Microsoft Lumia 535 vs Moto E Comparison

Microsoft Lumia 535 vs Moto E Comparison

By Rich W Woods

Last week, I received the new Moto E from Motorola. If you watched the unboxing video, I had a hard time figuring out what the Windows Phone competitor to the device would be. After all, the Moto E is a low end phone but it uses a mid-range 64 bit processor. I decided I’m going to start with the Microsoft Lumia 535 and we’ll go from there.

The Microsoft Lumia 535 uses a quad core Snapdragon 200 processor, as does the Moto E in the 3G model; however, I’m using the LTE model of the Moto E, which uses a Snapdragon 410. While the Moto E has LTE and a better processor, the Lumia 535 has a flash on the 5 MP rear camera and while the Moto E has a 0.3 front camera, the Lumia 535 has a 5 MP front camera.

Microsoft Lumia 535 vs Moto E: Specs

Microsoft Lumia 535 Moto E
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 200 3G – 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 200, LTE – 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 410
Display 5″, 540×960, 220 ppi, IPS LCD 4.5″, 540×960, 245 ppi, IPS LCD
Body 140.2 x 72.4 x 8.8 mm, 146 g 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm, 145 g
Camera 5 MP, 2592 x 1936, 5 MP Front 5 MP, 2592 х 1944, 0.3 MP Front
Video 480p – 30 fps, Front 480p – 30 fps 720p – 30 fps, Front 480p – 30 fps
Aperture f/2.4 f/2.2
Storage 8 GB, Expandable to 128 GB 8 GB, Expandable to 32 GB
Battery 1905 mAh 2390 mAh
Price ~$130 3G – $119, LTE – $149

Specs are specs. They have the same display, although the LTE Moto E has a better GPU so that’s going to work out better for the Moto E. If you don’t know how that works, it’s because while the Snapdragon 200 and Snapdragon 400 are both 1.2 GHz, the difference between the two is that the Snapdragon 400 comes with a better GPU.

They both have 1 GB of RAM, which goes a little further on Windows Phone than it does on Android. The camera has advantages and disadvantages on both sides. The smaller display on the Moto E with the same resolution results in a higher pixel density, so yea. Specs.

Microsoft Lumia 535 vs Moto E: Rear Camera

Both of these phones use 5 MP rear cameras, which is fine. It’s still a higher resolution than any 2K display you might be viewing them on. The Lumia 535 has a single LED flash, which is not the most powerful flash, but it is a flash.

Aperture literally means the opening of the lens. A smaller aperture results in a larger depth of field. For example, f/8 would have a larger depth of field than f/2. The difference between f/2.2 on the Moto E and f/2.4 on the Microsoft Lumia 535 should be negligible, except for the fact that the larger aperture on the Moto E would let more light in.

The Microsoft Lumia 535 has a lot of manual settings that the Moto E does not have. It allows users to adjust manual focus, ISO sensitivity, brightness, white balance, and shutter speed.

To enlarge the images, simply click or tap them. To view the full size image, there is a link in the carousel.

Microsoft Lumia 535 Moto E

It would appear that I’m going to have to go back and retake the first half of the photos, as it looks like the sun came out in between taking the photos with the Lumia 535 and the Moto E. The second half was the same.

That being said, wow. The Moto E really oversaturates those images. That is a good and a bad thing. It really depends on what you want from your photos. For most, you probably want the Moto E; however, the Microsoft Lumia 535 has more balanced colors.

Microsoft Lumia 535 vs Moto E: Front Camera

I can tell you without looking that the Microsoft Lumia 535 will outperform the Moto E in the front camera. After all, 0.3 MP simply isn’t enough to produce a decent image. 5 MP is more than enough.

If you bothered to enlarge the photos, you might notice a few things. For one thing, the photos taken with the Moto E might look smaller, depending on the resolution of your monitor. That’s because the resolution of the front camera is that low.

Another thing that you might notice is that the Moto E blurs the areas around the image. There is no setting to turn that on or off. It just sucks.

Microsoft Lumia 535 vs Moto E: Video

Just as we knew that the Microsoft Lumia 535 would do better than the Moto E on the front camera, we know that the Moto E will do better on video. The Lumia 535 records 480p video and the Moto E records 720p.

This is an interesting case to me. I find video taken with a phone with a Snapdragon 200 to be fascinating. All of the Lumias with a Snapdragon 200 record video at 480p, even though all you need for 720p is 1 MP and all you need for 1080p is 2.1 MP. I assumed it was a limitation of the processor. Qualcomm lists the Snapdragon 200 as being able to handle 720p and the Blu Win HD even claims to record 1080p. For the small purpose here, I kind of wish I had the 3G Moto E, which apparently records 720p with a Snapdragon 200. I would also note that I recently received the Yezz Billy 4.7, which uses a Snapdragon 200 processor, an 8 MP camera, and records 480p video. Ok, rant over.

Microsoft Lumia 535 480p 30 fps

Moto E 720p 30 fps

Microsoft Lumia 535 vs Moto E: Benchmarks

While we all know that Lumias have fantastic cameras, the Moto E does have a better processor and a larger battery with the same resolution display.

I’ve never been a fan of benchmarks. They rarely provide any insight into real world usage, just fuel for trolls that have created an Apple vs Android war in their heads. Unfortunately, it’s the best way to prove performance by writing it down.

The problem here is that these benchmarks were created using different methods. I use Geekbench 3 to do battery tests on Android and WP Bench to do battery tests on Windows Phone because their is no Geekbench 3 on Windows Phone. Both processor tests were done with AnTuTu; however, I really don’t know if the AnTuTu score on Windows Phone is relative to the AnTuTu score on Android.

Microsoft Lumia 535 Moto E Moto E (Dim Screen

Lumia 535 Moto E Battery

Microsoft Lumia 535 Moto E

Lumia 535 Moto E


So, the Moto E gets better benchmark scores. This is not surprising. Like I said, it has a better processor and a bigger battery; however, we don’t know that the relativity between these two benchmarks is real. We can know more when I compare the Moto E to the Yezz Andy 5T, which, like the Microsoft Lumia 535, uses a 1.2 Ghz quad core Snapdragon 200.

About the author
Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.