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Moto G5 Plus Review: Quality Does Come Cheap

By Edge Ison , Mar 27, 2017 04:43 AM EDT
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Everyone wants the best for their money's worth and the Moto G5 Plus perfectly fits that description. The latest handset from Lenovo is packed with some quality features at a relatively cheap price which makes it one of the more popular smartphones right now.

Motorola has long been known for making affordable devices and the Moto G5 Plus continues that tradition. At $229 (32GB) and $299 (64GB), the Moto G5 Plus is certainly one smartphone that bargain hunters should take a close look at.

Design

The look of the G5 Plus improved drastically from its predecessor. From an already impressive-looking plastic back, the new Moto device comes with a chic metal body with smooth matte finish. It still comes with rather large bezels and a splashproof display which has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.

Performance

Out of the box, the G5 Plus comes with Android 7.0 Nougat along with Google Assistant. It is powered by Qualcomm's 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 and comes with 32 or 64GB of RAM. It has either 2GB or 4GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB.

CNET described the Swipe to Shrink feature as "addictively convenient". It allows the user to swipe the display with the thumb similar to how a windshield wiper moves. The motion reduces the size of the screen to allow easy access to the top. The One Button Nav software can transform the fingerprint sensor to a small track pad. The Twist to Quick Capture feature in which the user can double twist the wrist to open the camera, has been retained.

Camera

One of the issues Ars Technica has with the Moto G5 Plus is its camera. Lenovo downgraded the rear camera from the G4's 16MP to 12MP. Despite the lack of megapixels, the camera supposedly has the same camera sensor used in the Samsung Galaxy S7 which is a good thing. Also, the camera is capable of recording 4K video. The 5MP front camera comes with a wide angle.

Issues

Aside from the downgraded camera, other probable issues that some users may have with the G5 Plus are the lack of NFC in devices in the United States. The Moto G5 Plus also does not support for Moto Mods and uses an irremovable 3000mAh battery while the built-in speakers make the audio sound thin and metallic.

Despite these concerns, the Moto G5 Plus still pack a wallop especially for its price. In other words, quality does come cheap.

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