Motorola’s Moto E-series consists of affordable smartphones that – as is our experience – deliver value for money. The new Moto E5 (149 euros) seems to continue that tradition and promises extra-long battery life. We take a closer look at this Motorola Moto E5 review.
Motorola Moto E5 Specifications
- Price: $ 149
- Colors: Gray and gold
- OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- Screen: 5.7 inch LCD (1440 x 720)
- Processor: 1.4 GHz quad-core (Snapdragon 425)
- RAM: 2 GB
- Storage: 16 GB (expandable with memory card)
- Battery: 4000 mAh
- Camera: 13 megapixel (rear), 5 megapixels (front)
- Connectivity: 4G (LTE), Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, GPS
- Format: 15.4 x 7.2 x 0.9 cm
- Weight: 174 grams
The Moto E5 is similar in design to its predecessors, although Motorola has made several improvements. For example, the back is no longer made of plastic but of metal and there is a fingerprint scanner in the Moto logo on the back. This makes the Moto E5 more luxurious and unlocks it faster. The device is fine in the hand due to the rounded design. The large 5.7-inch screen uses an extended 18: 9 ratio and the edges around the display are relatively narrow. Most people can therefore easily operate the Motorola smartphone with just one hand.
- Big screen
- Good endurance
- Solid, durable build
- Poor camera
- Mediocre performance
- Reportedly no software updates
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The battery life of two days
With 175 grams, the Moto E5 is on the heavy side. Which is due to the larger display and the huge 4000 mAh battery. This lasts for two days with normal use. Those who watch less on their phone only need to recharge the battery a few times a week. Charging is relatively fast via micro-USB.
The LCD display of the Moto E5 is sharp enough for a budget smartphone with an HD resolution. While looking at photos and videos you can distinguish individual pixels, but partly because the color rendering of the screen is good, it hardly disturbs.
Micro-sd and dual-sim
A nice feature of the Motorola Moto E5 is that it swallows two SIM cards and a micro SD card. With most (budget) smartphones, you plug the micro SD card into the second SIM card slot. So that you have one SIM card and micro-SD or dual SIM without micro SD. The Moto E5 has three card slots, so you do not have to choose.
The performance of the phone with a Snapdragon 425 processor and 2GB of memory is sufficient, although the storage memory is on the small side. The software takes up half of the 16GB of internal storage space, making the micro-sd lock fit well. This way you can easily and relatively inexpensively expand the storage memory (up to 128GB).
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The 5 and 13-megapixel cameras front and rear make great pictures for home-garden-and-kitchen use, but do not expect too much.
No Android Pie update
The Motorola Moto E5 runs on a virtually unmodified version of Android 8.0 (Oreo), with only some apps from Motorola and Microsoft Outlook and LinkedIn. The last two cannot be removed, which we do not find neat. Motorola has recently announced that the Moto E5 will not be updated to the new Android 9.0 (Pie). The phone will receive security updates in the coming period, although it is unclear how often and for how long.
The Motorola Moto E5 delivers a decent design for $150, a great display, and functions such as dual-sim and a fingerprint scanner. Add a long battery and stock Android 8.0 (Oreo) and you have a complete smartphone for less money for the less demanding user. Anyone who values software updates can better switch to an equally expensive Android One phone from Nokia or Xiaomi.