Moto G5 First Look Review

Moto G has been very popular since the first time it was launched back in 2013. It is indeed not the phone with the best features or the most advanced technologies. But it successfully stole everyone’s heart thanks to its great performance despite of its affordable price. Even though it has some obvious shortcomings like plastic parts that get easily scratched, it is still a good deal thanks to the low price and simple capinhas Moto G can solve that problem easily.

This year, Lenovo and Motorola strikes again by launching the newest model in Moto G series, the Moto G5. The company claims that Moto G5 will have all the best things that the older models fail to offer. And the good news is, the price will still be very affordable just like usual. Let’s find out what the new Android phone can offer us.


· 1,4 GHz octa-core processor with 2 GB RAM

· 16 GB storage, support microSD up to 128 GB

· Android 7.0 Nougat

· 2800 mAh removable battery

· 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera

· 5-inch 1080p display

Main Features

The cameras are pretty nice with 13 MP on the rear and 5 MP on the front. Moto G5’s cameras have decent performance that will work well for day to day usage, the response time is pretty quick and the HDR mode is not disappointing. But in the same time, there is nothing very special about the camera features and it is pretty much the same with Moto G4.

When it comes to performance, we definitely expect something better than G4 last year. Unfortunately, G5’s can actually be considered a downgrade compared to G4. While G5 has Snapdragon 430, G4 comes with Snapdragon 617. But it is not entirely a bad thing, though. While Moto G4 has higher clock, G5’s has newer graphic processor. It means, while power productivity is better in Moto G4, Moto G5 is the real winner if you want to use the phone to play games.


With 5-inch screen, Moto G5 is smaller compared to its predecessor Moto G4. It means, this phone will appeal more to those who love compact phone that fits perfectly on your hand and pocket.

One of the best things about G5 in terms of design is the addition of metal and chrome bits. It is definitely a great feature that will make the phone ten times more elegant and expensive.

However, compared to some of its other competitors in the similar price range, the metal part is still very little and plastic domination makes the phone looks a little bit fragile, even though it is actually very sturdy thanks to its slashproof coating. Still, to be safe, it is better to use capas Moto G5 to protect the phone from nicks and scratches.

Comparison with G5 Plus

Just like G4 last year, Moto G5 also will be sold in two variants—the regular G5 and the more expensive G5 Plus. Designwise, Moto G5 and G5 Plus both come with metal and chrome accents that give more premium feeling to the cheap phone. However, G5 Plus’ screen is slightly bigger with 5.2”. So, if you think G5’s 5” is too small but G4’s 5.5” is too bulky, Moto G5 Plus can be a middle ground.

When it comes to specification, Moto G5 plus of course triumphs. While Moto G5 comes with a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, which is funny decision from Motorola considering Moto G4 even has something better, G5 Plus has 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core, which is much faster than what G5 has.

Furthermore, while G5 solely comes with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of storage, customers have more option when it comes to G5 Plus. Besides the 2GB RAM, customers can also opt for the one with 4 GB RAM and the storage is more spacious with either 32 GB or 64 GB.


It is not necessarily an improvement compared to the previous G4, especially because G4 has better processor. But there are some features where Moto G5 clearly wins, for example the fast charging technology Motorola equips to both the new G5 and G5 plus. But overall, Moto G5 absolutely has great value over money, just like usual, and it is one of the best affordable new Android phone you can buy nowadays.

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