Moto G5S Plus review
Dual camera bokeh
Our Moto G5S Plus review finds a ‘Special Edition’ update to the Moto G5S. The main improvements really are the ones we wanted to see. We find a dual camera replacing a single camera and a bigger screen that dwarfs its predecessors.
Wow - What a display
The Moto G5S Plus brings the wow factor with a big 5.5” Full HD display. This puts 1920 x 1080 pixels in front of you, which breaks down to 401 pixels per inch. At maximum brightness, the screen kicks out over 600nits (equivalent to 600 candles) and there aren’t many phones that can beat this.
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That’s great for sunlight but what about late night usage? That’s a good question and just like many other phones, the Moto G5S Plus gets a special Night Display that uses warmer colours that won’t strain your eyes or make it difficult to get to sleep afterwards.
Accident prone resistance
Aside from looking premium and high-end, which it does, the Moto G5S Plus is one tough little fellow. The display is protected behind toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the whole phone has a water repellent nano coating, to make it splash and rain resistant.
The phone is highly polished and the diamond cut all-metal unibody is made from high grade aluminium. A choice of metallic looking colours are offered to accentuate this. These are Lunar Grey and Blush Gold.
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The Moto G5S Plus is neither heavy or light at 168g. The thickness feels okay at 8mm, although the camera bump extends out by another 1.5mm. We really don’t mind this, because the large circular camera module looks so cool.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint reader navigation
Going beyond just providing security, the fingerprint reader lets you get rid of the virtual navigation keys, giving you more viewable space on the display. The reader sits below the display and to use it for navigation you simply tap it to go Home, swipe left to go back or swipe right to see your recent apps.
As well as securing the phone, the fingerprint reader will let you authorise payments, such as those you might make in the Google Play Store.
Expandable memory - Yes please
The Moto G5S Plus comes with 32GB of memory, which is plenty enough for transferring content over from an old smartphone. There is a microSD card slot, which lets you boost the memory by up to another 128GB.
You might find this useful in the future, particularly if you get addicted to shooting 4K ultra resolution videos.
Pure Android with a Moto twist
The Moto G5S Plus runs the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system and performance is top notch, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM.
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You get to enjoy the best Google apps such as Google Duo (video calling), the Google Assistant and Drive (Cloud based documents and spreadsheets).
Moto adds a little innovation with Moto Actions/Gestures. With this activated, you can chop twice to turn on the torch, twist twice to open the camera or to switch to the selfie camera and lift to silence incoming calls.
Other very useful features include swipe to shrink screen (for one handed use), split screen apps and a bottom ported loud speaker that doesn’t get muffled when the phone is placed on a surface.
Camera & Video
Dual 13MP cameras
It’s all about the bokeh (blurred backgrounds) these days and the Moto G5S Plus does a great job by employing two 13MP camera lenses. There is special photo enhancement software built in for a very accurate depth-of-field effect.
Comparison: The Moto G5 Plus has a single 12MP camera.
There are plenty of useful features that will make your photos standout. These include:
- Colour splash
- Background replacement
- Colour balancing dual LED flash
- 8x digital zoom
- 4x video zoom
- Best Shot
- Burst Mode
- Panorama Mode
- Auto HDR
- 4K video recording
- Slow Motion video
- Still capture while recording video
8MP wide angle selfies
The Moto G5S Plus gets a better wide angle 8MP selfie camera. This has its own flash, a Beautification Mode and a Panorama Mode.
Comparison: The Moto G5 Plus has a 5MP selfie camera.
The Moto G5S Plus has an all day 3,000mAh battery and with TurboPower charging you can get 6 hours more use from a 15 minutes refuel. There is a LED battery notification light that will make it obvious if you are running low on power and a Battery Saver mode that will get you out of trouble should you get caught short.
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Written by: Michael Brown