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It achieved 75/50 Mbps download/upload on Telstra 4G, four bands reception.

Operating system

OS Android 8.0
Security Patch 1 June (review in mid-Aug)

Motorola has added some value to Pure Android with a very light skin. This relates to Moto Actions; your simple gestures make everyday interactions more convenient. Whether you’re shrinking down the screen with a simple swipe or silencing the ringer just by lifting up the phone, you can do more with less effort.

Build etc

Colours Flash Grey
Fine Gold
Build Brushed plastic back and frame
Dimensions 154.4 x 72.2 x 8.95 mm x 174g
IP Rating No

It feels solid enough, and the brushed plastic back feels more like brushed metal. A concern with all ‘metallised’ plastic is that it can chip easily.

What’s missing

Missing USB-C
Front notification LEDNo IP rating

We’re sad to see some of our favourite gestures not included — such as making a chopping gesture twice to turn on the flashlight or twisting the phone twice to open the camera.


Price $199

This offers features and value beyond its price. And from what I can find there is no direct, equally specified competitor so go for it.


Rear Camera 13MP, 1.12μm, F/2.0, PDAF, LED Flash, HDR, Panorama, Burst Shot, Best Shot
Video max [email protected] with EIS
Selfie 5MP, 1.12μm, f/2.3, 80° FOV, Fixed focus
LED flash

The specifications indicate a good day and office light camera with no low light pedigree. Specs don’t lie.

The Qualcomm 425 is a little slow. The camera app takes a second or two longer to load. Shutter press when its deciding to use HDR or not can be slow.

Daylight, outdoors

Motorola e5

ISO 50, 1/1600sec, 3.9MB

The image is a little muted – the sky, water and trees are brighter in real life

Indoors Office Light

Motorola e5

ISO 64, 1/40sec, 2.4MB

Again the colours are muted. The Sudoku and kitchen appliance colours are more fire engine red. It lacks detail on the toy dog’s fur.

Low light

Overly grainy and often blurry. Switching off HDR helped blur, but the results is lost detail.

Mototola e5

ISO 500, 1/20sec, 2.9Mb


The front flash is great. It can make a huge difference. But to our eyes, the flash induces too much noise.