Motorola Moto G5
Design and display
While the design of the Moto G5 is impressive, it’s not going to catch your eye in the way that something like the Samsung Galaxy S8 will.
If we compare it to last year’s Moto G4, which was all plastic and lacked a fingerprint scanner, the forward strides are obvious.
The metallic back looks and feels nice, and the metal panel gives way to a plastic bumper section at the top and bottom, which will be more durable in the event of a fall.
On the bottom edge, you’ll find the micro USB port and a small indent to help you prise the back off to reveal the removable battery, SIM slots, and the microSD card slot (up to 128GB).
There’s a standard 3.5mm headphone port up top and the right spine has a smooth volume rocker with a textured power button below it.
On the glass front, there’s the front-facing camera and speaker at the top, with a Moto logo, and at the bottom there’s the concave fingerprint sensor and microphone.
The display is a 5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It’s sharp, in fact, at 441 pixels per inch, it’s a touch sharper than the display on the Moto G5 Plus. It’s also bright and vibrant and will serve you well for reading, watching videos, or gaming.
If you’re not willing to take a chance on an unfamiliar brand, then the Moto G line remains the best value Android smartphone in town.
There are significant improvements over the Moto G4 in terms of the design, with the shift from plastic to metal. The inclusion of an excellent fingerprint scanner is also very pleasing, as is the rapid charging capability.
However, the Moto G5 has taken a small step back in terms of performance, as battery life and processing power are merely average.
Micro SD Card slot, up to 256GB
Primary camera: 13MP
Secondary camera: 5MP
Height: 144.3 mm
Width: 73 mm
Depth: 9.5 mm
Weight: 145 g