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Motorola e5 – a lot of phone for little money (review)
3.9Overall Score
Name: Motorola e5
Price (RRP): $199
Manufacturer: Motorola

Motorola has been rolling out new models as if its life depended on it. At $199 The Motorola e5 is outstanding in the value  <$200 segment.

The value market is also crowded. GadgetGuy reviewed the Alcatel 1C 3G (was $89 now $69!), and it has a 4G 1X as well. We gave it a 5-out-of-5 if only that its quality and build were well above its price.

OK, the Motorola is just under $200, but we are sure a little arm-twisting negotiation will pay dividends. It is one of the best value phones out there.

Motorola also has a cheaper Moto C for the pre-paid market. Woolworths have that for $149.

In the box – Motorola e5 Model XT-1944-6

Australian website here

  • The phone (2/16GB, dual sim)
  • Charger 2.0 5V/2A
  • USB-A to micro-USB cable
  • Buds/mic

We issue the standard warning that you must buy the genuine model with Australian firmware as it works on all Australian Carrier LTE bands. Another way to tell – go to Settings, About Phone, Software Channel should be ‘retapac’.

The first impression

This looks like a solid, impressive, modern 18:9 format phone. It has a nice matte, back and matching frame (its metallised plastic).

Its price belies its build quality and finish. What that means is that it will be a little more susceptible over time to scratches.

Motorola e5


We have changed our ‘monolithic’ specifications table to place relevant comments and tests after each segment.


Screen 5.7-inch, 1440 x 720, 282ppi, 18:9, IPS
75.2% S-T-B-R
Screen protection unknown

Very few phones in the bracket have a large 5.7-inch screen. 720p resolution is surprisingly good. It has three colour temperatures and standard/vibrant mode.

Moto Display gives you a quick preview of notifications and updates, so you can see what’s going on without unlocking your phone. Just give it a nudge to see what’s new, then reply to emails and texts without even unlocking your phone.

It has average daylight readability but is otherwise fine. No screen protection is specified. If you plan to hold onto this for a few years, get a tempered glass screen protector.


Processor Qualcomm MSM8917, 28nm, Snapdragon 425Four-core, A53, 12.4Ghz
GPU Adreno 308
RAM 2GB/16GB eMMC (10GB free)
microSD to 128GB (can be formatted as internal storage using Developer mode)

The Snapdragon 425 is Qualcomm’s entry-point for mobiles.