The Moto G5 has for many years been popular with people looking for a budget-friendly smartphone. It had more than enough specs, was well constructed and a price tag that didn’t require a second mortgage. Many actually thought it was plenty good enough and there was little that could be done in the way of improvements. The makers obviously didn’t agree and this year have launched the Moto G5 Plus.
What does the G5 Offer in the Way of Special Features?
- 12 megapixel camera featuring Dual Autofocus Pixels
- 32GB of storage space
- 2GB or 3GB RAM
- 3,000mAH battery
- One button navigation
- Fingerprint sensor
- Mid to low price range
Design and Important Features
Motorola have decided to do away with the plastic look and feel of the G4 Plus and moved on to metal cladding and snazzy etched Moto logo. There are still plastic parts to the frame but the metal additions make it look much more attractive. The screen is a little smaller than last years design, but it is not likely to put people off. A slightly protruding camera module makes it a little awkward to sit inside a case and it doesn’t have a removable battery like many of Motorola’s other models.
Value for Money and Battery Life
Underneath the cover is a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with performs really well. This model also beats a lot of the competition when it comes to storage. The G5 Plus is better than the standard G5 when it comes to battery life. Pare down some of the settings and you can expect as much as 13 hours battery time.
There’s not much to write home about with regards the display, in fact it’s pretty much the same as last years G4 Plus, but a little bit smaller. This does make the display a touch sharper, but you really won’t be able to tell the difference. Murky is the best way to describe the colours, even when set to vibrant.
Its Camera Really Does Set it Apart
One common fault with many of the lower end smartphones is that their cameras tend to be below par. Not so with the G5 Plus. The module used is much the same as the one in the Samsung Galaxy S7. Currently ranked the second-best. The hardware is a 12-megapixel sensor, phase-detected autofocus and f/1.7 aperture. Other features that can be used to create excellent results are scene analysis and auto-exposure calculations.
Final Verdict on the Moto G5 Plus
It most certainly has an awful lot going for it and very little to put smartphone users off. The camera is what really sets it apart, but many are also going to be bowled over by its looks. Battery life is amazing, and even though you can’t remove it, why would you need to when you can expect it to last more than 12 hours. The price places it at the top end of the low budget phones, but you won’t be disappointed with its performance and features.