Moto G5 Plus Review

Sales of the Moto G5 Plus are now open in the US, and we've been spending the past couple weeks taking an early look at the handset. Is this affordable smartphone one you'll want to pick up?...
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60 Comments

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Though I really do love the touch gesture controls and how it allows you to remove the on screen buttons. It would be awesome if the Nexus phone actually allowed you the ability to do gesture controls already...

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*USB-C

6. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Camera of moto g5 plus is much better or say best in the class. No other brand including Samsung j series offer such a camera.

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

samsung J is just crap for people who want cheap phone with samsung brand on it :-/ their flagships is the best, but their low-end is still behind competitors... better compare that G5plus camera with honor 6x, xperia XA, oppo F1, lenovo k6 note, or moto Z play :D

39. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Agreed. Moto z play is too costly compared to moto g5 plus. Lenovo and xperia donnot stand a chance against g5 plus. Only honor 6x comes close . Oppo F1 has good camera but considering it is oppo , so no deal.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM for $240 (If I get the lock screen ad variant from Amazon) I think that's a remarkable deal. Don't get me wrong, I have no intention of getting this for me, but maybe for my daughter, she has the horrible LG Escape 2 with a whopping 8 GB of storage & 1 GB of RAM. It's a nightmare to deal with.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What's so disgraceful even if you buy it for yourself??

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

What's so disgraceful about it? Nothing, but I have a 128 GB Nexus 6P that is still performing admirably, and I think that it would be a step down to go with the G5.

9. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Looking at the Pros & Cons section at the end, with the exception of the camera quality these appear to be VERY nitpicky cons to bring the overall score down to an 8, especially when the G5+ got a lot of the BIG stuff right (build, call quality, battery life). On the other hand, why no mention of the lack of NFC? I think that would be just as big a con as "Micro-USB: why?"

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah.....typical Phonearena grading system.

30. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm not necessarily saying I disagree with you, but I really don't see why people get so upset over review scores. Ultimately, reviews are subjective.

33. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Using a scoring system is the real issue. A review should have value to people contemplating getting the device. A straight up "this is good, this is bad, we wish it had had this" offers that value. An arbitrary number just doesn't. The entire score system is here as a form of clickbait and to get people arguing. If they kept the review as-is but without a made up number, a lot of the hubbub would die down.

47. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

right.. they should give proper pros and cons to justify the score (like AA) or remove the scoring sistem, and add list of alternative smartphones at that pricerange and add pros&cons comparison between them (like GSMarena) normally, people read review first before buying smartphone, and this site's scoring system totally can't help them.. based with this site's scoring, the only phone you should buy is iPhone or Galaxy S

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

G5+ has NFC...

46. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Not in the US.

17. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

It is difficult to understand why only US version do not have NFC support. Lenovo says that in US most people are not using mobile payments . Is it true ?

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Nope. They just wanted to cut costs, simple as that.

37. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It is true for who they are targeting. They apparently asked their customers if they use mobile payments and the answer was an overwhelming no.

31. dinglenugget

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

On a phone this midrange though, is there any reason to really go for the 4gb model? Let's be real, this is a budget phone, and yet it costs 1/3 the entire price of the phone to add that 2gb of memory. It's not like the 625 is gonna be pulling any heavy loads. At worst you'll be reloading apps a little more frequently. And if you had that kind of money, for $300 you can get a used S7 with an 820/4gb. Plus wouldn't the extra memory cause even more drain on the battery, leading the 2gb version to have even better battery life runtime?

32. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

8 is a pretty good score for a non iPhone phone on iphonearena. GS8+ will probably get an 8.

38. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I still find this phone really interesting.

43. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

This is where something is wrong with your battery life test PA. If we compare the Moto G5 Plus and Lenovo P2 which you recently reviewed, we get the following: - Both with SD625 - 5.2 FHD (G5) vs 5.5 FHD (P2) - 3,000 mAh (G5) vs 5,100 mAh (P2) The results are 10hr 26m (G5) and 11hr 44m (P2) How does that add up? An extra 2,100 mAh on the P2 yields 1 hr more battery life? http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Lenovo-P2-Review_id4329/page/4

48. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or in other word... 70% bigger battery only give 12.4% battery life?? I'm sure they'll keep using their "unique" battery test, because that's the only method in this planet that can give iPhone7+ better battery score than S7edge and S8+

49. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

isn't this the new moto x? /s

50. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I am using moto g5 plus.Its a great budget phone.Also the stock android with sd625 delivers great battery life.As a daily driver it works smoothly and also doent heats up.Camera's were good too,but need software updates to improve them further.As of now,rear camera is not matching its camera hardware prowess and autofocus also had issues.PA dont tell its shortcomings in the article like-no usb type c port,big bezels(frankly its overall size is very close to 5.5 inches phone),No compass-which is weird.Overall best phine for pure android lovers in its price segment.

51. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

"Discounted ad-supported version only for Amazon Prime users" Most stupid con ever.

52. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Only con I can think of is that the minimum brightness is quite high. When I'm tried at night and my eyes are sore I put my brightness on the lowest.

54. Jabarkas

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 05, 2017

So... Those huge bezels are not is cons why? I mean its a 5,2 inch display phone which is as big as a 5,5 phone (see Honor 6X in size comparison). Moreover why is the price not among cons? I mean we can get much cheaper phone with similar hardware and not so insane bezels. See (again) Honor 6X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (global version with snapdragon 625) or even ZTE Nubia Z11 Mini S.

55. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I can't believe any OEM would release a phone in 2017 with such ugly wide bezels, especially top and bottom. Looks like a phone designed in 2010. Wouldn't use one if given to me, would sell it immediately. It's just too ugly to be caught dead with.

56. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Believe me it looks good in hand.Yes it has huge bezels but it doesnt looks ugly or bad.U can believe it only when u holds it in ur hand.It looks more premium than its price.Phone is superb in performance and has great battery life.
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