It’s hard to create a smartphone that turns out to be a solid performer but is budget friendly. For me, the first-generation Moto G, which came in 2013, delivered on both these fronts. The phone proved so successful it created a new segment altogether.

Even after four-generations, the G-series is still in the demand. The majority of Moto G-series users are might not be the most tech-savvy people, and by keeping things simple Motorola has championed the mid-end segment.

Now with the G5, Motorola is once again trying to chase the same set of people but with a more polished product. I have been living with the Moto G5 for a week, and here’s what I think about about the new Moto G in town.

Specifications: 5-inch Full HD display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor + 3GB RAM | 16GB storage (expandable) | 5MP front camera + 13MP rear camera | Dual-SIM | Android 7.0 | 2800 mAh battery

Price: Rs 11,999

Moto G5

Motorola turned a few heads this year by dropping plastic build from the new Moto G5 range. Like the Moto G5 Plus, the Moto G5  flaunts a metal design. They both look similar, and are made out of aluminum, giving  them a premium feel which was surely missing from the previous-generation G-series smartphones.

A closer inspection will reveal the major differences between the two devices from the same family. From the front, they look exactly the same with thick bezels on top and bottom, and a Moto logo above the display.  Both have a physical home button as well.

For starters, the Moto G5 Plus is slightly bigger with a 5.2-inch display over the 5-inch on the Moto G5. On the rear, however, you will find the big design change.

Related imageFlip it over and the Moto G5 has a removable back cover unlike the Moto G5 Plus, which features a unibody design. But that’s not a bad thing from a design perspective. In fact, I appreciate Motorola’s sincere efforts of creating a metal-bodied smartphone with a removable battery, and still make an attractive looking device. One thing I’d like to point out here is that the phone isn’t entirely made of metal, the top and bottom edges are plastic.

The power button and volume rocker are on the right side, and provide decent tactile feedback. The headphone jack is at the top, while a micro-USB 2.0 port can be found on the bottom. The use of micro-USB over the increasingly common USB-C didn’t go down well at all. There’s no water or dust-proofing, but it does have a splash-resistant design. The camera module on the rear is the same shape—round, like the Moto Z.

The Moto G5 feels surprisingly compact in the hand. A lot of people still need a compact phone, and I believe Motorola is just trying to prove the point with the G5. Motorola has attempted to reimagine a mid-end smartphone with a smaller, more premium design.