Best Place To Buy A Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus, G4 & G Play: UK’s Cheapest Deals

May 26th, 2017

The fifth-generation Moto G5 is available to buy from £149 unlocked. We compare the UK’s cheapest deals for the Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus and Moto G4.

If you’re looking for an affordable mid-range smartphone, my current recommendation is to buy a handset from the Moto G family. With a solid design and fantastic specifications, the Moto G handsets are priced at just a fraction of the cost of an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8.

Motorola’s latest-generation handsets in the Moto G family are the newly-released Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Constructed from high-grade aluminium, the new handsets have a premium design along with full-HD displays and a 64-bit octa-core processor. Of the two devices, the Moto G5 Plus is slightly better specced with a Dual Autofocus Pixel camera and a more powerful Snapdragon 617 processor. The Moto G5 Plus also benefits from a larger screen and additional storage.

For a lower-cost alternative, last year’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are still available to buy. They have a plastic design unlike the newer Moto G5 handsets, but you’re able to customise the look of your handset with more than 80 colour combinations. The lower-cost Moto G4 Play is also available from £120 unlocked with lower specifications.

In this article, we’ll look at the best value deals for buying a Moto G smartphone in the UK. We’ll start by looking at the best deals for an unlocked Moto G5 and Moto G4. We’ll then go on to compare the best value deals on Pay As You Go and on a Pay Monthly contract.

SIM Free & Unlocked

The simplest way to buy a new Moto G is to get it SIM-free from an electronics retailer. As you’re buying a handset that’s already unlocked, you’ll be able to use it on the mobile network of your choice. You can order a free Pay As You Go SIM card to use with the handset or you can take advantage of a low-cost SIM-only deal. Alternatively, you can also stay on your current tariff (just put your existing SIM card into the new Moto G).

Cheapest Moto G5 Retailers

The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are Motorola’s two newest members of the Moto G family.

If you’d like the smaller and more portable Moto G5, the cheapest available price is currently £149 from John Lewis. You’ll get a 2-year guarantee included in the price along with free UK delivery. Alternatively, you can also take advantage of the free next-day click & collect delivery from your nearest Waitrose or John Lewis store.

If you’d like to buy the larger and more powerful Moto G5 Plus, you can currently get this from Motorola Direct. A £10 discount is available online, along with free delivery, when you enter the UKWELCOME10 voucher code during checkout. This will bring the price of the Moto G5 Plus down to £239.

The Moto G5 is also available at a range of other retailers including Amazon, the Carphone Warehouse, Currys, Argos and more:

Retailer Moto G5 Moto G5 Plus
16GB / 2GB 32GB / 3GB
Motorola Direct* TBC £239.00 with voucher
with £10 voucher*
John Lewis £149.00
with 2 year guarantee
eBuyer £153.98
Amazon.co.uk £159.00(£179.99 for 3GB RAM)
Carphone Warehouse £159.00
Currys £159.00 £249.99
Unshackled £169.00
Argos £169.95
Very £169.99
Clove £169.99

* On Motorola Direct, use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code for a £10 discount. Students can get a further 10% off by verifying their status through this page.
† In the UK, Amazon has an exclusive version of the Moto G5 with 16GB storage and 3GB of RAM. It’s currently priced at £179.99.

The Moto G5 has a 5.0-inch screen and comes with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM (the exception to this is Amazon’s exclusive version which has 3GB of RAM). Meanwhile, the Moto G5 Plus has a larger 5.2-inch screen with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

As well as buying a Moto G smartphone, you may also wish to buy a micro-SD card. This allows you to add up to 256GB of additional storage to your handset. You can buy a 32GB micro-SD card for approximately £12 and a 128GB micro-SD card for approximately £40. For anyone needing even more storage, you can buy a 256GB micro-SD card for approximately £150.

Cheapest Moto G4 Retailers

Moto G4 Lifestyle

At present, we’d recommend buying the Moto G4 from Motorola Direct.

When using the UKWELCOME10 voucher code for a £10 discount, you’ll typically get the lowest price available on the market. This is £134.95 for the Moto G4, £189.99 for the Moto G4 Plus and £119.98 for the Moto G4 Play.

If you’d like to buy the Moto G4 with 16GB of storage, it’s also worth considering John Lewis. You’ll pay £139.95 for the handset (£5 more than at Motorola Direct), but you’ll also get a 2-year guarantee included in the price.

