​Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review

Moto's mid-range Android smartphone does everything well. Why pay more?

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  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5

Pros

  • Good at everything
  • Impressive battery life

Cons

  • None

Bottom Line

There are no weak points with this $400 Android smartphone. So why pay more?

Would you buy this?

Battery Life

The Moto G5 only comes with a 3,000mAh battery but we can’t complain. It didn’t just easily last a full day, it lasted into the late afternoon of the next day too – despite performing some serious photography, map navigation, internet sharing and a great deal of web browsing. Even much-heavier users will get through a long day with the G5 Plus.

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On top of that, there’s Moto’s TurboPower feature which allows the device to be charged for “six hours usage in 15 minutes” according to the blurb.

Other features

Moto has added a hydrophobic coating to the G5 Plus. It’s not equivalent to an IPx certification, but being spill proof and rain proof is better than nothing.

We were particularly impressed with the Dual SIM function, however, as the tray for this allows for two Nano SIMs plus a Micro SD card to be used at the same time – it’s the first time (in a while) that we’ve seen such a combo.

Conclusion

The Moto G5 Plus is available in two flavours, one with 3GB/16GB RAM for $399 and our review unit’s 4GB/32GB RAM for $449. It’s hard to see how the $50 premium would effect performance too much. Hardcore users who require the extra RAM for top-end applications will probably look at more powerful phones… or will they?

Having recently reviewed the HTC U Play and raved about the value that can be had for $799 we’re hard pressed to say what that phone can do better than this (beyond admire itself in the mirror). The HTC’s camera and audio features might be a little better but not by much. Beyond that gorgeous, shiny exterior the Moto G5 Plus is actually better – not least because of its dual SIM slot, headphone jack and hydrophobic coating.

The thing is, at $449 this phone is good at everything. We’re used to lamenting at least one weak point on the cheaper phones, but the Moto G5 Plus does it all and really rather well at that. Why pay more?

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