This phone is everything One Fusion + should be – Motorola Moto G 5G Plus review

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to participate in the presentation of a new phone – Motorola G series. However, it was not a successor to the G8, but a completely different model, presented a bit “next to” the G series. Why? You will find out about it in the course of the review, but now it is important not to compare it, for example, with Moto G8 Plus, because they are completely different devices from other price ranges. The presentation of the new phone seriously Moto was, as befits Motorola, very polished, but it could not help but feel that we had already seen everything that was said on it. 48 Mpix camera? He was. 90 Hz screen? He was. Snapdragon 765G? Zieeew. So I thought it would be a test like any other and the Motorola G 5G Plus would not impress me with anything.

Oh boi, I was wrong.

But let’s start from the beginning.

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus – technical specification

  • 6.7 inch LCD display, 1080 x 2520 px, 60 Hz, 409 ppi, HDR 10,
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620,
  • 4 (not available in Poland) / 6 GB RAM,
  • 64 GB (not available in Poland) / 128 GB of built-in UFS 2.1 memory,
  • dualSIM, microSD card slot,
  • Android 10 z My UX
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, LTEPP, SUPL, NFC,
  • USB-C, minijack socket,
  • rear cameras: 48 MPix, f / 1.7, PDAF (main), 8 MPix, f / 2.2, 118˚ (wide angle), 5 MPix, f / 2.2, Autofocus (macro), 2 MPix, f / 2.2 (detection depth)
  • front cameras: 16 MPix, f / 2.0, HDR (main), 8 MPix f / 2.2 (wide angle),
  • 5000 mAh battery, 20 W charging,
  • dimensions: 168.00 x 74.00 x 9.00 mm
  • waga: 207.00 g
  • price: PLN 1899

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus – appearance and first impressions

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Motorola, paradoxically, started his adventure with me from a large downside related to the name. Motorla Moto G 5G Plus is NOT a good name for a product, so let me just refer to it as “Motorola” for the rest of the review. The second issue was the dimensions of the smartphone. The 7-inch diagonal smartphone is slightly smaller than the Nubia Red Magic, and still weighs more than 200 g. Here, however, the first advantage appears – a slim design that makes the grip secure and despite its large size, I never had the impression that Motorola was somewhere I will slip out and fall out. Even if it did, I wouldn’t have to worry too much about the condition of the phone. Firstly, because only the front of Motorola is made of glass – all the rest is made of high-gloss plastic with an interesting texture “sunk” under a transparent layer. It gives a very interesting and eye-pleasing effect, and is also not sensitive to greasy fingers. The second reason is that the company adds a transparent protective case for free. If you decide to use it, I would just like to point out that even after you put it on, the camera island slightly sticks out and may get scratched.

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If we look closely at the phone, we will notice a few details. First of all, instead of on the back or under the screen, the fingerprint reader is on the side. The more I test phones with this solution, the more I come to the conclusion that it does not suit me, and no matter how good the sensor itself is, it will not be comfortable for me. This one works here…. just okay. He sometimes fails to guess that I am actually me, and Motorola itself has the software set up to require a PIN code quite often. So I often end up typing it anyway, well, since we’re at the screen, I have to admit that the one used in Motorola is really good. The bright LCD matrix, with very good contrast and 90 Hz refresh rate, made me miss even for a moment that OLED was not tempted here. Even more during the use, I was disturbed by two holes in the front for selfie cameras. Here Motorola could learn from the Huaweia P40 how to make it nice and aesthetic. The last touch (of course, a positive one) is the minijack socket.

In general, I must admit that the phone visually hits the notes that suit me personally. It does not try to pretend that it is made of better materials than in reality, the plastic itself is solid, and I cannot fault the quality of workmanship.

