In this Moto G5 Plus review, Emmanuel will be sharing his opinions about the G5 Plus from Moto as well as what he loves and

Moto G5 Plus Review: A Reasonable Upgrade?

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In this Moto G5 Plus review, Emmanuel will be sharing his opinions about the G5 Plus from Moto as well as what he loves and hates.

I’ve been in possession of the Moto G5 Plus for a while. With a bump in specifications as well as screen size, the Moto G5 Plus is meant to be an upgrade over the standard Moto G5. Is the upgrade worth it? Keep on reading to find out.

Moto G5 Plus Review

Moto G5 Plus Review: Quick Pros And Cons

Before getting into the full review, here’s a quick pros and cons of the Moto G5 Plus.

Key Features Cons
Nice build quality Mediocre battery performance
Pretty good display Somewhat pricey
Almost stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Moto G5 Plus Review

Moto G5 Plus Review: Hardware/Design

Moto G5 Plus Review

The Moto G5 Plus is made of a rather nice aluminium build. Thanks to it’s modest 5.2 inch display, it also feels quite nice in the palm. Either for long period of use or for the quick Facebook fix, the Moto G5 Plus feels very comfortable. The volume and power buttons are on the right side of the phone while the left side is bare. Up top is the SIM card slot. At the bottom, there is the micro USB port for charging, a microphone and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The micro USB port on the Moto G5 Plus supports Turbo charging, Moto’s take on fast charging.

Moto G5 Plus Review

On the front of the device is a hybrid fingerprint/home button. The button cannot actually be pressed but instead can be tapped. Tapping it while the screen is off unlocks the device. Inversely, if you tap and hold the home button with the phone unlocked it will lock the phone.

In the settings there is an option to use the singular home button for navigation. I tried it and couldn’t get used to it so I stuck to the on-screen navigational buttons.

Moto G5 Plus Review: Software

Moto G5 Plus Review

The Moto G5 Plus runs Android 7.1.1 with a very minimal approach to skinning. This means that it has an almost stock version of Android barring a few apps and in built gestures present. One of such apps is the Moto App that acts as a hub for understanding gestures as well as controlling active display while the device is locked.

Moto G5 Plus Review

Standard Android 7 features such as Multi-Window is present here. While it is present, with a 5.2 inch display it might perhaps not be the most comfortable to use. Thanks to the near stock implementation, software updates do not take long to reach the G5 Plus. In the time that I’ve been using the Moto G5 Plus, I have gotten 3 software updates with monthly security updates as well.

Moto G5 Plus Review: Network, Telephony

Moto G5 Plus Review

The Moto G5 Plus is a dual sim phone which is capable of 4G LTE connectivity. As regards to phone calls I had no problems; calls were crisp and clear both on my end as well as the recipient of the phone call. I would go one step further in saying that the call quality on the Moto G5 Plus is one of the best that I’ve used in a long while.

Moto G5 Plus Review: Display and Multimedia

Moto G5 Plus Review

At 5.2 inches the Moto G5 Plus is not the biggest phone out there. For protection the display uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which should be more than adequate for the occasional bump. In terms of consuming content such as videos, the rather modest size aside, it was fantastic. The display technology used here is an IPS LCD panel that has good saturation levels as well as contrast. Whether inside or outside, the display had excellent viewing angles as well as ample brightness.

Moto G5 Plus Review: Photography

Moto G5 Plus Review

The primary shooter on the Moto G5 Plus is a 12 megapixel F1.7 camera with dual LED flash. Up front is a rather modest 5 megapixel f2.2 camera. Something to note though is that there is a camera bump which I did not like.

An inclusion I really loved on the Moto G5 Plus was the camera launch gesture. Simply twist the phone and the camera will automatically launch.

In proper lighting the camera on the G5 Plus performed brilliantly. Thanks to the very wide F1.7 aperture, there was good dynamic range, very sharp images as well as a good depth of field. Where the Moto G5 Plus struggled however is in low light. The images had more pronounced noise and generally lacked sharpness.

Moving on to the front camera and I must say it surprised me. With a F2.2 aperture, I expected it to fall apart quickly but over my period of use it stood it’s ground. In the day, it produced nice selfies albeit with sort of an orange tint. At night, with screen flash enabled I did see a remarkable difference.

To judge the performance yourself, do check out a gallery of photos taken by the Moto G5 Plus by clicking on the image below.

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I carried out a full camera test video for the Moto G5 Plus. It includes both photos and videos tests, you can check it out below.

Moto G5 Plus Review: Multitasking/Performance

Moto G5 Plus Review

The Moto G5 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor mated to 4 gigs of RAM. In day to day activities such as opening apps, switching between apps and gaming – I rarely experienced slow-downs. While the Snapdragon 625 is a mid range processor, it performs really well with rarely any slowdowns even after a while. Any factor here is because of the very stock-like experience here on the Moto G5 Plus.

In terms of benchmarks, the Moto G5 Plus scores are as follows:

Moto G5 Plus Review

  • AnTuTu: 61,672
  • Geekbench 4: 839 Single-Core / 4207 Multi-Core
  • Quadrant: 19,675

Moto G5 Plus Review: Battery life

Moto G5 Plus Review

As previously mentioned in the section above, the Moto G5 Plus has the Snapdragon 625 processor. Now from past experience with other devices that also use the Snapdragon 625, battery life has always been awesome. Here on the Moto G5 Plus however, battery life is less than stellar. I regularly had to keep an eye out for the battery.

Moto G5 Plus Review

My typical usage includes apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Snapchat and the Camera. With that usage in mind, I was barely getting up to 4 hours of screen on time which to me was very poor. Another device that used the Snapdragon 625 was the ASUS Zenfone 3. On the Zenfone 3 which has a bigger display by the way, I was getting over 6 hours of screen on time consistently.

Moto G5 Plus Review: Final Words

Moto G5 Plus Review

The Moto G5 Plus while not an overall master is sort of a jack of all trades. Near stock Android means speed and regular updates, 13MP f1.7 camera means pretty good photos in decent lighting and a 5.2 inch full HD display means a comfortable wonderful display. Battery life is not splendid and photos taken in low light are not as good. If you’re willing to take the phone for what it is, then the Moto G5 Plus might just be what you are looking for.

In case you’d like to see this review in video, check out the review video below.

Other Moto G5 Plus Resources

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  1. First of all, where has Emmanuel Olalere been hiding all this while?

    And to the phone, one thing that strikes me which I find unattractive is the camera design on the back. It looks kinda outdated. Coming at a price of about 280 Euros, I’ll pass on this please.

  2. Yes,@Ayodele. The camera design at the back make the phone look awkward.Also the mediocre battery size.

  3. An inclusion I really loved on the Moto G5 Plus was the camera launch gesture. Simply twist the phone and the camera will automatically launch.

    Nice…until you break your wrist! 😀 😀 😀

  4. Nice article, Emmanuel, you really did a very good job. About the Moto G5 Plus, like what others have said, I don’t fancy the back camera design, it’s look more like a old design to me, Motorola need to do more upgrade on that. But I’m ok with the rest of the features in it.

  5. Essential Phone PH-1 price in Pakistan is expected to be around PKR 60,000. It offers you a very fast way to run apps and enjoy multitasking. It does not irritate with so many bloatware. As the name suggests, this phone tries to cover only essential features a phone should offer.

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