Moto G Plus (5th Generation) - Lunar Gray - 64 GB - Unlocked - Prime Exclusive - with Lockscreen Offers & Ads
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- Offers and ads display on the phone’s lockscreen. The latest version of the app disables lockscreen offers and ads
- Fast 4G LTE speed, up to 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.2” full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great
- Enjoy the best of Google Android 7.0 Nougat, including Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and more
- Take brilliant photos with the 12 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card
- The all-day battery includes TurboPower (TM) charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes
- Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad
- The fingerprint sensor instantly unlocks your phone
- Prime members get unlimited access to Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, storage on Prime Photos, deals, and more with a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps
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Carrier friendly. Pure and simple.
Moto G Plus is unlocked and carrier friendly, so you can swap between any major U.S. carrier any time you choose.
All Metal Design
Fall for those stunning good looks. Love the smooth feel in your hand. Notice that precision craftsmanship. And count on the durability, day after day. The new Moto G Plus comes with a high-grade aluminum finish that’s been diamond cut and bead-blasted to perfection.
Dual Autofocus Pixels
Moto G Plus is the first camera in its class with Dual Autofocus Pixels. Utilizing 10 times more pixels on the sensor, the camera is able to lock onto your subject up to 60% faster than the previous generation Moto G Plus. Fewer missed shots, more stunning photos.
Turbo Power Charging
Power up without slowing down. The included TurboPower charger gives your Moto G Plus up to 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.*
*Certain features, functionality and product specifications may be network dependent and subject to additional terms, conditions, and charges. All are subject to change without notice.
Fast octa-core processor
Moto G Plus gives you a blazing-fast 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, powerful graphics capabilities, and support for 4G LTE. So you can run apps smoothly without slowing down. Enjoy stutter-free playback of your favorite games and videos. And browse the web or stream music at lightning-fast speed.
Finger Print Reader
Touch and go. Never mind remembering your passcode. Just use the fingerprint reader to unlock your phone and wake it up instantly. Touch the reader again to lock it back up.
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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|Display||5.2” Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080), 424 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3||5.5" Full HD display, 1080p, 401ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3||5.5” HD (1280x720),267ppi, GFF, 2.5D cover Glass||5” HD 720p (1280x720), Up to 16 million colors, Lenovo Screen , 2.5D cover glass||5.2” FHD (1080×1920), 424 PPI, LTPS IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass||5.5” AMOLED, 1440p Quad HD (2560 x 1440), 535 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Android Version||Android 7.0, Nougat||Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow||Android 7.1, Nougat||Android 7.1, Nougat||Android 7.1, Nougat||Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow|
|Processor / GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 2.0 GHz octa-core CPU and 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952) 1.5 GHz octa-core CPU, Adreno 405 with 550 MHz GPU||Quad-core 1.4 GHz , Qualcomm Snapdragon 427||Quad-core 1.4 GHz , Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, or, Quad-core 1.4 GHz , Qualcomm Snapdragon 427||Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 2.2 GHz Octa-core CPU and 650 MHz Adreno 508 GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 1.8 GHz Quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU Natural Language Processor, Contextual Computing Processor|
|Battery Capacity / Charging||All-day battery (3000 mAh) / TurboPower for up to 6 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging||All-day battery (3000 mAh) / TurboPower for up to 6 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging||5000 mAh / Embedded / 10W rapid charger||2800 mAh / Removable / 5W/10W rapid charger||All-day battery / 3000mAh, Non-removable||Mixed usage up to 30 hours (2600 mAh) / TurboPower for up to 8 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging|
|Size / Weight||150.2 mm x 74.0 mm x 7.7-9.7 mm / 155g||53 mm x 76.6 mm x 7.9-9.8 mm / 155g||155 mm x 77.5 mm x 9.55 mm / 181g||144.5 mm x 72 mm x 9.3 mm / 150g||148.35 mm x 73.4mm x 7.99 mm / 163g||153.3 mm x 75.3 mm x 5.19 mm / 136g|
|Networks||4G LTE (Cat 6), CDMA/EVDO Rev A, UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE||4G LTE (Cat 4), CDMA / EVDO Rev A, UMTS / HSPA+, GSM / EDGE||GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, TDD, FDD||GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, TDD, FDD||4G LTE (Cat11 DL, Cat5 UL), CDMA / EVDO Rev A, UMTS / HSPA+, GSM / EDGE, TDD LTE band 38/41||4G LTE (Cat 6), UMTS / HSPA+, GSM / EDGE|
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|Camera Description||12||12.0||16 MP||—||12.0||13 MP|
|Screen Size||5.2 in||5.2 in||5.5 in||5.5 in||5.5 in||5.5 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.91 x 5.91 x 0.3 in||2.91 x 5.91 x 0.3 in||0.39 x 3.02 x 6.02 in||0.31 x 6.06 x 2.99 in||3 x 5.94 x 0.32 in||2.96 x 6.04 x 0.2 in|
|Item Weight||5.47 ounces||—||4.8 ounces||6 ounces||5.6 ounces||—|
|Operating System||google_android||google_android||Android 6.0.1||AndroidTM 7.1, Nougat||Android 7.0 Marshmallow + EMUI 4.1||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
Meet the new, carrier-friendly Moto G PLUS. This phone is all about performance you won’t outgrow. It takes stunning photos thanks to an advanced 12 MP camera and along with an all-day battery, gets up to 6 hours of power in just 15 minutes of TurboPower. It also comes in a streamlined design that fits nicely in your pocket and also comes with a fingerprint scanner/sensor.
