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NOKIA 6 VS. MOTO G5 PLUS : RISE FROM THE ASHES

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NOKIA 6 VS. MOTO G5 PLUS COMPARISON

Nokia 6 vs Moto G5 Plus, these two kings from yesteryear’s era have finally come to clash. Nokia has solely ruled the entire mobile world for more than a decade, whereas Motorola is the inventor of mobile phones.

After a long time, Nokia has made a comeback in mobile industry with Nokia 6. So, we have decided to compare the Nokia 6 with Motorola’s recently-launched Moto G5 Plus. Let’s find out who will wear the crown of winner.

Note: Nokia 6 is yet-to-be-launched in India. We have managed to get our hands on a Chinese version of Nokia 6. User Interface of global version of Nokia 6 will be different than the Chinese version.




PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

Nokia is known for making rugged body for its phone and that’s what it has done with Nokia 6 too. We have already watched several footage which the Nokia 6 cracked walnuts with ease in, and there’s also a video clip for drop test too.

Apart from toughness, the build quality is very fine. It easily fits in hands as well as pockets. The phone feels heavy in hand but that’s okay because it has a bigger screen and full metal body.

Made of metal, the handset looks classy and give premium feel. The entire front is covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass, making it more secure against accidental fall. Nokia has placed its logo on the right of earpiece and front camera. Volume rockers and power button are placed together on the right edge. Coming to the back, Nokia has placed camera and dual-LED flash together. Below the camera lies Nokia logo.

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On the other hand, Motorola has completely changed the look and feel of newcomer. It boasts full metal body. It is even thinner and smaller than the Moto G4 Plus. It is worth noting that despite of boasting metal build, the newcomer is thinner than the Nokia 6 however, barely noticeable to human eyes as it is just 0.2mm thinner. On the back, camera and LED flash are placed together inside a round-shaped glass, much like the Moto Z. Unfortunately, due to all-metal body, it doesn’t provide you better grip. You will need to use some back cover.

In this section, both manage to impress us equally.

DISPLAY

The Nokia 6 has a 5.5 inch IPS LCD Capacitive with full-HD resolution and ~403 pixel per inch pixel density; whereas Moto G5 Plus features a smaller 5.2 inch IPS LCD Capacitive display with full-HD resolution and ~424 pixel per inch pixel density. Both smartphones’ display is covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

Nokia 6 VS Moto G5 Plus Display Comparison

Both smartphones’ display is crisp and sharp. Watching videos is fun, while playing games is also pleasurable. I didn’t find any issue in auto brightness. Both smartphones don’t reflect much in direct sunlight. Both show realistic colors.

Much like the previous section, no one is winner.




USER INTERFACE

Nokia runs on Android v7.1.1 while the Moto G5 Plus runs on Android 7.0. Nokia has done some customizations in its user interface. Icons look beautiful. Unlike stock android, Gallery and File Manager are separate. The smartphone comes with several gestures like ‘turn over to reject call’, ‘press the power button twice to open camera from any screen’, ‘shake to next song’, direct call & answer (to answer or call, just bring the device near your ear)’, and ‘smart alert (as soon as you lift the phone, it will vibrate if it has missed calls or new messages)’. Besides all of those, the UI runs smoothly. I didn’t feel any lag or stutter. Toggles also work smoothly.

Nokia 6 User Interface

The Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, packs simple and smooth user interface. Running on Android 7.0 Nougat, the Moto G5 Plus comes with multiple gestures like “chop to switch between front and rear camera”, “shake to turn on or off flashlight” and “press the power button twice to open camera from lock screen”.

Undoubtedly, the crown in this section goes to Nokia 6 for its customized Android and cool features.

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PERFORMANCE

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There is a huge difference between the technical specifications of these two devices. The Nokia 6 is powered by an octa-core processor running at 1.4GHz of clocked processing speed, embedded into a Snapdragon 430 chipset. On the other hand, the Motorola Moto G5 Plus is powered by an octa-core processor running at 2.0GHz of processing speed, embedded into a Snapdragon 625 chipset. Both have 4 gigs of RAM.

