September 13, 2018

Tracfone Moto E5 (XT1920DL) Review

Moto E5 (XT1920DL) Review - Tracfone Smartphone

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The Moto E5 has a 5.7" screen with 18:9 screen ratio, 4000 mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. It is a recently released smartphone from Tracfone and brings a number of great features for the price.

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Tracfone Moto E5 Review
We have been expecting Tracfone to release several Motorola smartphones and the E5 is the first, and hopefully not the last. Several years ago Tracfone launched the original Moto E which come with a tiny 4.3" screen and just 4 GB internal storage. Tracfone has now also launched the Moto G6.

The Moto E5 is the second phone available from Tracfone that features Android 8.1, the latest version (Android 9.0 is coming to certain devices) with the LG Stylo 4 also featuring Android Oreo.

The Moto E line of phones from Motorola is well known for the good value at a very reasonable price and we will see how the Moto E5 stacks up to this in our review.

First, let's look at the pro's and con's for the Tracfone Moto E5

Moto E5 Quick Facts

What we Like:
Low Cost
Nice screen
Great battery life
Android 8.0.1

What we Don't Like:
Low RAM/Storage (2 GB/16 GB)
Mediocre camera
Only CDMA version available

There are several unlocked variations of the Moto E5 available including the E5 Plus and E5 Play with various differences for each version. These unlocked smartphones are compatible with GSM networks unlike the Tracfone Moto E5 which is only compatible with CDMA.

The unlocked Moto E5 is not available in the US market and actually has some differences to the Tracfone Moto E5, including a higher resolution rear camera at 13 MP compared to the Tracfone versions 8 MP.

Time for the full list of features on the Tracfone Moto E5.

Tracfone Moto E5 (XT1920DL) Features and Specs

  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 4G LTE capable on CDMA network (Verizon)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Alarm Clock
  • Access to over 1 Million apps on Google Play
  • Hearing Aid Compatible
  • Standard 3.5mm headphone connection
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting
  • USB Charger
  • Water Resistant
  • Fingerprint Reader
Moto E5 Technical Specs
  • Size: 6.08'' x 2.84'' x 0.35'' (6.1oz)
  • Camera: 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Screen: 5.7" HD 18:9 ratio with 1440x720 resolution (282 ppi)
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 1.4 Ghz Quad-core processor
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB (supports up to 128 GB microSD card)
  • Battery: 4000 mAh non-removable with 32 hrs talk time, 10 days standby
Motorola was an American telecommunications company founded way back in 1928. But in 2011, after several years of significant losses, the company was split and the mobile phone segment of the company was sold to Google. After just two years, the Motorola mobile phone segment was again sold, this time to Lenovo in 2014.

Despite changing hands several times, Motorola has maintained a consistent stream of budget friendly smartphones in several lineups including the Moto E and Moto G lines, that are well known for good value. The Moto G line, with the Moto G7 the current model, offers a little more power and performance for a somewhat higher price compared to the Moto E line.

We will cover some of the differences for these phones a little further down, but let's take a closer look at the main features on the Tracfone Moto E5

Tracfone Moto E5 Review

The touchscreen on the Moto E5 is actually very nice for a phone at this price point. It has a 5.7" screen with 720x1440 HD resolution. Motorola adopted the 18:9 resolution which has become popular on higher-end smartphones and allows for a taller, thinner design.

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Tracfone Moto E5 Review

The screen is an LCD panel, which doesn't pop quite as well as an OLED screen found on more expensive devices, but for the price of the Moto E5, it works very nicely and looks good.

Internal Specs - Processor, RAM, Internal Memory
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 is a popular option in budget smartphones and has enough performance for most tasks with its Quad-core 1.4 Ghz processor. One of the nice features of newer processors like this one is that they can reduce power usage and run quieter when doing low performance tasks. This is one of the factors that helps the Moto E5 have a very impressive battery life.

The 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage are not very exciting as many users are finding they need more storage for apps, photos and videos and more. It would be nice to see at least 32 GB internal storage. The Moto E5 does have a micro SD card slot for up to 128 GB extra storage.

The 8 MP rear camera on the E5 is adequate for snapping images to share with friends or recording videos to post on social media but it isn't anything too impressive.

Along the same lines, the front 5 MP shooter gets the job done for snapping selfies and such.

While the Tracfone Moto E5 version has the 8 MP rear camera, the unlocked version has a 13 MP camera which does capture higher quality images and higher resolution. This must have been one of the areas Tracfone decided to cut corners to keep the price low.

One of the strengths of the E5, and many Motorola devices, is the long battery life. This phone comes with a non-removable 4000 mAh battery which is rated to last 32 hrs talk time, 10 days on standby. Actual battery life isn't quite the same, but it definitely will go a full day on a single charge with low to moderate usage which is very nice.

Android OS
Android 8.1.0 Oreo is the operating system on the Moto E5 and it brings a number of appearance and performance improvements over previous versions. Tracfone does not provide their smartphones with OS updates so whichever version it comes with is what it will keep.

