- Detailed and crisp display
- Premium build and feel
- Great phone for the price
- Good color reproduction and details in daylight photos
- Relatively smooth performance
- Display doesn’t have great contrast
- Low light photos have noise and color degradation
Known for offering premium phones at affordable prices, Lenovo’s Moto G-series is a popular choice for phone buyer’s looking for a good deal.
Does the Moto G5 stick with what’s made the brand so popular?
Reviews are out and we’ve dug through them all to bring you this summary. Let’s see what they’re saying!
The G5 steps away from the standard design choices of its predecessors by adding touches of metal. The back panel is aluminum. But it isn’t a unibody design. In fact, plastic makes up the rest of the phone’s body.
Still, the added heft of the aluminum provides what reviewers consider an excellent feel and premium appearance. With that said, most admit that compared to other phones, the G5’s design “isn’t likely to turn heads…”
The G5’s greatest strength is its 5-inch IPS LCD screen. With its 1080-by-1920 resolution, it offers a pixel density of 441ppi. This means it’s just as sharp as the Google Pixel and iPhone 7 Plus.
Still, the screen has limitations. Experts noticed the screen didn’t offer quite the same depth of color or contrast as more expensive phones. This wasn’t a deal breaker for most reviewers as they only noticed the differences when comparing it side-by-side with other flagship phones.
So how can the Moto G5 be so affordable if it has a great screen and excellent build quality? The answer lies in the internal specs.
It comes with a 1.4GHz octa-core processor and up to 3GB of RAM. While this might sound impressive, the processor itself is weaker than the G4’s older processor. When critics put the G5 through benchmark tests they found it slower than the G4 on paper.
In actual use, however, they did not experience lag. And while there were some frame rate drops when playing graphic-intensive games, overall it performed admirably. PC Advisor adds, “The G5 never feels like it’s under-performing despite its benchmarks.”
The biggest limitation is internal storage. Of the 16GB included, only 10GB of free storage is available for use. Fortunately, there’s a microSD slot for easy expansion.
As for battery life, the 2800mAh battery provided a full day of charge for most critics even with heavy usage.
For you smartphone photographers, the 13MP camera didn’t wow reviewers. But it also didn’t disappoint.
They could capture good details in well-lit situations. Images showed little noise, vivid and accurate colors and excellent contrast. Many even praised the app itself as it is easy to use, focus and allows advanced controls—such as exposure adjustment.
In lower light situations, noise increased and color fidelity dropped. This did not surprise reviewers. Overall, they consider it a decent camera—especially for the price.
Overall, while many didn’t feel the G5 brings anything incredible to the table, reviewers still consider it an excellent value. Techradar states, “… this is still a great buy…” NDTV adds, “… it won’t disappoint you in daily use…”
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Gurkaran Singh, Neowin
The latest entry in the G-series is good but leaves a lot to be desired. This feels like a half-thought-out G5 Plus and, frankly, it’s a little confusing. On its own, the Moto G5 is an interesting proposal. It tries to be a lot for a lot less, something Moto G has stood for since forever but falls s...
- Alex Todd, Recombu
There's little to sway us from our initial verdict, even with the newcomers that arrived on the scene since the Moto G5's original launch. It's still a stylish smartphone that's comparatively compact with a great screen, great everyday performance and battery life, and a competent primary camera for...
- Simon Hill, TechRadar
With a shiny new metal body, a super-slick fingerprint sensor and decent specs, the Moto G5 offers real value for money. It’s another obvious choice for Android bargain hunters.
- Mike Lowe, Pocket-lint
With other manufacturers pushing into pricier brackets, the Moto G5 sticks to its £169 guns and delivers a fairly knock-out performance for the price point. It's more sophisticated to look at than its G4 predecessor, will handle all manner of tasks easily, and has a nifty fingerprint scanner t...
- Neerav Bhatt, Ausdroid
The G5 offers good value, a solid package of features including good camera hardware/software and a fast optimised, often updated implementation of Android 7.0
Prices (Where to Buy)
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Moto G5 user manual here.
Motorola backs up the Moto G5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Moto G5 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.
Manuals / User Guides
- Motorola Moto G5 Manual (PDF)
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