High quality for all’ is Lenovo’s brand-new motto for its G5 phones, the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, which aim to
give the build good quality and feel of a flagship unit at highly non-flagship price ranges.That’s particularly true of
the G5, which offers you a metal body,quick charging, and fingerprint sensor handles – all at a sub-£200 price tag.
Design and style is just where the Moto G5 has seen the most significant overhaul
from its predecessor. The mobile phone features an aluminium
body – instead of the G4’s plastic material – which signifies it
immediately feels like a much more expensive mobile phone than it is.
The 5in screen stretches most of the way to the edges of
the body, even though there’s still a lot of bezel at the top and bottom .
Providing that sort of style and build quality at less than £200 comes at a price, of course,and the Moto G5’s
internal specs are where it lives down to its selling price.
It’s run by a Snapdragon 430 with a 1.4GHz eight-core CPU and 450MHz Adreno 505 GPU.Our review unit
arrived with 3GB RAM,although you can also get it with 2GB.
With just a £10 price difference, we’d discover it hard not to highly recommend opting for the higher-spec version.
All of us were stunned to see a little worse ratings than from
2016’s G4, likely simply because it runs the more recent – but less powerful – Snapdragon 430, compared to the G4’s
Snapdragon 617. Even a much better GPU and more RAM weren’t enough to make up for the CPU gap.
However, in day-to-day use the G5 does not feel slow,and it should be more than enough for average usage,
such as streaming video and light-weight gaming. The G5 never feels like it’s under performing.
The 5in display is full 1080p and 441ppi, with clean,bright colours,even though it has no Gorilla Glass protection.
Below that you’ll find the finger-print sensor, which doubles up as a substitute for Android’s on-screen
buttons,through some clever swipe controls.
There is a 2,800mAh battery, which should deliver a full day’s use fairly comfortably.The most we managed
to wear it down to was 20% after 16 hours of usage, including quite a few heavy camera and internet
use – you can trust the G5 to last the day time, but you will
want to charge it every night.
The item comes packaged with a 10W Micro-USB rapid
battery charger, which is capable to provide a couple of hours of battery
life after just 15 mins or so of charging – as long as the
battery is low to begin with. It also supports Turbo-Power
charging, which can provide 6 hours of battery in the same
time, though you’ll have to purchase the charger separately.
There is as well 2.4- and 5GHz Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 and a water-repellent covering. One huge omission is NFC,
so you will not be able to use Android Pay or its variation.
You do get a 3.5mm headphone jack port.
The Moto G5 arrives loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat,and runs a
version that’s close to stock options, with a couple of Moto experiences
added on .What this usually means is that if you’re looking for something not far from the real
Android experience, but don’t want to splash out on the Google Pixel, the Moto G5 could be a great option.
It’s also one of the first mobile phones included in the search giant’s fresh expansion of its Google Assistant services,
in the past limited to only a handful of models,though it wasn’t on the G5 at launch. Eventually, you can probably
expect the new AI helper to be all-pervasive across Android, but for now this will be one of the most affordable
ways to get your hands on it.
Moto G5 Specifications:
5.85in (1080×920, 441ppi) touchscreen
Android 7.0 Nougat
1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core chip
Adreno 505 graphics
2- or 3GB RAM
13Mp main camera, lED flash, support for 1080p
video at 30fps
5Mp front camera
802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4- and 5GHz)
2,800mAh removable battery
Micro-USB rapid charging
MicroSD support up to 128GB
There is tough competition in Android’s mid-range market place,but the Moto G5 is a powerful contender.The build quality
alone feels like it belongs on a much more costly mobile phone, while the fingerprint gesture controls genuinely
enhance the Android experience. The benchmarks and battery hold it back, but they are not unreasonable given
the price – and you will not find a much better-looking phone at £169. You might possibly would like to spend the extra
to get the Moto G5 Plus with more storage space,a better camera and even more.