Motorola Moto G5 Plus review
Affordable power and beauty
Our Motorola Moto G5 Plus review comes ahead of the official UK release, which is scheduled to take place in the spring, and more precisely at the end of March. The Moto G5 Plus will be available on contract or cost around £240, as a handset only.
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The latest consumer research, conducted by Motorola, indicates the key features associated with ‘premium’ are a long lasting battery, good screen resolution and high-end photography. Motorola has attempted to deliver this but at a more affordable price.
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The Moto G5 Plus has a precision crafted metal design with an exterior of diamond cut high-grade aluminium. The curved aluminium back swells from 7.7mm at the edges to 9.7mm in the middle.
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Reflecting the all metal build, this Motorola phone is available coloured as either Fine Gold or Lunar Grey. The front face of the phone it made from durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the total weight comes to 155g.
Display and performance
The Moto G5 Plus has a well-sized 5.2” display with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), equating to 424 pixels per inch. Inside, there is an octa-core 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB RAM, which nears the top end of performance, easily handling graphics-rich gaming or other demanding tasks.
Music and audio is projected through a front ported loud speaker and with a water repellent nano coating, the Moto G5 Plus will resist the occasional splash or a soaking in the rain.
Phone Set Up
Transferring content and security
You can quickly transfer content from an old Android or Apple phone onto the Moto G5 Plus and there is a healthy 32GB internal memory for doing this. There is a microSD card slot as well, allowing owners to boost the memory by up to another 128GB.
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Keeping the Moto G5 Plus secure is a fingerprint sensor, which can instantly wake up and unlock the phone. This is built into the home key and can be touched again, to either lock the phone or for one-button navigation.
Moto Actions are aimed at making the smartphone experience a little easier. An example includes reading notifications without unlocking the phone, by giving the phone a little nudge. Other examples includes making a double chop motion with the phone to turn on the torch or twisting the wrist to launch the camera.
The features and apps are pretty much stock, outside of the Moto Actions, with the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. This includes the Google Assistant that can help you manage everyday tasks, make calls and send messages.
Camera & Video
Dual Autofocus Pixels
The 12MP main camera has Dual Autofocus Pixels and this configuration puts 10x more pixels on the sensor, allowing it to lock onto subjects up to 60% faster, compared to the camera on the Moto G4 Plus.
The ƒ/1.7 aperture lets in plenty of light for low light photography and there is a colour balancing dual LED flash, for when artificial lighting is required. There are numerous shooting modes to help you capture the best picture possible, such as Best Shot, Professional Mode, Quick Capture, Burst Mode and Panorama.
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The Moto G5 Plus gives 8x digital zoom for photos and 4x digital zoom for video. It is possible to capture Slow Motion Video or 4K Ultra HD Video, at 30 frames per second and with video stabilisation.
Photos and videos can be backed up through the Google Photos app.
Wide angle selfies
The 5MP selfie camera has a wide angle lens for video chats and group selfies. The camera uses the display as a flash when needed, while Beautification Mode allows you to smooth out your complexion or make other fine adjustments.
The Moto G5 Plus has a 3,000mAh all day battery, which supports TurboPower charging. We applaud Motorola for providing the 15W TurboPower charger in the box and this can give 6 hours of battery life from just 15 minutes of charge.
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Written by: Michael Brown