Moto G5 Plus – Thoughts

As the release of the new member of the Moto G family is just around the corner, I decided to take a look at what the 5th Gen of the amazing budget phone is offering in terms of specs and whether or not previous Gen users should upgrade.

G5 G5 Plus
Display 5 inch – 1080×1920 pixels 5.2 inch – 1080×1920 pixels
Processor 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625
RAM 2/3GB 3/4GB
Storage 16/32GB – Expandable 128GB 32/64GB – Expandable 128GB
Battery Capacity 2800mAh 3000 mAh
Rear Camera 13MP, f/2.0 12MP, f/1.7
Front Camera 5MP, f/2.2 5MP, f/2.2
OS Android 7.0 Android 7.0
Colours Lunar Grey, Fine Gold Lunar Grey, Fine Gold

Let’s talk about the bigger brother first. At around 17k INR (~$250) there’s so much that the G5 plus is offering that it’s really hard to compete with. The Moto G lineup has always been the best budget phone (highest selling in India) and, with good reasons. Offering a decent to good specs at that price is always amazing.

I have been a Moto G Gen 1 user for almost 3 years now until recently switching to the OnePlus 3T, but I always loved my Moto G. It’s been 5 generations of the G series but still I love how amazing the 1st Gen was in terms of design and specs. I wish Moto would have gone to that original design and with swappable back covers.

So being a Moto user for a long time I can say that the price/performance ratio that the G series offers is among the best in that range. A 5.2inch 1080p screen, with 4GB and a 2GHz octa-core processor is way more than average for a budget smartphone. Also having Android 7.0 out of the box means that there could be potential updates to Android O in the future.

Now coming to the smaller brother, the G5, the differences between the two are significant. Everything is lower and slower in the G5 that, to me honestly, going for it instead of the Plus version, is not a wise decision. Sure if you can’t afford the bigger version and want something that works out the box for all the basic needs, then cheaper G5 is amazing. But if you want something more out your device, go for the G5 Plus.

Now for the G4 users.. should you upgrade? No, I don’t think so. Sure there are a few noticeable upgrades but nothing that warrants an upgrade from the previous generation.

One of the difference is that the G5 plus has a smaller display than the G4 plus. This does mean a sharper display but I really like the 5.5inch size. Of course it has a better CPU and GPU but the same memory. I like that there’s no16GB version and the base version is 32GB.

Another difference is the camera. The G5 plus is a 12MP whereas the G4 plus is 16MP, but the former has a bigger sensor which means better quality photos. Motorola claims it is the ‘most advanced in class’ camera but only testing it would tell. But the one thing that I am really, really happy about is that the G5 plus can now record videos in 4K. I don’t see many budget smartphones recording in 4K but this is great news. I really wish Moto could have squeezed in 1080p@60fps, but 4K would do for now.

These are the only major differences between the two that would actually warrant an upgrade. But I would say to wait for the 6th gen or if you can afford a costlier phone then wait around till June probably for the next iteration of OnePlus.

For new buyers, the Moto G5 plus packs too much for very little. If that’s your budget and want a device with good experience and specs then go for the plus version. It really won’t disappoint. This is coming from a happy and satisfied Moto G 1st Gen user.

The Moto G5 Plus will be available in India on 15th of March only on Flipkart.

Featured Image Credits: Motorola

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