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

March 31st, 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 G4 and Moto G4 Play.

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 £152.98 at eBuyer with delivery included. Alternatively, you can also consider buying the Moto G5 from Currys. Currys charges £159 and offers free click & collect delivery.

If you’d like to buy the Moto G5 Plus, you can currently get this from Motorola Direct for £249. If you use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code during checkout, you’ll receive free delivery on the handset.

The Moto G5 is also available at a range of other retailers including John Lewis, Argos, Very, Amazon and more:

Retailer Moto G5 Moto G5 Plus
16GB / 2GB 32GB / 3GB
Motorola Direct TBC £249.00
eBuyer £152.98
Amazon.co.uk £159.00(£179.99 for 3GB RAM)
Carphone Warehouse £159.00
Currys £159.00 £249.99
Tesco.com £159.00
John Lewis £169.95
Argos £169.95
Very £169.99
Clove £169.99

† 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 and £189.99 for the Moto G4 Plus. The Moto G4 Play is also available for £119.98 after a £10 discount.

The Moto G4 can also be purchased from a range of other retailers including the Amazon, Tesco, John Lewis, Argos, Unshackled 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*
Amazon.co.uk £145.00 (£209.99 16GB) £129.95
Tesco.com £145.00 £129.00
John Lewis £149.95 £129.95
Argos £149.95 £129.95
Unshackled £159.00
Carphone Warehouse £159.95 £129.99
Lenovo £169.99 £199.99 £129.99
Clove £178.00 £140.00
Very £179.99 £129.99

* On Motorola Direct, use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code for a £10 discount on the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus or Moto G4 Play.
† 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 either a Moto G5 or Moto G4 Play, 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 normally be locked to the mobile network you buy it from. Typically, you’ll also need to make a minimum initial top-up of £10 or more when buying your handset.

At present, giffgaff has the best price for a Moto G5 on Pay As You Go. You can get a 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.

If you’d like the older Moto G4 Play, Vodafone has the best value deal at just £79 upfront. You’ll get the Moto G4 Play on Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles where a £10 top-up will buy you 150 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. Vodafone does not make a charge for unlocking your Moto G4 Play on Pay As You Go.

Retailer Moto G5 Moto G4 Play
16GB / 2GB 16GB / 1GB
giffgaff £149.00
O2 £159.99 £109.99
Tesco Mobile £165.00 £149.00
Vodafone £79.00

If you’d like to use either the Moto G5 Plus, Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus, it’s not currently possible to buy this on Pay As You Go. However, you can order the SIM-free version of the handset. You can then order a free Pay As You Go SIM card from the mobile network of your choice.

Pay Monthly

If you’re looking for a Pay Monthly contract, you can currently get the Moto G4 Play on a 24-month contract from O2 and Vodafone. In this section, we’ll compare 24-month contracts for the Moto G4 Play.

If you’d like to use the Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus, Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus on a Pay Monthly contract, you’ll currently need to buy the handset SIM-free. You’ll then be able to choose a SIM-only deal.

With 500MB of Data

For light users, the Moto G4 Play is available on some entry-level tariffs with 500MB of data per month. For this, you’ll typically pay in the region of £17 per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
O2500Unlimited500MB£0.00
upfront
£17.00
monthly
£408.00
Vodafone500Unlimited500MB£0.00
upfront
£19.00
monthly
£456.00

With 1GB of Data

Realistically, we would probably recommend choosing a data allowance of at least 1GB per month (this reduces the likelihood of you running out of data mid-month). For 1GB of data per month, you’ll be looking to pay about £21 per month.

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
O25005001GB£0.00
upfront
£21.00
monthly
£504.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£0.00
upfront
£23.00
monthly
£552.00

With 2GB of Data

For regular smartphone users, a 2GB tariff could be much more suitable. The following table shows 24-month contracts with a Moto G4 Play and with at least 2GB per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
O25005003GB£0.00
upfront
£24.00
monthly
£576.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£0.00
upfront
£29.00
monthly
£696.00

Before ordering a Moto G4 Play from any of the 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 at 5.5-inches. Both the fourth-generation and fifth-generation handsets have a full-HD screen.
  • 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 lacked it).

