Moto E5 Plus first impressions: it’s entertaining

Moto E5 Plus

Motorola has had a very interesting year with their budget phones like the Moto G6 and G6 Play raising the bar when it comes to design and the premium factor. In a way, Motorola is turning out to be the Samsung of the budget segment.

Well now, Motorola has also launched the E5 Plus, a phone that hopes to spark the budget range again with multimedia prowess and big battery life. 

Moto E5 Plus design

If you’ve already seen this year’s Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play, then the E5 Plus might not look all that different. However, if you compare it to other phones in its price range, it is probably the most exciting design. The back is made of plastic, just like the G6 Play. But worry not, Motorola seems to have used some quality plastic on the phone. The shiny back does make it stand out and so does the glossy frame.

The design is definitely rounded and quite ergonomic, although the big size makes it difficult to operate with one hand. It is quite slippery too, depending on your skin type. So, some people might find it slippery and others might find it less so. 

Now coming to the other parts. I’ve not gotten a lot of time to spend with it but in my limited usage, the buttons seemed to work fine. The bottom hosts just a single micro-USB port and no speakers. So, where are the speakers? The single speaker on this phone like all other recent Moto phones is in the earpiece itself. My experience with the G6 hasn’t been great although the fact that the speaker is now facing towards you helps.

Moto E5 Plus display

The Moto E5 Plus is focussed multimedia experience and that can’t be fulfilled without a big screen. So, the Moto E5 plus boasts a 6-inch 720x1440p IPS LCD display and it is good looking. The brightness levels looked good and the panel too, seemed to be of good quality. The screen was also big enough for the resolution to seem inadequate and it ended up looking quite appealing. The saturation is a bit on the lower side, which does make it look a bit washed out.

Moto E5 Plus software

The software is the one thing that you don’t have to worry about on a Motorola phone. Because, Moto has it all figured out. Moto runs near-stock Android and has excelled at it for a few years now. It’s one of those parts on any Moto phone that reviewers and tech enthusiasts love the most.

However, a counter-argument from me here is that – while we love a clean UI – a lot of people don’t particularly like it due to its simplicity, and they want something that’s inherently vibrant and fun to use. You can’t cater to all of them, can you? The E5 Plus runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and brings all the latest features to the table.

The whole layout is also quite straightforward, with all the different settings laid out in a very systematic manner. Then we get to the Moto app, with Moto display, Moto actions, and what not. I think Moto’s approach towards software is one of the best in the market, with useful and unique customisations.

Moto E5 Plus performance

This year’s Motorola devices have certainly gone down a step when it comes to the actual processor inside them. The E5 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 430. It is definitely not the best in its class. Last year’s Moto E4 Plus was plagued with performance issues and while a lot of people were happy when they bought it, the performance just didn’t stay. 

Really hope, that isn’t the case with the Moto E5 Plus. The clean software should help with the performance but I’ll reserve my thoughts and opinions for my full review. 

Moto E5 Plus camera

The camera setup on the Moto E5 Plus might look like a dual camera setup but it isn’t. I’ve mixed feelings about what Moto did here. On one hand, the setup makes it look like a symmetrical design but it also might deceive people into thinking that there are two cameras. There is a single 12MP camera at the back with an f/2 aperture lens, along with an 8MP f/2.2 camera at the front. The rear camera maxed out at 1080p with a frame rate of 30fps and the front camera can take 720p footage @ 30fps. I couldn’t get any camera samples in my limited time with the phone unfortunately. 

Moto E5 Plus battery

This is one of the most attractive features of the E series and shines through the marketing too. It is the big 5000mAh battery inside the Moto E5 Plus. Now, this battery is huge but they’ve actually managed to have a thin profile by spreading it over a large area which the large 6-inch screen provides.

The Moto E5 Plus doesn’t come with a turbocharger, and hence it is one drawback that I see with such a big battery. We’ll be testing out it in our full review so stay tuned for that.

Closing thoughts

The Moto E5 Plus is meant to be an entertainment device and it has a lot going for it. It’s for the people who consume most or all of their content on smartphones. The Moto E5 Plus gives you a big screen and big battery for that. Coming to performance, I can already tell that it wouldn’t be the most sensible choice for a heavy user or a gamer. If you are looking for an entertainment device with a long-lasting battery and a big screen to go along with it, the E5 Plus could be the one. Wait for my full review for a full verdict on the phone. 

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