While flagship makers battle for top spot with pixel perfect cameras and small bezels, Motorola has been winning an equally important and a more quite fight which is to offer desired features in an affordable priced device.
For years now the Moto G5 has been the apex of budget smartphones. Others have shoved in more specs and often a lower price but no one has constructed a phone working like something that double the price.
The new Moto G5 Plus is an attempt to take what makes G5 so special and pimp it a bit by adding faster internals, better camera and a couple of handy extras such as NFC. Though it is not much of a looker, but is a much better phone for the $229.99 price tag.
Let’s have a look at Moto G5 Plus’ features:
The Moto G5 Plus takes design of an affordable smartphone to the next level by using a build quality that mimics the design of an expensive flagship phone. This device is completely made-over and is almost unrecognizable next to its former iteration, and it is just a good thing in every way.
The Moto G5 Plus measures 150.2×74×7.7-9.7mm and has a similar thickness to that of G4 Plus but trimmed a few millimeters from width and length. The Moto G5 Plus has reduced the screen size from 5.5 inch G4 Plus’ to 5.2 inches and results in a device easier to hold in the palm.
The fingerprint sensor on the front and the slim earpiece cut-out borrows the Moto Z’s styling. The feel of the G5 Plus’ sensor is better. Because its concave design, it is easier to find when not looking at the phone.
The Moto G5 Plus is set to release in lunar gray and fine gold color options. Its bezels give off a glossy look and are nicely complemented by metallic effect on the trim surrounding the phone. It is usually seen that manufacturers opt for a chamfered edge but Moto bucked the convention.
The G5 Plus’ back is now a soft, brushed metal that provides a good grip while avoiding common smartphone plagues such as attracting fingerprints and carrier-specific branding. The G5 Plus plays host to usual aspects in terms of buttons and ports.
There is a volume rocker resided above the notched power button on the right. The MicroSD card and nanoSIM slot sit atop of the device and the 3.5mm jack and micro USB port occupy its bottom.
The Moto G5 Plus features a good 5.2 inch, 1080p LCD display and it I shard to quibble for G5 Plus’ price. There is plenty of detail and colors are accurate. But it often feels a bit dull when compared to Honor 6X or G4. Its photos and videos look washed out and also there is no difference when you jack up the brightness.
One way to solve this is by switching to Vibrant screen mode, which makes a clear difference by upping the saturation of the colors and punch. This option looks a whole lot better. The screen is accurate and super responsive, notably more than of Honor phones of a similar price. the screen also has a proper smudge resistant oleophobic coating on top
The Moto G5 Plus offers great performance. It features Snapdragon 625 CPU which combines great speed with fantastic efficiency. It comfortably handles anything you throw at it. Even on high settings, the high-end games run as well as a higher-end Snapdragon CPU would.
If you use your phone mainly for sharing photos on Instagram, messaging and Twitter, you will not find any difference in speed between G5 Plus and a top-tier device like LG G6. This feels like a flagship phone in day to day use.
Moto launches multiple different versions of phone with varying storage and RAM such as a model has 3GB and 32GB of internal storage, another model has 4GB and 64GB of storage and also another with2GB RAM. Models also differ in featuring NFC, which is an important feature considering how popular Android Pay is becoming. All variations include it except American versions that seem to lack NFC.
There is a decent front-firing speaker that makes use of the large bezel, pumping the sound at you rather than getting blocked by hand. Though it is not the crispest sounding but it is perfectly capable and is loud.
Call quality is excellent just as the microphone and is noticeably better than both LG G6 and iPhone 7 that are actually for making phone calls.
The version of Android that Moto features is one of the best versions of Android. The G5 Plus runs Nougat 7.0 at its finest with some extra features. Like Google’s Pixel, the G5 Plus ships with Pixel launcher, ditching typical app drawer button for a swiping gesture.
Moto has also updated a bunch of usual array of tweaks like Moto Display and deeper gesture integration. Moto Display basically shows you time and notifications when you nudge the phone. It is slightly hampered by dull screen.
Camera and Battery:
The Moto G5 Plus features 12 megapixel camera. The pictures taken outweigh the price. The daylight shots are detailed with a surprising amount of depth and impressive contrast. The front-facing 5-megapixel camera is just fine but selfies are a bit murky and lifeless.
The Moto G5 Plus packs a sealed 3000mAh battery. The Moto G5 Plus makes it easily and smoothly through the day.
• Great feature with some handy tweaks
• Feels as fast as a flagship
• Decent storage and RAM
• No NFC in USA
• Slightly backwards step in design
The Moto once again owns the budget smartphone arena, going for usability over bloated specs and flashy marketing. The G5 Plus provides clean software, good camera and a day-long battery, all for £249.99. The design is not up to date but display could be a bit more colorful. Considering the G5 Plus’ price, you are not going to get any better than this.
If you have £249.99 to spend on a phone, you should certainly go for Moto G5 Plus.