Motorola Moto G5 Plus

8.3/10 AVG.
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8.3/10
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The Motorola Moto G5 Plus currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 43 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Price
  • Solid performance
  • Bright, crisp display
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Plenty of storage
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • Tinny speaker
  • Weak low-light camera performance
  • No USB Type-C
  • Non-removable battery

The Moto G series has set the bar for budget-friendly Android devices. The G5 Plus has some big shoes to fill in the wake of the G4 and G4 Plus. While they’ve added some metal and the latest version of Android, creating a good budget phone is about balance.

Does the Moto G5 Plus keep the G Series at the top of the budget charts? Reviewers have had a few weeks to test their devices and we’re bringing you the best of the reviews across the Internet.

Let’s dig in!

Lenovo’s made a big deal out of the new metal chassis for the G5 Plus. While reviewers liked the design, they were quick to point out it’s not a full metal case. The upgrade to a metal back also means no more removable battery.

Despite these concerns, reviewers liked the design of the new phone. PC Magazine said, “It's easy to mistake the phone for a much more costly device.” Ars Technica UK gave a similar opinion, saying, “It’s still lighter in your hand and a little chunkier than comparable high-end phones, but at first glance you might have trouble distinguishing it from a metal or glass-and-metal phone.”

Flipping around the front, you’re greeted by a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display. In the budget tier, the screen is often where you’ll see the biggest difference. However, reviewers raved about the screen on the G5 Plus. Android Police called it “a very good display with accurate colors and superb viewing angles.” Android Central was also pleased, saying, “Color calibration is, to my eyes, on par with devices double the price.”

One area where reviewers weren’t in agreement was the fingerprint scanner. While it performed its basic functions well, reports on the new finger gesture controls were hit or miss. It worked well for reviewers, but many didn’t like the concept.

Android Guys, on the other hand, gushed about the feature. They said, “It’s freaking brilliant and I love it. I want it on every phone from here until they come out with something better. The learning curve was minimal and it just makes sense.”

For performance, reviewers were all in agreement. The 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor impressed. Android Police said, “Gaming won't be particularly good on this phone. Simple titles are fine, but the 3D capabilities of the 625 are lacking.”

Depending on the model you choose, you’ll find either 2 or 4GB of RAM. Most reviewers recommended the extra cost for the 4GB. While both run smooth now, it adds some room for graceful aging as apps continue to grow.

The G5 Plus ships with Android 7.0 Nougat—something many phones twice its price still doesn’t do. Reviewers were pleased with the subtle tweaks to the Android experience. PC Magazine summed up opinions well, saying, “aside from the included Moto app (which lets you configure Active Display and gesture settings), there's no bloatware to speak of. Since there's no bloatware, you have plenty of free internal storage: 53.71GB on the 64GB model.”

Which brings us to our next variation. You’ll find both a 32GB and 64GB model. While 32GB is enough storage for many, you won’t get the 4GB of RAM without going for the 64GB option.

For those looking to work on the go or keep their media collection in their pocket, the phone also supports microSD cards up to 256GB.

The next big upgrade touted by Lenovo is the G5 Plus’ camera. You’ll find a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing selfie shooter. Overall, reviews of the camera were positive—for the price bracket. Android Central said, “The speed at which the Moto G5 Plus, even in low-light conditions, adjusts to the scene, is astonishing.”

However, many reviews pointed out that the lack of Optical Image Stabilization can make low-light shots tricky. Android Police noted, “You have to hold the phone quite still, and it's a good idea to take a few shots to make sure you get at least one that isn't blurry.”

If you’re looking for a phone you can use all day without worrying about your charge, reviews show the G5 Plus is a great choice. Android Guys used their test model for two weeks and declared, “Two days of regular use comes easy. I’ve had this phone for seven days and I’ve charged it three times. It isn’t the battery life champ that the Moto Z Play is, but it’s damn good and in the upper echelon of devices.”

Reviewers loved most everything about the G5 Plus. The only major complaint was a lack of NFC. This means you won’t be able to use your phone for mobile purchases. Android Police summed up opinions well, saying, “You make some sacrifices when you buy a budget phone, but the Moto G5 Plus requires the fewest. It has capable hardware that allows for smooth operation, a good display, an accurate fingerprint sensor, clean software, solid build quality, and above average battery life."


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Wirecutter

Excellent performance and build quality compared with other budget phones. Its interface is clean with no bloatware, and it works on all major US carriers.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter
GSM Dome

It doesn’t have a major deal breaker and it stands out through the video capture that the camera does, a quality one and also the solid performance for a midranger. Battery life is OK, as far as the video playback goes and this is the kind of handset, that has a little bit of everything.

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome
LaptopMedia

Moto G5 Plus lived up to our expectations for one of the best models in the middle range. It has nice appearance with metal construction and fingerprint sensor in the front part. The screen resolution is again Full HD but its diagonal is 5.2 inches, which suggests more comfortable operation with one...

- LaptopMedia Team, LaptopMedia
Make Use Of

The Moto G5 Plus is a dependable mid-range device. It lacks the flare of some more expensive smartphones, and it doesn't have the value of cheaper smartphones, but it's a solid in-between.

- Skye Hudson, Make Use Of
Gadgets Now

Motorola has a phone that can be even more successful than its predecessor. It has everything that we liked from the G4 Plus and comes with a few extras.

- Riyana Lama, Gadgets Now


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Motorola released the Moto G5 Plus on March 15, 2017.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Moto G5 Plus user manual here.


