Written by Amber

Motorola Moto G5 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

If you are looking for a basic Android smartphone with an average storage capacity, a good camera and a reasonably fast processor, you will soon encounter the Motorola Moto G5 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). In this article I outline the similarities and differences for you.

In short

Motorola Moto G5 Plus Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
The brightest screen No Yes
Waterproof No Yes
The sharpest photos and selfies No Yes
The highest quality videos Yes No
Dual SIM Yes No


Camera Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 Plus: record in 4K

At the back of the Moto G5 Plus is a 12 megapixel camera with flash. At the front is a 5 megapixel camera. This makes bright photos, but they are less sharp than those of the Galaxy A5 (2017). This is due to the difference in megapixels and the smaller f / 2.2 aperture of the G5 Plus. The videos are of higher quality. With the G5 Plus you film in 4K resolution and with the A5 in Full HD.

Camera Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Galaxy A5 (2017): sharp photos and selfies

The Galaxy A5 (2017) has a 16 megapixel camera on both the front and the back. So both your photos and your selfies are sharp. In addition, the A5 (2017) has a larger aperture of f / 1.9, which means that the camera sensor receives more light. This means you use the flash less often than with the G5 Plus. With the A5 you film in Full HD instead of 4K. Movies have slightly less detail than those of the G5 Plus.

Screen and casing

Screen Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 Plus: LCD screen & metal casing

The Moto G5 Plus has a LED 5.2 inch Full HD display with a fingerprint scanner underneath. An LCD screen is clear, but I find an AMOLED screen more beautiful. With an LCD, the screen is never completely black, because the pixels are illuminated by a light source behind the screen that is always on. The G5 Plus has a metal housing and can therefore take a beating. The housing is not waterproof, so calling in the rain is not wise.

Screen Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Galaxy A5 (2017): AMOLED screen & waterproof casing

The Galaxy A5 has a recognizable Samsung appearance. The device contains a fingerprint scanner and has an AMOLED 5.2 inch Full HD display. Compared to the G5 Plus, the screen is of better quality. This is because the pixels are illuminated separately. The A5 has a sturdy, metal housing and is water and dust resistant thanks to IP68 certification. This means you do not have to worry about your smartphone damaging when you call in the rain.


Compared to the G5 Plus, the Galaxy A5 (2017) features both a better camera on the front and on the back. Additionally, the A5 sports a waterproof casing, which the G5 Plus doesn't. There's a bit of premium attached to these specifications, which explains the difference in price between these phones. Are the camera and waterproof casing the most important specifications to you, and are you willing to pay a higher price for it? If so, go for the Samsung Galaxy A5.

Article by:
Amber Phone Expert.

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