- Analysis by KJ David
A toned-down prepaid version of Motorola's Moto E5 carried by Cricket Wireless (Check out other models carried by Cricket here), the Moto E5 Cruise, which was priced at more or less 100 dollars as of this specs-based review, weighs anchor on budget-tier shores. Its cons are led by a modest 1.4GHz quad-core processor that's accompanied by only 2GB of RAM . In comparison, a good number of similarly-specked 2018 releases run on elementary octa-core chips.
Like many other budget-class and mid-end models, the E5 Cruise is loaded with only 16GB of native memory , but it does support up to 128GB of external storage , which is a solid pro, at least within this Android category. It also offers a water-repellent coating , a somewhat typical Motorola perk that makes it more splash-ready than a lot of tantamount models from other brands.
This Moto E5 variant touts a so-so 5.2-inch HD (1280 x 720) display and its pros and cons feed off a tolerable 2800mAh battery, the latter claiming to provide a day's worth of mixed usage on a single charge. If you're eying a full-blown high-stamina model, though, look no further than Phonerated's list of the best big-battery phones here.
The Motorola Moto E5 Cruise captures FHD-1080p videos using its 8-megapixel rear-facing main camera, which was a commonplace spec among phones of its caliber when it entered the market. What's more interesting, however, is the fact that its 5-megapixel-only selfie cam is coupled with a dedicated front-firing LED flash , which only a handful of other models within its price group offered when it entered the market -- many of its rivals settle for display flash functions. Its other features include an M3/T4 hearing aid rating and standard 4G-LTE network connectivity.
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Overall, when it comes to technical pros and cons, the Moto E5 Cruise makes for a decent choice for those eying a budget smartphone that's inclined to multimedia storage and selfies.
** This phone is also known as: Motorola E5 Cruise
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