Motorola Moto E5 review
Max vision & Android Oreo
Our Motorola Moto E5 review finds a camera phone that has an elongated display and the Android Oreo operating system. The phone is just slightly cheaper than the Moto E5 Plus and there are just a few minor differences. These difference include the size of the display and the capacity of the battery.
You can buy the Moto E5 in the UK right now and prices start from £15 per month on a 24 month contract.
The Motorola Moto E5 has a 5.7” Max Vision display that is elongated to have a 18:9 screen aspect ratio. This is coupled up with HD+ resolution (1440 x 720 pixels). The importance of this is that there are more rows of pixels. This means that you can see more of a webpage before scrolling and enjoy content that has been designed to create a super widescreen cinematic experience.
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The design of the Moto E5 includes a rounded glass front and an arched back that is crafted perfectly for the palm of your hand. The front ported speaker ensures that gaming audio, music and movie soundtracks are all projected straight towards you.
The phone is weighted well at 174g and it is a little slimmer the Plus variant at 8.95mm thick. You have a choice of two colours, namely Fine Gold and Flash Grey.
A quality quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor controls all the action with a clock speed of 1.4GHz. This is pretty normal for the price but the 2GB RAM punches above its weight and ensures that lag is kept to an absolute minimum.
Phone Set Up
A hidden fingerprint reader
The Moto E5 has a hidden fingerprint reader which is discreetly positioned underneath the Moto logo on the back face. A quick tap on this will unlock and lock the phone.
If you have photos, videos or files to transfer over from an old phone then you have a 16GB internal memory for this. For the vast majority of people this will be enough, but if not, then there is an up to 128GB microSD memory card slot.
Android Oreo and Moto Actions
The Motorola Moto E5 runs on Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. This includes handy features such as the Google Assistant and Google Maps. Motorola adds a little extra functionality through its Moto app. Here you can activate Moto Actions and these are gestures that let you do the following:
- Lift up - Silence incoming ringtone
- Double chop - Turn on the flashlight
- Flip over - Enter do not disturb mode
- Swipe - Shrink the screen
The Moto Display feature will let you see the content of your notifications on the lock screen, if you wish. You can also send a quick reply to messages in the notification window, all without unlocking the phone.
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Camera & Video
The Moto E5 has a high resolution 13MP camera. This is competitive with other phones in the same pricing range and you get shooting assistance with Panorama, Best Shot, Burst Shot and a QR code scanner. If you like to shoot video, then there is HD video recording, Video Stabilisation and a Slo-motion mode.
The 5MP portrait camera has its own Selfie Flash, for low light and indoor scenarios. Your photos are saved in the Google Photos app and you will enjoy unlimited high quality storage. Google Photos makes your images searchable and you can access them on other devices that you own.
All day battery
The Moto E5 has a high capacity 4,000mAh battery. The battery isn’t as big as the one in the Plus variant but it does have a higher capacity compared to almost all other phones in the mid-range market. As a bonus, you get a 10W rapid charger, which cuts down charging times.
Written by: Michael Brown