MOTO G5

THE PRE­MIUM PHONE WITH THE DISTINCINTLY NON-PRE­MIUM PRICE TAG IS BET­TER THAN EVER

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From $299, mo­torola.com.au, G5 and G5 Plus out now

The Moto G fam­ily has grown up for 2017. Mo­torola is fi­nally de­sign­ing its top-ranked bud­get phone with a metal chas­sis (al­beit with rub­ber top and bot­tom; it’s not a uni­body), giv­ing the G5 (and big­ger G5 Plus) the looks to match its per­for­mance.

You’ll for­get this is an in­ex­pen­sive de­vice (prices start at $299 for the G5 and $399 for the G5 Plus) when you find out what’s in­side that up­dated frame. We’re talk­ing brand new soft­ware courtesy of An­droid 7.0, along with Google As­sis­tant (so you can do things like send mes­sages by tap­ping the home but­ton). There’s also a fin­ger­print sen­sor on the front, which, clev­erly, also serves as the nav­i­ga­tion bar: tap the sen­sor for home, swipe left to go back, and

WE LIKE

Bat­tery life – well, who doesn’t? Mo­torola has fo­cused its ef­forts on get­ting the max­i­mum juice from its hand­sets. Un­der­stand­ably, this isn’t one of the most ex­cit­ing of fea­tures to start a dance about, but ap­par­ently, ac­cord­ing to Mo­torola, peo­ple tend to buy phones that go for longer, so this is what you get. swipe right to view your re­cently used apps.

The Moto G5 has a bud­get-friendly Qual­comm Snap­dragon 430 chipset. The 1.4GHz octa-core pro­ces­sor is fast enough for most tasks, but it’s not as pow­er­ful as the Moto G5 Plus which rocks a Snap­dragon 650 2GHz chip. The G5 comes with 16GB of stor­age, while the Plus of­fers 32GB.

Around the back, the G5 fea­tures a 13MP cam­era with f/2.0 aper­ture and phase de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus, while the G5 Plus gets a 12MP snap­per with f/1.7; it’s a drop in pix­els, but the wider aper­ture, along with 4K (30fps) video record­ing should com­pen­sate.

If you want re­fined de­sign and top all-round abil­i­ties at a low price, the G5 could surely be your next phone.

WE DON’T LIKE

This is still a bud­get phone, so you have to ex­pect some com­pro­mises along the way. The most ob­vi­ous of th­ese is the lack of a USB-C con­nec­tor. In­stead you get a mi­croUSB con­nec­tor; not the end of the world, but when ev­ery­one is mov­ing to­wards the same stan­dard it feels a lit­tle bit like a cheap move.

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