Moto G5 and moto G5 plus review
The company has now almost within a month launched its younger sibling, the Moto G5. The Moto G5, when you look at it for the first time, would seem like an exact replica of the Moto G5 Plus, because it is an exact replica of the Moto G5 Plus. The only differences here are with respect to hardware.
The first all-metal Moto G took a long time coming. But, eventually it got here. Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are carved out of aluminum and will be available for buying in lunar gray and fine gold options. The Moto G5 in stark contrast to the Moto G5 Plus has a removable back cover and a removable battery as well. The Moto G5 is closely related to the Moto G5 Plus (Review), with a very similar design. One of its biggest highlights is its near-stock Android Nougat UI.
Features of Moto G5 and moto G5 plus review
The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus both have a distinctive look which helps them stand out. At their unveiling at the MWC 2017 trade show, Lenovo claimed that both phones are built using Aluminium 6000, but it isn’t as evident on the Moto G compared to its bigger sibling. Moto G5 Plus follows the footsteps of the company’s premium devices Moto Z Play and Moto Z, in terms of design and ditching the plastic body for an aluminium finish. It is safe to say that the company has crafted a good looking device in the budget segment.
The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are both all-metal phones with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating. While the Moto G5 is a 5-inch phone, the Moto G5 Plus has a slightly bigger 5.2-inch one. Both the phones have a 1080p screen. While the display is crisp and has accurate colour reproduction, we found the sunlight legibility to be a little less, even with the brightness level set to maximum.
While the Moto G5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor the Moto G5 Plus has a beefier Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 inside. While the Moto G5 available in India comes with 3 gigs of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, the Moto G5 Plus comes in two options: 3/4 GB of RAM and 16/64 GB of internal memory. Both the phones support expandable memory via dedicated micro-SD card slot, dual-SIM and 4G LTE connectivity.
The Snapdragon 625 is the first 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor the Snapdragon 625 in this case with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. With heavy usage, the Moto G5 lasted for only around 13-15 hours after which a notification would pop up asking us to plug it in to charge. With light to medium usage, the Moto G5 managed to just about survive a day. Our HD video loop battery test lasted for 10 hours and 15 minutes, which is pretty average.
The Moto G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with dual pixel autofocus, f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash. It’s a significant upgrade over the camera on-board the Moto G4 Plus. In layman’s terms, the Moto G5 Plus is supposed to focus quickly with minimum shutter lag and also it is supposed to excel in low light photography, in comparison to rival phones in and around its price category. Additionally, the Moto G5 Plus’ rear camera is also capable of recording 4K video. The Moto G5 on the other hand comes with a standard 13-megapixel camera. Both the phones come with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus run an almost unmodified version of Android Nougat Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant. The addition of the Google Assistant means that users can send messages, make calls, navigate, and manage their tasks, simply by holding the home button. The Google Assistant will arrive on both the phones later through a software update.
We appreciate the number of improvements Lenovo has made to its all-new Moto G5 compared to last year’s model, and it won’t disappoint you in daily use if you don’t have very demanding work to do. We also like the fact that the company has paid attention to design, and the Moto G can stand proud next to its competition.