Motorola Moto G5 Plus review

Motorola Moto G5 Plus review

We got our hands on the new Motorola Moto G5 Plus phone and took it for a spin to see what it’s like.

Here’s what we like about it:

It’s pretty – Sounds shallow but hey, phones are judged by how they look. The high-grade aluminium finish comes in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold. It is also quite light with a great size screen.

It’s fast – The fingerprint reader is fast. No pressing it over and over again to unlock the phone. Another touch of the reader and the phone locks back up. Apps open quickly too – must be something to do with the 2.0 GHz octa-core processor.

Easy access to camera and torch – The Moto G5 Plus figured out what everyone has been thinking of – an easy way to open the camera and the torch. I’ve had too many moments missed because I couldn’t tap the camera app. And many nights when I needed the torch on immediately (like maybe hearing cockroach wings in the middle of the night or a child about to vomit). With the Moto G5 Plus, all you need is to twist your wrist to open the camera app and a chop-chop motion to turn the torch on and off. Once the camera is on, flick your wrist again and it’ll switch between front and back camera. Very handy!

Great camera – The phone’s 12MP camera has this circular Saturn ring that allows you to adjust the image to find the best lighting before taking that shot. The aperture goes up to f/1.7, letting a lot of light in even indoors or cloudy days. There’s the beautification mode that you can see immediately even before you take the shot (basically, it takes away your face blemishes). The professional mode allows you to change settings manually for things like ISO, aperture, speed etc.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus review
Sunset from our front yard taken with Moto G5 Plus.
Motorola Moto G5 Plus review
Totoro taken using Moto G5 Plus at dusk indoors.

Other stuff – The battery lasts really long and when you charge it, you only need a quick 15-minute charge for the battery to have six hours of juice. The Moto Display gives you a discrete preview of notifications and updates without having to unlock your phone. Place the phone face down at night and you won’t get disturbed. The one button nav can be used to swipe, tap and trigger other functions for the phone.

Dual SIM and micro SD card slot – It probably doesn’t come in handy for others but for those with two phones (for home and work) this will be perfect. The Moto G5 Plus takes two sims so you don’t need to carry around two phones. The micro SD card is great for extra storage for your phone.

Overall, the Moto G5 Plus is a good phone for anyone, really. Old or young. It’s a good fancy phone with heaps of great features. Even teens won’t be embarrassed waving this one around.

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