The Moto G4 can also be purchased from a range of other retailers including Argos, the Carphone Warehouse, Tesco, Unshackled, Amazon and more:

Retailer Moto G4 Moto G4 Plus Moto G4 Play
16GB / 2GB 32GB / 2GB 32GB / 2GB 64GB / 4GB 16GB / 1GB
Motorola Direct £134.95 with voucher
with £10 voucher*
£164.95 with voucher
with £10 voucher*
£189.99 with voucher
with £10 voucher*
£224.99 with voucher
with £10 voucher*
£119.98 with voucher
with £10 voucher*
John Lewis £139.95
with 2yr guarantee
£129.95
Argos £139.95 £129.95
Unshackled £159.00
Carphone Warehouse £159.95 £129.99
Tesco £166.97 £137.87
Lenovo £169.99 £199.99 £129.99
Clove £178.00 £140.00
Amazon.co.uk £179.95 (£164.99 16GB)
Very £179.99 £129.99

* On Motorola Direct, use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code for a £10 discount. Students can get a further 10% off by verifying their status through this page.
† Amazon.co.uk sells an exclusive version of the Moto G4 Plus with 16GB storage & 2GB RAM. It currently costs £209.99 on Amazon.

When ordering the Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus from Motorola Direct, you’ll have the ability to personalise it through the Moto Maker tool. This gives you a choice of 80 colour combinations for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. You can also add an engraving to the back of the handset (up to a maximum of 14 characters).

The column headings in the table above refer to the amount of internal storage and the amount of RAM. As with the Moto G5, you may also wish to consider buying a micro-SD card to go with your Moto G4. This will allow you to add up to 256GB of additional storage to your Moto G4 handset.

Moto G4 Colours

If you’re buying a Moto G4, the Moto Maker tool allows you to customise your handset e.g. with different colours, more storage and personalised engravings.

Pay As You Go

Top Up LogoIf you’d like to buy the Moto G5, you can sometimes save a bit of money by buying it on Pay As You Go. Here, you’ll be getting a subsidised handset that will sometimes be locked to the mobile network you buy it from. Typically, you’ll need to make a minimum initial top-up of £10 or more when buying a handset on Pay As You Go.

At present, giffgaff has the best price for a Moto G5 on Pay As You Go. You can get the Moto G5 with 16GB of storage for an upfront price of just £149. The handset will come with a giffgaff SIM card where a £10 monthly top-up will get you 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of internet. The handset will be provided to you unlocked.

You can also buy the Moto G5 on Pay As You Go from O2 and Tesco Mobile. O2 charges £15 for unlocking (available once you’ve had the handset for more than 12 months). On Tesco Mobile, you’ll be able to unlock the Moto G5 for a fee of £10.

Mobile Network Moto G5 Moto G5 Plus
16GB / 2GB 32GB / 3GB
giffgaff £149.00 Get it SIM-free and then order a free giffgaff SIM card.
O2 £159.99 Get it SIM-free and then order a free O2 SIM card.
Tesco Mobile £165.00 Get it SIM-free and then order a free Tesco SIM card.
EE Get it SIM-free and then order a free EE SIM card.
Three Get it SIM-free and then order a free Three SIM card.
Vodafone Get it SIM-free and then order a free Vodafone SIM card.

You can use the Moto G5 or Moto G4 on any Pay As You Go network in the UK by buying it SIM-free and then ordering a free Pay As You Go SIM card.

Pay Monthly

If you’re looking for a Pay Monthly contract, you can currently get the Moto G5 on a 24-month contract from giffgaff, O2 and Tesco Mobile. If you’d like to use the Moto G5 Plus or if you’d like to use any other mobile network, you’ll instead need to buy the handset SIM-free and then choose a SIM-only deal.

