Motorola G5S Review

Welcome to the 2018 Motorola G5 review. The G5S is the newest entry level phone form Motorola. In 2018 there is so much more competition from less known brands and that make it hard to standout be be considered for purchase. Price, specification then branding are the keys to this market and the Motorola G5S is arguably one of the most known. We like the G5 series as we actually bought one and it still works well. With the release of the G5S it’s logical successor of the G5 we decided to have a closer look. The Motorola G5S is priced at $279 AUD which makes it appealing and competitive.

In terms of construction the Motorola G5S is just like the G5 which is very good, certainly better than the asking price suggests. However it is unfortunate that it looks like the older model. Overall there isn’t anything to complain about considering the price. Of note that aluminium body is a nice touch at such a low price.

In terms of hardware the G5S clearly has lower end parts but the upgrade for RAM to 3 Gigs means that its enough to handle multiple apps easily and helps the now Snapdragon CPU equipped some headroom. It has all the usual Android spec of microSD expansion, fingerprints and 1080p HD screen and surprisingly fast charging. Apart from that there is really no other standout features which is fair enough given the price and allows of the higher end G5S Plus some spec updates.

In terms of use the Motorola G5S has virtually a stock Android interface that means it works smoothly and fast considering the hardware. Android is fully functional put of the box here days and there is little complain about in terms o fuse. It really reminders us of a PC that doesn’t run windows. All the popular Apps will work well despite the low CPU except for graphic intensive games.

In conclusion the Motorola G5S is a great little phone with the spec of a phone that usually sells for $50-100 more eg. Nokia 6 and that’s why it will be a phone we will always recommend above the lessor or better promoted brands. It’s a phone that works well as long as you don’t run heavy duty games like Fortnite. If you want a bigger screen and better specs there is always the G5S Plus. Nonetheless as a phone for basics of Whatsapp, Facebook, instgram, banking, web browsing, videos and music it is hard to go past the Motorola G5S for the price of under $300 at the moment but you need to consider the G5S Plus…However note that Motorola’s new owners Lenovo no longer offer regular or if all Android software updates so you’re stuck with what ever bugs came with the phone you bought. Hence they will never be recommended by us over a brand that does eg. Nokia.


  • Motorola G5S
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM
    All 3G frequencies(dependent on country)
    All 4G frequencies (dependent on country)
    Dual SIM version available
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L150 x W73.5 x D8.2 mm
  • Weight 157 grams
  • Display
    5.2 inch 1,920 x 1080
  • Camera
    16MP auto-focus
    LED Flash
    5MP 2nd forward facing still/video call camera
  • Video Camera
    1080 HD 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V4.2
  • CPU
    Octa-core 1.4 Ghz (Snapdragon 430)
    Separate Andreno 505 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    4Gig RAM
    Up to 32 Gig for user
    Up to 128Gig micro-SD expansion
  • Features
    Fast Charging capable
    A-GPS, GLANOSS, Compass, Accelerometer,
    Gyroscope, fingerprint scanner
    Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
    Up to 25 hours for average use.
  • Price history
    Approx $279 AUD July 2018 (Outright)