Motorola Moto E5 Play review

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7.5/10
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The Motorola Moto E5 Play currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

If your budget really won’t stretch above £100 then the E5 Play will work fine and run all the essential apps, but if you can spare a little more you could see a big upgrade.

- Dominic Preston, Tech Advisor
Expert Reviews

First impressions count for a lot, and it’s here that the E5 Play falters. It has an uninspiring design, performance is let down by the limited amount of RAM, and its display is awful. However, when I started digging into the phone’s features, I was pleasantly surprised: the fingerprint reader is fa...

- Christopher Minasians, Expert Reviews
Android Guys

For a first time smartphone user, less demanding consumer, or someone who might need a phone in a pinch, the Moto E5 Play is a great bargain. If your phone use is a mix of want and need, you may wish to look elsewhere.

- Android Guys
Talk Android

Compared to the phones that normally fill news headlines and grab our attention year-round, the Moto E5 Play is pretty middling. Performance is so-so, the camera could use some serious improvements, and there’s no single standout feature that really sells the phone on its own.

- Jared Peters, Talk Android
Digital Trends

For such a cheap price, the Moto E5 Play packs in all the basics you need for a solid smartphone experience.

- Brenda Stolyar, Digital Trends


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Common Questions


Motorola released the Moto E5 Play on May 10, 2018.


The Moto E5 Play price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Motorola Moto E5 Play prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Moto E5 Play user manual here.


Motorola backs up the Moto E5 Play with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Moto E5 Play has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.2"

The Motorola Moto E5 Play's screen size is 5.2 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 2160 minutes.

Moto E5 Play Specs

Overview
Release date May 10, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/900/1800/2600/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.420 W/kg
Body: 1.420 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 531 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 2160 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Dark Lake, Flash Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.1 x 7.4 x 0.885 cm (5.9 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 150 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 282 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto E5 Cruise

Some versions have Qualcomm MSM8920 Snapdragon 427

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Critic Reviews


Tech Advisor

Cheap and cheerful

from Tech Advisor

If your budget really won’t stretch above £100 then the E5 Play will work fine and run all the essential apps, but if you can spare a little more you could see a big upgrade.

Read full review

If your budget really won’t stretch above £100 then the E5 Play will work fine and run all the essential apps, but if you can spare a little more you could see a big upgrade.

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Expert Reviews

Impressive camera for a sub-£100 phone

from Expert Reviews

First impressions count for a lot, and it’s here that the E5 Play falters. It has an uninspiring design, performance is let down by the limited amount of RAM, and its display is awful. However, when I started digging into the phone’s features, I was pleasantly surprised: the fingerprint read...More

First impressions count for a lot, and it’s here that the E5 Play falters. It has an uninspiring design, performance is let down by the limited amount of RAM, and its display is awful. However, when I started digging into the phone’s features, I was pleasantly surprised: the fingerprint reader is fast, battery life is good, and the replaceable battery is a genuine rarity these days.

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Android Guys

A solid all-around value

For a first time smartphone user, less demanding consumer, or someone who might need a phone in a pinch, the Moto E5 Play is a great bargain. If your phone use is a mix of want and need, you may wish to look elsewhere.

Read full review

For a first time smartphone user, less demanding consumer, or someone who might need a phone in a pinch, the Moto E5 Play is a great bargain. If your phone use is a mix of want and need, you may wish to look elsewhere.

Read full review

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Talk Android

Okay phone, but an excellent price tag

from Talk Android

Compared to the phones that normally fill news headlines and grab our attention year-round, the Moto E5 Play is pretty middling. Performance is so-so, the camera could use some serious improvements, and there’s no single standout feature that really sells the phone on its own.

Read full review

Compared to the phones that normally fill news headlines and grab our attention year-round, the Moto E5 Play is pretty middling. Performance is so-so, the camera could use some serious improvements, and there’s no single standout feature that really sells the phone on its own.

Read full review

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Digital Trends

A decent smartphone for just $70

from Digital Trends

For such a cheap price, the Moto E5 Play packs in all the basics you need for a solid smartphone experience.

Read full review

For such a cheap price, the Moto E5 Play packs in all the basics you need for a solid smartphone experience.

Read full review

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TechRadar

As simple as a smartphone should get

from TechRadar

The Moto E5 Play is a true budget phone that won’t wow you, but does offer a compelling value thanks to its low price and a strong delivery on all of the smartphone basics. We’re not in don’t love with anything about it, but any gripes we have are promptly swept away by all the money you’ll save buying it.

Read full review

The Moto E5 Play is a true budget phone that won’t wow you, but does offer a compelling value thanks to its low price and a strong delivery on all of the smartphone basics. We’re not in don’t love with anything about it, but any gripes we have are promptly swept away by all the money you’ll save buying it.

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PhoneArena

Low-cost device that give you a little bit of everything

from PhoneArena

The E5 Play retails for around $70 on Verizon Wireless and Boost Mobile, while Cricket subscribers can even get the phone for free. This puts the E5 Play in a rather non-competitive space, as most other $70 phones will be much more frustrating to deal with than the E5 Play in most ways. However,...More

The E5 Play retails for around $70 on Verizon Wireless and Boost Mobile, while Cricket subscribers can even get the phone for free. This puts the E5 Play in a rather non-competitive space, as most other $70 phones will be much more frustrating to deal with than the E5 Play in most ways. However, the flawed audio recording in videos has us pretty upset, especially when the Play runs well and gets the job done well enough in other categories.

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Tom's Guide

You get what you pay for

from Tom's Guide

The Moto E5 Play proves you can get a decent smartphone experience for less than $100, though you will need to compromise on cameras and battery life.

Read full review

The Moto E5 Play proves you can get a decent smartphone experience for less than $100, though you will need to compromise on cameras and battery life.

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Phone Scoop

A solid, low-cost phone

from Phone Scoop

The Motorola Moto E5 Play gets the job done for some customer groups. The simple design is kid-friendly in that it isn't fragile, though anyone with small hands may find it somewhat big. The screen is solid, and core functions like call quality, data speeds, and battery life are all in the right ballpark.

Read full review

The Motorola Moto E5 Play gets the job done for some customer groups. The simple design is kid-friendly in that it isn't fragile, though anyone with small hands may find it somewhat big. The screen is solid, and core functions like call quality, data speeds, and battery life are all in the right ballpark.

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User Reviews


Dave

Simple old guy

E5 Play cell phone is a solid unit for the price and for the light use I give it. Will upgrade some day in the future if something proves to be worth the investment. Xfinity service has been good so far. Everything went smoothly during transition from AT&T.

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