Motorola Moto E5 Plus review
Mid-priced with a huge battery
Our Motorola Moto E5 Plus review finds a mobile phone that fits into the mid-rage pricing bracket at from £16 per month on a 24 month contract. Most of the specifications are fairly run of the mill but the high capacity battery makes this Moto phone stand out from the crowd. If huge power reserves are top of your must have list, then read on because this could be the phone for you and the deals are live in the UK right now.
Max Vision display
The Motorola Moto E5 Plus has one of the bigger displays around. The 6” Max Vision display has HD+ resolution (1440 x 720 pixels) and a 18:9 screen aspect ratio. To the user, this means that there are loads more rows of pixels, allowing you to view more of a webpage without scrolling or make better use of split screen multitasking.
Comparison: HD displays only have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
The design for the rest of the phone is very nice with an arched back cover that has a reflective wave pattern. You can choose from a range of colours including Black, Fine Gold, Mineral Blue and Flash Grey. This Moto phone is a little thicker than some at 9.35mm and just a tad heavy at 197g.
Speaker and processor performance
Audio and music do sound good on the Moto E5 Plus and this is partly due to it having a front ported speaker. This means that the sound does not get muffled if you place the phone down on a table.
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM performs well and fits just about right, for the price.
Phone Set Up
Hidden fingerprint sensor
The Moto E5 Plus keeps the back face looking good by hiding the fingerprint reader under the Moto logo. This is a nice touch and you can use the fingerprint reader to unlock and then lock the phone again.
If you have content to bring over from an old phone, then there is a 16GB internal memory. There is also an up to 128GB memory card slot, just in case you need more memory in the future.
The Moto E5 Plus runs on the latest Google Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. If you want to take advantage of some of Motorola’s innovations, then you should go to the Moto app. Here you can select certain gestures that you may like to use, under the umbrella of Moto Actions. Gestures include:
- Twist - Open the camera
- Pick up - Stop the phone ringing
- Flip face down - Enter do not disturb mode
- Double chop - Turn on the flash light
You can also enjoy the Moto Display feature that lets you see updates, see notifications and respond to notifications all without unlocking the phone.
Camera & Video
The camera setup on the Moto E5 Plus is as expected and you get a 12MP snapper that has a fast and accurate laser autofocus. Camera features include Panorama, Slo-motion mode, Best Shot and QR/Barcode Scanner, the last of which is kind of nice because you normally have to go and download a third party app for scanning QR codes.
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The main camera can shoot 1080p (HD) video, while the 5MP selfie camera has a selfie flash.
The 5,000mAh battery holds far more power than its rivals (typically around the 3,000mAh range). This charge should give you at least 1.5 days use and you can recharge quickly with the TurboPower Charger, which is included in the box.
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Written by: Michael Brown