Moto G5S Plus Review

Moto G5S PlusEven a month after it’s release, the Moto G5S Plus seems to be one of the best options for a mid-range phone. The Moto G5S Plus is still one of the best seller on Amazon India. Here’s a short review on what to expect if you are planning on getting the Moto G5S Plus and if you should get it at all or not.

A premium feel

The Moto G5S Plus comes with a much better build than the predecessors. To be honest, this is what the Moto G5 Plus should have been. The G5S comes with an aluminum unibody. Much like Nokia’s devices, the Moto G5S Plus has its chassis made out from a single block of machined aluminum. It does feel pretty solid n hand and also weighs a little heavy.

On the rear is a noticeable camera bump housing dual camera, flash and some sensors. On the bottom, you have the microphone, micro USB 2.0 and the speaker grilles. On the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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On the front, you get a 5.5-inch display with 2.5D curved glass on top. The bottom of the screen is a fingerprint sensor. At 1080p, the display looks pretty crisp and is quite readable in sunlight.

The dual camera setup

Let’s face it, it’s not an iPhone. So, unless you are getting an iPhone 7 Plus, you will not get the same depth effect on the Moto G5S Plus. If you want a budget phone with a serious camera, try the Moto G5 Plus. It is a better option. But for The G5S, the dual camera setup is just not there yet. And it’s not the hardware that’s the issue.

The software behind the dual camera setup is still at its early stages. It cannot quite figure out the distance properly and has issues blurring out the out of focus parts properly. Sometimes it would not blur out parts of the background, sometimes it would blur out too much. The professional mode does not make good use of the dual camera setup.

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An older Lumia 640 XL came with Zeiss optics. It could still focus closer than the Moto G5S Plus, and had a longer shutter duration of 4 seconds, instead of 1/3 on a Moto G5S Plus. These actually will give you more freedom in taking creative shots. However, you can use Adobe Lightroom to take RAW photographs and edit those a lot. Under good lighting, they look really decent, as if shot from an camera, and not a phone.

Clutter free Software

With stock Android 7.1.1, The Moto G5S Plus will appeal to many. The ability to freely customize the OS, and the update to Android 8 will bring a lot of phone buyers on board. What is questionable is if Motorola will bring Android 9 to the device or not, since 4th Generation Moto G devices are not getting Android 8, something Motorola promised but didn’t keep. Even without updates, the stock OS makes it more usable in future when newer versions come out.

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Bottom line

The only drawback of the device is the hybrid microSD – nanoSIM slot. That and the lack of an eCompass or magnetometer. If these two are not an absolute necessity, then without doubt, the Moto G5S Plus is the best all-rounder device you have. Otherwise, you can get the Moto G5 Plus if you want the traditional camera setup, and the option to use multiple SIM cards and microSD card.


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