This pair up of the Motorola Moto E and Alcatel One Touch Fierce is the perfect comparison between low-end or entry level devices. While true, they may not be our first choice of smartphone to purchase, but for the money they offer a lot of value, especially in the markets for which they were designed to sell and be used…not to mention an excellent backup phone or a starter smartphone for a younger child. There is much commonality between these two devices, starting with the displays of 4.3 inches on the Moto E with 256 pixels per inch (ppi) versus the 4.5 inches on the Fierce and its 245 ppi. They each have 1 GB of RAM, only 4GB of internal storage, however, they each have a microSD slot to add an additional 32GB of storage. Even in the camera department, they both come with a 5MP main camera and have no auto-focus, but then they part ways that we will discuss under each individual device. Even the size of the two smartphones are similar, although the Moto E is slightly thicker at 12.3mm versus the Fierce at 9.0mm and the Moto E outweighs the Fierce, 142 grams versus 130 grams – possibly because of the larger battery capacity of 1980mAh versus 1800mAh. Neither device offers 4G, but that can be expected based on their target markets.
Please take a look over the specifications listed below and then we will look at what makes the Moto E and the One Touch Fierce different from each other and then pick a winner for this comparison.
Motorola Moto E
When the Moto G was released six months ago, we thought we were seeing the last entry-level device from Motorola, but they knocked $50 off the price and delivered us the $129 Moto E – basically a stripped down version of the Moto G – like removing the LED flash and eliminating the front-facing camera, but also with a couple improvements – like a front facing speaker. But this $129 device is well-built and has a great feel in your hands. Though both devices have the qHD, 960×540 display, the Moto E's is simply better than the One Touch Fierce – more true colors and better viewing angles. The Snapdragon 200 is Qualcomm's most up-to-date dual-core 200 version and offers great performance, especially running basically stock Android 4.4 KitKat. It also offers Dual-SIM capability, which is nice in certain areas where you can jump to whichever of the two carriers offer better rates. The larger battery, coupled with KitKat, should offer superior battery life over the Fierce, as well.
Alcatel One Touch Fierce
The One Touch Fierce falls into the long list of cheap smartphones – and though it has a pleasing appearance for a $170 device and was easy and comfortable to hold, there are just too many issues that make it 'less attractive.' The display is a good size coming in at 4.5 inches, however, its blue tint and poor viewing angles are not so good. The MediaTek processor, even though it is a quad-core clocked at 1.2GHz, feels like an older model and offers sluggish performance throughout. The Fierce does offer a 0.3MP front-facing camera, but with that small of a sensor and the processor on board, I doubt that video chatting would be on your mind – although you could squeeze out a poor selfie. The call quality was so poor and the earpiece rattled so much that testers could not wait to get off a call – not a good thing for a smartphone! The smaller battery of the Fierce coupled with the older operating system is also a strike against the device versus the Moto E. Add to that fact that the Fierce is still running 4.2 Jelly Bean with no foreseeable update is another strike.
…and the Winner is…
When comparing smartphones in the price range, there will always be some compromises made in the design and features of the device – we just think that the Moto E made fewer of them and is a much more solid device. While normally we would not tolerate our smartphone missing a flash, auto-focus and front-facing camera, we can forgive even that, knowing what market these devices were designed for-besides, the Moto E's price of only $129 versus the Fierce's $170 more than makes up for a 0.3MP camera and lack of a flash (on both phones) designed to take mediocre pictures during the daylight, let a lone at night. The build quality, interchangeable backs, larger battery, better display, Snapdragon processor, and Android 4.4 KitKat just push the Moto E over the One Touch Fierce.
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