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Our Motorola Moto G5 Review
At the turn of the century, Motorola was releasing phones that epitomised the ‘brick’ range which suffered such retrospective ignominy. They were not pleasant, and in many cases they were also quite rubbish, but there’s been a notable shift.
As of 2014, Chinese tech enthusiasts Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility, and around about the same time the 2nd generation of the Moto G was released to glowing reviews.
Since that purchase (regardless of how involved Lenovo actually is), Motorola’s smartphone releases have generally impressed, and the Moto G5 is clearly designed to continue the trend of delivering a low-cost phone with high-end qualities, making it well worth a look.
Contract, PAYG or SIM Only
The G-series is synonymous with affordability and value, so it’s no surprise to see the Motorola Moto G5 follow suit.
Before we get to the phone, let’s look at prices. Taken on a contract you can get the Moto G5 down to £12.99 a month if you don’t want to pay anything upfront, or £10.99 if you part with just under £50 on the day.
The tariffs at this price point will give you between 500Mb and 1GB, with some offering unlimited texts, and a few hundred minutes of calls. It’s also only a little more each month to get 2GB of data, unlimited texts and over a thousand minutes.
If you want to go down the pay as you go or SIM-only route then you’ll need the phone outright, and that will cost around £130-£160. Check out the online prices, and it’s worth remembering that if you buy a phone locked to a network you may have to mess around, possibly with a fee to pay, in order to switch networks.
The Moto G5 comes very capably equipped with a 5-inch Full HD IPS display, which delivers superb viewing angles, sharp visuals and excellent brightness. The bezels could do with a trim, but that’s a minor gripe, and the one-handed mode is good despite the fact that, at 5 inches, it’s quite manageable for most as it is.
It really is an impressive display on such a modestly priced Android phone, and as such it’s undoubtedly one of the Moto G5’s standout features.
The 13-megapixel main snapper offers admirably crisp and detailed image quality, with pleasingly low levels of visual distortion. This camera defies the price point; whilst it does slip up when it comes to high contrast, you really can’t complain, and video quality is also really good, shooting at up to 1080p.
The 5-megapixel front-facer is great for group angles thanks to the wide-angle lens, and it includes a convenient ‘tap anywhere’ feature for image capture.
Unlike the preceding G4 and G4 Plus, this phone integrates metal into the build, providing a much more premium feel. It is well-built and looks great, despite some cheap-looking plastic around the phone’s edge.
The back is removable so you can swap the battery or add another SIM, and the phone is built to be more durable against the elements as well, thanks to hydrophobic treatment.
The fingerprint sensor is on the front, as it was with the G4 Plus, and it works well, with the option to replace the on-screen navigation to give you more screen space.
The Moto G5 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor, and whilst it’s not as capable as other entries from the ever-reliable chipset crafter, it still delivers slick performance. Navigation is smooth, apps load quick enough, and it copes fine with muscling through dual-app demands.
The battery is good too, with all-day life on offer even with heavy usage, and you get a 10-watt fast charger in the box.
Features & OS
Users shouldn’t expect anything too dramatic beyond a stock Android OS experience, with some quite nice touches like quick-launch for the camera. There’s split-screen multitasking and a customisable notifications pane as well.
There’s enough there to make the phone seem like your own, with Android providing a predictably slick platform for your daily smartphone usage.
What we think
The Moto G5 is an excellent phone at this price-point, impressing on a number of levels and actually exceeding expectations. It continues to strengthen Lenovo/Motorola’s hand in the smartphone industry, with the screen and premium design proving particular highlights. It’s highly recommended at such a competitive price.
Motorola Moto G5 Specification
- Display Size: 5.0"
- Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Display Type: IPS
- Primary Camera Flash: LED
- Primary Camera Resolution: 4160 x 3120
- Primary Camera Megapixels: 13
- Secondary Camera Megapixels: 5
- Memory Card Slot: MicroSD up to 256GB
- 2G Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G Connectivity: HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
- 4G Connectivity: LTE 700/800/850/900/1800/2100/2300/2600
- Bluetooth: 4.2 with LE, EDR
- GPS: A-GPS and GLONASS
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Processor: 1.4 GHz Octa-core
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
- Talk Time:
- Weight (grams): 145
- Dimensions: 144.3 x 73 x 9.5 mm
- Battery Type: Removable
- IP Rating: IP52 - Water repellant nano-coating
- Sim Type: Nano SIM
- Operating System: Android
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