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus – action

When we start Motorola, the first thing that catches the eye is that we are practically dealing with pure Android. Of course, Motorola made some minimal fixes that were collected under the name of MyUX. So there are motogests or settings that allow you to customize the appearance of the interface and basically … everything. Most of the apps are default versions from Google, no bloatware, just enjoy. However, there is one thing that annoys me a bit – with such a large device, it is worth trying a slightly denser grid of icons than 5 × 6, because the amount of space wasted this way hurts me every time I raise the phone to my eyes. In addition, it is really hard to fault Motorola’s operation. The 765G is very good at 90 frames, the phone really rarely has a situation in which it loses any animation frame, and it does not think longer. The smartphone did not get warm even once while playing or benchmarks, and synthetic tests show that throttling is under control. The only time I started to worry a bit about the device was while it was charging. The phone can easily stay away from the socket for 2 days, but when it is connected to it, it can get unpleasantly warm very quickly.

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During the entire test period, I also did not notice any problems with connecting to the network, be it 4 or 5G, as well as with calls or bluetooth connectivity.

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus – cameras

What was paid special attention to at the conference were 4 cameras arranged in a slightly “iPhone” style. And I am not surprised, because the cameras turned out to be a very strong point of Motorola. Maybe not so much cameras, but software that the company has created to manage them. It does a lot when it comes to the quality of photos. You can see it well when we want to preview the photo we just took. For a moment we see the “original” photo, and a moment later we see the photo “curled” by the system. And in 90 percent. cases, it is this “tweak” that makes the photo good in the end. However, you can see for yourself. This is what photos from the main camera look like:

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As you can see, even with HDR on, the camera has problems with correcting the X-rays and extracting details from the shadows – I hope this will be corrected in one of the updates. When it comes to the camera, one cannot fail to mention the “spot color” – it is, it works and it is fun to play with.

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In addition, we also have a wide angle on board, which is good at keeping the same color tone as the photos from the main camera. Unfortunately, the stretching effect at the edges was not avoided here.

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However, the portrait mode should be praised for good performance, as it cuts the edges off accurately and quickly (I don’t know why Motorola calls such photos notoriously “artistic, if something has a cut off background, it is art?)

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When it comes to movies, Motorola is able to record in 4K 30 FPS or 1080p 60 FPS. I don’t know about you, but for me these films have a slightly soft finish.

Slow motion is a nice, but not very useful addition.

I was curious to see how the phone would perform at night. And here I came to quite interesting conclusions.

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Here you can clearly see the importance of software that combines 4 pixels into one in pixel bidding technology. In dark scenery, when it tries to get as much light as possible from the frame, the soft often has to “guess” what the scene should look like. Therefore, while at night you can actually take a good photo with Motorola, all photos show distortions of how this scene looked in reality. At this price – a small inconvenience. Bonusowo – Motorola encouraged me to play with the manual mode with long exposure time. I took the phone to a place where it’s completely dark and here is the result of a half-minute exposure. He did not knock me down on my knees.

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So now that we’ve played with the cameras on the back, it’s time to move forward. Here we have two cameras, the effects of which are also tweaked by the system. As a result, we get quite good-looking selfies, both ordinary …

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… and wide-angle. Although when I see this difference in color tone, I have flashbacks from the realme X50 Pro.

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Motorola Moto G 5G Plus – summary

The Motorola Moto G 5G was initially considered to be “another” phone, but I have to admit that during the time I spent with it I was charmed by one thing – it was a phone that I could rely on. If smartphones in the world were an army, then the “skein” would be one of the most trusted soldiers who does not stand out above others with agility, speed, strength or accuracy, but which you can be sure that he will perform every task entrusted to him. Yes – it has its drawbacks, but they are so small or concern such insignificant issues that a large proportion of people probably won’t even ask. If we add the price – less than PLN 1,900 – we have a phone that the whole world could be delighted with on a par with OnePlus Nord.

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Advantages:

+ good, bright, 90Hz screen

+ minimal Motorola interference with the software

+ minijack slot and expansion for SD cards

+ elegant design

+ durable battery

+ brak throttlingu

+ nice photos from the main camera and selfie

+ NFC (finally) and 5G

Disadvantages

– the name as if a cat ran over the keyboard

– fingerprint reader on the side

– can heat up while charging

– the quality of the photo depends on the whim of the software

– (for some) size and weight

Price: PLN 1899

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