Motorola Moto G5 Review

Motorola Moto G5

Posted: , by Victor Hristov Victor Hristov



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.


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
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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.68 x 2.87 x 0.37 inches
(144.3 x 73. x 9.5 mm)
5.13 oz  (146 g)

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