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The phone is incredibly fast and has lots of internal storage. The camera also has a fast shutter and takes incredible pictures when the lighting is just right. The SIM and SD card tray is a little odd until you figure out what's going on, but once you figure it out and slide the tray back in, the phone recognized both no problem. Pretty much stock Android with a few Moto quirks (twist for camera, flick for flashlight) that don't bog down the phone like Samsung software tends to do (my old Galaxy S6). Android 7.0 is its own review, but considering my last Android was 5.0, the newer features are very welcome.
Two things I'm sure people want to know:
1 - This works on T-Mobile no issues; didn't have to call anyone or anything like that, plugged in the SIM and off I went.
2 - My version is the Prime Exclusive with lock-screen ads. Basically, the difference between this and the standard version ($60 more) is twofold: mine came with Amazon's apps pre-installed on the phone, all in their own folder and the lock-screen will almost always have an ad. If you have no notifications, it will be a full screen ad which can be swiped away; if you have notifications, it will just be another notification, always below your main notifications, that can also be swiped away. These ads don't interfere with your ability to get into your phone instantly and don't interfere with notifications or checking the time.
ONE WEEK IN AS OF 6/15/17
I received this phone approximately one week ago. I'll start the review today and possibly add to it as I'm between flights.
WHY A PRIME PHONE
I've been with Sprint for about 16 years and although I have loyalty to them, they have zero loyalty to me. They recently got rid of their two-year contracts with discounted phones because, and I quote, 'everyone in the industry no longer has that'. Way to be a leader in the space Sprint. So, instead of paying a mortgage payment over two years by leasing or renting, I decided to put my trust in Amazon yet again.
Please also note that my last 3-4 phones were Samsung phones which I loved dearly so my comparison is everything from the Galaxy S3 forward.
SPOILER ALERT - AMAZON came through again, big time by offering this phone to prime members!
ONE THING I'D DO DIFFERENTLY - MICRO SD CARD DECISION
So you don't have to suffer through my Moto G 5 dissertation, the one thing that irritates me - and I did it somewhat on my own, is that I selected a 128 gb micro sd card that came up as an option while I was buying the phone. I did NOT check the specs and shame on me! After installing and formatting it, the Moto G said that the card did not meet its specs. I need to reach out to Amazon to see what can be done because I thought it came up as 'recommended' or 'bought frequently' but I was moving fast to get it ordered so I probably should have researched more. I would LOVE it if Amazon only showed me what was 'certified' for the phone but maybe in the future.
I received the phone in two days being a prime member. I had the basics up and running over WiFi within 20 minutes over WiFi. I played around with it for a bit testing out various features, etc. My first impression was that it seemed like a solid phone but I was going to have to learn the new capabilities.
To fully get the phone set up, I had to get to a Sprint store to get a sim card. While I was there, Ryan was kind enough to transfer over much of my Note 4 content (contacts, text messages, etc.).
WHAT I HAVE COME TO LOVE
Almost Stock Android - I didn't realize how much tweaking if Android had been done on my Note 4 and previous phones. The stock Android is beautiful and it seems like I'm able to more easily do stuff on this phone. The swype functionality is even more accurate these days and I've always loved that capability.
Example: When I receive a text, my notification allows me to reply without jumping over to the text messaging app.
THE FINGERPRINT SCANNER/MAGIC BUTTON IN THE MIDDLE
I've used fingerprint technology since the early days. The setup and use of the scanner were super easy and I also set up a pin. I used my right thumb because I'm right handed and it's perfect for unlocking the screen without having to juggle the phone.
After a couple of days, I received a message asking if I wanted to get rid of the navigation buttons at the bottom of the page. By default, when you configure the phone, your navigation is at the bottom of the screen. To be honest it was a bit annoying and took up some screen space. In any case, I chose to use the fingerprint scanner button and eliminate the little icons overlaying the bottom of the screen and it literally changed the entire experience of this phone for the better!
Using the scanner you basically swipe...
- Swiping right brings up all open windows when you are on the main page
- Swiping left in an app like Chrome actually takes you to the previous page, sweet! It essentially works like a 'back' button.
- If you keep swiping left, it will eventually take you to the home screen; however, it does not close down or exit the app
This feature alone is worth the switch! And yes, maybe it is on the new Samsung phone but I don't have the $750+ to drop on a new phone cause this phone rocks! Moving on.
I purchased the 64gb of storage with 4gb of ram. You can look up the specs for details but this phone is quick and responsive! I feel it is way more responsive than the previous Note 4 and more nimble. It's hard to explain but it just flows with the stock android.
