Moto G5S Plus Review: Design, 360-degree Spin

By 07:02 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments


The Moto G5S Plus is a moto through and through - minus the MotoMods, that's Z-series only. That aside, you're getting the same huge circular capturing camera bump - whether it's a smiling face, or an unimpressed face is irrelevant - once someone points out the pareidolia, it can't be unseen.

Unlike the older G5 Plus, there are two cameras here to create utilize of the large bump, so it's not entirely form over function. The signature 'M' in its subtly carved circle completes the Moto look.

The back has antenna lines all over - there are the usual side-to-side inlays top and bottom, which we've already grown accustomed to, but the extra notches at the bottom are a bit too much.

Otherwise, we're pretty pleased with the aluminum unibody. It feels both solid and expensive and the polished chamfer is a nice accent. Now, the satin finish is about as slippery as they come so either be careful, or hold precautions in the shape of a case. And it could just be us, but the card slot does seem to have a sharp edge that lightly scratches our gentle finger pads.

The buttons on the correct have no such inclination and are well spaced - we're usually quick to voice discontent with power button and volume rocker being on the same side, but here they are generously sized, conveniently placed and spaced wide enough. The power button has a texture, which the volume rocker doesn't - it's practically as fine as a same-side arrangement can get.

The bottom of the phone has the usual bottom-of-a-phone stuff: the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port is here, and yes, it's microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) and not USB-C, boo! On a positive note, Motorola has fitted the microphone on here, instead of having a pinhole next to the fingerprint reader like the Moto X4 and Moto Z2s. The loudspeaker is thereabouts as well. Meanwhile, the 3.5mm jack is at the top of the phone.

microUSB, mic and loudspeaker on the bottom • 3.5mm jack on top • Hybrid slot

The face of the G5S Plus is classic Moto too - yes, that includes the ample bezels, though the G5S Plus wears them well. For example, the fingerprint sensor is nice and large, which helps it serve more purposes than just unlocking - more on that in the software chapter.

In the hand • Fingerprint sensor/gesture hub • Top bezel stuff

Above the 5.5-inch display, a Moto logo tries to distract you from all the bits that actually serve a purpose. Those would be the earpiece in the center, the ambient light/proximity sensors and the selfie capturing camera to the left and the front-facing flash to the correct - the non-special G5 Plus didn't have that last one.

Around here there's an Light Emitting Diode (LED) notification light that only lights up when battery level is critically low, becautilize everyone loves having the hardware for features that are disabled in software. Sarcasm too much? Sorry.

The Moto G5S Plus measures 153.5 x 76.2 x 8mm so it's about what you'd expect a 5.5-inch phone to be. For example, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a couple of millimeters taller, but half a mil narrower. Meanwhile the 5.93" 18:9 Honor 7X is 3mm taller than the Moto, and about 1mm narrower. At 168g, the Moto is a negligible 3g heavier than either of those.



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