perfect smartphone for taking your much loved self-portraits.

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Moto E 2015 vs 2014

So with an upgraded set of specs and an improved camera offering, the 2015 Moto E has a lot going for it, not least its super affordable price tag. Along with a larger screen, double the power and a front facing camera lens, the 2nd generation Moto E is an all-round great budget smartphone that’s grown by leaps and bounds compared to the original Motorola device.

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