Joined on 05/26/12
Reasonably responsive, decent battery, and expandable storage. Android updates questionable.
Pros: * Affordable * Verizon Support (CDMA) * Somewhat recent android (see cons) * Plenty fast enough for my uses (Video/Audio Apps and Social Media Apps) * Battery Life seems reasonable (see cons) Overall the phone is reasonably snappy even with a fair few apps in the background. It took me a couple minutes in a Verizon store to get a sim card for it (migrated from an existing phone number) and I was off to the races. There's a fair few things that aren't 100% silky smooth but nothing to the point where I got mad at it. It's a phone, and it gets the job done.
Cons: * Latest Android Version (As of Nov. 11 2017) is still 7.0 (With the Augest 1, 2017 Security patch level) While I'm fine with being stuck on 7.0 (Sure beats my old phone that was stuck on 4.4.4!) the Security patches seem to have fallen behind and there's been some major issues since August, most notably the KRACK vulnerabilities. Moto has claimed that they are going to upgrade the Moto G5 Plus to Oreo (Android 8) at some time in the future, but at lot of users aren't confident that it will ever actually happen. * Non User-Replaceable battery!!!! While it would be more understandable if the phone had notable water resistance (the lack of which isn't unexpected on such an affordable phone) it really hurts that the battery isn't really user replaceable. I've gotten a lot of extra life out of my previous phone that I otherwise wouldn't have with a cheap battery replacement.
Overall Review: Some people say it doesn't look good ascetically. Personally I'm not bothered in the slightest about that. I haven't really used the fingerprint reader so I can't comment on that. The gestures to turn on the camera or flashlight are useful and they haven't gone off accidentally, though it will probably take me a while to actually remember to use them.
Good performance for a HDD
Pros: Better speeds than my old drive Seems to have decent seek times 5 Year Warranty No Problems so far.
Cons: It's not a SSD, but you would be paying significantly more for a 2TB SSD.
Overall Review: HDDs are still quite useful for mass storage and especially working with large files, the main benefit with an SSD over HDDs is random reads/writes. Getting a smaller SSD for a boot drive and a HDD for media storage (less used games, videos, audio, etc) is a pretty good combo. After format it comes out to be around 1.81TB, not a huge surprise if you're familiar with HDDs but it's worth noting. Bought it to replace a 6 year old dying 1.5TB drive, hopefully this one will last a while also.