With Android, users have access to the Google Play store with over 1 Million apps covering almost anything you could think of. We have created a helpful Guide to the Best Android Apps to use with Tracfone so take a look if you need some ideas.

Overall Design
The overall design and feel of the Moto E5 is quite good despite the plastic materials. All the buttons are in convenient places and even the fingerprint sensor on the back works well. The standard 3.5 mm headphone jack is at the top, with the USB charging port at the bottom.

Some features on the Moto E5 are not too exciting but for the most part, the phone is a strong contender for an everyday smartphone that can handle most tasks thrown its way. It is certainly a budget phone, but a good value for what you get.

We see this being a popular replacement for older Tracfone devices like the LG Rebel 2, Samsung Galaxy Luna, and other older smartphones.

This isn't the best phone for everyone, however, as the low internal memory will limit the number of apps and other media users are able to store on it.

For users looking for more storage, we recommend the Tracfone BYOP program, where you can bring almost any unlocked smartphone to use with Tracfone including the Moto G6 which comes with 32 GB storage.

Tracfone Moto E5 vs Moto G6 Comparison

The Moto E5 and G6 were released about the same time by Motorola with the G6 the 'step up' model.

While these two phones share the same screen size, they don't share much beyond that with the G6 offering more RAM, internal storage, better camera, better processor and higher resolution screen. The E5 does have a larger battery.

The Moto G6 is also more expensive, with the unlocked version now at under $200.

Tracfone now also offers the Moto G6 and it is mostly the same as the unlocked version except it comes with 3 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage and uses only CDMA networks.

Where to Buy the Moto E5

Get the Tracfone Moto E5 on Amazon for $69

And it is now available from HSN with airtime bundle of 1500 minutes for $89 (limited time sale)

The Tracfone Moto E5 is also on the Tracfone Website for $119.

And we have found it available from Walmart for $79

We expect to see it offered in the near future from other sources and will update as soon as possible.

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That concludes our review of the Tracfone Moto E5. If you have any thoughts or questions, leave them in the comments below.

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Anonymous said...

I wish Tracfone would stop limiting most of their models to 16GB of storage :/

Unknown said...

Does the Moto e5 have a glass back like the Moto G6? There are many comments on Amazon regarding the rear glass breaking on the Moto G6.

Anonymous said...

Looks like HSN gets a newer model of this phone: XT1925DL with much better features.

Anonymous said...

I checked YouTube and according to their video reviews, the case is plastic. The glass back on the G6 kept me from buying it since so many had commented on the back glass breaking from just temp changes and living in Florida we have many of those.

Donsladek said...

Does the Tracfone Moto E5 allow the use of an SC card as internal memory? Also, does this device support USB to go?

Anonymous said...

I have the SimpleMobile Moto E5 version for $8.99 and loving the low price! Got this one because i can place a BYOP AT&T Tracfone SIM in it and have service! Who ever got an $8.99 smartphone for 83% off that has 4000 mah battery and 5.7" screen coupled with 2gb RAM, 16gb Internal Storage?

I even hear that you can use it on Verizon and possibly Sprint BYOP of Tracfone!

Unknown said...

Moto E5 is better then my ZTE five g phone never going back to a ZTE phone again

Unknown said...

My phone will not do messenger app.

Unknown said...

What kind of glass is on the front gorilla?

Unknown said...

I have just gotten this phone as part of a promotion for my SafeLink service- I LOVE IT! Mine actually took and is using properly a 256 GB SD card too! Love this phone for the price!

hero5jungle said...

After I get it unlocked after 12 months of service, will it on GSM network carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T?

L322DL said...

All the reviews for this phone sucks!

Here are the facts...

I am sporting a 128 gb SD card without issues. I can force all installed apps to SD card by using developer options. The option to force apps to SD card is at the bottom of the developer settings page.

The is phone is Volte compatible, the TF sim states HD voice, not volte, but they are both the same. Bluetooth is unrestricted on file transfers. Have yet to find a file it will not transfer to another phone.

Baked in the phone is voice over wifi, and video calling. Once your year is up, you can use Verizon account to have full features.

The phone is compatible to verizon apps... I use both Verizon Messaging Plus, and Verizon Visual Voice mail. Not the stuff prepackaged. Removed Duo, and Google bloatware. Using adb unininstall options. Within 20 minutes phone was cleaned up and fully setup to my liking.

The tracfone variant has 3gb not 2gb as stated.

4 core is better than 8 core... just look up issues with 8 core snapdragon.

The phone is a great budget build, beats all budget Moto phones e5 to e6, and is a step up from previous LG budget phones, like K20, and solo for example.

The only feature I am disapointed with is camera... though 12 mega pixel would make the phone a wee better. It's not an major issue, as I use a real camera not some poker phone for imagery. The camera is great for video chats, and random recordings on the go.

I think the camera app is limiting the functionality, as there is a few free camera apps that unlock the ability to record at higher levels. So it's not the caamera it's self that is the issue.

All in all the only phone in the budget category that may be better is the Samsung A10, but it is more expensive and bloated with Samsung and Google apps.

In my month of use, I could not ask for a better phone at the price.