Motorola's Moto G5 isn't a fancy phone, but it's entirely suitable within its price bracket if you want a budget phone with a better-than-expected camera.
- Low asking price
- Camera exceeds expectations
- NFC built in
- Good fingerprint sensor
- Removable battery
- Ordinary battery life
- Mediocre performance
- Very plain look
The Moto G5 is the ute of phones, and that’s a good thing.
If you want excitement in a smartphone, you’re typically looking northwards of $1,000 to get it, because truly premium smartphones attract serious price points. It’s the equivalent of buying a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, in that a good part of the fun is in showing off your shiny new gadget.
The problem is that for many of us, premium smartphones are an aspirational ideal, but they’re not exactly a sensible buy, even if they’re not quite in supercar pricing territory yet. What you might want is a more practically priced, practically featured everyday phone.
If the Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone are Ferraris then budget phones are, logically speaking, utes.
Practical, hardworking, maybe not the fastest or the prettiest, but a good option at the right kind of price. In fact, that’s pretty much exactly what the Motorola Moto G5 is, excluding any ability to fit sheep in the back. There's an Android app for that, right?
- Simple Motorola design
- Good fingerprint sensor
- Simple camera that shoots better than you'd expect
- Not notably powerful
- NFC onboard
- 2,800 mAh battery delivers ordinary battery performance
- An older budget handset, and you may be better with something newer
Pricing and availability
Motorola Moto G5
Motorola's simple G5
The Motorola Moto G5 is an affordable everyday handset.
- The Motorola Moto G5 originally sold in Australia outright for $299.
Motorola Moto G5 specs
|Display size (inches)||5|
|Display resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||441|
|Battery size (mAh)||2,800|
|Rear camera (1) resolution||13|
|Rear camera (1) aperture||f/2.0|
|Rear camera (2) resolution|
|Rear camera (2) aperture|
|Rear camera (3) resolution|
|Rear camera (3) aperture|
|Front camera (1) resolution||5|
|Front camera (1) aperture||f/2.2|
|Front camera (2) resolution|
|Front camera (2) aperture|
|Network category speed||N/A|
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