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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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.
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.
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.
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.
No Android 11, although the Moto G 5G will be provided with an update at a later time. The problem is that it is ready after that, because Moto G devices only get one major Android version update. You will receive security updates every quarter and at the time of writing the Moto G 5G is still running on the November 2020 patch.
We are very sorry that Motorola is taking it easy on itself by supplying the phone with old software, and only updating it to an Android version that should already have been running on the smartphone by default. That can and must really improve, also in this price segment.
Three cameras on the back
There is a triple camera on the back of the Moto smartphone. It is a 48 megapixel primary camera, which combines pixels to deliver better 12 megapixel photos. In addition, we see an 8 megapixel wide-angle lens for extra wide shots and a 2 megapixel macro camera for shots from very close.
With enough daylight, the main camera delivers excellent photos, with lots of detail and beautiful colors. The dynamic range is also fine, although the Moto G 5G is not very consistent. As a result, it sometimes happens that the blue sky is, for example, excessively light. The wide-angle lens does a great job and is very handy, but you have to take into account that the quality is less than with the primary camera.
In the dark, the quality deteriorates considerably and you see a lot of noise. There is a night mode in the camera app and although it works smoothly, the results are mediocre. Photos may look brighter, but the camera software tends to ‘brush away’ detail. We see that more often on budget phones, but it is a bit of a shame.
The 2 megapixel macro camera is fun to play with, but you shouldn’t expect too much from the photos. The resolution is simply too low to capture good and sharp images. It is useful that the macro camera has autofocus, which makes it possible to shoot one close up faster and easier.
Excellent battery life
The battery life is one of the main advantages of the Motorola Moto G 5G. The smartphone has a battery capacity of no less than 5000 and therefore it lasts for a long time. During our test period, the device easily lasted a whole day and we often only had to charge it after two days.
If you want an even better battery life, the Moto G9 Power is a good choice, but the Moto G 5G certainly convinces in terms of endurance. Charging takes a relatively long time. The smartphone has a 20 Watt fast charger in the box, which is neat in this price range, but due to the large battery, it simply takes a while before the phone is completely full. However, we can live with that just fine.
Conclusion Motorola Moto G 5G review
The Motorola Moto G 5G is a solid device without exciting functions. That is normally not a problem with affordable smartphones, but in this case it is. This is mainly because other devices of around 200 euros have striking and distinctive features. The Poco X3 NFC, for example, has a smooth 120Hz and super fast charging, and simply knows how to offer more for less money.
The Moto G 5G Plus from Motorola, which is also slightly cheaper than the ‘normal’ Moto G 5G, is a better deal. This phone has a nicer and smoother 90Hz screen and feels faster. This makes it difficult to recommend the Moto G 5G. It’s certainly not a bad Android phone, but it doesn’t stand out from the competition in any way.
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