The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are a pleasingly affordable way to enjoy quite premium features at a refreshingly low cost. However, your budget for a new blower might be quite tight, in which case you may be tempted by Motorola’s latest Moto C series instead.
Costing £89 and £109 respectively here in the UK, the Moto C and Moto C Plus trim some of those specs while retaining the core principle: a satisfying all-round smartphone experience for users who aren’t particularly demanding.
So what’s the difference between the Moto C and C Plus and should you look to the Moto G family instead? Here’s our full consensus. Check out our guide to the best budget phones in 2017 for our pick of the best rival affordable handsets.
Moto C vs C Plus vs G5 vs G5 Plus: Specs
Moto C vs C Plus vs G5 vs G5 Plus: Design
As you might have guessed from the names of these smartphones, the G5 Plus is a jump in size over the G5. Not that much of a leap however, as the 5.2-inch Moto G5 Plus is only marginally larger than the standard G5. To complicate matters, the Moto C and C Plus are actually identical in size at 5-inches.
All of these phones are therefore pleasingly compact compared with many rivals. That means they’re all simple enough to operate with a single hand and can slip into pretty much any pocket or bag.
To further help matters, the latest Moto assistant app comes with a nifty one-handed mode. Check out our Moto G5 and G5 Plus tips and tricks guide for more info on this feature. Both of the G5 handsets sport a solid and attractive metal frame, for a more premium look and feel despite those low asking prices. They’re tough enough to resist scratches and scuffs with ease.
The Moto C and Moto C Plus rock a plastic body by comparison, which isn’t surprising given the £100-ish price tag. Hopefully they should prove quite tough though and you can pick up the Moto C and C Plus in black, gold or cherry finishes. The cherry model is particularly vibrant and dare we say cute as hell.
None of these Moto handsets are water resistant of course, as you might expect given the affordable cost. Keep them out of the bath or shower, to avoid wrecking your new portable pal.