1. skinnybandit's Avatar
    I currently have a Samsung galaxy S6 on Sprint. I'm looking for another phone, my galaxy s6 battery is not lasting very long any more, 4 hours if I'm lucky, and the touch screen is starting to go as well. I have been looking at the moto G5 plus, and it looks like a good phone. Is it as good or better than the S6 that I currently own? Is there any other phones that you guys would recommend other than the G5 that I can buy outright at a similar price on the sprint network? I don't want to do a contract anymore. What attracted me to the G5 is that I can buy it outright for only $229.00 and that I can use it on the sprint network, most unlocked phones only work on GSM networks. Thanks for your help.
    06-07-2017 06:23 PM
  2. badcat's Avatar
    It's not a bad phone for the money. I have the 4GB/64GB version. It's not without it's issues. Noise while recording video and the inability to use Enhanced Calling on Verizon (poor call quality) are common complaints. Positives are a decent (if a bit dim) screen, a clean Android interface, snappy performance and a Sd card slot.

    One big negative (which admittedly bothers some people more than others) is Lenovo's/Motorola's dismal record of providing security patches. The G5 is still on the January patch.

    I agree with you about unlocked phones. That is one of the reasons I bought the G5.
    06-08-2017 02:07 PM
  3. skinnybandit's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply. I also heard that the G5 has no compass, is that true? Does the GPS on your G5 work alright? I don't do allot on my phone, I only do some text messaging, phone calls here and there, and when I'm connected to WiFi YouTube videos, and watch some videos online. I don't have on my phone. So for these things I do on my phone, do you think the G5 is good enough? Also how's the battery life? Because on my S6 now it's been terrible since day 1. Thanks again.
    06-08-2017 04:52 PM
  4. badcat's Avatar
    Yeah there isn't a compass. I haven't really used the GPS very much but I haven't noticed any issues using Maps.

    Battery life is good. I'm not a power user by any stretch but I probably could get two or three days out of a charge if I had to.

    Your usage seems similar to mine and the phone should be more than adequate.
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    06-08-2017 07:49 PM
  5. skinnybandit's Avatar
    Ok great. Do you have any other phones in mind around that price point that would work on Sprint? I just want a few options. Thank you.
    06-08-2017 10:44 PM
  6. badcat's Avatar
    The best unlocked phones in this price range are mostly GSM so they won't work on Sprint unfortunately. I'm sure there are others but I don't know of any specificly.
    06-09-2017 06:46 PM
  7. rxgadget's Avatar
    I chose the G5 Plus 64GB for my teenager. Primarily due to Kris and works on Verizon. The only problem we have is the Google app continues to freeze. He can't get to the Google Now page or use Google search from home screen
    06-09-2017 08:28 PM
  8. badcat's Avatar
    One other thing I just remembered was that the US model does not have NFC. That wasn't a deal breaker for me personally but may be for some people.
    06-10-2017 05:41 AM
  9. Goodspike's Avatar
    Not sure about the compass comment. You can add a compass app, and it works very well compared to my prior Android phones. Still not perfect, but it works.
    06-25-2017 11:57 AM
  10. badcat's Avatar
    When I originally posted that I had read that the G5 didn't have a compass. Further research indicates that statement was only partially correct. According to this thread the US variant does have a compass sensor while other variants do not.

    07-08-2017 08:09 AM

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