Moto G5 Plus in India - a detailed look at the phone and it's features - our final verdict in the end
The Motorola Moto G5 is currently one of the best options in the upper mid-range segment in India. For those who have a little more to spend, there is the Moto G5 Plus. With a faster processor and a better camera.
Is it worth the extra cost compared to the Moto G5?
In this Motorola Moto G5 Plus review we will have a close look at whether the extra cost of the Moto G5 Plus is justified or not.
Right off, there are two major differences between the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5 - the camera and the processor. You may feel that with a 12 megapixel camera in the Moto G5 Plus which is lower than the Moto G5’s 13 megapixel, the camera is not as good, but you will be mistaken. The Moto G 5 Plus has a much better camera sensor, and that makes all the difference.
The processor in the Moto G5 Plus is an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 versus the Snapdragon 430 in the G5. Furthermore, the Motorola Moto G5 Plus has a slightly larger screen, more storage space and a slightly larger battery than the G5.
The Moto G5 Plus is all about no-nonsense design and functionality coupled with clean Android software.
The camera sensor in the Moto G5 Plus is the same as in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the phone captures really good photos. Also the phone has a classy metal back.
Motorola Moto G5 Plus Main Specs
Android 7.0 Nougat
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Octacore processor at 2GHz
Graphics Adreno 506
5.2" IPS LCD screen
Touchscreen with multitouch
Scratch resistant screen (Gorilla Glass 3)
1920x1080 screen resolution
12 MP camera with auto focus
Dual LED flashes
1080p (Full HD) video recordings
5MP Front Camera
More and more smartphones come with a metal housing, because it makes the phone feel lighter and more luxurious. The Moto G5 Plus looks good, but the design seems to be a bit cluttered. It has sharp edges around the screen and it has a big camera bubble. Its metal casing is there only as a flat casing on the back. The chrome edges add further clutter to the design.
The finishing of the G5 Plus is very good. The material of the phone is also very good, and on offer is a nice looking gold variant too.
The Moto G5 Plus has a home button that is multifunctional. Located just below the screen of the Moto G5 Plus is the fingerprint scanner. If you hold this button down, it works as the power on button. This fingerprint sensor in the front just under the screen also serves as the touchpad, and replaces the Android function buttons. It has other nifty features too.
When you start your Moto G5 Plus the first time you only get the option of onscreen navigation buttons. However you can set the home button as your navigation button through the Moto app. Then you will use the fingerprint scanner as a home button by means of a short tap. A slide to the left will bring on the apps, and a slide to the right will work as back. You can choose what the left and right swipes will do as per your needs. When you get used to the home button it feels like a useful and convenient option.
The hardware of the Moto G5 Plus
The hardware of the Motorola Moto G5 Plus is good, but not special. The device has a 5.2-inch full HD display, an eight-core Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB memory and a 3000mAh battery.
The Moto G5 Plus has a screen that is quite good. The visual display is very sharp, and the colours are bright and bring any image alive. On using it for some time, we felt that the white balance was a little to the bluish side, and the maximum brightness seems a little bit less than optimal.
The phone's chipset has eight 2GHz cores and works fast. It can’t be called a speed demon amongst today’s smartphones, but it works just fine for the everyday use of most people.
The battery is quite robust and gets you through a day with four or five hours of active screen time.
Two other great points of the Moto G5 Plus is that it supports two sim cards and you can insert a memory card to enhance the memory.
The Moto G5 Plus delivers good sound, with great speaker placement and performance. The speaker placed above the screen is used for both telephonic conversations and watching movies or listening to music. The sound of the Moto G5 Plus is loud and full.
Smooth, seamless and optimal software
The software of the Moto G5 Plus is exquisite. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, almost without any modifications. Since there is hardly any bloatware and little deviation from the original Nougat, it runs smooth and fast.
Lenovo has added some interesting and useful things to the Moto G5 Plus, like a widget that will alert you before rainfall, or the feature of putting on the flashlight by shaking the phone.
A fabulous camera in the Moto G5 Plus
The high performance camera is a great feature of the Moto G5 Plus. It uses the same camera as the Samsung Galaxy S7, and the camera sensor is also similar except for a slightly different lens and no optical image stabilization. The pictures taken from the 12 mega pixel camera are very detailed and beautiful, when there is enough light. There is also an automatic HDR mode that delivers great image quality. However in low light conditions like evening and night time, the image quality suffers slightly but is still very pleasant and balanced. There is a loss of detail and sharpness in the pictures. Overall the camera is very good compared to other phones in this price range.
The front camera of the Moto G5 Plus is 5 megapixels and though the images come out sharp and detailed, there is a problem with the white balance. Sometimes, your face appears too pale or red or slightly imbalanced in colour.
When it comes to video, it is one of the few cameras in its class that has 4K video capabilities. Videos shot in the Moto G5 Plus are beautiful and highly detailed with strong vibrant colours. One area that is slightly lacking is image stabilization because of which the video sometimes comes out a little rocky.
The interface for the camera is quite intuitive and nice, and there are some very fun options and customizations which however are a little difficult to reach.
The Moto G5 Plus is a very good smartphone in its price range and with this launch, the range is complete of the Moto G5 phones – Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus.
The Moto G5 Plus costs more than the Moto G5 but it also offers more than it - a slightly larger screen, a clearly better camera, more storage space and faster performance.
The software in the Moto G5 is a notch better and performs with finesse and speed. It is truly a no-nonsense phone that performs exactly as you would expect in its price range. The camera deserves plus points.
It all adds up to the Motorola Moto G5 Plus being one of the best smartphones in its class. It is clearly a must have for anyone who wants a solid robust and high performing smartphone and does not want an ultra-high range smartphone with all sorts of senseless features.
Quick Look – Moto G5 Plus Pros and Cons
Offers two SIM cards and a memory card
Great speed and performance
Design seems slightly cluttered