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The Motorola Moto G 5G is a good, fast and affordable Android smartphone, but we don’t recommend it. You can read how that works in this review.

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Read the Motorola Moto G 5G review

More than six months ago we published op Android Planet the review of the Motorola Moto G 5G Plus, an affordable 5G smartphone with good performance and long battery life. Since the end of last year, the ‘normal’ Moto G 5G has also been available, which is slightly cheaper but also much less exciting.

In recent weeks, we have extensively tested the Moto device. We will tell you in this review whether you like the device and know how to distinguish itself enough. Read on soon!

Decent design is a bit boring

The Moto G 5G looks like a real Motorola device, with an elongated plastic housing and Moto logo on the back containing the fingerprint scanner. The phone is neatly designed and feels sturdy, but looks a bit boring. Where the Moto G 5G Plus still has a cool blue back and the Moto G9 Power is available in green, the Moto G 5G looks a bit more neutral.

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The smartphone is quite heavy at 212 grams, although we do not find this a problem ourselves. It is nice that the Moto G 5G is splash-proof and has dual sim support. Also present is a Google Assistant button to activate the smart assistant, but this is a bit too high in the housing. This makes it difficult to reach.

The screen is 6.7 inches and has a resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels. This is common in this price range and the display looks fine, although the maximum brightness would have been a bit higher. The screen has a hole at the top for the selfie camera, which in itself looks neat, but you can see something backlight bleeding at the edges. This makes it look like there is a kind of ‘shadow’ around the hole.

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The display of the Moto G 5G also has a standard refresh rate of 60Hz. Although this is fine and higher refresh rates are not yet the norm for smartphones of around 200 euros, they are available. The screen of the Moto therefore looks less smooth and that is a small disadvantage.

Hardware: 5G for everyone

There is little to criticize about the internal hardware of the Moto G 5G. The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 750G processor, which is nice and easy to use. Apps and games start up quickly, you rarely see any hiccups and even if you start multitasking, the Moto phone can hold its own.

Furthermore, there is 4GB of RAM and although that is not very much in 2021, you will not notice it during daily use. It is a bit of a shame that there is only 64GB available. Devices like the Poco X3 NFC and Moto G9 Power, which all cost about the same as the Moto G 5G, have 128GB of storage.

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Slightly less than 50GB of the 64GB is available to the user, so it can be useful to place a micro-SD memory card in the device if you need more space for your apps, photos and other media.

As the name of the smartphone reveals, the Moto phone has 5G support. That makes it ready for the future, but at the moment 5G is of little use to you. The new mobile network is not yet available throughout the Netherlands and the speed improvements are small at the moment. That will change, but only next year.

Still runs on Android 10

We have mixed feelings about the software – as is often the case with Motorola phones. On the one hand, the Moto G 5G runs on an almost bare version of Android, which is very nice to use. Motorola adds extra options through the Moto app, which are also useful. On the other hand, it concerns Android 10, an almost eighteen months old version of the mobile operating system.

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