Xiaomi Redmi 2 vs. Motorola Moto E2: Why choose the Red? Any Idea?

Recently, two budget smartphones were launched from two different smartphone giants. Although both of them are budget friendly, would you opt for the Xiaomi Redmi 2 or the Moto E 2nd generation? Both of these smartphones are offered at user-friendly prices, choosing one of them can be a bit difficult.

While you get Motorola branding on one device, you’ll still have to compromise with the Moto E as the Redmi is offering everything possible at the same price point. Performance and spec-wise, the Redmi 2 is much more superior to the Motorola offering. The two main drawbacks of the Moto E are its camera department and the 4G LTE support.

Available at the same price point, the Motorola Moto E2 has a 4.5-inch screen with 540×960 pixels and a decent pixel density of 245 ppi. Compared to that, the Redmi 2 features a 4.7inch fully laminated display with a better 312ppi pixel density. In the Android OS aspect, the Motorola wins as it runs on the latest Android Lollipop 5.0.2 while the Redmi has the Android 4.4.4 with the great MIUI 6.

The Moto E has a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor compared to the more powerful 64-bit 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor on the Redmi 2. Both the devices run on 1GB of RAM. Similarly, they have the same 8GB internal storage capacity, upgradable to 32GB using a micro SD card.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has an 8MP BSI f/2.2 rear camera with Flash while the Moto E features a 5MP A/F rear camera with no Flash. The Redmi has a far better 2MP BSI front camera compared to the 0.3MP VGA shooter in the Moto E 2nd generation. However, the Moto E 2nd generation has a better 2,390 mAh battery compared to the 2200mAh in the Redmi.

According to Amit Boni, Motorola India GM, users are more comfortable with trading off flash for a front camera. The main problem here is that people are already used to devices with both. Hence, trading off should never be the current option. However, it is true that most users don’t prefer using flash as it lowers the charm of an image.