The mid-range Moto G series has become largely successful and has now become the best-selling smartphone for the company. The Moto G line has become very popular because it has high-end features, but a cost that is considered low for a phone of its caliber. Who said that ‘good phone’ and ‘affordable’ are words that cannot be used to describe a smartphone?
Competition in this smartphone market segment has become very stiff over the years and the Moto G5 has to stay ahead. The use of the Snapdragon 625 processor has allowed the phone to have some interesting features added. Here is a peek under the hood of the Moto G5.
The main reason behind the advancements praised by users is the processor. The Moto G5 Plus boasts of the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It also comes with an Adreno 506 GPU, and options of either 2 or 4 GB RAM. Although these specs may seem normal to most phones, and will not set any records, they are very useful for real-world users, since the phone has been said to be very responsive and fast.
As is to be expected, playing games on the Moto G5 Plus has been a wonderful experience, and the speed of moving from one app to another is amazingly fast and smooth. However, this smooth action is usual for the 4 GB RAM option, and if you do try to multitask on the 2 GB iteration then the switching may have some lag, especially if you have several apps running.
The Moto G5 Plus sports a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, which supports Full HD resolution. This is the most marketable feature on this device, thanks to the Snapdragon 625 processor. The aspect of the phone makes it very easy to use outdoors and has immaculate viewing angles, contrast and color reproduction. The screen will not be comparable to those that have AMOLED and others that have Quad HD resolution. However, for the price that it goes for, this screen can be considered the best within that segment.
You can get the Moto G5 Plus in 32 or 64 GB iterations when it comes to built-in storage; the iteration will determine how much Ram you get for the phone. If you worry about storage, there is some good news waiting for you. The phone has a MicroSD card slot, which you can use to expand the storage capacity to 256 GB.
Instead of having a USB Type-C port, the Moto G5 Plus comes with a MicroUSB port, which was a decision made to keep the cost of the phone low. This is not something to worry potential customers, especially those who have been using older phones with a MicroUSB port, and have all the associated chargers and cables in their possession.
One small letdown is the fact that the United States version of Moto G5 Plus has left out the NFC. This means that customers in the US will not be able to use features such as Android Pay. The International version of the phone has the NFC, which is quite odd. All versions of this phone have a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is an added plus for people who have these headphones from their older phones.
Customers will basically agree that the Snapdragon 625 processor has brought better performance to the Moto G5, without having to add any other high-tech pieces of hardware. This has enabled the manufacturer to give improved user features while keeping the cost of the phone down.
The Moto G5 plus comes with Android 7.0 Nougat. You get what has been common in other previous versions of Motorola phones, and just a few added features such as the Ambient Display, Twisting of the wrist to launch the camera and double chopping in order to witch on the flashlight.
There is a new folder design in the launcher, and the app drawer is launched by swiping from the bottom up, just like you would on the Google Pixel.