Call Quality

A phone is above all a phone, and that’s why it’s important to know whether call quality is good. On the Moto G5 it is decent, but not great. We found that voices in the earpiece lack in clarity when compared to a higher end phones. Our callers sounded muffled and a bit too quiet, and on the other end of the line our voice also sounds a bit distorted. Keep this in mind: it’s not a huge disadvantage as you can still understand what the other party is saying in most circumstances, but clarity is definitely not perfect.

Battery life

A battery that will get you through a full day with ease, but not much more. Also, no fast charge support means the phone takes more than two hours to charge up.

The Moto G5 comes equipped with a 2,800 mAh battery cell that is easily removable by the user, and we were eager to test it to see the battery life of this affordable phone. We have recently seen a lot of affordable phones score huge battery numbers, so we were wondering whether the Moto G5 would be one of them.

The answer is: no. The Moto G5 battery life is good, but nothing more than that. In our test, where we put all phones on equal grounds with the screen set at the comfortable for indoor use brightness level of 200 nits, the Moto G5 scored just slightly more than 7 hours and a half.

In real life situations, we had no problems getting through a full day with even more intense use of the phone. This is good, but do not expect the Moto G5 to last you more than that: you will need to charge it up every night.

Another aspect of the battery experience is how long it takes to recharge a battery from 0 to 100%. The Moto G5 is not among the fastest charging phones by any means: it takes a pretty long two hours and nearly 15 minutes to get a fully charge.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Motorola Moto G5 7h 33 min (Good)
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 10h 26 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto G4 8h 48 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto G4 Play 10h 24 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Motorola Moto G5 133
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 106
Motorola Moto G4 110
Motorola Moto G4 Play 280


The Moto G5 is not officially sold in the United States. You do get the Moto G5 Plus in the U.S. and that one is a great phone. So where does the Moto G5 fit in the big picture?

With an official price starting from around €200 in Europe, the Moto G5 is considerably cheaper than the Moto G5 Plus, which starts at €280. The Moto G5 is also much cheaper than other typically recommended affordable phones: the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is excellent but sells for €290, the iPhone SE 16GB is great buy retails for €330.

This super cheap price segment that the Moto G5 belongs to is all about compromise, though, and the G5 makes a lot of those compromises: the design is outdated, the camera is decidedly average, battery life is good, but not great, and the performance is decent, but not future-proof. That said, we can't deny the fact that the Moto G5 presents us with what's probably the best possible all-around experience at this super-low price point.

At the end of the day, when all's said and done, the Moto G5 is a decent cheap phone that gets the job done: calls, emails, browsing, etc, but probably not one that you will love using. For that, you’ll have to spend a bit more.


  • Very affordable price point
  • Mostly smooth performance
  • Cool and useful Moto gestures
  • Clean Android 7.0 Nougat software with nice widgets
  • Good battery life


  • Chubby, outdated design
  • Storage space out of the box is severely reduced

PhoneArena Rating:




1. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The G5 will be available in Canada as of tomorrow, and that one would in fact be usable to some US carriers.

4. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

+1 I wonder if that's the same model as the Latin America one on Amazon that seems to have the bands that could work.


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Why would anyone want this rubbish when they could get a lightly used LG G5 for the same price. Everything: Better.

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

This definitely deserves an 8

3. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

But no higher than.


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

7 seems fair to me. Its ugly as a rabid raccoon crawled from a dumpster and the SD625 is like a Pentium 4, trusty enough - but to be real its a joke.

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The 625 is a perfectly fine chip that runs great at everything except gaming. Unfortunately, the Moto G5 uses a SD 430.


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I could argue the same about a 15-year-old Pentium 4. That doesn't mean its a great overall experience.

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It depends on what you want. If you value battery life over all and don't care about mobile gaming, the experience is great. If you're into mobile gaming, then it probably isn't.

5. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's kind of disappointing. I considered trying a G5 but it just doesn't make sense considering what it brings. It doesn't make sense for me that is. Looking at the comparison, it's basically the "updated" Moto G4 Play.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! The A3 (2017) has much MUCH superior battery life... Reason is simple; its rocking a low-clocked processor that's been fabricated on the latest 14nm FinFet procedure (Ala Snapdragon 821)... Besides, its made of glass and metal and hence look very sleek and 'shiny'...! Oh well, G'Day!

16. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

It's more expensive as well. Plus that Samsung bloat.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

That headphone voltage tho

9. farriusd

Posts: 2; Member since: May 02, 2017

"oversized bezels That belongs in the past and lack of water resistance" The damn thing is $229 from Best buy what do you expect!

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

right, it's entry level phone.. did they expect it will has tiny bezels like iPhone7 or other new flagships out there? the design they use is just like any other low-end android, so it's fine... and microSD can fix that second cons...

10. farriusd

Posts: 2; Member since: May 02, 2017

Correction * under $200. G5plus is $229

15. brasstax

Posts: 544; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Because of that, we're inclined to accept certain compromises in its design, like the overly thick bezels..." In all the years that I have been visiting phone arena, I have never read a single i-phone review where the humongous bezels have been pointed out as an unacceptable compromise considering the dizzying price. No, I am not a troll. Just want consistency and neutralism from tech writers/reviewers whom I respect.

18. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

iFanatics will change their view every time in order to blame something, but never their beloved iToy, that insult of a pathetic design has 9.7 on the review, its also 200g in weight, bulky and ugly white front, disgusting - truly pathetic!

19. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

great phone :)
Moto G5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh

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