With 500MB of Data

If you only use mobile internet very occasionally, the Moto G5 is available on entry-level tariffs with 500MB of data per month. For this, you’ll typically pay in the region of £14 to £20 per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco Mobile5005,000500MB£0.00
upfront
£14.50
monthly
£348.00
giffgaff500Unlimited2GB£60.00
upfront
£14.92
monthly
£418.08
O2500Unlimited500MB£0.00
upfront
£19.00
monthly
£456.00

With 1GB of Data

Realistically, we’d probably recommend choosing a data allowance of at least 1GB per month even for light/occasional users. This reduces the likelihood of you running out of data mid-month and makes it possible to use the internet more regularly on-the-go. For 1GB of data per month, you could pay between £15 and £23 per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco Mobile5005,0001GB£0.00
upfront
£15.50
monthly
£372.00
giffgaff500Unlimited2GB£60.00
upfront
£14.92
monthly
£418.08
O2UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£0.00
upfront
£23.00
monthly
£552.00

With 2GB of Data

For regular smartphone users, a 2GB tariff will be much more suitable. The following table shows 24-month contracts with a Moto G5 and with at least 2GB per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco Mobile1,0005,0002GB£0.00
upfront
£16.50
monthly
£396.00
giffgaff500Unlimited2GB£60.00
upfront
£14.92
monthly
£418.08
O25005003GB£0.00
upfront
£26.00
monthly
£624.00

With 4GB of Data

For heavy data users, the following table shows 24-month contracts with a Moto G5 and with at least 4GB of data per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco Mobile3,0005,0004GB£0.00
upfront
£20.50
monthly
£492.00
giffgaff1,000Unlimited5GB£65.00
upfront
£19.92
monthly
£543.08
O2UnlimitedUnlimited6GB£0.00
upfront
£30.00
monthly
£720.00

Before ordering a Moto G5 from any of the mobile networks above, it’s strongly recommended you check the coverage in your area. Please select a mobile network to see their online coverage map:

  • EE
  • giffgaff
  • O2
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Three
  • Vodafone

Which Moto G?

Moto G5 vs Moto G5 Plus

In our opinion, the Moto G5 Plus is the handset to choose if you’re willing to fork out the extra cost for it. Key differences between the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5 include:

  • The Moto G5 Plus has a better camera. It uses the Sony IMX260 sensor which was used by Samsung last year on the Galaxy S7. The Moto G5 Plus also has Dual Autofocus Pixel technology so images should focus about 60% faster.
  • The Moto G5 Plus has a faster processor with more RAM. It has a 2.0GHz octa-core processor (Snapdragon 625), compared to the 1.4GHz octa-core processor (Snapdragon 430) on the regular Moto G5. This should give you better performance and a smoother experience.
  • The Moto G5 Plus has a larger screen. It has a 5.2-inch full-HD screen, whereas the regular Moto G5 has just a 5.0-inch screen.
  • The Moto G5 has a larger battery and TurboPower charging. It has a 3,000mAh battery (about 7% larger than the 2,800mAh battery on the regular Moto G5). With TurboPower charging, the Moto G5 Plus should also charge a lot faster.
  • The Moto G5 Plus has twice as much storage as standard. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, whereas the regular Moto G5 comes with only 16GB. However, both handsets allow you to add up to 256GB of additional storage through the micro-SD card slot.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of some of the key differences between the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus:

Motorola Moto G5
Motorola Moto G5 Plus
Release Date2017, Mid Range2017, Mid Range
SoftwareGoogle Android 7.0Google Android 7.0
Display
Size5.0-inch display5.2-inch display
TypeLCDLCD
Resolution1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels
Pixel Density441 pixels per inch424 pixels per inch
Camera
Rear Camera13 megapixels12 megapixels
Auto-Focus
Flash LED flash Dual-LED flash
OIS
Front Camera5.0 megapixels5.0 megapixels
Internals
ProcessorSnapdragon 430Snapdragon 625
Speed1.4GHz octa-core2.0GHz octa-core
Internal Storage16/32GB32/64GB
External Storage Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD
Handset Weight145g155g
Battery2,800mAh3,000mAh
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMNano SIM

Moto G5 vs Moto G4

In March 2017, Motorola released the fifth-generation Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Designed to be the successors of the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, key differences to the fourth-generation handsets include:

  • The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have a metallic design. The most noticeable difference is a new premium metallic design on the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. The fourth-generation handsets had a plastic design, but could be customised through the Moto Maker tool.
  • The fifth-generation handsets have a smaller display. The Moto G5 has a 5.0-inch display whilst the Moto G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch display. The fourth-generation Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus had a larger screen measuring 5.5-inches. The screens on both the fourth-generation and fifth-generation handsets are full-HD (1080p) resolution.
  • The Moto G5 Plus has an upgraded camera. With the Moto G5 Plus, Motorola has added Dual Autofocus Pixel technology. This means the camera should focus about 60% faster than before.
  • The Moto G5 has a slower processor than the Moto G4. Motorola’s fourth-generation handsets used a mid-to-high-end Snapdragon 617 processor. While the Moto G5 Plus has an upgraded processor in the form of a Snapdragon 625, the regular Moto G5 sees a small downgrade to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor.
  • Fingerprint sensors are now standard on the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Previously, only the Moto G4 Plus had a fingerprint sensor (the regular Moto G4 didn’t have one).

