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Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Motorola's new Moto G5 Plus is easily the best affordable smartphone out there right now. It features the same great camera as the Galaxy S7 and its octa-core 2GHz processor paired with Android 7.0 Nougat make it a slick performer. It's a bit dull on the design front and the US model doesn't include NFC for some reason, but when you can pick one up for a mere $185 (with lockscreen ads through Amazon Prime), one can hardly complain.

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Pros
  • Solid performance
  • Flagship-grade camera
  • Decent battery life
  • Highly affordable
Cons
  • No Moto Maker customization
  • No NFC in US model
  • Low-power display
84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score
 
80
Tech Advisor
Overall we're really impressed by the design of the Moto G5 Plus and the specs are good considering the price tag, but we'd still consider opting for the G5 instead. It's a whole £80 cheaper and we’re not sure the extra power and improved camera are worth that extra cash.
 
80
Expert Reviews
If you’re a keen photographer, there’s nothing else that comes close to it at the price, but if you’re after something more practical, there are better handsets out there.
 
80
Android Police
For a bit over $200, you can have a very capable phone that works anywhere. I can't think of another phone in this price range you should get instead of the G5 Plus.
 
80
PC Mag
The Moto G5 Plus sets a new standard for affordable unlocked phones with a premium build, solid specs, smooth performance, and bloatware-free Android software.
 
80
Android Central
Things could have gone either way for the Motorola brand under Lenovo, but it seems that the Moto G line has maintained what made it great in the first place: excellent hardware coupled with simple, unencumbered software, and a price tag that screams value.
 
80
Ars Technica
At $229, the G5 is still a great budget Android phone. But these days that’s just as much about the total lack of credible competition in the space as it is about the G5 itself.
 
80
TechRadar
Refreshed from top to bottom, the Moto G5 Plus has redefined itself and it didn't even have to. The premium build, competent specs and low price will suit deal-seekers and phone enthusiasts alike.
 
80
The Verge
The Moto G5 Plus is simply an outstanding phone for the money. It’s cheap, comes without monthly installments or commitments, and you can take it anywhere. ... though the Moto G5 Plus is by no means the best smartphone available today, it’s hard to find a better one at this price.
 
80
NDTV Gadgets
If you are looking for a new budget-friendly smartphone, the Moto G5 Plus ticks most of the boxes.
 
100
ZDNet
The Moto G5 Plus sold me on affordable phones and after all of these new phones are tried and tested, I may just be back to using it as my daily driver.

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