My ASUS phone just gave up today. RIP sweet prince. A spare battery is on route but I don't think I can wait that long. I know I was reserved about picking up a Moto G5 Plus phone locally but I don't think there is a choice. I need a phone because it's more than just a device to make calls on. Local stock also means Australian warranty and possibility to repair the device with Motorola's service facility in Auburn (should the need arises). This is something that you just don't have access to with grey imports.
I discovered that my local Office Works stock the phone and gave them a call this morning. They happily reported that they had a new one in store and I could pick it up from the counter.
So today I'm a new owner of the Moto G5 Plus!
After a short 2 hour recharge the phone roars to life. I spent a considerable amount of time just figuring out how to use the new phone and reinstalling all the apps I've missed out on since Android 4.0. I can finally play Pokemon Go!
For a case I went with a black
Poetic Revolution Rugged Shockproof Case from Ebay. It looks durable and has a built in laminated film to protect the glass. I'll have to see how that holds when the product arrives, otherwise I might rip it out and use a piece of tempered glass.
I thought about just going naked, but the Moto G5 Plus construction isn't as durable as the ASUS Padfone Infinity 2, and it wasn't expensive to get a case anyway. I looked up the brand Otterbox but they don't have any designs for the Moto G5 Plus. And after four years of using the ASUS Padfone Infinity 2 without laminated plastic or tempered glass over the top of the Gorilla Glass, I got used to handling a delicate naked phone. Plus scratches on glass don't seem to bother me as much as a dead Li-Po battery!
This seems to be the most common 'slim' case. There is this $20 branded Spigen version, and then a generic copy of it for about $3 to $10. I don't think the quality will be significant, so I might just go for the generic alternative.