Motorola Moto E5 Play review
A price you can afford
Our Motorola Moto E5 Play review takes a look at the characteristics and features of this very affordable entry-level smartphone. Available right now in the UK, you can pick one up with a free handset on a 24 month contract, starting at £9.99 per month.
Max Vision display
The Motorola Moto E5 Play has a well-sized 5.3” Max Vision display. The display has a resolution of 960 x 480 pixels, which is just a little less detailed than HD. The long 18:9 screen aspect ratio lets you see further down the page and there is a narrow bezel that makes the phone easy to hold.
Design and processor performance
The Motorola Moto E5 Play is available in Starry Black or Fine Gold and it has a pretty typical 9.19mm thick body. The weight is on the lighter side of things at 150g. You can enjoy the front-ported speaker, which gives you music loudness right in your face.
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM gives slightly better performance than we would expect from a phone in this pricing bracket. Some of this performance is due to the operating system, but there is more on this later on.
Phone Set Up
Discreet fingerprint sensor
For years Motorola phones have been branded with the iconic M logo on the back. Motorola has moved to give this real meaning on the Moto E5 Play, where it is the place to tap to unlock the phone through its integrated fingerprint reader.
If you have music, video or photos to move over, then there is a 16GB memory for this. We have to admit that this isn’t a lot of memory but there is a 128GB microSD card slot, so you can boost this if needed in the future.
Android Go Edition
The Moto E5 Play has the Android 8.0 Oreo Go Edition operating system. This differs from the standard version of Oreo in order to give a better experience to budget phone users.
The Go Edition OS has a curated selection of pre-loaded apps, saving space while boosting performance. You will also enjoy a built-in data saver for the Chrome web browser.
Features you are sure to find useful include:
- Pin a web page shortcut to your home screen
- Split Screen multitasking
- Picture-in-Picture for watching video or video calling with Duo while doing other tasks
Moto Actions and Moto display
Moto Actions and the Moto Display add even more convenience. With these you can you:
- Swipe to shrink the screen for one-handed use
- Pick up to stop ringing
- Use three fingers to take a screenshot
- Flip for Do Not Disturb
- Prevent the screen from dimming or going to sleep with the Attentive Display feature
- Save eyestrain with Night Display which reduces blue light
Camera & Video
Fast focus camera
The 8MP camera on this Motorola phone has a fast focus with auto enhancement of indoor and cloudy day shots. There are a few useful shooing modes and features including Burst Shot, HDR, Panorama, Pro Mode, Beauty, Quick Capture (double tap the power button) and Slow Motion Mode.
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With the Moto E5 Play you can shoot 1080p Full HD video. You can also make use of the 5MP selfie camera, which has its own flash/light.