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The 5MP is really more of a Skype camera.


You can take a panorama in any direction.


Daylight and office video [email protected] is fine. The Qualcomm 425 offers moderate EIS for stabilisation.

Camera summary

For a $199 phone the camera is great. My reference to muted colours is in comparison to $1000+ smartphones. A new term ‘social media friendly’ sums it all up.

GadgetGuy’s take – Motorola 35 – great specifications and performance in the value market

It is undeniably a value class handset. If offers build quality above that, so it is a safe buy. The Motorola e5 ticks every box in the value segment and then some. It is stellar value in this segment.

Sure the camera is only for good light shots. But again, I ask if you will find better in this bracket.


  • 4,000 mAh battery – 66 hours normal use!
  • Quality build and modern design
  • Dual Sim
  • Separate microSD can for internal storage/apps
  • Fingerprint scanner 95% accurate
  • The camera is fine if you judge it against ‘social media’ standards
  • Bright, colourful screen
  • Android 8.x, timely updates and little bloatware
  • As close to pure Android as you can get – no heavy overlays


  • Can be a bit laggy
  • The camera could improve for low light
  • 16GB (10GB free) is limiting
  • USB-C not provided
  • No Android P – Oreo only


  • Overall: 4 out of 5
  • Features:  3.5 out of 5 – no IP rating and Wi-Fi N single band
  • Value for Money: 4.5 out of 5 – It has no peer at that price
  • Performance: 3.5 out of 5 – Can be laggy. No Android upgrade.
  • Ease of Use: 4.5 out of 5 – Its Android!
  • Design: 4 out of 5 – Looks better than it should at that price

Price: XT-1944-6 software code retapac

$199 online.

Warning: The only approved Australian retailers are Office Works and the Good Guys.

So, any third-party sales will not be the certified Australian model. In particular, avoid any with the code PACH001AU.

Motorola e5 – a lot of phone for little money (review)
Name: Motorola e5 Price (RRP): $199 Manufacturer: Motorola
Best phone for around $200
The usual price compromises - no deal breakers
Value for money
Ease of Use
3.9Overall Score
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