Motorola Moto G5 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Motorola Moto G5

Motorola Moto G5
  • Display

    5 inches

    1080 x 1920

  • Storage


  • Battery size

    2,800 mAh

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

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

Battery life

  • 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



Physical dimensions


Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920
Pixels per inch (PPI) 441
Rear camera megapixels 13MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.0
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 144.3mm x 73mm x 9.5mm
Weight 144.5g
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 430
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage


External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 2,800mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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