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Poor Upgrade

Tofuchong

Mar 3, 2017, 7:42 PM
This phone is too similar to the Moto G4 Plus, and is a step down as well as far as screen size goes, from 5.5 inch to 5.2 inch. Processor is a step from the 617 to the 625, however almost everything else about the phone is nearly identical. I have a Moto G4 Plus and it's a great phone, but I would not consider upgrading to this one.
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Sams

Mar 5, 2017, 12:22 PM
I actually like that it's smaller, it's easier to hold & operate with one hand (I even wish they'd release the G5 in the US, not just the PLUS model). The slightly smaller screen also means a slight bump in dpi, it's now 424 up from 401. Not a biggie, but still a bit sharper.

How about the other improvements. Processor is now 2 GHz vs. a 1.5 GHz in the G4, the G5 also boast 3 or 4 GB of RAM (up from 2 GB), as well as 32 (or 64!) GB internal storage (up from a modest 16 GB), in addition to a more sophisticated camera plus 4K video capture.

I know this phone is not meant for a major G4 upgrade, however for those on a budget, the options are getting better each year.
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Tofuchong

Mar 7, 2017, 12:53 PM
I mean, I agree those are nice changes, but I just don't see a need for them. I've never owned a phone with more than 2GB of RAM, and I've never seen a need for it, all of the phones I've had could run any application I've ever downloaded with no issue with 2GB of RAM. The increased processor speed would be nice, however my older Galaxy S4 and Blackberry Z30 could run any application I've ever downloaded with no issues at all, but this is based on my own personal usage I guess. As far as the DPI goes, the human eye is unable to distinguish a difference of 23 DPI at normal viewing distances. If you hold it inches from your eyes yes, but at normal distances, no. I like 4K video capture, but it uses so much damn space to record that kind ...
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Charles Bigelow

Mar 13, 2017, 5:22 PM
Why not have gone with the 626 instead of the 625?
Would have boosted the performance and the RF signal.
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Rich Brome

Mar 7, 2017, 10:26 AM
I would argue that the target market for the G-series does not upgrade their phone annually.
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Tofuchong

Mar 7, 2017, 12:56 PM
I agree with you, however as mid-range devices get more powerful year over year, with very good pricing (Sub $400.00), upgrade options open up that were not there before.

When I think of upgrades I think of the traditional kind, like back in the day when an upgrade meant getting 8 MB of more ram for your 33Mhz 486-SX, which gave that kind of computer HUGE performance and usability increases. If a company is going to design a brand new phone from the ground up, and give it a name that indicates it is a direct upgrade from a previous model, it should be a real upgrade in the fact that every single aspect is better, like going from that said 33Mhz 486-SX to a Pentium 75Mhz. Real performance gains.
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