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