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The affordable Motorola Moto G 5G smartphone does a lot right in our test

The Moto G 5G from Motorola combines a good feature set with long battery life at a relatively low price of under 300 Euros (~$364).
The Moto G 5G from Motorola combines a good feature set with long battery life at a relatively low price of under 300 Euros (~$364).
In our review, the Moto G 5G from Motorola proves to be an interesting mid-range smartphone in the price range of less than 300 Euros (~$364). However, the Motorola phone might not be suitable for display fans...
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After the previously reviewed Moto G 5G Plus, the Motorola Moto G 5G, the smaller model counterpart of the Moto 5G series, was put through our test course. It also features a rather modern design with relatively narrow display bezels thanks to the punch-hole design. Regardless of that, the Motorola phone offers a nice overall package consisting of minimalistic software, fast WLAN, and accurate GPS navigation. The performance of the mid-range phone is also appealing due to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G that is used. In addition, the 5,000 mAh battery in the Moto G 5G, which can be charged at up to 20 watts via the TurboPower fast-charging technology, provides very long runtimes of 17:30 hours in our WLAN test under realistic conditions.

However, the Moto G 5G's biggest strength is revealed when it comes to communication. In its mid-range phone, Motorola uses Bluetooth 5.1, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and dual-SIM functionality with Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE; in addition, the built-in NFC chip enables Google Pay. The dual-SIM smartphone uses the fast 5G standard for mobile Internet access and covers all LTE frequencies relevant for Germany - with 20 supported LTE bands, the Moto G 5G is even on par with a few flagship smartphones.

However, our review of the Motorola phone also revealed one major shortcoming. The display of the Moto G 5G is by no means bad, but the LTPS panel of the Moto G 5G doesn't quite live up to what prospective buyers might expect from a 300-Euro (~$364) smartphone nowadays. The LC display is a bit low in contrast, uses PWM for brightness control, and has a native refresh rate of only 60 Hz as well as the typical LCD weaknesses (shadows, clouding, ...). Display fans will definitely find better panels in this price range.

Is the display quality in a smartphone of little importance to you and are you interested in the affordable mid-range smartphone? If so, you can get a detailed impression of the Moto G 5G from our comprehensive review of the Motorola smartphone.

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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 254 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 369 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2021-02-28 (Update: 2021-02-26)