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Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review

By Allyson W | 02/05/2017 11:04:58

Moto G5 and G5 Plus Motorola is setting a new standard for reasonably priced smartphones, and the Moto G series will not disappoint you. Moto G phones are not just cheap phones; they are loaded with many features that deliver a great experience to users. The Moto G series has continuously been excellent value combining great Android software with decent hardware the main problem with the earlier series G phones has been their cheap look, this has now changed. The Moto G5 and G5 Plus are the latest Moto G phones on the market, and they are the first in the G series to have a real premium feel to them. Moto G5 and G5 plus are running Android 7.0 Nougat for more performance and stability and they turn out to be great phones!

Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review


  • Premium design and rivals much more costlier phones!
  • Long battery life
  • Solid performance with Nougat.
  • Very Affordable
  • GSM and CDMA compatibility


  • Camera could be better
  • No NFC
  • Battery cannot be replaced!

Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review


Motorola has continued to ensure that all the G series phone bear little similarity when it comes to design. However, the Moto G series original concept is all about affordability, and that has not changed with this latest version. The most recent G5 smartphone now includes a premium metal material that we have not seen in any of the previous models, might not show much, but, it’s there.

The Moto G5 Plus is a phone with metal backplate, though the G5’s core frame is plastic. The backplate of the phone is aluminium however, it does not feel very solid but that’s to be expected. The phone is strong, with tactile buttons, and an inner coating that will protect the phone from any accidental falls.

The G5 Plus is easy to hold thanks to the 5.2-inch screen. On the left side you find a textured power button and the volume toggle, and at the top is the SIM tray. The tray also holds micro SD cards slot to complement the inbuilt storage of 32GB or 64GB.

The 3.5mm headphone jack sits right on the top edge of G5 and on the G5 Plus you find the jack at the bottom edge, sitting next to the micro-USB charging port. Odd that they would do this one with a micro USB instead of the more common USB C port? But that’s what it is. Both phones look almost identical in term of their overall design, apart from some obvious differences like the screen size and the headphone jack location.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review

They have even managed to squeeze in a finger print reader here, and is GSM and CDMA compatible, this is great when you travel and perfect for an emergency business phone!


Both G5 and G5 Plus come with full HD LCD displays (1080p), being the best resolution you can expect from budget phones.

The G5 comes with the 5-inch screen protected by the Soda-Lime glass while the G5 Plus has a bigger 5.2-inch screen with Gorilla Glass 3. However, this phone also comes with a smudge resistant coating which not even the P10 (review here) got, this is a great addition to this phone at this price.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review


Both smartphones come with 5MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture. At the rear, the G5 Plus features a 12MP sensor and f/1.7 aperture, while the G5 sports a 13MP. The Moto G5s camera app works well and is simple enough to use, maybe a little too simple but then the price guides this somewhat. It boots up immediately you launch it with a clean interface.

Apart from the familiar modes such as slow-mo video and panorama, there is an addition of a professional mode that offers additional settings within the viewfinder. It even comes with a 4K option and HDR! This might need a bit of a setup to get going to its full potential, such as a stand, but at least it’s part of the packet! All in all, the camera is fantastic at this price range and is really good for web work and blogging.


Another area where Motorola has made significant improvement with the G5s is battery capacity. In the G5 you have a 2,800mAh removable battery, and a 3,000mAh battery powers G5 Plus.

Both phones use micro-USB for charging. Also, when the battery is dead or about to shut down, there are fast-charging features on both phones, on the G5 is called RAPID and TURBO on the G5 Plus. Battery life is very impressive with an easy day use at heavy use and easy three on light use.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review

The Motorola G5s, especially the plus one are fantastic in both affordability and what you get for the price you pay. We would like to see a better camera here but then at this price you can’t get anything near this one! The phones performance is equality good and due to the striped, non-bloatware, Nougat you will have a very practical and fast performance phone.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review