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Moto G5S Review - Camera, battery life and verdict Review


Moto G5S – Camera

The rear facing camera consists of a 16MP sensor behind an f/2.0 lens. It takes takes perfectly fine pictures in various lighting conditions. Like all cheap camera phones, things look great when the light is working with you. And when it isn’t, you’ll lose some detail and gain some slightly blotchy marks, but for a low-price phone it’s quite acceptable. Shooting some pictures of animals, I noticed a decent amount of detail in fur, although any movement did rather render the camera helpless.

The front-facing camera is more average, but it can produce natural skin tones and even has a flash of its own, although it’s not massively effective given the sensor needs a lot more light than this flash offers.

You can capture Full HD video at 30fps, which is good enough for a nice Instagram Story but not for action that you’re planning on using in a quality montage later on.

Moto G5S – Battery life

With a large 3000mAh battery, the Moto G5S should get most people through a full day of moderate usage. This includes a whole bunch of social media, music streaming and catching up on the news. I’d have actually expected it to last a little longer than it did; I always found myself reaching for a charger by the time 11pm came around.

I was impressed by its battery consumption when streaming Netflix. At half brightness, an hour of streaming used up just 7% of the battery’s capacity, which is no mean feat.

Why buy the Moto G5S?

If you want a mid-range phone with a mid-sized screen, the G5S is a great choice. You do pay quite a bit more than the base model G5, but with that you get a better camera, bigger battery and a slightly larger screen. While performance is nigh-on identical, these extras certainly make it worth considering.

But because of those premium features, the G5 and even the smaller Samsung Galaxy A3 look more attractive purely from a price point of view, especially if you’re buying one up front. If you’re picking up your next phone on contract, however, the small monthly price increase will be worth it. Fancy something bigger? The Vodafone Smart V8 is an excellent sub-£200 phone with a large screen.


A solid mid-range handset with loads to like.

Trusted Score

Score in detail

  • Performance 7
  • Camera 7
  • Design 8
  • Battery Life 8
  • Value 8
  • Software 9
  • Calls & Sound 8
  • Screen Quality 8

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