When it hit the market, the Moto G made us all stop and pay attention to this new line of Motorola phones. For the first time on the market there was a good quality budget phone. In 2013, with the frantic evolution of smartphones year after year, only the high-end was the one that really paid off. Buying a low-end phone was resigning oneself to an unfortunate experience, slow to make calls. The Moto G changed all that, giving rise to a quality mid-range.
Almost 4 years after the release of the original, today we have the Moto G5 Plus with us. Despite the fact that the Motorola catalog has once again become populated with phones – many of them unnecessary – the Moto G5 Plus is still the best alternative in its range.
Moto G5 Plus Superior hardware, at a very comfortable price
After stumbling over the Moto G4 / G4 Plus, Motorola again returns to command with the Moto G5 Plus. Last year we complained that there were not enough differences between the normal model and the Plus. This year is totally different: hThere is so much difference between the G5 and G5 Plus that I would not recommend the former in any case..
The Moto G5 Plus offers not only a bigger screen, more storage but a larger capacity battery and above all, a better processor. That's right, there where the Moto G5 has a Snapdragon 430 processor, the Moto G5 Plus offers us the super efficient and fast Snapdragon 625, the same processor that we have in the Moto Z Play.
Another critical point? The phone also gives us 32 GBs of internal storage that we can expand via MicroSD. The apps we use on a daily basis – including those for social networks – have grown in size considerably over the years, so 16 GBs are often too restrictive. Especially since Android usually takes 4 or 5 of those 16, leaving us with only 11 or 10 GBs for our apps, photos, videos and games. 32 GBs lets us breathe much more, and gives us less worry. Yes, we can expand it via MicroSD, but you know what that story is like on Android: not all apps can move to external memory, and performance and battery consumption increases if we do.
What he Moto G5 offers us, then, it is a very good performance in every sense. The only major limitation with the Latin American model is that we only have 2 GBs of RAM, instead of the 3 or 4 GBs that we can see in other markets. Using it as a primary phone, this limitation was present when trying to keep 4 or 5 apps in memory; in many cases, the app had to be reloaded from scratch. But common errors in Motorola were not present, such as the interruption of music (Spotify) if the device ran out of memory, for example.
Yes, I would have liked to see a model with more RAM, but considering the cost of the phone, and the need to maintain differences with the Z line, it is understandable.
The Snapdragon 625 is notorious for being one of the most efficient processors on the market, outperforming even several of the high-end phones (which, being more powerful, consume more). This is again evident with the Moto G5 Plus, where, thanks to this processor and its 3,000 mAh battery, it lasted a whole day of intense use.
The Moto Z Play (the first generation, from 2016), is still superior, thanks to having a larger battery. But the Moto G5 Plus offers us a similar autonomy, at a lower price.
This, combined with the fact that the phone comes with a Fast Charging Turbocharger, make it one of the best options for those who value the battery on a smartphone.
Another thing I really liked about the Moto G5 Plus, is its fingerprint sensor / button. Instead of the Moto G4 Plus, whose sensor did not offer much utility beyond identifying us, the Moto G5 Plus allows us to use the sensor as a replacement for the Android buttons.
So we can save space on the screen, because we can disappear the buttons by Android software and use the sensor to go back (sliding our finger to the left), show us recent apps (sliding to the right) or return to home, simply leaving our finger on it. It is intuitive and once activated, much more convenient than Android software buttons.
In addition, we also have all the small improvements that Motorola usually makes to Android, such as the Moto Display, which shows us the notifications on the screen in the Lock Screen without having to turn on the phone. And if, despite the fact that LG and Samsung have both released similar alternatives, Motorola's is still the best, as it allows us to interact with these notifications, not just see them.
The Chamber, the weak point
Considering how much promotion Motorola has, I think my expectations with the G5 Plus camera were too high. I expected a performance capable of rivaling the high-end but, instead, I came across a camera that falls, round, within the range average.
This is a camera that knows, gets good photos by day, like all, but that at night, in a bar, in a pub, in the park, suffers quite a lot from focusing, it gives us a lot of noise, and a slow shutter speed. We also have no optical image stabilization.
The Moto G5 Plus does not stand out for its camera at all, but I think it is something that we have become used to on Motorola phones, in general. We can expect good photos from the 12 Megapixel sensor, as long as we have good conditions (good lighting, especially)
What we have, then, is a very solid phone where the only major disappointments are the lack of options in terms of RAM, and the camera and video.
However, for the price at which we can get the phone, it is difficult not to recommend it. A Snapdragon 625 with 3,000 mAh ensures us not only excellent performance in all apps and most games, but also autonomous.
That s, look for the Moto G5 Plus, instead of the Moto G5 just plain, as it offers too many benefits to ignore.