A few years ago, if someone asked a great phone for less than Rs 10,000, the Motorola E series phone for that particular year came up as an easy suggestion. And it was because the Moto E series phone offered a simple smartphone user experience with a neat stock Android interface and all the essentials one would require in a budget smartphone. But soon, Motorola’s rivals started catching up and in recent years, the Moto E series has ‘just been there’ but not quite the absolute recommendation it used to be.But Motorola wants to change that with the Moto E6s. Following on the success of Motorola One Action and One Vision, the Moto E6s wants to bring Motorola’s traditional stock Android interface to the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. In fact, at Rs 7,999, you won’t find many phones with a stock Android interface. Similar to its predecessors, the Moto E6s claims to get the basics right while offering a dash of style and decent camera experience.All that sounds good on paper but how does it fare in the real world? Well, I used it for a couple of days to see whether the old Moto E is back in a new avatar.Looks great for a budget phoneThese days, whether you are buying an ultra-premium flagship phone or an affordable basic phone, your eyes will be treated to gradient patterns on all of them. Motorola too doesn’t miss the opportunity and makes use of a unique gradient scheme on the Moto E6s. The gradient is only exclusive to the Cranberry Red colour variant whereas the Polished Graphite variant offers a simple mirror finish.advertisementI personally preferred the red variant over the one with the mirror finish. However, this is glossy plastic and hence, it picks up smudges, unlike anything. The upside to the plastic build is that the Moto E6s is extremely light and very comfortable to use. And this is where the Moto E6s stops being different from its rivals. The rest of the design is similar to what we have seen on other phones. The rear sports a dual camera setup mounted vertically on the top left corner while the capacitive fingerprint sensor sits in the centre with the Motorola batwing logo imprinted on it. For whom it matters, the rear panel is removable and you can even replace the battery. I personally found it difficult to remove the cover while inserting my SIM card and given that people upgrade to new phones within two years, this feature doesn’t make much sense.Because of the removable panel, the side buttons are tactile, i.e. you will need to press them hard and I doubt how long they will last under regular usage. The front has a modern-day design with a narrow-bezel display accompanying a thick chin and a waterdrop notch that houses the selfie camera.On the whole, the Moto E6s doesn’t look any different from the other phones under Rs 10,000 but it is quite lightweight. If you are buying this one, I would suggest picking up the Cranberry Red variant as it makes the Moto E6s more desirable.Nice display for watching YouTubeAs smartphone users, we consume almost 90 per cent of our daily content on our handsets. Hence, a big screen is a necessity and for a budget phone user, a narrow-bezel display is a basic necessity these days. The Moto E6s offers a 6.1-inch HD+ display and for what it costs, it’s a rather great one. The LCD screen produced fairly vivid colours and adequate brightness to make the regular YouTube binge-watching sessions enjoyable. The viewing angles aren’t wide but that’s the usual case with most budget phones. On the whole, the display does the job and most buyers won’t complain about it.More RAM, storage doesn’t offset the weak chipsetAt the launch, Motorola was proud to point that the Moto E6s come with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage – something that no other phone in its class offers. And on paper, it sounds impressive. However, Motorola is using the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset with an octa-core processor, which is 2019 is quite weak. Motorola also said the stock Android 9 Pie interface shouldn’t be heavy on this chip and will offer a smooth user experience.The stock Android interface is a blessing when compared to the bloaty interfaces on other budget phones. It makes the Moto E6s easy to use and all Google apps such as Phone, Contacts, Messages and others stay updated even if Motorola doesn’t release an update. There are some Motorola bits added to the interface such as custom widgets and a few Motorola apps which make the experience even better.advertisement Sadly, the stock Android interface isn’t enough to make for great daily user experience. The MediaTek Helio P22 chipset is quite weak and compared to the chips other budget smartphones are using these days, it feels barely powerful enough to push through a day effortlessly. Thorughout my time with the Moto E6s, the phone stuttered or lagged while doing basic tasks such as making calls or browsing through WhatsApp messages. App load times are noticeably slow and I also witnessed apps being force closed at times.It is unwise to expect smooth and instant performance from a budget phone but the sub-Rs 10,000 segment has phones that go through the regular UI stuff effortlessly. The Realme 3i costs almost the same as the Moto E6s but the Helio P60 chipset