Moto E5 Review

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Updated June 27, 2022
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If you’re someone who needs a good handset that lasts a good amount of time but you’re just on a very tight budget, the Moto E5 is here to offer you a whole lot of good features at a very cheap price. Now although, it may cost less, with its Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and a long battery life the Moto E5 can meet your daily needs to a great extent, not downgrading very much over time and thus standing out as potentially the best Android phone you can get for the money. Compare this to our Samsung Focus review if you’re still not sure which phone is best for you.

Why We Like It – Moto E5

Providing you a great android experience at one of the lowest prices available, the Moto E5 stands out with 2GB of RAM and also a 13MP camera. Compare this with the similarly low priced LG G2 to make your final decision. The Moto also packs in a large battery providing you with a long battery life, enough to last through the day while you work on a pretty good display. And if you need a wireless charger for all your devices, we introduce to you the WOCH Charger, a handcrafted wooden wireless charging station that will look great in your home.

  • Very budget friendly
  • Good performance for the price
  • Long battery life
  • Short storage space
  • Plastic body


Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 at 1.4GHz, the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM the Moto E5 although not the most powerful handset, manages to provide you with a great user experience. It surpasses the Moto E5 play in terms of performance, offering you a better, much faster android experience and a splendid 13MP rear camera. While it does fall behind the E5 motorola plus as well as the moto g6 play when it comes to the RAM memory, considering its price it really isn’t much of a drawback to frown upon.

Featuring Android 8.0 Oreo, the Moto E5 provides you with a good interface, which although doesn’t stand up to the Pixel 3A’s Android 10.0, is pretty great for anyone to use on a daily basis. Apart from that the Moto E5 has a gorilla glass, 5.7Inch display, which despite being smaller than that of the Motorola Moto E5 plus, offers you a decent viewing experience at 720p and a 18:9 aspect ratio. Above the screen, the E5 Motorola Moto provides you with a 5MP camera which provides you with a decent picture quality for video calls every now and then. For a phone that takes better selfies, the Samsung A70 and the Google Pixel 3A are great options worth considering.

Moreover, the Motorola moto E5 comes with a 4000mAh battery that lets you go through an entire day without needing to plug in giving it a battery life surpassing, if not on par with expensive models such as the Lg V20, as you will find out in this Lg V20 Smartphone review. And with its 10W Quick charger you can charge it up faster than ever, making it a great pick for those who are constantly on the go.

On the other hand, the E5 Motorola Moto falls behind the rest of the smartphones with only 16GB of internal storage, 6GB of which is occupied by system files. Even though it can be upgraded to 128GB of memory through a microSD card, having more of an internal storage would be an extremely useful thing to have for many people. The similarly priced Huawei Y7 is a great pick with 32GB of memory.

Finally, the Moto E5 Motorola also offers a fingerprint scanner at the back, making unlocking the operating system much more easier and convenient while an NFC function allows you to make quick mobile payments.


Being a budget phone as it is, the Moto E5 provides you with a plastic body, which unlike the E5 plus’s glossy finish has a matte finish. Other than that, being moderately thin at 6.08 x 2.84 x 0.35 Inches and weighing under 0.4 pounds, it is a phone that will easily fit into your pocket, without creating a bulge. Available in Flash gray and Fine gold colours, the Moto E5 looks pretty good despite the price. And with a micro USB port for charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as a microSD card slot in the single Sim tray, it provided you with pretty much everything you can need in a handset.


Priced at just under $90, the Moto E5 provides you with a great smartphone experience. It performs amazingly for the price, allows you to take pretty good 13MP photos and although it’s not the fastest phone out there, it lasts a long time, without wearing out as fast as many other cheap phones out there. And so, if you need a smartphone and you can’t pay much, the Moto E5 is a great phone you can get for a great price. If you are still undecided, check out our Moto E5 Display Battery Radio review

Moto E5 Wrap Up

With the moderately performing Snapdragon 425 processor and 2GB of RAM, the Moto E5 may not be as well performing as the Google Pixel 3A. It may not even beat the Huawei Y7 when it comes to playing games. And it does fall behind in terms of storage, but that can be fixed with a microSD card. Thus, with a great price tag, a long battery life, and the fact that the phone doesn’t wear out very fast, the Moto E5 is potentially the best extremely low budget phone you can get right now.