Lenovo recently launched most awaited Moto G5 Plus which is the next G series smartphones after Moto G4 Plus. We all know Moto G series is popular for the quality at a very affordable price and it still continues.

Now, it’s time for Moto G5 Plus which is a really practical smartphone in my opinion. What I mean by practical.

Moto G5 Plus Full Review

I mean they have included what the user actually need instead of running behind high-end specs and then resulting low-quality performance.

As you already know Moto G4 Plus has some heating issues and this is solely due to its processor i.e.., Snapdragon 617. Not to make the past mistakes, Lenovo made Moto G5 Plus with most powerful ( considering price ) and power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625.

Does this change in processor makes it the best smartphone?

Without wasting much time, let’s get into our full Moto G5 Plus review and most of the aspects are not covered in any other review as far saw.

Specifications

Display5.2-inch 1920*1080p with 423ppi
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM3GB / 4GB
Storage16GB / 32GB
Primary Camera12MP with dual autofocus pixel
Secondary camera5MP
Battery3000mAh
Fingerprint ScannerYes
NFC SupportYes
Expandable StorageYes (Dedicated)
ConnectivityDual Sim, 4G VoLTE
Operating SystemAndroid Nougat 7.0

Moto G5 Plus Review

Design

Moto G5 Plus now has a metallic design but it’s not metal uni-body. Metal is only on the back and sides are covered with plastic but it really feels premier even its not fully metallic build.

It feels very lighter in hand and solid in hand. It is a 5.2-inch device which is smaller than Moto G4 Plus and this is what most consumers wanted, and finally, Moto did it. It is really a good design Moto has taken which most people love (even me :D).

On the front, it has a 5.2-inch display with earpiece cum speaker, 5MP front camera, and sensors.

Moto G5 Plus front

On the back its has a 12MP camera with dual-tone LED flash and duel-pixel technology which is used instead of laser auto-focus which we found on Moto G4 Plus.

Moto G5 Plus rear

On the bottom, it has an audio jack and micro USB port and on the top, we have a sim slot and the first-time moto implemented this although I’m not a fan of it but it’s not a big deal.

Moto G5 Plus Design

On the left, we have nothing and on the right, we have volume buttons and power button and those buttons are two lowered into the smartphone and feels not that clicky.

Display

Moto G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch display which is full HD 1920x1080p display with PPI of 423. By seeing this you might feel that display will be stunning but here is the interesting part.

Although it has more PPI than Moto G4 Plus, it’s not that vibrant than Moto G4 Plus. Colors look faded and washed out and i never expected this with the Moto device.

Moto G5 Plus Display

I’m not saying it’s a bad display but i hop it should have the better display than Moto G4 Plus considering its screen size and PPI. Most people won’t make much of difference if you have never used a Moto G4 plus or other devices which have better display quality (Excluding AMOLED displays 😀 )

Overall, the display quality is good but as great as Moto G4 Plus but its better than many smartphones at this price.

Camera:

Moto G4 Plus has 12MP camera rear camera with duel-tone LED flash. It has a 5MP front camera which is wide-angle.

Rear Camera

The rear camera on Moto G5 Plus is dropped from 16MP which is on Moto G4 Plus to 12MP but for a good reason :).

Rear Camera on Moto G5 Plus

The 12MP camera on Moto G5 Plus has an aperture of f/1.7 and dual-pixel focusing system.

What does it mean? less aperture means it will take more and maintain good details in the image. 12MP is the best standard for a smartphone as all smartphones have a limited space for the lens. This 12MP camera sensor on this smartphone is same as Samsung Galaxy S7.

The images taken from the rear are really good in both indoor and outdoor lightening conditions and it maintained a good amount of detail in every image.

The only disappointing thing is it sometimes struggles to focus if you are taking some closer shots but you can tap to get into focus but it is not as fast as Moto G4 Plus in terms of focusing.

The interesting part is as the display quality is not that great on this device and when i compared the images taken on Moto G5 Plus on my desktop and Moto G4 Plus, the image looks much brighter and has good color than what we viewed on Moto G5 Plus which is weird :D. Following are the images taken in both indoors and outdoors using Moto G5 Plus

Following are the images taken in both indoors and outdoors using Moto G5 Plus.

Overall Moto G5 Plus beats Moto G4 Plus in camera quality and the good amount of detail it maintains. The color accuracy is really good in both indoor and outdoor shots.

Front Camera

The front camera is improved a lot when we compared to Moto G4 Plus and now it has beautification mode.

The images taken on front camera are really good and maintained good amount of color accuracy and beautification mode is always on even there is an option to off it but it always smoothen the skin and its good but for people who don’t use beatification mode will disappoint.

Overall, the front did a really good job in taking some good selfies and its wide angle which can capture more people in a single selfie.

Video

The video quality on Moto G5 Plus is really good and the internal mic quality is also improved for videos. It has electronic video stabilization which is smooth but never expect great stabilization as optical image stabilization. The stabilization very good even it is done by software and most of the smartphones won’t provide any sort of stabilization.

Now, it can record 4k videos as well as 1080P videos at 60fps which mean a smoother video. The 4K videos are good and look smoother and this time forget that heating issues while using the camera. It’s completely gone with Snapdragon 625.

Performance

As we already know, Motorola smartphones are known for their near to stock Android and the performance on Moto G5 Plus is buttery smooth compared to most of the smartphones such as Redmi Note 4, Honor 6X and Moto G4 Plus.

You will never face any issue regarding software and performance as everything is stock and it takes less RAM than many custom skinned smartphones. As a result, multitasking will also be smoother in Mot G5 Plus.

You don’t need to worry about that weird heating issues while gaming because the device didn’t exhibit any overheating. So, you can play games and push your phone with heavy multi-tasking.

Software

Moto G5 Plus runs Android Nougat (7.0) out of the box and it comes with Google Assistant built in. The software is near to stock with some little performance tweaks as well as Moto Display and Moto Gestures which we all know.

Android N on Moto G5 Plus

The Moto Gestures includes new one like one button navigation which let’s you use fingerprint scanner as home, swipe right for recent apps and swipe left to go one level backwards and its awesome. 🙂

Moto display and gestures in Moto G5 Plus

The UI is fast and very smooth in multi-tasking. There is no bloatware preinstalled. The software on Moto G5 Plus outperforms Redmi Note 4 which has the same processor. This is due to its stock Android and performance tweaks.

Battery

The Battery is what i’m worried initially as it has only 3000mAh battery but after seeing the battery life you will be surprised.

Battery life on Moto G5 Plus

Battery life on Moto G5 Plus is very awesome. It will last for 1 to 1.5 days on moderate usage with a Screen-On-Time (SOT) of 5.5 hours to 6 hours. The battery life is really good while considering its size.

Battery life is improved by 30% when compared to Moto G4 Plus, and it’s is a good sign.

Pros:

  1. Good build quality
  2. Great camera
  3. Good Performance
  4. Battery life
  5. NFC support

Cons:

  1. Average screen quality
  2. No Compass sensor

Final Verdict

Overall, Moto G5 Plus is a practical device which has a good processor, performance, and battery life. The specs look ordinary but the performance and camera quality is where Moto G5 Plus outperforms its competitors like Redmi Note 4 and Honor 6X. I completely recommend this device if your budget is around Rs. 15000 and it worth the amount of money you spend for a Good camera and smooth UI.

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