Latest Mobile, Lenovo Moto G5 Plus Review: Ever Since the launch of the first Moto G smartphone, Lenovo Motorola has been a powerful force to establish within the mid-range smartphone mobile segment.

Often recommendation for smartphones under Rs 15,000 budget, the Moto G range has improved the idea of mixing of quality with affordability and other phone makers are also following the same. The near-stock software and timely firmware updates have greatly added to the positive image that Motorola and the Moto devices in the Indian and the world market.

Moto G5 is Priced at Rs 14,999 for the 3GB/16GB variant and 16,999 for the 4GB/32GB variant

Only metal

While, Moto M was the first affordable metal smartphone from Moto however it was not quite received and failed to convince buyers to adopt a more lifestyle-centric approach to smartphone. However with the Moto G5 Plus, Lenovo owned moto G5 plus have goes back to its tried and tested formula of offering good specifications at a decent price, but the build quality is not that good.

The Moto G5 Plus has a different look to earlier Moto G phones, it has plastic sides and a metal back plate.

Moto G5 Plus has a non-removable battery, but Moto G5 does give you the option to remove and replace the battery.

Note: The Moto G5 Plus looks more like the Moto M than the Moto G4 Plus. I like the way the Moto G5 Plus has been designed

Fingerprint reader: The fingerprint reader of the Moto G5 Plus is different than from that of the Moto G4 Plus, it is now oval in shape. It is not only a physical button, but also serves as a capacitive key apart from the fingerprint sensor. This can used to unlock the phone from standby without first needing to wake the device. It even provides vibration feedback when unlocking. Fingerprint reader is accurate and everything you need it to be, having worked flawlessly during my time with the phone. Also, a setting on the phone allows you to use the sensor to lock the device. keeping your finger on the sensor for a long-press puts the phone on standby.

The controls on Moto G5 Plus and slots are laid out a bit differently.

The expandable storage slot and the SIM are placed at the top of the phone. It isn’t a hybrid SIM slot; it has separate slots for both SIMs and a microSD card. Which puts the G5 Plus at a big advantage over other similar products.

The bottom of the Moto G5 Plus phone has both the micro-USB port for charging and a 3.5mm jack. The right has the power and volume buttons.

Moto G5 Plus has not opted USB type-C port on the phone, however having the micro-USB standard isn’t a problem in any way. The left side of the phone has do not have anything on it, The front of the Moto G5 Plus has the new Moto logo, right above the screen.

The camera itself just a little bit out, and a large circular module contains the lens, 12-megapixel sensor and dual-tone LED flash.

The box package of the Moto G5 Plus has a earphones with a microphone, SIM ejector tool. The Moto G5 Turbo Charger offers fast charging capabilities. With up to 14.4W of power being delivered to the phone, charging is really quick; apart from this the phone has 3000mAh battery. The phone promises six hours of battery life with 15 minutes of charging.

Another useful feature is nano-coating technology on the phone which creates a water-repellent barrier that protects the Moto G5 Plus against minor exposure to water, such as mild splashes and rain. This works well, and a little bit of water didn’t cause any trouble to the phone. You need to be careful to avoid submerging the phone entirely.

Android Nougat 7.0 Stock

Motorola has offered the near-stock Android experience, with software that is as close to Google’s vision of Android. With the Moto G5 Plus, the software under the hood is Android Nougat 7.0, and the user interface is close to the Google Pixel launcher which includes the pull-up app drawer, classic notification shade, trimmed down settings menu and more.

Since Motorola has added its own small tweaks and software it gives it a distinct character. The reliance on Google’s apps for basic functions such as gallery, clock and messages does remain,

Motorola has added small differences in the settings menu and through the Moto app which  gives access to the always-on display mode, along with Motorola’s signature gesture controls.

Which includes one-button navigation, which also deactivates the on-screen Android keys, there’s also twist for capture, which lets you open the camera, chop twice for flashlight.

You can swipe to shrink the screen for one-handed mode and more.

Acceptable Moto G5 Plus camera 12 MegaPixel

The Moto G5 Plus has a good 12-megapixel f/1.7 aperture rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front facing camera for taking selfie and other usage. The rear camera has a focusing system called dual-autofocus pixels. This uses ten times as many pixels to quickly focus and lock onto the subject quickly. This helps the phone take well-composed pictures immediately. The front camera also has a wide angle lens for better pictures then the previous versions. You can also record video up to 4K resolution with the rear camera and 1080p resolution with the front facing camera.

The camera is about as good as it gets for a mid-range smartphone, but it is not as fantastic either. Pictures works good in proper light. The auto HDR mode usually triggerrd at the right time to get the best shots.

Zooming in shows a fair amount of detail, You will have to spend much more to get top-notch camera performance. In low light, exposure issues tend to crop up, the brighter parts of the frame usually washing out while the darker parts appear too dark.

Close up shots are just okl, though issues in detailing are visible here. Pictures taken with the front camera are just satisfactory and good enough for the a occasional selfie. However, the presence of 1080/60fps and 4K/30fps shooting are excellent, and give the phone significantly better capabilities with video.

Ayupp suggestion to buy or not Moto G5 Plus

Motorola’s has a nice approach to the mid-range smartphone segment and has been admirable for some years now. Near-stock Android software, a quick firmware updates and a balanced approach to the smartphone help in keeping the G5 series and Moto G5 Plus as relevant as always. The Moto G5 Plus is priced in the same segment from Rs 14,999 onwards, but offers a difference in the form of good software and an all-round sense of quality, decent features and great hardware. Moto G5 Plus is definitely worth a look if you like a phone having a great look and decent performance

About The Author

Chetan Sharma is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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