Motorola’s E collection has at all times centered on no-frills phones with stable efficiency for an reasonably priced value. The brand new Moto E5 Play follows go well with, with a succesful Snapdragon processor, sufficient RAM to deal with commonest duties, and an more and more uncommon detachable battery. The E5 Play is not the quickest or most eye-catching cellphone available on the market, however it’s accessible for as little as $39.99 relying on the place you purchase it, making for a stable, dependable funds handset.

Pricing and Carriers

The Moto E5 Play is out there on a number of low-cost carriers in barely totally different variants. It is most reasonably priced on Cricket Wi-fi, the place it is branded because the Moto E5 Cruise, lacks a fingerprint sensor, and prices a mere $39.99, supplied you are signing up for a brand new line or improve. Pay as you go on Verizon Wi-fi it’ll run you $69.99. On Increase Cell the E5 Play additionally would not include a fingerprint sensor and prices $99.99. Lastly, you might have the Xfinity Cell mannequin (an MVNO operated by Comcast, which makes use of Verizon towers) for $119.99, at which level you are higher off shopping for the extra succesful Moto G6 Play.

We examined evaluation items for Increase Cell and Cricket Wi-fi. A completely unlocked model of the E5 Play is not accessible.

Design, Show, and Options

The E5 Play follows the design language of the Moto E4, with an analogous light-weight black plastic development and a detachable again cowl. It feels sturdy and sturdy, regardless of not being formally ruggedized, with a water-repellent coating that may stand up to unintended spills and splashes, however not full immersion in water.

By way of measurement, the E5 Play measures by 2.9 by zero.four inches (HWD) and weighs 5.three ounces. It is about the identical measurement and weight because the Alcatel 1X (5.eight by 2.eight by zero.four inches, 5.three ounces), and fairly a bit lighter than the chunky G6 Play (6.1 by 2.eight by zero.four inches, 6.2 ounces), which has a glass-and-metal physique and a supersized battery. Whereas the E5 Play will not crush your pocket, it is not the best to make use of with one hand because of a thick prime and backside bezel.

There’s a quantity rocker and energy button on the correct, a three.5mm headphone jack up prime, and a micro USB charging port on the underside. The again cowl is detachable, letting you swap out the battery and supplying you with entry to the SIM and microSD card slots, the latter of which labored with a 256GB card. As talked about earlier, the Increase and Cricket variations of the E5 Play lack a fingerprint sensor, whereas the opposite service fashions have one on the again. Apart from this, different bodily facets of the cellphone are the identical throughout the assorted carriers.


The E5 Play’s show is healthier than we sometimes see on this value vary. It has a 5.2-inch 1,280-by-720 IPS panel that works out to 282 pixels per inch (ppi). That is a lot sharper than the grainy 480p panel on the Alcatel 1X (208ppi). Viewing angles are good and colours are vibrant and correct, although the display might be reflective outdoor.

Community Efficiency and Connectivity

The E5 Play helps LTE bands 1/2/three/four/5/7/eight/12/13/14/17/25/26/29/30/38/41/66, permitting it to work nicely on a number of totally different carriers. We examined community efficiency totally on Increase Cell, which makes use of Dash’s community, and noticed common community efficiency in midtown Manhattan.

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The cellphone additionally has Wi-Fi on the two.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Twin-band connectivity is one thing we sometimes see on extra pricey telephones, so it is a good shock right here. There’s additionally Bluetooth four.2 for wi-fi listening, however no NFC so you’ll be able to’t use cell funds.

Name high quality is blended. Earpiece quantity within reason loud, letting you are taking calls outdoor, however readability and noise cancellation aren’t the very best.

Processor, Battery, and Digital camera

The E5 Play is powered by both a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or 427 processor relying on the place you purchase it. The distinction between the 2 chipsets in pretty negligible when it comes to efficiency, however for the needs of testing, we used the Increase Cell model which has a Snapdragon 427 clocked at 1.4GHz and 2GB of RAM.

Within the PCMark benchmark, which measures quite a lot of duties together with net shopping and photograph and video enhancing, the E5 Play scored three,477, a lot better than the MediaTek MT6739-powered Alcatel 1X (2,842). It may well deal with an inexpensive quantity of multitasking, however there’s positively some sluggishness when switching between apps, and I skilled some crashes. Excessive-end gaming can be out of the query. That stated, for common each day use (calls, texts, net, social networking, and so forth.) the E5 Play works simply superb.

Battery life might be higher. The cellphone’s 2,800mAh cell clocked four hours, eight minutes in our rundown check, by which we stream full-screen video over LTE at most brightness. That is rather a lot shorter than the four,000mAh G6 Play, which outran our 12-hour check video with juice to spare. The equally sized Nokia 6.1, in the meantime, clocked 5 hours, 5 minutes. The one benefit the E5 Play has is that its battery is detachable, permitting you to swap it out for a contemporary cell in the event you run out of juice. It is also able to fast charging with the included 5V/2A adapter.


The cellphone’s 8MP rear digital camera hasn’t considerably improved from the E4. It takes satisfactory pictures in good lighting, however photos lack in superb element. In decrease lighting the drop in high quality is precipitous. Out of doors check pictures taken on a cloudy day have been uninteresting and muddy, whereas indoor pictures have been blurry and out of focus. Guide controls allow you to bump up settings like ISO, however doing this ends in grainier photos with out considerably enhancing readability, so that you’re higher off utilizing the default.

The Play is able to recording 1080p video at 30fps, however footage is jittery when panning round and frames drop in darker areas. The 5MP entrance digital camera is on the gentle aspect outdoor, however does have a front-facing LED flash for higher indoor pictures and video.

Software program

The E5 Play comes working Android Oreo with Motorola’s clear UI layer that makes few visible adjustments to the inventory interface. The one additional performance you get is Moto Show, which might present time, date, and notifications whereas the remainder of the display is off; hold the display on whilst you’re it; and alter display shade temperature to hotter colours at night time.

There’s some bloatware on the Increase Cell mannequin of the cellphone we examined, with 12 preinstalled apps together with 1Weather, airG, 5 Amazon apps, two Increase apps, Tidal, and Uber. Thankfully, all of them might be uninstalled except for Gadget Guardian, a cell antivirus and malware scanner. Out of 16GB of inside storage, you might have 10.2GB accessible to be used. It’s also possible to use a microSD card.


Whether or not you purchase it for $40 or $120, the Moto E5 Play presents stable worth in the event you’re searching for a no-frills smartphone that may deal with your fundamental app, shopping, and telephony wants. It has smoother efficiency and cleaner software program than the equally priced Alcatel 1X. That stated, in the event you’re contemplating shopping for the E5 on the increased finish of its value vary, you would possibly need to take into account the Moto G6 Play as a substitute. It is accessible for as little as $130 at some carriers, and presents extra highly effective and an even bigger battery, incomes our Editors’ Selection for budget-friendly telephones.

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