Moto G5 Plus Review: Hands On

Moto G5 plus is the newest addition to Lenovo’s Moto G lineup and it is indeed a worthy one. We got our hands on the 4gb ram+32gb storage model and here’s a brief review on it.

Moto G5 Plus Review
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Moto G5 Plus Review

Design: – Moto G5 plus is the first G series phone to have a metal back body and it is indeed great in both look and feel. The design feels really premium. However, having a metal back has two shortcomings – It does not provide fantastic grip, so you should consider buying a case unless you are very careful with your devices and it gets little hot sometimes when doing intensive tasks. Metal back conducts the heat well, so you can feel it clearly.

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Performance: – The device is powered by Snapdragon 625 with adreno 506 and 4gb of ram. The end result is a really smooth experience all across the board. On usage of the phone for 10 hours so far, I haven’t notice any lag, freezes or any kind of slowdowns. Gaming performance fifa mobile and asphalt 8 was great and switching from intensive task to task was a breeze thanks to the 4gb of ram. It should be noted that only 3.5gb of ram is used for apps and the rest is reserved for system.

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Screen: –  It has a 1080p 5.2” inch ips screen. Moto brought the size down from 5.5” of G4 plus. However, one button nav (more on that later) makes the screen size more or less same as G4 plus in browsing and reading. Also this makes the phone little more pocketable and increases the pixel density as well.  The display is crisp with good viewing angles. The screen is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Moto G5 Plus Review

Camera: – It has a 12mp rear camera with f/1.7 aperture. The sensor is similar to Galaxy S7 but do not expect it to perform like that as photo quality depends a lot on the software as well. With that aside, the camera is really good and captures fantastic detail. It’s probably the best in this price range. The front camera is 5mp which allows for decent selfies with good colours and quality. It supports 4K video recording as well. Here are some camera samples.

Moto G5 Plus Review

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Software: – The device ships with android 7.0 nougat out of the box. It is almost stock version of android with some very useful additions from Moto. Ambient display, double chop for flashlight, twisting for camera – all of them is there. But let’s talk about one button nav which I found particularly fantastic.

Moto G5 Plus Review
You might have noticed that G5 and G5 plus has a slightly oval type fingerprint sensor on the front, reminding a bit about Samsung home buttons. It also acts like a touchpad. If you enable one button nav, on screen navigation keys will disappear and you can swipe left on the pad to go back and right to open recent apps menu (you can reverse this direction from settings), tap to go home, tap and hold to lock, tap and long hold to open google assistant. It is really great in actions and for me, it’s the one the things I really love about this phone.

Battery: – Thanks to extremely efficient SD 625 processor, the 3000mah battery lasts a long time. I played pokemon go for 30 minutes with half of max brightness and gps+wifi turned on and battery drain was just 8%. Battery is non-removable and it also supports turbo-charging technology.

Sensors, sim and other things: – G5 plus has a dual nano sim setup and sd card support up to 256gb. The slots are not hybrid, so you can have both sims as well as sd card active at the same time. This is definitely a plus compared to other devices in this price range. Call quality and signal support is fine. I used Vodafone 4G sim but I assume jio sims would work fine too.

Moto G5 Plus Review

It has gyroscope sensor, so you can enjoy vr videos and games and play pokemon go in ar mode without worries. accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensor. Sadly, compass (aka magnetometer) is missing from Indian variant. The fingerprint reader is also very responsive and works well.  Wifi supports both 2.4ghz and 5ghz but no wifi ac support. NFC is present in Indian variant.

The front firing mono speaker is adequate for most things. The provided headphone is average. If you really care about sound quality, you should use a costlier headphone.

Moto G5 Plus Review:

Pros :-

  1. Premium looks with metal back.
  2. Stock android with really useful moto additions, especially one button.
  3. Great camera


  1. Metal back tends to heat up sometimes.
  2. The protruding camera bump would be more prone to scratches.
  3. Priced a little high compared to competitors like Xiaomi Redmi note 4 or Huawei Honor 6x and internal storage is lower in comparison with the same.

Overall It’s a great phone in this segment and worth it over other ones especially if you like a good camera and stock android experience. We will recommend you to buy Moto G5 Plus to use as your daily gadget.

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Overall It’s a great phone in this segment and worth it over other ones especially if you like a good camera and stock android experience. We will recommend you to buy Moto G5 Plus to use as your daily gadget.

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