Motorola’s E series has always focused on no-frills telefonok with solid performance for an affordable price. The new Moto E5 Play follows suit, with a capable Snapdragon processor, enough RAM to handle most common tasks, and an increasingly rare removable battery. The E5 Play isnXCHARXt the fastest or most eye-catching phone on the market, but itXCHARXs available for as little as $39.99 depending on where you buy it, making for a solid, reliable budget handset.
The Moto E5 Play is available on several low-cost carriers in slightly different variants. ItXCHARXs most affordable on Cricket Wireless, where itXCHARXs branded as the Moto E5 Cruise, lacks a fingerprint sensor, and costs a mere $39.99, provided youXCHARXre signing up for a new line or upgrade. Prepaid on Verizon Wireless it will run you $69.99. On Boost Mobile the E5 Play also doesnXCHARXt come with a fingerprint sensor and costs $99.99. Finally, you have the Xfinity Mobile model (an MVNO operated by Comcast, which uses Verizon towers) for $119.99, at which point youXCHARXre better off buying the more capable Moto G6 játék.
We tested review units for Boost Mobile and Cricket Wireless. A fully unlocked version of the E5 Play isnXCHARXt available.
Tervezés, megjelenítés és szolgáltatások
Az E5 lejátszás a Moto E4, hasonló könnyű, fekete műanyag konstrukcióval és levehető hátsó burkolattal. Úgy érzi, stabil és tartós, annak ellenére, hogy nem hivatalosan ruggedized, egy víztaszító bevonat, amely ellenáll a véletlen kiömlések és fröccsenések, de nem teljes vízbe merítés.
In terms of size, the E5 Play measures 6.0 by 2.9 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.3 ounces. ItXCHARXs about the same size and weight as the Alcatel 1X (5.8 by 2.8 by 0.4 inches, 5.3 ounces), and quite a bit lighter than the chunky G6 Play (6.1 by 2.8 by 0.4 inches, 6.2 ounces), which has a glass-and-metal body and a supersized battery. While the E5 Play wonXCHARXt weigh down your pocket, itXCHARXs not the easiest to use with one hand due to a thick top and bottom bezel.
ThereXCHARXs a volume rocker and power button on the right, a 3.5mm headphone jack up top, and a micro USB charging port on the bottom. The back cover is removable, letting you swap out the battery and giving you access to the SIM and microSD card slots, the latter of which worked with a 256GB card. As mentioned earlier, the Boost and Cricket versions of the E5 Play lack a fingerprint sensor, while the other carrier models have one on the back. Aside from this, other physical aspects of the phone are the same across the various carriers.
The E5 PlayXCHARXs display is better than we typically see in this price range. It has a 5.2-inch 1,280-by-720 IPS panel that works out to 282 pixels per inch (ppi). ThatXCHARXs much sharper than the grainy 480p panel on the Alcatel 1X (208ppi). Viewing angles are good and colors are bright and accurate, though the screen can be reflective outdoors.
Hálózati teljesítmény és kapcsolódás
The E5 Play supports LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/25/26/29/30/38/41/66, allowing it to work well on several different carriers. We tested network performance primarily on Boost Mobile, which uses SprintXCHARXs network, and saw average network performance in midtown Manhattan.
The phone also has Wi-Fi on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Dual-band connectivity is something we typically see on more costly phones, so itXCHARXs a nice surprise here. ThereXCHARXs also Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless listening, but no NFC so you canXCHARXt use mobile payments.
Call quality is mixed. Earpiece volume is reasonably loud, letting you take calls outdoors, but clarity and noise cancellation aren’t the best.
Processzor, akkumulátor és kamera
Az E5 lejátszást a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 vagy 427 processzor hajtja végre, attól függően, hogy hol vásárolja meg. A különbség a két chipset elhanyagolhatónak mondható teljesítmény szempontjából, de a tesztelés céljából, használtuk a Boost Mobile változata, amely egy Snapdragon 427 órajele 1.4GHz és 2GB RAM.
In the PCMark benchmark, which measures a variety of tasks including web browsing and photo and video editing, the E5 Play scored 3,477, much better than the MediaTek MT6739-powered Alcatel 1X (2,842). It can handle a reasonable amount of multitasking, but thereXCHARXs definitely some sluggishness when switching between apps, and I experienced some crashes. High-end gaming is also out of the question. That said, for average daily use (calls, texts, web, social networking, etc.) the E5 Play works just fine.
Battery life could be better. The phoneXCHARXs 2,800mAh cell clocked 4 hours, 8 minutes in our rundown test, in which we stream full-screen video over LTE at maximum brightness. ThatXCHARXs a lot shorter than the 4,000mAh G6 Play, which outran our 12-hour test video with juice to spare. The similarly sized Nokia 6.1, meanwhile, clocked 5 hours, 5 minutes. The one advantage the E5 Play has is that its battery is removable, allowing you to swap it out for a fresh cell if you run out of juice. ItXCHARXs also capable of gyors töltés a mellékelt 5V / 2A adapterrel.
The phoneXCHARXs 8MP rear camera hasnXCHARXt significantly improved from the E4. It takes passable photos in good lighting, but images lack in fine detail. In lower lighting the drop in quality is precipitous. Outdoor test photos taken on a cloudy day were dull and muddy, while indoor shots were blurry and out of focus. Manual controls let you bump up settings like ISO, but doing this results in grainier images without significantly improving clarity, so youXCHARXre better off using the default.
A Lejátszás 1080p videofelvételt képes 30fps felvételre készíteni, de a felvétel rázkódás, amikor a fotózás körül mozog és a képkockák sötétebb területeken esnek. Az 5MP elülső fényképezőgép a külső oldalán puha oldalakon van, de van előlapi LED-vakuja a jobb beltéri felvételekhez és videókhoz.
Az E5 Play Android 8.0 fut Oreo with Motorola’s clean UI layer that makes few visual changes to the stock interface. The only extra functionality you get is Moto Display, which can show time, date, and notifications while the rest of the screen is off; keep the screen on while you’re looking at it; and adjust screen color temperature to warmer colors at night.
ThereXCHARXs some bloatware on the Boost Mobile model of the phone we tested, with 12 preinstalled apps including 1Weather, airG, five Amazon apps, two Boost apps, Tidal, and Uber. Fortunately, all of them can be uninstalled aside from Gadget Guardian, a mobile antivirus and malware scanner. Out of 16GB of internal storage, you have 10.2GB available for use. You can also use a microSD card.
Whether you buy it for $40 or $120, the Moto E5 Play offers solid value if youXCHARXre looking for a no-frills smartphone that can handle your basic app, browsing, and telephony needs. It has smoother performance and cleaner software than the similarly priced Alcatel 1X. That said, if youXCHARXre considering buying the E5 at the higher end of its price range, you might want to consider the Moto G6 Play instead. ItXCHARXs available for as low as $130 at some carriers, and offers more powerful hardware and a bigger battery, earning our EditorsXCHARX Choice for budget-friendly phones.