Motorola Moto G5
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Motorola Moto G5 Review
The 3-Minute Motorola Moto G5 Review
A Budget Phone with Decent Features
By Graeme Messina | March 8, 2018
Features & Design: 3/5 ● Performance: 3/5 ● Value: 3/5 ● Battery: 3/5
The Moto G series was always intended as a budget offering that performed incredibly well in its price bracket, and this generation is no different in many respects. It has fast charging capabilities as well, which is a plus, and the overall design fits in well as a successor to this popular product line.
Cheaper phones have emerged in recent years with similar specs in recent years, especially from the likes of Xiaomi. The end result is a cheaper phone with less than impressive specifications, like a battery that will require daily charging for all but the most lenient of users.
Is it for you?
This could be the right phone for you if you are looking for an entry level device with a decent set of value features that won’t overwhelm the less technically oriented among us. How it fits in with your requirements will depend on just how much you need a high quality camera or a fast CPU. If those are big priorities then you might not be a fan.
Meet the Motorola Moto G5
The original premise behind the Motorola G series was that the product line was reasonably priced and feature rich for that segment of the market. Fast forward to the 5th iteration of this product and we can see that the competition has caught up in many ways, and exceeded the Motorola. There is nothing wrong with this phone, it just doesn’t wow consumers as it did in the past.
What we like
There are still plenty of positives to take into consideration with the Motorola G5 though. It features Android 7.0, a Finger print Reader, an Octa Core 1.4 GHZ CPU, 32Gb Storage (28GB User) 2GB Ram, and support for micro SD up to 128GB
The phone’s tech specs are therefore more or less in line with an entry level phone, and the fingerprint sensor is a nice touch. The phone has a solid feel overall, considering that it isn’t an all metal or glass model.
The inclusion of Android 7.0 is a nice touch as well, giving the impression of a modern Android smartphone.
What we don’t like
Unfortunately for Motorola, the smartphone market has become even more competitive in recent years, thanks to the Asian market and its much more cost effective approach to phone manufacturing and marketing. It is getting more difficult for established brands to stay in business with such competitive alternative brands out there, making it difficult for some to justify the, although minimal, extra spend on this unit. Daily charging will also be necessary as the battery is not fantastic, but it is enough for most users.
Should you buy it?
This phones desirability will largely depend on what you are looking for in an entry level phone. The design is robust, and the included fingerprint sensor is also nice, but I’m sure that users would have preferred an additional 2GB of RAM, or a higher clocked CPU if there was a choice between that and a fingerprint scanner. Performance is after all the cornerstone of any decent smartphone, entry level or not. Motorola fans will enjoy this unit, but those looking for better performance for similar pricing might want to look elsewhere.
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- The Motorola Moto G5 is manufactured by Motorola and was added in February 2017 in the Smartphones section
- This product has a rating of 3.0 out of 5
- The best price of the Motorola Moto G5 in Canada is $182.99 at PC-Canada
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
- You can find this product at PC-Canada, SoftwareCity