Geek­bench 4

Android Advisor - - Review -

Per­for­mance Our bench­marks re­turned the re­sults we ex­pected. The in­ter­nals on the G5S Plus are iden­ti­cal to the older G5 Plus, but thank­fully the larger dis­play of the G5S Plus doesn’t af­fect per­for­mance – the re­sults are iden­ti­cal. We’ve com­pared the G5S Plus to the cur­rent Moto G fam­ily of phones (con­fus­ing names and all), along­side the Moto Z2 Play with the Snap­dragon 626 and HTC U11 Life with the 630. The dif­fer­ences are neg­li­gi­ble, and you’re not los­ing out by choos­ing the G5S Plus.

Con­nec­tiv­ity

You get NFC for mo­bile pay­ments via An­droid Pay which is great, plus Blue­tooth 4.2 and ac Wi-Fi

con­nec­tiv­ity. Bat­tery life is also good with the 3,000mAh non-re­mov­able bat­tery which is fast charge com­pat­i­ble with the in­cluded Tur­boCharger. The fin­ger­print sen­sor is also excellent, fast and re­spon­sive. We like that you can lock your phone with a touch of it too, a fea­ture not seen on many other hand­sets.

There’s even a built-in FM ra­dio, some­thing bud­get phones have more of­ten than flag­ships these days.

It’s a slight shame to see the older Mi­cro-USB con­nec­tor on the phone rather than the new USB-C stan­dard, but it’s not a rea­son not to buy the G5S Plus.

Soft­ware

The phone ships with An­droid Nougat 7.1, but given the rel­a­tively un­changed na­ture of Moto’s An­droid skin, it shouldn’t be long be­fore the phone re­ceives an up­date to An­droid Oreo – though this isn’t con­firmed at the time of writ­ing.

The skin over stock An­droid is thought­ful and un­ob­tru­sive. No changes are made un­nec­es­sar­ily un­like with other bud­get man­u­fac­tur­ers like Honor.

You can use the fin­ger­print sen­sor to un­lock and lock the phone, or in set­tings make it a nav­i­ga­tion but­ton to swipe and push to do all sorts of dif­fer­ent ac­tions. It takes some get­ting used to but is good if you want to get rid of the on-screen nav­i­ga­tion but­tons.

Apps sit in the drawer that is a swipe up from the home screen like on Google Pixel phones, while no­ti­fi­ca­tions and set­tings are all fa­mil­iar and nicely un­changed. Using the Moto G5S Plus is a fresh, un­in­ter­rupted An­droid ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ver­dict

The Moto G5S Plus is not only the best Moto G smart­phone ever, it’s the best phone un­der £300 you can buy to­day. Yes, it is slightly more ex­pen­sive than the G5 or the Nokia 5, but what you gain in build qual­ity, pho­tog­ra­phy and per­for­mance are well worth the ex­tra spend.

It costs roughly half what the OnePlus 5T does and you don’t lose an aw­ful lot by spend­ing this much less. It’s also a better buy than the smaller, cheaper but un­der­pow­ered Moto G5S. Henry Bur­rell

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

• 5.5in (1920x1080, 538ppi) IPS LCD ca­pac­i­tive dis­play • An­droid 7.1 Nougat • Qual­comm MSM8953 Snap­dragon 625 pro­ces­sor • Octa-core 2GHz Cor­tex-A53 CPU • Adreno 506 GPU • 3/4GB RAM • 32/64GB stor­age, mi­croSD up to 256GB

• Fin­ger­print scan­ner (rear mounted)

• Dual 13Mp rear-fac­ing cam­eras (f/2.0, aut­o­fo­cus, dual-LED dual-tone flash • 8Mp front-fac­ing cam­era (f/2.0, LED flash) • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi • Blue­tooth 4.2 • A-GPS, GLONASS • Mi­cro-USB 2.0 • Non-re­mov­able lithium-ion 3,000mAh bat­tery • 153.5x76.2x8mm • 168g

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