Motorola Moto G5 review
Great spec, low price
Our Motorola Moto G5 review uncovers a smartphone that has many of the premium qualities and features that we desire. However, the Moto G5 only costs £162 as a handset only or can be purchased on a low monthly line rental from £9pm, defying price versus spec.
The Motorola Moto G5 has the needed durability to make it a practical friend. It is precision crafted from high grade aluminium and this has been given a diamond cut finish. Further more, the Moto G5 is splash, light rain and spill resistant, with a water repellent coating applied during manufacture.
Design and hardware
The Moto G5 is available in Lunar Grey or Fine Gold and while it is a little chunky at 9.5mm thick, it is very lightweight at just 144g. The 5” Full HD display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which equates to 441 pixels per inch.
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For unmuffled music enjoyment, the loud speaker is front ported and there are two microphones for enhanced call quality. The Moto G5 is powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core 1.4GHz processor with 2GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
It is great to see a phone in this pricing bracket have a fingerprint sensor and even better to see one that goes beyond simply waking and unlocking the phone. Built into the home key, the fingerprint sensor will let you read notifications without unlocking the phone or you can swipe across it to navigate around.
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The set up will undoubtedly include transferring content over from an old smartphone or iPhone. For this, there is a 16GB internal memory and this can be boosted by up to 128GB with a microSD card, which typically cost just a few British Pounds.
The Moto G5 brings more good news as we find Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, which includes the Google Assistant and a whole host of other pre loaded apps.
In typical Motorola fashion, the phone hasn’t been filled with manufacturer’s bloatware. You do however get Moto Actions where a twist of a wrist instigates Quick Capture on the camera and a double chop turns on the torch.
Camera & Video
13MP cameras are fast becoming the staple of even entry level phones but Motorola has ensured top notch performance by pairing it up with Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), which is very fast and results in a sharp image.
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The camera app on the Moto G5 has the typical set of shooting modes with Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst Mode, Panorama and Google Photos. Photography is aided by a LED flash and 8x digital zoom.
Video recording at a quality of 1080p is possible and there is a 4x digital zoom, video stabilisation and slow motion playback.
The 5MP selfie camera has a wide angle lens for group selfies and portrait photography is aided by Beautification Mode with manual or automatic settings and a display flash.
The Moto G5 has a 2,800mAh all day battery that supports Rapid Charging. Once again Motorola shows its generosity by putting the 10W Rapid Charger in the box. With this, you can get hours of use in just minutes,
Just how fast the Rapid Charger adds charge depends of how drained the battery is. If the battery is very low then it will charge quickly but the pace slows down slightly as the battery nears full.
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Written by: Michael Brown