The Motorola Moto G5 is considered a budget or mid-range killer. I purchased one today at 179 EUR / 220 USD / 11500 PHP, which is not too high. Mostly what you should look for when buying Android phones is how much RAM they come with. You should at least buy one with 2GB of RAM, regardless of the SoC or processor it has. If you get a phone with any less than that, it will be slow, and drag you down, until you eventually throw it out of the window out of frustration. Why is this?
Storage on smartphones is relatively slow. If they can’t keep the apps in the memory, they will basically have to read it from the storage every time, which creates a delay when you’re opening an app. So the Motorola Moto G5 comes with 3GB of RAM, whereas most phones in this price category come with 2GB of RAM. This should be plenty of multi tasking performance at a budget. Which is for me personally a big deal since I manage most things on my smartphone as long as it saves me time and does not distract me.
The SnapDragon 430 won’t give you any surprising performance when it comes to gaming, it will be way too slow if you’re planning to play Plants Vs Zombies 2. It will be enough to use multiple apps at the same time, because we have plenty of memory. You won’t expect any stuttering whatsoever.
However, the SnapDragon 430 SoC does have some limitations, as it’s based on older tech. If you want more or less the newest, you should at least aim for the mid-range Snapdragon 600-series, which is capable of 4K video recording. And that is probably where the Moto G5 Plus or Moto G5s Plus come into play if you’re on a budget. But then you’re coming in the territory of the Moto Z-series.
Battery life wise, we believe you should purchase a phone with a 2750 mAh battery capacity or more. The Motorola Moto G5 has a battery capacity of 2800 mAh, which will be enough for daily usage, just expect to charge it on a daily basis if you don’t want to run out of battery. Surprisingly enough, battery life is way better than my Moto G5s which has nearly exactly the same specifications, except the fact it has a bigger battery. My Moto G5s had tons of issues with battery drain. I haven’t noticed any on my Moto G5, in fact, it’s lasting me 2 days.
The difference may also lie in the fact that the Moto G5 is using Android 7.0 and the Moto G5s is using Android 7.1 right now, indicating, they’re not even being updated equally, despite having nearly identical hardware. However, buying the Moto G5 shouldn’t hold you back as it’s slightly cheaper than it’s newer brother the Moto G5, and also because there is an actual decent developer community behind it. The Moto G5s community development is quite disappointing. Many probably decided it was not worth upgrading their Moto G5 to a Moto G5s, because as I pointed out, it’s the same phone basically
The cream of the pie is the camera. The rear camera has a 2.0 aperture and can capture photo’s at 13MP. The Moto G5’s camera will take slightly better pictures than average, mostly during daytime.
What I really like about it is the front camera, it does however have an aperture of 2.2, which sucks, but its capability to capture wide angles is my favorite. You’ll be able to take selfies in front of buildings, without having to go to far. Trust me, it’s a life saver, let others struggle. On top of that, there are no filters whatsoever, so if you’re coming from a Samsung phone, and you see a freckle don’t freak out. Samsung phones tend to have these beautify filters, which I don’t really like. We’ve got Photoshop, Instagram and Snapchat filters for that.
The only bad thing about the camera is that there is a unbalanced sharpening filter on it, which could create a banding effect in some situations. I notice it sometimes during video calls using Messenger or Whatsapp. But not when taking pictures.
What I hate?
The fact that my phone shipped with mud on the back is just not the most pleasant thing when you open the box. I immediately checked if it was refurbished, but I couldn’t find any traces that is was previously owned. AccuBattery also indicated the battery capacity was still good after a few charges.
I hope Motorola wakes up, and starts updating their smartphones faster. Start today, and not tomorrow. Those 4000 employees that have been fired in Chicago could have been prevented if you would have listened to your community.