Motorola backs up the Moto G5 Plus with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Moto G5 Plus has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
5.2"

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus's screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm 8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 544 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto G5 Plus Specs

Overview
Release date March 15, 2017
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/900/1800/2600/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm 8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 848 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 544 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 425 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 52 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Lunar Grey, Fine Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15 x 7.4 x 1 cm (5.9 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 155 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Burst shot, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Wide angle lens
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments

Also available in 2 GB of RAM.

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Critic Reviews


The Wirecutter

Well-rounded and affordable

from The Wirecutter

Excellent performance and build quality compared with other budget phones. Its interface is clean with no bloatware, and it works on all major US carriers.

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Excellent performance and build quality compared with other budget phones. Its interface is clean with no bloatware, and it works on all major US carriers.

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GSM Dome

You can actually feel the progress

from GSM Dome

It doesn’t have a major deal breaker and it stands out through the video capture that the camera does, a quality one and also the solid performance for a midranger. Battery life is OK, as far as the video playback goes and this is the kind of handset, that has a little bit of everything.

Read full review

It doesn’t have a major deal breaker and it stands out through the video capture that the camera does, a quality one and also the solid performance for a midranger. Battery life is OK, as far as the video playback goes and this is the kind of handset, that has a little bit of everything.

Read full review

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LaptopMedia

When the mid-range provides you with everything needed

from LaptopMedia

Moto G5 Plus lived up to our expectations for one of the best models in the middle range. It has nice appearance with metal construction and fingerprint sensor in the front part. The screen resolution is again Full HD but its diagonal is 5.2 inches, which suggests more comfortable operation with one hand, as well as better image detail.

Read full review

Moto G5 Plus lived up to our expectations for one of the best models in the middle range. It has nice appearance with metal construction and fingerprint sensor in the front part. The screen resolution is again Full HD but its diagonal is 5.2 inches, which suggests more comfortable operation with one hand, as well as better image detail.

Read full review

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Make Use Of

Solid mid-range phone

from Make Use Of

The Moto G5 Plus is a dependable mid-range device. It lacks the flare of some more expensive smartphones, and it doesn't have the value of cheaper smartphones, but it's a solid in-between.

Read full review

The Moto G5 Plus is a dependable mid-range device. It lacks the flare of some more expensive smartphones, and it doesn't have the value of cheaper smartphones, but it's a solid in-between.

Read full review

Less

Gadgets Now

A worthy successor to the Moto G4 Plus

from Gadgets Now

Motorola has a phone that can be even more successful than its predecessor. It has everything that we liked from the G4 Plus and comes with a few extras.

Read full review

Motorola has a phone that can be even more successful than its predecessor. It has everything that we liked from the G4 Plus and comes with a few extras.

Read full review

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Recombu

Easy to use, with great results pretty much every time

from Recombu

Even halfway through the year, the Moto G5 Plus remains one of our favourite sub-£300 smartphones. There’s little to quibble about here, as it’s an all-round solidly constructed handset. Slick performance, long battery life, excellent camera tech and a pure form of Android; the...More

Even halfway through the year, the Moto G5 Plus remains one of our favourite sub-£300 smartphones. There’s little to quibble about here, as it’s an all-round solidly constructed handset. Slick performance, long battery life, excellent camera tech and a pure form of Android; the Moto G5 Plus delivers in spades, for a price that really works.

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Pickr

Mid-range excellence

from Pickr

Motorola’s “G” series has always been solid, but the fifth generation sets an overall standard for mid-range mobiles. While the camera could do with some work, the phone itself offers excellent value, with some of the best battery life in the business, a nice build, support for two SIM card...More

Motorola’s “G” series has always been solid, but the fifth generation sets an overall standard for mid-range mobiles. While the camera could do with some work, the phone itself offers excellent value, with some of the best battery life in the business, a nice build, support for two SIM cards, and a way of locking down the phone using your fingerprints.

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GSMArena

Superior set of hardware and build quality

As the phone that single-handedly created the quality budget smartphone category, we hold the Moto G in high regard and also have high expectations from very new device in the lineup. The Moto G5 we tested earlier didn't quite meet our expectations in that regard. However, the G5 Plus hits the ma...More

As the phone that single-handedly created the quality budget smartphone category, we hold the Moto G in high regard and also have high expectations from very new device in the lineup. The Moto G5 we tested earlier didn't quite meet our expectations in that regard. However, the G5 Plus hits the mark and reminds us again why we love this series. It's far from perfect and there are areas where we would like to see it improve. We could use a bit more power under the hood. The design could bit a bit more compact and make better use of space. The design itself could also stand to improve aesthetically as recent models have taken to a more drab appearance.

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Pocket-lint

A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

from Pocket-lint

It perhaps can't be called truly budget any more, given the price is a long way off from the days of the first-gen device, but then you get a lot more for your money: metal build, some tempting specs and overall performance and software that delivers as much, if not more, than most will ever need.

Read full review

It perhaps can't be called truly budget any more, given the price is a long way off from the days of the first-gen device, but then you get a lot more for your money: metal build, some tempting specs and overall performance and software that delivers as much, if not more, than most will ever need.

Read full review

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WhistleOut

Bang-for-buck price tags

from WhistleOut

The Moto G5 Plus is the best budget smartphone you can buy right now. It makes fewer compromises than ever, and will set you back less than a third of what you'll pay for a top of the line flagship. If you want an affordable, reliable smartphone that just works, the Moto G5 Plus should be your first port of call.

Read full review

The Moto G5 Plus is the best budget smartphone you can buy right now. It makes fewer compromises than ever, and will set you back less than a third of what you'll pay for a top of the line flagship. If you want an affordable, reliable smartphone that just works, the Moto G5 Plus should be your first port of call.

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