As expected, Nokia 6 lacks at performance. I tried GTA: Vice City, CrashLands and Clash of Clans. Clash of Clans ran fine but GTA: Vice City and CrashLands didn’t. I experienced several stutter and lag while playing the games. Switching between games was also not easy. Though graphics rendering was good.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, impressed me at an extent level. There were no issues whatsoever playing Asphalt 8, Modern Combat: Blackout and Shadowrun Dragonfall. Graphics rendering on the device is remarkable as it handled the graphics flawlessly.

Because both the Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus smartphones have metal body, they started heating in about 15 and 30 minutes respectively. In about 45-50 minutes, both heated at a considerable level. I was barely able to hold Nokia 6. One thing was good that none of them hanged and ran smoothly during normal operations.

In this section, Moto G5 Plus is a clear winner.

CAMERA (PRIMARY)

The Nokia 6 features a 16 megapixels phase detection autofocus camera with f/2.0 lens aperture, whereas the Moto G5 Plus boasts a 12 megapixels primary shooter with f/1.7 lens aperture.

Day light images taken from Nokia 6 are impressive. Colors are realistic though it lacks sharpness. Autofocus works fine and bokeh effect is similar to the Moto G5 Plus. It will also impress you when you click image using HDR. Its auto-HDR managed to surprise me. Talking about low-light images, you will feel graininess when you zoom the images in. Low-light pictures aren’t as bright as I expected but overall it is good.

(Daylight photo taken by Nokia 6)

Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, comes with an improved camera comparing to previous generations of Moto G. With f/1.7 lens aperture, you’ll enjoy the depth of field. Pictures taken from Moto G5 Plus’ camera are crisp and sharp. It shows realistic colors. It also has “pro-mode” which allows you to tweak the camera setting at an extent level and produce DSLR-like images. Basically, the camera of Moto G5 Plus sets the bar for this budget segment. Low light images are also impressive.

(Daylight photo taken by Moto G5 Plus)

Talking about video quality, the Moto G5 Plus is able to record 4k Ultra-HD videos whereas Nokia 6’s video quality is limited to full-HD. Slow-motion recording on Moto G5 Plus works like a charm, whereas Nokia 6 lacks this feature.

The crown in this section goes to Moto G5 Plus.




CAMERA (SECONDARY)

The Nokia 6 features an 8 megapixels front camera with f/2.0 lens aperture, whereas the Moto G5 Plus has a 5 megapixels shooter with a wider f/2.2 lens aperture.

Talking about Nokia 6 first, it produces better images than Moto G5 Plus, both in day-light and low-light conditions. Photos clicked from Moto G5 Plus’ front camera are satisfactory. It produces okay-type images in low light conditions. Day-light images are good. Video quality on the both handsets are identical. Both can record full-HD videos.

Nokia 6 is winner in this section.

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BATTERY

Both the Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus have 3,000 mAh Li-lon battery. Talking about the battery performance, they have huge difference. Moto G5 Plus’ battery doesn’t last long if playing heavy games whereas Nokia 6’s battery seems to be optimized and lasts longer than Moto G5 Plus. During normal usage, both performed equally.

Both the Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus come with fast charging technology but Moto G5 Plus takes a lead here. It took just around 1 hour to completely charge the battery, whereas Nokia 6 took few minutes over 1 and a half hour to juice up its battery.

30 Minutes – 62% (Moto G5 Plus), 45% (Nokia 6)
60 Minutes – 100% (Moto G5 Plus), 75% (Nokia 6)

In terms of usage, Nokia 6 wins and in terms of charging; Moto G5 Plus wins. So, no one is winner here.

SOUND QUALITY

Both the Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus have an average onboard acoustics and the sound quality is more or less the same as most smartphones however, Nokia 6’s speaker sound is louder than the Moto G5 Plus. Clarity in the sound of both smartphones is equally good.

Both smartphones come bundled with earphones however, they are good for keeping them in the box only. For a better music experience, you should go for some other earphones.

Much like the previous section, no one is winner.




CONCLUSION – WHICH ONE TO BUY?

Both the Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus can prove to be a good choice. Both have good specifications and performance, though Nokia 6 lacks at gaming due to entry-level SoC. Nokia 6 doesn’t carry fingerprint sensor, while Moto G5 Plus’s is fast and accurate. We think Moto G5 Plus is slightly overpriced, as for Nokia 6 price in India has not revealed yet, in China its around Rs. 15800. Let’s see what happens with Nokia 6 in India. Stay tuned, we will update once HMD Global launched Nokia 6.

Nokia 6 VS Moto G5 Plus Comparison

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