Moto G5 review: The best budget phone you can get right now

Back in 2013, Motorola announced the Moto G smartphone, the first generation of the company’s G series. The device quickly gained popularity among users and tech experts worldwide, mainly thanks to its impressive performance and lower price tag. The G lineup of smartphone went through several versions. In March 2017, Lenovo (the new owner of Motorola) introduced the fifth generation Moto G smartphone, called Moto G5, a true successor to the 2016 phone.

The Moto G5 ranks among best budget smartphones you can get right now on the market. With the G5, Lenovo has decided to move away from the boring and plastic back, and instead adopts a premium and metallic design that help the device stand in line with top-tier smartphones out there, like Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8. However, we have seen a downgrade in both internal hardware and screen, so will the G5 be a good upgrade to people using the Moto G4? Let’s try to find out.

  1. Design and display

The G5 marks the first time of Motorola using metallic frame on its smartphones, which has been widely welcome since the launch day. The design of Moto G5 is not something that sparks your eyes the first time you see it, but it looks pretty good and impressive, something you never expect to find in a budget smartphone.

The addition of the metallic back offers premium look and a comfortable hands-on experience. There is a microSD card slot for further expansion and a micro USB port at the bottom edge of the device. On the right side of the phone, you will find a volume rocket and a home button, while the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack is located at the top. There is a selfie camera and a speaker on the front side of the phone, while the fingerprint scanner stays at the bottom.

When it comes to display, the Moto G5 sports a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. With Moto G5, Lenovo continues to use a LCD panel, instead of adopting OLED panel. However, this time, the display is much brighter and sharper than that of 2016 phone.

  1. Android 7.0 Nougat

The Moto G5 runs the stock Android 7.0 Nougat at launch, thereby offering smooth and faster performance. However, that doesn’t mean that the G5 lacks exciting features. With the Moto G5, Lenovo has finally brought back Google’s suite of apps, with Google Chrome, Google Photos, Gmail, and more. This is a long-awaited feature to the Moto G series, as it eliminates the need to download apps from the Google Play Store.

The stock Android 7.0 Nougat offers impressive performance ranging from playing video games to watching YouTube videos. The Android 7.0 Nougat brings support for Google Assistant, one of the best personal assistants out there. With Google Assistant, you can quickly get weather forecasts, sport scores, do online shopping, and much more.

The Moto G5 also has its own exciting things. One such thing is “One-button nav”. Basically, the feature allows you to use the fingerprint sensor to navigate on your phone’s screen, without the need for navigation buttons. Besides, there are also a variety of quick actions like swipe to shrink screen, twist for quick capture, and more.

  1. Performance and Camera

The Moto G5 is powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset under the hood, a slight downgrade when compared to the last year’s model. The 430 chip can handle the most basic of tasks, like browsing the web, typing text messages, and watching high-res videos. The G5 features an Adreno 505 GPU for graphics performance. Basically, the Moto G5 offers a good performance when handling heavy graphics games like Asphalt 8 or Modern Combat 5: Blackout.

When it comes to cameras, the Moto G5 features a 13MP rear shooter on the back, but lacks the dual-LED flash. The device’s camera offers good performance even in low-light conditions. However, keep in mind that Moto G5 is a mid-range phone, so if you are look for a smartphone with advanced camera features, look for it elsewhere. The Moto G5 offers the most basic of camera features, including automatic HDR, professional mode, slow motion, and panorama. Besides, there is also support for 1080p video recording. The front-facing camera has a wide-angle lens for better selfies.

The Moto G5 is a great budget phone on the market. The phone offers good performance for a £170 price tag. If you are looking for a cheap phone with metal body and fingerprint scanner, the G5 should be your choice.

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What do you think of the Moto G5? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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