Motorola has not been cool for, well, several years now. Still, the company’s Moto G line of phones has become popular among budget users. Moto G5, the latest release, like the previous G4, doesn’t promise delivering anything cutting edge. Rather, Moto G5 stands out as another solid smartphone for budget users.
The Moto G5 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset and either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. GPU is a Qualcomm Adreno 506, not the most recent, but delivers according to the low price. The smartphone comes with 32 GB or 64GB of NAND flash storage, expandable with a microSD card. Battery has a capacity of 3,000 mAh, which is rather standard. Overall, the specs are what you can expect for the price.
Notably, the phone runs on Android 7.0. Some users may be turned off by this, but this older Android version has been patched with the most recent security updates.
The phone is designed with practicality in mind, not fanciness. It’s not ugly, but do not expect the sleekness of the latest iPhones or Samsung phones wither. The phone has a considerably large display. The back plate is aluminum, unlike the rubbery one of the G4. Overall, the phone has a smooth, metallic look that is not too bad or too good either.
The phone comes with a 1080p IPS panel screen. It can render graphics rather sharply and displays color really well. Screen resolution, as expected, is excellent. The backlighting issue of the previous versions have been fixed as well.
This may come as a disappointment to some. The 12MP amera on the G5 is a downgrade from the camera available on the G4. The G5 manages to capture soft images, compared to the rather sharp ones from G4. Overall, the camera works well in lighted conditions. Low-light performance is somewhat subpar, but that is to be expected.
The Moto G5 retails at $229 for the 2GB RAM and 32GB storage version, and $299 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version. Prices for both are quite unbeatable. The specs and the performance is definitely worth it. The $229 phone delivers the best value for the money. Spending $70 more just for storage seems a bit excessive, but that will depend on your usage.
The Moto G5 is an excellent smartphone that budget users can get behind. The smartphone delivers good performance, is well built and has features like a fingerprint reader. While some features, like Android 7 and the downgraded camera, are disappointing, they are still changes budget users can live with. All in all, the Moto G5 is a smartphone well worth considering.