Motorola Moto G Plus 5th Generation Review, Is It Any Good?

Motorola Moto G Plus 5th Generation

9.1

Durability

8.0/10

Battery Life

9.0/10

Carrier Compatability

10.0/10

Storage

9.5/10

Specs

9.0/10

Pros

  • Turbo charge capability
  • 5.2 inch display
  • Price is great
  • 12 MP Camera/5 MP front
  • Can add SD card

Cons

  • Battery is non-removable
  • Heating issues
  • No LED indicator
  • Loudspeaker isn't great
  • Low-light on camera

HelloMoto! Here’s my Motorola Moto G Plus 5th Generation Review: I recently had a friend break their phone and they asked me, “What’s a really good phone, one that you’d recommend?”. Me being me, I researched in depth until I found the two things everyone wants. A good product and a good price. What did I find, exactly, you ask? The Moto G Plus. Seriously, this phone is solid and cheap.

Product: Moto G Plus 5th Generation Unlocked

 

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon

Compatibility: AT&T, Sprint, TMobile, Verizon

 

From my experience buying on Amazon, the reviews do not lie, so I could confidently recommend it to my friend. When he received it, I got the chance to play around with it. After taking pictures, getting to test out the speed of the apps, and just having plenty of time to fiddle with it, I knew I wanted to make a review for it. I was pretty jealous since I had just bought the LG G6 and paid twice as much. Every phone does have it’s strengths and weakness though. For example, in my opinion, the G6 has a way better camera.

Motorola Moto G Plus 5th Generation Review, Product Overview

This a best-selling cellphone on Amazon, because you seem to get more than you pay for and it’s compatible with any carrier. When I showed my friend this, they were like “Wow this actually isn’t a $1000 phone for once” like so many phones out there. If I could go back, I would definitely get this, it is almost half the price. So, what exactly makes it so good and why is it the number one selling the phone on Amazon?

The Good and The Bad

Just like with anything ever created, it does have it’s pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Decent build quality
  • Turbo charging support
  • Speedy performance
  • Rapid fingerprint sensor

But, perhaps one of the biggest pros I’ve seen and read about, is that the software for the Moto G Plus is amazing. I also like that there aren’t a lot of things preinstalled. Because this is a Motorola phone, not Google or Apple, they aren’t trying to shove their apps down your throat. Well, unless you get the ad version of this phone from Amazon.

Cons:

  • Heating issues
  • No LED indicator
  • Loudspeaker is poor quality
  • Low-light camera performance lacking

The camera isn’t too bad, but the non-removable battery can be hard to deal with if you run your batteries down quickly. No LED indicator is also a bit annoying, but the always-on display feature serves the same purpose, so you should be good there! The loudspeaker on this phone could better, so if this is something you look in a phone, for you might want to look elsewhere. The low-light camera could definitely be better also, but it’s not a deal breaker.

Key Features:

  • 5.2-inch Display
  • 32 GB or 64GB storage
  • 2 GB or 4 GB RAM
  • 2.0 GHz processor
  • Battery 3,000 mAh
  • 12 MP Camera back/5 MP Front
  • Can add SDCard
  • Non-removable battery
  • Comes in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold

I want to touch on my LG G6’s key features as well to kind of give you an idea to what this phone brings to the table against my phone that was almost two times the price.

LG G6 Key Features:

  • 5.7-inch Display
  • Only 32 GB storage
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2.35 GHz processor
  • 3,300 mAh
  • 12 MP Camera back/5 MP Front

Okay so the LG G6 is double the price of the Moto G Plus. At this point, I am pretty mad at myself for not reviewing other phones and just buying out of haste. Wow. Just wow me..do not be me.

 

Key Features in Depth

5.2 inches of display is pretty average. This one is mainly preference. Some people want smaller screen sizes for easy navigation and others want larger screen sizes for pictures, videos, and social media.

If you are deciding on 32 or 64 GB of storage then consider this:

  • Do I take a ton of pictures?
  • Am I downloading a lot of games?
  • I like to install a lot of content?

If you answer yes to any of these, then 64 GB is your go to. You can use an SD card if you go with the cheaper 32gb and discover that you need more storage later.
The non-removable battery is controversial. Now, the reviews say the battery holds up really great but just be careful not to overcharge your phone. This one’s got a turbocharger, so it’s really easy to do. Turbochargers are still amazing though, you can get to 100% in an hour.

They have 2 color options and I am sure you can find more colors or slap a case over it. Lunar grey or fine gold, does it really matter?

 

Moto G Plus Finishes Solidly

I am glad my friend needed a phone suggestion It really inspired me to write this review and get the good news out there. He previously had an iPhone and was tired of it and wanted to swap over to Android. The Moto G Plus is an incredible steal for anyone out there looking to get a new phone.

I also would suggest checking out the Galaxy S8 as that’s also turning out to be a great phone. My LG G6 is alright but there are a lot of things I would change about it, still a little salty after writing this. If you enjoyed this review, please check out my review on Kaspersky anti-virus! Let me know if you have any questions below or have a Moto G and wish to attest!

 

-Pat

 

 


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10 Comments

    • Furkan,
      Heat issues are a problem with phones when gaming extensively. This phone might not be the best if you are trying to game since the heating is a problem. Thank you.

      -Pat

  1. Awesome! I’ve been considering a Motorola, but haven’t been able to find any thorough reviews of the product, until now. I’m on the phone constantly with work related calls and find my current phones battery is dead by 10 am! Great to know it has a reliable, fast charge. Thanks so much for the info!

    • Motorola’s are really durable phones. I am glad this review helped give you some insight! Yes the battery on these phones with fast charging generally lasts an entire day, as my LG has the same feature.

      -Pat

  2. It’s good that it has a quality fingerprint sensor but I’d be worried about the 3000mAh battery on this phone. I was kinda hoping that the battery was more powerful. Thanks for the review, at least I know now.

    • Yes I agree, but it is only $219 so I could see why the battery wouldn’t be as great of a quality. I believe it makes up for it in other areas, however.

      -Pat

  3. I really love the price point on this phone. I have always been a Samsung guy, but I might have to step out of my comfort zone. One thing you mentioned as a “con” is the low light camera. I find this to be an issue with a lot of other phones as well. I think Samsung may have finally gotten it right, but it’s taken a long time. This phone is a lot less expensive than other brands, so it’s definitely worth a look. I am still not sure about the non-removable battery. Battery life has been an issue for me in the past as well. Do you know if this phone is water resistant? Thanks for your review!

    • Yes lowlights on camera’s can be a bad thing sometimes. However, in a dark room, they can be less harmful to your eyes. Yes, the price is such a steal! Non-removable batteries can be a risk if not treated properly. No, the phone has a nano-coating technologies that keep it safe from spills and small amounts of water. Thanks for reading!

      -Pat

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