VOLUME BUTTON AND ON/OFF LOCATION
I know this is very myopic but having the volume button and the on/off button on the right side of the phone is really handy. At first, I thought I would be annoyed because they are relatively close together. I've realized that this actually makes it easier to use the phone.
The speaker is meh... It works and it is fine. Even with my Note 4, I was bringing a Bluetooth speaker. I do like the fact that it is on the front of the phone, not the back of the phone.
MICRO SD CARD
Hopefully, you read this up front but buy a micro sd card that meets the specs. I did not and have to reach out to Amazon to see if I can get a replacement. I'm using the card that the Moto G5 said did not meet its specs and it could cause delays in apps, and other performance issues but so far, so good. I typically only use the additional storage for pictures and videos as I attend a lot of conferences and host workshops where I do video from the phone. I will update later.
THE SMARTPHONE THAT IS SMART
So on the plane, I plugged in my headset and my phone spoke to me... I didn't have the volume up so I unplugged the phone and it came up with a message about giving voice commands to my Moto G5 even if the screen was locked. This is not the first time that the phone and/or the Android software has offered suggestions to me about how I operate the phone and my settings. Maybe that is why I've enjoyed this phone so much the first week, it is helping me 'learn' and makes suggestions. My Samsung's of the past have not really done that at least as far as I can remember.
Honestly, I could care less if my phone screen is 4k. This phone btw does NOT have a 4k screen. It is a beautiful screen and everything is crisp and clear. Movies from Netflix look amazing, at least as good as the Note 4 even though the Moto G5 screen is a tad bit smaller, I'm very happy with the screen resolution.
One thing I find interesting is that I can put much more on a page of the Moto G5 screen than I could on my Note 4. Maybe there is a setting I haven't found yet, but the icons are smaller and it frees up more screen real estate. What I used to have on two 'pages' on the Note 4 even with a larger screen, is now on the front page of the Moto G5. It's a small thing but it makes a difference because now all of my most frequently used apps are on the front or main page.
The Moto G5 Plus comes with gorilla glass, saving me from having to purchase any sort of shield - yes, I am that guy who normally gets a glass shield on his phone. When I learned that the screen was gorilla glass, I was incredibly excited. If you don't know what gorilla glass can withstand, check out youtube as there are a number of videos including one that tests the Moto G5 phone by hitting it with a number of tools including a hammer! The video I watched by Ramesh Bakotra was almost painful to watch because they were banging away on the screen with a number of tools but the Moto G5 screen held up amazingly with no cracks or breaks or scratches. Check it out, it will make you squirm seeing someone abuse their phone like they did.
Oh, and I'm frugal so I chose to have the Amazon ads show up. Honestly, it is not a big deal at all. I think I saved $60 by having the ads and if I have notifications and my screen is locked, the notifications show up fine. Also, the ad 'widget' is on the second 'page' of my phone so I rarely see it. Overall, I'd rather save the money and I find myself scrolling through the ads because I know Amazon wants me to buy more...and although I've been tempted, I haven't pulled the trigger on a purchase yet.
Battery life in this first week is more than acceptable. Haven't had to charge at all during the day and I've been using it frequently. I am hopeful that I won't have battery issues like some of my former Samsung products. After a year with my Note4, I had to purchase an extended battery because the phone was shutting down after 2-3 hours of usage. It appears, although I haven't done it, that you can replace the battery on a Moto G5 phone but I'm hoping to avoid that scenario.
****Getting ready to land, will finish later***
- Absolutely stellar battery life. 7+ hours of screen time while playing games.
- Crisp edges for on-screen graphics.
- Screen dimensions: 5.2" is a nice middle-of-the-road size.
- Aluminum back is a nice selling point for those who go case-less.
- The fingerprint scanner works well.
- The camera. Arguably worse quality than my 3-year old budget phone. Terrible in low light conditions, has trouble focusing in on anything, especially anything white. Photos turn out soft/blurry and colors are often oversaturated (see photo samples).
- Screen color representation lacks contrast to the point where lighter tones are simply washed out.
- Adaptive brightness absolutely fails on this model. It's either too bright or too dim.
- For this being a factory unlocked phone, why is tethering locked out by the carrier? It isn't on my Moto X (2014) using the same SIM card/carrier running the latest stock Android 6.0.
- Amazon apps periodically crash/force close. Note: I did order the Amazon ad-supported version to save $60, so this is most likely an Amazon app-related issue, and not on Motorola's end.
- Call quality issues, primarily the other person's voice breaking up even with strong signal.
- Speaker volume is low/muffled for ringtones/alerts. Difficult to hear the phone ring when it is in your pocket. A text message or call on my Moto X (2014) would wake me from a dead sleep. Not so much with the Moto G5 Plus.
It's by far not the worst phone, but it's definitely not my favorite budget phone offering from Motorola. My biggest complaint has got to be the camera (Motorola-issue) and the inability to tether (Android issue), both of which are absolute deal-breakers for me.
Photos: This is not the phone you want to rely on when taking photos, especially when it involves Robin Zander from Cheap Trick and Jay Leno. Additional photos were taken on a casino cruise whose levels were well lit, and outdoor shots in which nothing in the photo is sharp and just runs together.
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