Motorola Moto G5 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Motorola Moto G5
Motorola Moto G5

Quick verdict

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.

The good

  • Low asking price
  • Camera exceeds expectations
  • NFC built in
  • Good fingerprint sensor
  • Removable battery

The bad

  • Ordinary battery life
  • Mediocre performance
  • Very plain look

Motorola Moto G5 at a glance

When does the Moto G5 come out? It's available now
What’s new about the Moto G5? Competitive asking price, removable battery
How much does the Moto G5 cost? Originally $299 outright

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?

Design

  • Simple Motorola design
  • Good fingerprint sensor

Camera

  • Simple camera that shoots better than you'd expect

Performance

  • Not notably powerful
  • NFC onboard

Battery life

  • 2,800 mAh battery delivers ordinary battery performance

Verdict

  • 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.

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  • The Motorola Moto G5 originally sold in Australia outright for $299.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 441
Processor Snapdragon 430
Height (mm) 144.3
Width (mm) 73
Depth (mm) 9.5
Weight (g) 144.5
Battery size (mAh) 2,800
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 16GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 2
Water resistance N/A
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
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
NFC support No
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Updated December 14th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 636
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
MSM8937
5.7
1440 x 720
32GB
Motorola Moto E5
Motorola Moto E5
Snapdragon 425
5.7
1440 x 720
16GB
Snapdragon 450
5.7
2160 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 630
5.9
2180 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 630
5.2
1920 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 626
5.5
1920 × 1080
64GB
MT6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
MTK 6737M
5
854 × 480
16GB
Snapdragon 617
5.5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Snapdragon 430
5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Snapdragon 625
5.2
1920 x 1080
16GB
32GB
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 820
5.5
2560 x 1440
64GB
Snapdragon 410
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 810
5.4
2560 x 1440
32GB

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