CNET First Look
The Motorola Moto G5 Plus makes it look easyBeing on a budget never looked so good.
[MUSIC] Meet the new king of budget smartphones. The Motorola G5 Plus. For years Motorola's G family of phones have offered a perfect balance of features and costs. The Moto G5 Plus is the newest member to the G family and comes with premium features like Google assistant as close to stock Version of Android 7.0 Nougat, more storage, new Moto gestures, and even 4K video. All this without raising the cost. One of my favorite features on the Moto G5 Plus, is the fingerprint sensor. It's on the front and works just as good as Apple touch ID on the iPhone But Motorola did something really cool, it added a bunch of shortcuts that turned the fingerprint sensor into a mini track pad. You enable this in the Moto app and select one button nav. Now, if you tap on the fingerprint sensor, it brings you home. If you swipe left, it shows you recent apps. If you swipe right, it goes back. And if you long press, you lock the phone. The Moto G5 has a new 12 mega pixel camera, and it takes great photos and focuses fast. Sadly in low light without optical stabilization, some of my shots were a bit blurry. Video on the Moto G5 plus is really nice. There is digital stabilization, and if you want, you can shoot 4K video with pretty good results. Okay Google. Also it has Google Assistant, a peppy octa core processor, four gigabytes of RAM and gets really good battery life. It lasted over 13 hours in our looped video playback test. Remember this is a budget phone and there were a handful of times I was reminded of this though none were deal breakers. The audio out of the G 5 plus speaker is very tinny, there's no NFC in the US version so no Android Pay. The adaptive brightness works get outside but not great indoors but without it on you have trouble seeing the display in sunlight. At the end of the day I really enjoy the Moto G 5 plus, I honestly don't know of a phone that strikes a better balance between features and cost. Really the only question you'll have is what to do with all the money you'll save by.