makes for a smooth UI experience even with a heavy custom interface. The Redmi 7 with its Snapdragon 632 chipset also makes a good case for itself on a daily basis. And this is where you start asking whether more RAM and storage can offset the weak chipset. The slow performance is already visible within the first few weeks and I wonder with a few months of usage, whether the Moto E6s will be usable. Motorola could have easily used a Helio P60 or newer chip to ensure smooth everyday performance needs.3000mAh battery stretches to all-day staminaThe Moto E6s uses a standard affair 3000mAh battery and under regular usage, it can last an entire day with 15-20 per cent juice to spare on an average. The regular usage involves texting, watching YouTube videos for at least two hours, streaming music online and occasionally using the camera. The included 10W fast charger takes almost 2.5 hours to refill the battery from nothing.Cameras perform decentlyMotorola always takes pride with its camera performance across all smartphones. With the Moto E6s, Motorola is offering a dual-camera setup at the back with a 13-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel secondary depth camera. The selfies are looked after by an 8-megapixel sensor. Motorola says it is using AI for post-processing images.I won’t beat around the bush – the rear camera performs decently under daylight situations. The images look colourful and there’s enough detail onboard to keep casual photography enthusiasts happy. However, as light levels start to drop, the camera starts losing sharpness in favour of slightly boosted colour profiles. Additionally, the AI post-processing softens human skin tones which don’t seem as desirable. In extremely low light, the AI algorithms try to keep the exposures and colours decent but to suppress noise, the photos lose out on sharpness.IMAGE SAMPLESThe selfie camera works decently too but it tends to soften the skin tones for an enhanced beauty effect, even when you have turned off beautification. The colour tones are muted and for male users, this might be undesirable.advertisementConclusionAs a package, the Motorola Moto E6s seems to be a decent choice considering the price Motorola is selling it for. Motorola is trying to appeal to the semi-urban and rural markets where a phone is preferred with old-school conveniences such as a removable battery, stylish design, clean Android experience and decent cameras. And if this is what you want in your next budget phone, the Moto E6s is for you.However, the competition in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment has been fierce and when you look at what Samsung, Realme, Xiaomi and Vivo have to offer in this category, the Moto E6s feels outdated. Rivals offer more powerful chips, bigger batteries and better cameras, all of which makes the Moto E6s seem a year or two behind the competition. The weak Helio P22 chipset on the Moto E6s defeats the purpose of the stock Android interface and when you look at it as a whole, phones such as the Realme 3i, Redmi 7 and Samsung Galaxy A10s fare better, despite having lower RAM and storage.Motorola Moto E6s review 7/10 ProsLooks stylishStock Android interfaceLightweightConsAverage batteryLaggy performanceSub-par camera performance
Barcelona star Gerard Pique says all are welcome at the revamped Davis Cup – including Real Madrid and Atletico players.The defender’s company Kosmos has invested €3 billion into the tennis tournament and has refreshed the competition ahead of its relaunch in Madrid in November.Though Pique has done battle with the two Madrid teams throughout his career he hopes to see many of their players turn up at the Davis Cup, the premier international team tournament in men’s tennis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream When asked if he plans to invite Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to the Davis Cup, Pique told Tennis World USA: “Of course I will invite him, one thing is football and another one is tennis, I will invite all the Real Madrid and Atletico players to join the show.”You have to separate one thing and the other, one thing is when we are involved in football and rivalry and other things is to look from outside, and I am sure Madrid and Atletico players will want to see Rafa Nadal and the Spanish team trying to win their sixth title.”Several tennis stars have voiced concerns about Pique being so heavily involved in the organisation of a tournament in a sport he is not familiar with, but the 32-year-old said he is focused on learning all he can to make sure the new Davis Cup will be a success.”I approached tennis with respect and humility, with 24 hours and seven days a week of commitment,” Pique said. “It’s the project of my life and I think we are in a good way.”With Barcelona I play and train all days, but as soon as I have two or three free days like now I take a flight to be in New York.”The Davis Cup will see 16 teams competing between November 18 and 24 in Madrid. Following the international break, Pique and Barcelona will be back in La Liga action against Valencia on Saturday.The Blaugrana are likely to again be without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, with both stars still continuing their recovery from muscle injuries.
NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble, a sponsor of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, is now supporting its members’ fight for equal pay.The company, which supports U.S. soccer through its Secret deodorant brand, says it will donate $529,000 — $23,000 for each of the 23 players on the U.S. team that won the World Cup earlier this month — to help close the pay gap. The sponsor took out a full-page ad printed in The New York Times on Sunday urging the U.S. Soccer Federation to “be on the right side of history.”“Let’s take this moment of celebration to propel women’s sports forward,” Secret says in the ad. “We urge the US Soccer Federation to be a beacon of strength and end gender pay inequality once and for all.”In March, 28 members of the USWNT sued the US Soccer Federation for alleged gender discrimination. The suit claims the federation pays the women less than members of the men’s national team.The Associated Press
Jonathan Smith played in four Civil War games between Oregon and Oregon State, but one moment stands out from 2000 when the No. 5 Ducks played the No. 8 Beavers.Smith was quarterback for the Beavers while Joey Harrington was behind centre for the Ducks. The game had big post-season implications for both teams.Smith set the scene: “Sun was out. It was cold. Keith Jackson — the whole thing.”He threw a pair of touchdown passes to Robert Prescott and Jake Cookus (currently an assistant for the Beavers) pulled down three of Oregon State’s five interceptions. The Beavers went on to win 23-13, reaching 10 wins for the first time in school history, then played in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. The Ducks finished 9-2 and played in the Holiday Bowl.“When you go 10-1 at a school that has never been 10-1, and was at rock bottom a few years ago, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Beavers coach Dennis Erickson said afterward.Smith said this week: “Probably one of my favourite memories of playing was taking a knee to win that game.”The other Civil War that sticks out for Smith is the 1998 double-overtime Oregon State victory. He finished his career 2-2 in the rivalry game.The stakes are nowhere near as high in the 122nd Civil War. The Beavers (2-9, 1-7 Pac-12) are essentially playing for bragging rights in Smith’s first season as head coach in Corvallis.The Ducks (7-4, 4-4) are looking to improve their bowl prospects. First-year Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said emphasizing the post-season implications is just part of the team’s preparation.“I think you always assess yourself, the opponent, you talk about both. We’re rebuilding a program, too,” he said. “To me that’s the biggest focus of anything else. We’ve got to understand where we are, where we’re going and the progress that we’ve made, and we want to continue it, so I’d say the bulk of the focus is on that.”Oregon leads the all-time series 64-47-10.Here are some other things to know when Oregon and Oregon State meet:HERBERT’S LAST? Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert may or may not be playing in his final Civil War. Herbert is widely considered one of the top prospects at his position should he decide to skip his final year of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft. If he stays in Eugene, he’ll get a chance to play with brother Patrick, a four-star tight end who has committed to the Ducks.Herbert has passed for 2,883 yards with 27 touchdowns this season. His streak of 26 games with a TD pass is the longest current streak in the nation.LUTON’S LAST? The Civil War could cap quarterback Jake Luton’s tenure at Oregon State, which has been marked by injuries. Last season he suffered a thoracic spine fracture against Washington State. This year he had a concussion and a high ankle sprain that kept him out of four games.Smith said there’s a possibility that Luton could petition for a medical hardship waiver for a sixth year of eligibility. Luton told The Oregonian this week that he’d be open to returning for another season.MITCHELL HISTORY: Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell has 68 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He ranks atop the Pac-12 for receiving yards and is ninth in the nation with an average of 100.2 per game. He needs just 36 yards to break Josh Huff’s single-season school record for receiving yards.FRESHMAN SENSATION: Oregon State true freshman running back Jermar Jefferson has rushed for 1,316 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His total yards lead the nation among freshmen and his average of 119.6 yards puts him at seventh among all rushers nationally.“Obviously the back has garnered a lot of attention, and rightfully so, as a freshman he’s widely considered one of the best freshmen in the country. The offensive line has done a tremendous job for him,” Cristobal said in assessing the Beavers’ offence.THE LAST TIME: Oregon State capped a turbulent year with a 69-10 loss to the Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Beavers coach Gary Andersen had abruptly left the team in the middle of a one-win season. Royce Freeman ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns and Herbert passed for 251 yards and three scores. It was the final game of a one-year stint as head coach for Willie Taggart, who left for Florida State in early December.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press