The following table shows a comparison of some key specifications:

Motorola Moto G5
Motorola Moto G4
Release Date2017, Mid Range2016, Mid Range
SoftwareGoogle Android 7.0Google Android 6.0
Display
Size5.0-inch display5.5-inch display
TypeLCDLCD
Resolution1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels
Pixel Density441 pixels per inch401 pixels per inch
Camera
Rear Camera13 megapixels13 megapixels
Auto-Focus
Flash LED flash Dual-LED flash
OIS
Front Camera5.0 megapixels5.0 megapixels
Internals
ProcessorSnapdragon 430Snapdragon 617
Speed1.4GHz octa-core1.5GHz quad-core &
1.2GHz quad-core
Internal Storage16/32GB16/32GB
External Storage Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD
Handset Weight145g155g
Battery2,800mAh3,000mAh
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMMicro SIM

About the Moto G

The Moto G is Motorola’s family of mid-range Android smartphones.

The Moto G devices are notable for having quality specifications at only a fraction of the price of rival flagship smartphones. For instance, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have a metallic design and a full-HD screen. This is the same resolution as the screen on the iPhone 7 Plus (a handset that will typically cost you more than three times as much).

Other highlights of the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus include the 64-bit Snapdragon octa-core processor and a bloatware-free version of Google’s smartphone operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat.

The following table compares the Moto G5 to the Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8:

Motorola Moto G5
Apple iPhone 7
Samsung Galaxy S8
Release Date2017, Mid Range2016, Flagship2017, Flagship
SoftwareGoogle Android 7.0Apple iOS 10.0Google Android 7.0
Display
Size5.0-inch display4.7-inch display5.8-inch display
TypeLCDLCDOrganic LED
Resolution1920x1080 pixels1334x750 pixels2960x1440 pixels
Pixel Density441 pixels per inch326 pixels per inch570 pixels per inch
Camera
Rear Camera13 megapixels12 megapixels12 megapixels
Auto-Focus
Flash LED flash Quad-LED flash LED flash
OIS
Front Camera5.0 megapixels7.0 megapixels8.0 megapixels
Internals
ProcessorSnapdragon 430Apple A10 FusionExynos 8895 Octa
Speed1.4GHz octa-core1.8GHz quad-core2.3GHz quad-core &
1.7GHz quad-core
Internal Storage16/32GB32/128/256GB64GB
External Storage Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD
Handset Weight145g138g155g
Battery2,800mAh1,960mAh (14 hours talktime)3,000mAh
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMNano SIMNano SIM

For more information about the Moto G family, please see the official Motorola website.

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Your Comments

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  1. Jeff said:

    Hi
    Any offers on the moto z as the z2 will be out soon.
    Thanks
    Jeff

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Jeff,
      Many thanks for your comment. I’ve just seen that Motorola has begun their summer sales and they’re currently offering the Moto Z for £289 (previously £499). To get it at this price, you should it order it here using the voucher code ZUKSUMMER followed by UKWELCOME10. I believe the offer ends this Sunday (18th June).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      1. Ken replied:

        I believe this also includes a free JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod and Style Shell (you can add these to your Moto Z when building it through the Moto Maker tool).
        Ken

  2. Josh said:

    Hi Ken,
    I tried MOTOG4PLAYUK promo code in Motodirect for Moto G4 play, it didn’t work.
    Is this promotion still open?

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Josh,
      Many thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, it looks like the MOTOG4PLAYUK voucher code promotion has now come to an end so I’ve just removed it from the comparison table above. Sorry for the confusion once again and thank you for the heads up on this.
      Ken

  3. Mat said:

    Hi Ken,

    Will the Moto G5 Plus work with Android Pay?

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Mat,
      The UK version of the Moto G5 Plus does indeed support NFC & Android Pay payments. I believe things might be different on the US version of the handset, which I believe lacks NFC & Android Pay support.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

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