GPU Performance

The Adreno 306 GPU in Snapdragon 410 is more or less just a variant of the Adreno 305 used in the Snapdragon 400 series SoCs. Because of this, there's not likely to be much improvement in terms of overall GPU performance when comparing the Moto E to older Snapdragon 400 devices like the One Mini 2 or the Moto G.

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Graphics

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Physics

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Overall

As expected, Adreno 306 performs roughly the same as Adreno 305. In the graphics test the Moto E does slightly worse than the Moto G, while it does substantially better in the physics test. Due to the heavier weighting of the graphics test, and the harmonic mean used to calculate the overall score, the Moto E actually performs every so slightly worse than the Moto G overall. I would consider the difference in graphics scores to be within the margin of error, and in general users can expect essentially the same level of performance from Adreno 306 as that of Adreno 305.

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Offscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Offscreen)

While I would normally run BaseMark X after 3DMark, a GPU driver bug prevents the test from finishing properly and no results are reported. Because of this, our last GPU test is GFXBench 3.0. In both T-Rex HD and Manhattan, the offscreen performance of Adreno 306 is roughly comparable to that of Adreno 305 in Snapdragon 400. Onscreen performance pulls ahead of the Moto G due to the Moto E's lower display resolution.

Overall, the GPU performance of the 2015 Moto E is what you'd expect from a budget device. It would be nice if there was a larger performance improvement over Snapdragon 400, but Motorola can't be faulted for that. Buyers shouldn't expect to be able to play any intensive 3D games, but the performance is more than sufficient for simple 2D games and rendering the Android interface.

NAND Performance

NAND performance is another important aspect of mobile devices. While in the PC world vendors will sometimes make note of their HDD/SSD speeds, in the mobile world we haven't reached a point where anything beyond the amount of flash memory is stated by manufacturers. Despite this, poor NAND can be a serious bottleneck of system performance whenever something is being loaded from the internal storage, or when a background app is doing reads and writes or downloading updates.

Internal NAND - Random Read

Internal NAND - Random Write

Random read speeds on the Moto E are fairly slow, and random writes are right in the middle of our comparison devices. While I don't think the random write will cause any issues, the slow random read speed may contribute to some slowness whenever applications are loading files.

Internal NAND - Sequential Read

Internal NAND - Sequential Write

For those who are keeping track, the Moto E does not come with Android's full device encryption (FDE) enabled by default. Google appears to have stepped back from requiring FDE, and instead just recommends that it be enabled. Despite it not being enabled on the Moto E, the sequential read performance is not quite as fast as some other budget devices like the One Mini 2, although it is in line with the 2014 Moto G. Sequential write performance is unfortunately one of the lowest results on our list, although with only 5GB of accessible storage I don't imagine users will be writing many large files where it becomes a noticeable issue.

CPU Performance Display


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  • Impulses - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - link

    It looks very similar to the rest of Moto's lineup... You think the Moto X & G are fugly too? How many people have you polled to determine the majority definitely agrees with you?

    I happen to like how it looks, actually Moto's rounded plastic phones are some of the few I would dare use without a case... Both because they seem more resilient than metal ones and because the customization aspect makes it more unique.

    I remember noticing a lip on the Moto X that actually lifted the screen by a mm when face down sans case, not sure if that's standard, but that and lack of a camera hump also make it easier to go case-less.

    For reference I like the new SGS6 (tho I still dislike the home button) and Sony's Z line, I could take or leave the One design (poor ergos), and I thought older SGS with plastic imitating other materials was chintzy.

    At the end of the day I care more about a phone's features, performance, and ergonomics than it's looks tho. None of them are *that* striking or stylish.
  • chizow - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - link

    Sure, here you go, the same tenets apply to smartphones as they do to people's faces:

    Its been shown whether subconsciously or not, the more symmetrical a face is, the more pleasing it is to the eye.

    The rounded and concave edges just make it look like a cheap toy, too much round around the sharp angles of the rectangular screen and the asymmetrical nature of the speakers and cameras don't do it any favors either.
  • blzd - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - link

    Well that settles it. 100% Confirmed. Everyone agrees with you.

    lol please do the world a favor and delete your internet.
  • hans_ober - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - link

    If it's anything, wide bezels make devices ugly. Reply
  • sonicmerlin - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - link

    lol that was my first thought upon seeing the picture. It looks like a half-done prototype. The Lumias going for half the price look better. Reply
  • DabuXian - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - link

    Off topic, but why don't you update NAND performance of the Nexus 6? It's been vastly improved on Android 5.1. Reply
  • Brandon Chester - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - link

    Our NAND tests are being moved to Androbench 4. The writing of this review took place over a longer period than I had anticipated, which is why there are a few things like the usage of the older NAND bench and the GS6 not showing up in the charts. In future reviews the Nexus 6 should have up to date storage performance benchmarks done on 5.1. Reply
  • djvita - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - link

    The graph for Basemark OS II battery score is missing the Moto E's score. Reply
  • whiteiphoneproblems - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - link

    "The procedure for iOS is a bit different, and it involves signing into your iCloud account which I'm just a bit weary of..."

    Should be "...just a bit WARY of".

    Also, I don't see the Moto E listed on the "Basemark OS II Battery Score" chart(?)
  • whiteiphoneproblems - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - link

    (Apologies for x-post with the above) Reply

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