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Moto G5 Plus Review: Best Cheap Android Phone!

Moto G5 Plus Review: Best Cheap Android Phone!


– [Alex] A good, cheap smartphone. That’s been the MO of the Moto G-series since the very beginning. A phone that doesn’t cost the Earth, but also doesn’t come with a
bunch of nasty compromises. This year, the line is
led by the Moto G5 Plus, and it might just be the best, inexpensive
Android phone you can buy. After years of going back and forth with various plastic designs, the Moto G5 Plus steps up
with a metal back chassis. Sure, the sides are still plastic, despite their metallic appearance, however, it’s much more
stylish and eye-catching than anything we’ve seen
in the Moto G before. I’m not a huge fan of
the bulbous camera bunch Motorola’s been working
to its designs lately, but overall, I think this design works. It’s not as aggressively flat as some contemporary Moto phones, and the softer corners mean it won’t dig into your
hands quite as much. And, even though the joints between the metal and plastic sections
aren’t perfectly clean, there are some nice little design touches, like the raised, polished module or logo, and chamfers, both real and fake, around the body of the phone. Once again, after jumping
around at various screen sizes, the Moto G5 Plus lands
at a 5.2-inch diagonal, which for a lot of people, is still the sweet spot
for easy one-handed use. The screen itself offers a 1080p LCD, which just about gets the job done. Colours aren’t over-the-top
punchy, but it looks nice enough, and you may notice a
little bit of ghosting if you’ve used higher-end LCDs. My biggest criticism of the display is it’s daylight performance. It’s not horrible by any
means, but in direct sunlight, you can pretty much forget it. Down below the screen is
your fingerprint scanner, which is just about as fast and accurate as anything I’ve used elsewhere. It can also double as a
power key with a long press, or replace Android soft keys
if you’re into gestures. When it comes to audio, there’s a single front-facing
speaker behind the earpiece, it’s actually very loud, and also prone to
distortion at higher levels. Actually, prepare yourself when you turn this thing
on for the first time. That loudspeaker is leveraged to blast you with some early 2000’s nostalgia. – [Voiceover] Hello Moto. – [Alex] There’s nothing retro about the G5 Plus’s specs, though. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, an excellent mid-range chip
with a well-earned reputation for performance and power efficiency. In the vast number of things
that you’d be doing on a phone, you simply won’t notice the difference compared to higher-end CPUs, and that includes a bit of light gaming. RAM and storage is all over the map, depending on where you buy the G5 Plus. Here in Europe, I’ve been using the model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, which is the middle-of-the-road spec. In other regions, though, there are models with 2 GB and 4 GB of RAM or
16 GB and 64 GB of storage. In any case, the version I’ve been using handled my multitasking needs with ease, and I didn’t run into any problems with app reloads or anything like that. I should also mention, this is the Moto G5
Plus I’m talking about. There is also a regular Moto G5, which is smaller, built out of plastic, and a tier below in terms
of both price and specs. Moto’s minimalist software
has been one of its strengths over the past few years, and the G5 Plus continues this trend. You’ve got a very barebones
Android 7.0 installation with one or two useful
software features from Moto. The new home screen launcher
is almost a carbon copy of Google’s Pixel launcher,
and just about everything else is in line with a clean,
uncluttered look of stock Android. A couple of important software features from Moto in this phone. Moto Display, which is a
more functional version of the ambient display, or always-on display from other phones, letting you see and act upon notifications without powering on. And Moto Actions has been expanded to include not only favourites like the wrist twist camera shortcut, but acts just like a swipe-up
to enable one-handed mode. And, really, that’s it, there’s not a whole lot of
extra software craft here, just as we’ve come to expect
from the Moto G-series. That’s part of why the G5 Plus
has excellent battery life. Also, helped along with
the efficient hardware and an ample 3,000 mAh battery. I often got to the end of the day with well over 50% in the tank, and even with heavier use on LTE, I never ran out of power
before the end of the day. For extra-fast refills, there’s
turbo charging built in. That’s Motorola’s re-badged
version of Quick Charge 2.0, though you’ll be charging over
the older MicroUSB standard, not the new reversible Type-C used by many newer Android phones. So far, so good. These are things that a
lot of affordable phones do well these days. But, the camera is where
many of them trip up, which is why it’s great
to see a rear camera that’s surprisingly good
in the Moto G5 Plus. It’s a 12-MP sensor with 1.4-micron pixels behind a f/1.7 lens,
which means, on paper, it’s basically the same
as the Galaxy S7’s camera, only without optical stabilisation. While you’re certainly not
gonna get flagship quality shots out of it all the time,
especially in lower light, I’ve been really impressed by
what I’ve been able to eke out with the G5 Plus’ camera,
especially the rich bokeh you get in close-up shots thanks
to that bright lens. You can easily criticise
the lack of consistency in the Moto G-line over the years, but I think in the Moto G5 Plus, Motorola has finally arrived an almost perfect balance
of features and price. For £250 in the UK, and $229 US, you’re getting a phone
that nails the fundamentals and exceeds expectations in other areas, like battery and camera. As for reasons not to buy, you’ve got Moto’s shaky track
record with software updates. My review unit was still running the January security patch in late April, and don’t count on a
timely update to Android O when that lands if Moto’s track
record is anything to go by. Still, for a priced tier replete with compromised,
imperfect devices, the Moto G5 Plus stands out
as an excellent handset, and certainly the best, cheap Android phone-of-the-year so far. That’s it for now, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss more of the latest Android reviews and opinions as they land. Thanks for watching, and
I’ll see you next time. (bright, bouncy electronic music)

44 thoughts on “Moto G5 Plus Review: Best Cheap Android Phone!”

  1. Thanks so much was just asking the difference between the different Variants Thanks so much appreciate it Deb 👍

  2. +Android Central Great Review! Love how you pointed out the necessary parts of the device. You guys made the content very easy to understand. Great editing too! Software So clean and uncluttered I really want this phone now :))

  3. Bought my first Android phone after years of using Windows Phone, and I owe all to this video. Thank you your review was very helpful and clear and concise. Thank you again.

  4. I like these budget phones. Also, amazing review. I love the fact that I don't have to watch a 15 minute video if I want a short summary

  5. I like how your reviews cover even non-flagship phones. Still my go-to channel for thorough Android phone reviews!

  6. I've always wanted a Moto phone! I like how your camera angles look! I will use those sorts of angles in my review videos! I also wish I had a camera that could change focus like that! Good work guys! 👌

  7. Thanks for the budget friendly review. It helped confirm the great buy for the wife in replacing the aged Moto X (2013).

  8. Moto is really doing a great job with its G series smartphone.
    Awesome Job with the gestures and all the relevant info about the phone.
    Thanks and keep up with the good work.

  9. Wonderful review! I was stuck between choosing the 2GB ram or 4GB ram version and after watching the video, i decided to order the higher ram version because i intend to keep my phone for a couple of years. Also, the camera and battery life results in the video helped me make the decision to get the Moto G5 plus. Thanks and keep up the good stuff! 🙂

  10. Video work was so sweet. Moreover sample camera shots taken on G5+ were eligible enough to specify camera performance in every lighting conditions.

  11. this is only applicable in the west though. here in asia, a lot of chinese brands would murder it. My xiaomi redmi note 4 for example, is only 160USD, has an all metal body, a 10 Core Helio X20 cpu, 3GB RAM and 64GB of internal(expandable), with CPU performance beating even snapdragon 810.

  12. 5.2"

    "sweet spot"

    HAHAHAHAHA! Could we all please stop pretending 4.6+ isn't fucking giant for a device you're supposed to be able to QUICKLY interact with each day?

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