The Moto G5 Plus is the latest smartphone from Motorola s popular G range of devices, and continues the legacy of one of the world s most popular affordable smartphone lineups. And although we already knew all about the smartphone back at its launch at MWC 2017, pricing was revealed today, and we now have proper perspective of just how the Moto G5 Plus fares against competing products such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo P2. Also Read - Lenovo Legion gaming laptops with updated Intel 11th Gen H series processors launchedAlso Read - Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon Review: Stylish, Slim, Super Performer
And even though, the Moto G5 Plus costs a whopping Rs 4,000 more than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 when you compare the top-end variants of both phones, there are certain advantages that have me thinking that the price difference is worth paying. The biggest of these is software. Also Read - Moto G60, Moto G40 Fusion India launch today: How to watch livestream, expected price, specifications
While both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo P2 are powered by Android Marshmallow, the Moto G5 Plus runs Android Nougat out-of-the-box. A lot of smartphone users underestimate the importance of being up to date with your phone s software, both from a security and functionality point of view. Not just that, Motorola also has a proven track record of quickly providing firmware updates even with the G range of phones.
Another key advantage in the software is Moto s use of a near-stock Android user interface, which is indeed one of the reasons why the company is able to roll out firmware updates so quickly. Sticking to the basics has its advantages in keeping the phone running smoothly, and relying on Google s own software such as Photos, Calendar, Clock and Contacts allows the phone to be kept free of unnecessary bloatware. This does indeed provide for a smoother, more user-friendly smartphone experience with the Moto G5 Plus.
While many might argue that Xiaomi’s MIUI is a better interface, I definitely prefer the near-stock Android experience. Although MIUI proactively issues regular tweaks and updates aimed at keeping things running smoothly, I still feel a sense of familiarity and security with the near-stock experience. Everything is in the right place, the whole experience has been simplified and geared towards system stability and quick functionality, and things just feel right. The modified Android experience may have more on offer in terms of features, design and flavor, but the stock Android experience remains how Google imagined it, and the purist’s choice for enjoying Android.
The Moto G5 Plus has some other key points in favor of it, including the water-repellent nano-coating, as well as better looks and easier availability. Although the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 costs much less than the Moto G5 Plus, the continued use of flash sales as a distribution model means that a lot of buyers simply cannot buy the phone when they need it. In such situations, the easily available Moto G5 Plus might well be a better option for many users.
To be fair, the Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo P2 do have their advantages too. Both phones have better battery life than the Moto G5 Plus, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 goes one notch higher by offering a significant 64GB of internal storage at Rs 4,000 less than what Moto is charging for 32GB of internal storage. But if you asked me for my opinion, the pros of better software far outweigh the price difference and battery capabilities. So if you can afford to shell out that extra Rs 4,000, I would highly recommend the excellent Moto G5 Plus over the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.