The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is a mid-range smart phone that I plan to purchase soon. I am looking for a replacement to my ASUS Padfone Infinity 2 which has started to show signs of age. The firmware is quite old now (Android 4.0) and the Li-Po battery is failing. The Li-Po battery is non removable, and even though replacement OEM batteries are available from China, I've been unsuccessful in prying apart the phone, to get to the battery inside. My initial attempts have already left permanent marks to the edges of the phone. I'm not entirely confident I would be able to get inside without doing further damage!
I don't really WANT a new phone but if i can't get inside my existing phone, there is no doubt that the battery will expire. I've been able to backup most of my data and the phone is now permanently running off USB power. As soon as I yank the cable out, the phone goes into an annoying restart loop.
This event has led me to reconsider my approach to the current trends in smart phone technology. Why should I spend $1200 on a Samsung Galaxy S8? If the same outcome will present itself in 2-3 years? The depreciation of these phones is very high, and once parts are unavailable, then I have no choice but to throw it out when the power source fails. Better to get something in the middle of the range to balance affordability and functionality.
Perhaps this is why smart phone manufacturing processes have gone this way, because you will be forced to replace the entire device once the non-removable battery has expired. Water resistantance is a common feature now in smart phones, which also makes them difficult to pry open.
As seen above (left is Motorola Moto G5 Plus, right is ASUS Padfone Infinity 2) the specifications of the Motorola Moto G5 Plus is generally on par with my flagship ASUS smart phone from 2013. There have been firmware updates to Android 7.0 but overall I don't need a more powerful phone. As it is half the price of my original phone, it's quite a bargain in my opinion!
Unfortunately the price of the phone in Australia is stupid. The retail stock for the Motorola Moto G5 Plus comes in at A$400, but features an inferior internal storage capacity of 16GB. Grey market online stores from Hong Kong stock the same phone and model, but has 32GB of internal storage capacity. And it is only A$320! So even with an additional 128GB MicroSD card and postage, it still doesn't add up to A$400 price tag! What a rip off!
If you add that 10% GST to the final price when it becomes a reality in July 2018, it's still cheaper to import!