Motorola G5 Plus Review

Sun 21 May 2017

Filed Under: Mobile Phone Reviews, Motorola 


Welcome to the 2017 Motorola G5 Plus review. The G5 Plus is the newest budget phone from Motorola and was released along side the G5. The G5 Plus is both different internally and has some external differences. The Motorola G5 Plus is priced at $399 outright in Australia, which is a very good starting price for spec and performance. While the regular G5 is a decent phone in it’s own right the G5 Plus adds a number of features that justify the higher price tag and possibly your decision to buy.

In terms of construction the Motorola G5 Plus is very good. The body has more metal than the cheaper G5 but still has the removable rear back plate although the frame is plastic. The physical measurements are the same it just feels better to hold. That said the metal is still not truly premium but it’s quite good, befitting it’s price tag. That sums up the G5 Plus’s construction, it’s very good just not top end. As a note the premium priced ZTE Axon 7 priced around  $600 or Huawei Mate 9 priced at approx $1000 do not look $300-700 more expensive or work any faster in normal use. So no complaints about the G5 Plus given it’s price tag.

In terms of hardware the G5 Plus has a mid-range CPU and includes, a decent IPS 1080p screen, dual SIM, finger print, fast charging, decent 2 Ghz Octa-core CPU, and separate graphics CPU, up to 4 Gig of RAM, 32 Gig or program space and microSD card expansion. Except for the omission of NFC, which I haven’t seen anyone use it is very mid-range in spec without the price tag. Overall it G5 Plus is a upgrade on the regular G5 and just as good as any other phone of similar priced or higher.

In terms of use the Motorola G5 Plus has a virtually stock Android interface that means it works smoothly and fast considering the hardware. There are a few interface tweaks like the multi-function fingerprint scanner for the Android buttons if that is what you prefer. No complaints with the interface and performance easily faster than the Note 4 or Sony Xperia or even iPhone 6. We guess that there is much less system processing required thanks to the streamlined OS.

Once again in conclusion it is rare that we post a review of a mobile phone so early in it’s release phase and that’s because the Motorola G5 Plus is very impressive package. It’s a phone as good as any mid-range phone costing more, better than the formerly cheaper brands from China and iPhone 6 and trumps them all with a low purchase price. The G5 Plus is arguably the best budget priced phone on the market right now from any brand. Forget the rest and give it go.

Specifications

  • Motorola G5 Plus
  • Network
    Dual SIM
    Quad-band GSM
    All 3G frequencies(dependent on country)
    All 4G frequencies (dependent on country)
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L150.2 x W74 x D9.7 mm
  • Weight 155 grams
  • Display
    5.2 inch 1,920 x 1080 AMOLED
  • Camera
    12MP auto-focus
    LED Flash
    5MP 2nd forward facing still/video call camera
  • Video Camera
    1080 HD 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V4.2
  • CPU
    Octa-core 2.0 Ghz – Snapdragon 625
    Separate Andreno 506 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    3 -4 Gig RAM
    Up to 16 or 32 Gig for user
    Up to 128Gig micro-SD expansion
  • Features
    A-GPS, GLANOSS, Compass, Accelerometer,
    Gyroscope, fingerprint scanner
    Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
    Up to 24 hours at least regular average use.
  • Price history
    Approx $399 AUD May 2017 (Outright)

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