The G force

The G5 Plus brings a new look to the Moto series.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - By SHARMILA NAIR bytz@thes­tar.com.my

THIS is my first time us­ing a Moto de­vice, so ev­ery­thing is a new and yet fa­mil­iar ex­pe­ri­ence to me.

New in the sense that I have noth­ing to com­pare it with yet fa­mil­iar be­cause it is an An­droid phone, so tran­si­tion­ing to it from my cur­rent phone didn’t ex­actly re­quire knowl­edge of rocket sci­ence.

The Moto G5 Plus fits com­fort­ably in my palm and there are many things you can do with the phone us­ing just one hand.

For ex­am­ple, you can shake the de­vice twice to ac­ti­vate the cam­era func­tion, or do the “karate chop” mo­tion twice to launch the torch­light – some­thing that’s fun to do and works ev­ery time.

Since it’s so tac­tile, it is good to note that the phone pro­vides am­ple grip even with­out a pro­tec­tive cas­ing, so that min­imises the chances of slip­page.

The power and vol­ume but­tons are lined up on the right side but left handed users can still reach these but­tons eas­ily and use them com­fort­ably. The dual nano SIM and mi­croSD card slot is lo­cated on the top of the de­vice, while the mi­cro USB port and 3.5mm jack are on its bot­tom.

Look and feel

The G5 Plus is the first in the series to ditch the plas­tic body and comes with a sleek alu­minium cas­ing sim­i­lar to the premium Moto Z series. Its “di­a­mond“bead-blasted” cut” and fin­ish cap­tures no vis­i­ble fin­ger­print marks on the back of the phone.

It has a 5.2in Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pix­els) screen, which trans­lates into a vivid and vi­brant dis­play. It is a treat to watch videos, and the G5 Plus sup­ports 4K con­tent. The au­dio how­ever is be­low av­er­age, but it isn’t any­thing that can­not be fixed with a good set of head­phones. Un­like the square fin­ger­print read­pre­de­ces­sor, er sported by its the G4 Plus, the up­dated smart­phone has a rec­tan­gu­lar scan­ner that cap­tures up to five fin­ger­prints.

Users can utilise the One But­ton Nav fea­ture in the Moto app to turn the fin­ger­print sen­sor into a mini touch­pad – one tap to get to the home screen, a right swipe to see re­cent apps, left swipe to go back, long press to lock the phone, and tap and hold to sum­mon Google As­sis­tant.

It might take a lit­tle get­ting used to but on-screen nav­i­ga­tion key op­tions are avail­able if you’d rather see the com­mands.

In­side track

The smart­phone has a 3,000mAh bat­tery with a mi­cro USB con­nec­tor. With min­i­mal us­age – to me that’s just Spo­tify to and from work, and lots of In­sta­gram and Face­book scrollings – the bat­tery lasts for over a day.

Quick charg­ing is pos­si­ble with the Turbo Power charger that comes with the phone, and with just 10-15 min­utes of charg­ing, the phone can be used for up to five or six hours.

You can also turn on the Bat­tery Saver mode that re­duces the de­vice’s per­for­mance and lim­its vi­bra­tion, lo­ca­tion ser­vices and most back­ground data. This mode is au­to­mat­i­cally turned off when the phone is charg­ing.

The G5 Plus also packs a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 625 pro­ces­sor with 2.0 GHz octa-core CPU and 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU. This is a ma­jor deal con­sid­er­ing that some phones with price tags of RM1,800 and above in the mar­ket also run on the same pro­ces­sor. The phone also has a 4GB RAM and 32GB in­ter­nal stor­age that is ex­pand­able up to 128GB with a mi­croSD card.

Snap happy

Ex­pect good and sharp pho­to­graphs us­ing the 12-megapixel rear cam­era, though this is a down­grade from the 16-megapixel sen­sor in the G4 Plus. How­ever, with a wider f/1.7 aper­ture, low light shoot­ing doesn’t bring grainy re­sults, so that’s a plus.

The 5-megapixel front cam­era takes de­cent self­ies, the re­sults of which can be ad­justed us­ing the now ubiq­ui­tous beau­ti­fi­ca­tion mode.

In the cam­era modes menu, users can choose to record stan­dard or slow-mo videos, as well as use the panorama mode. There is the pro­fes­sional mode for those who want to take their photo tak­ing skills up a notch, and you can make quite a dif­fer­ence to your pho­to­graphs us­ing the white bal­ance, ISO level, ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion ad­just­ments and more.

Con­clu­sion

The Moto G5 Plus is a re­li­able midrange phone, with a good bat­tery life and de­cent rear cam­era.

It has an RM1,299 price tag, which is an added plus point for those look­ing for de­cent specs, solid per­for­mance and af­ford­abil­ity in an An­droid phone.

The G5 Plus comes in Lu­nar Gray and Fine Gold.

The G5 Plus comes with a sleek alu­minium cas­ing, sim­i­lar to the premium Moto Z series.

Its ‘di­a­mond-cut’ and ‘bead­blasted’ fin­ish cap­tures no vis­i­ble fin­ger­print marks on the back of the phone. — Len­ovo

Ex­pect sharp pho­to­graphs us­ing the 12-megapixel rear cam­era, though this is a down­grade from the 16-megapixel sen­sor in the G4 Plus. — Pho­tos: SA­MUEL ONG/The Star

The G5 Plus’ cam­era comes with a wider f/1.7 aper­ture to help in low light shoot­ing.

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