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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  1. Tony said:

    Do you know where I can find the G5 plus 64 go version or if it will be released in U.K.?thank for the amazing review

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Tony,
      Many thanks for the comment. As far as I know, there are no plans to currently release the 64GB Moto G5 Plus here in the UK. If you need the extra storage, your best bet might be the currently discounted Moto G4 Plus (it has a larger screen and many similar specifications, but lacks the metallic build of the Moto G5 Plus).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  2. Jon Roe said:

    Hi Ken

    The UKWELCOME10 doesn’t seem to work on the Motorola website. Are you sure it is active – it accepts the promo code but price remains £249?

    Good articles!

    Jon

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Jon,
      Thanks for the comment. The discount code does work, but the website is a little bit confusing! The Moto G5 will still be listed as costing £249, but the total cost will drop to £239. The reduced price is shown in the bottom-right corner of the screen, and can sometimes appear below the footer if you’re using it on a large desktop computer.
      Ken

      1. Jon Roe replied:

        Hi Ken

        I’m a bit confused by this. The Motorola website list price for the Motorola G5 is £249 not £259. You have said the UKWELCOME10 knocks £10 off taking the price to £239. It doesn’t seem to do this.

        1. Ken replied:

          Hi Jon,
          Sorry – this was a typo in my message! I’ve amended it now: the price will originally be listed as £249, but the UKWELCOME10 voucher code will bring it down to £239.
          Ken

          1. Mark replied:

            Hi Ken,
            I ordered the G5 Plus direct, with 3GB RAM, and 64GB ROM.
            I tried the UKWELCOME10 Code, but that did not work and I got no credit when I ordered despite it indicating I would, it seems to be only working for the Moto X FORCE which is stated on the offer popup (see text below)

            Both colour options went out of stock for a few days, but were back in stock on 8th April and back out of stock again.
            I was advised by tweet that the 4GB/64GB would not be available in the UK, but I think the 4/64 will be limited to O2 (speculation, if not them then someone else) on contract from other sites I ahve seen.
            My estimated delviery is 18th April, having been advised build was completed on 11th April, with my order being placed on 8th April.

            Regards,
            Mark

            Here is the text from the website popup:
            Are you sure you want to leave?
            Buy the Moto X Force (32GB) Today for £350 and save £99
            with codes
            UKWELCOME10 and UKFORCE10

          2. Ken replied:

            Hi Mark,
            Many thanks for the comment. I’ve just tried this as well, and also unable to get the UKWELCOME10 voucher code working with the Moto G5 Plus. I’m just checking this with Motorola as it was working previously, and will update the article as soon as I hear back.
            Ken

          3. Jon Roe replied:

            Hi Ken

            I’ve just been on the Motorola website and seen that the G5 Plus is back in stock. Took it all the way to order and, whilst it accepted the UKWELCOME10 discount code, no money is deducted. Can you please take a look on the site yourself as I’m sure you’ll find the same thing.

          4. Ken replied:

            Hi Jon,
            Many thanks for the comment. I’ve just tried as well, and also unable to get any discount on the Moto G5 Plus using the UKWELCOME10 voucher code. It was working previously, so they may have stopped the promotion on this handset – I’m just checking with Motorola at present and will update the information on this page as soon as I hear back.
            Thanks again!
            Ken

          5. Ken replied:

            Hi there,
            Unfortunately, I’ve now had confirmation that the “£10 off” voucher code (UKWELCOME10) has been withdrawn from the Moto G5 Plus. You can still use it on other Motorola products like the Moto G4 and Moto Z, but for the time being, it’s not available on the Moto G5 Plus.
            I’ll update the information above should the £10 discount return in the future.
            Ken

  3. Kevin said:

    The G4 is on Amazon now for £130, so the question is, the G4 for £130 or the G5 for £180? Decisions, decisions!

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Kevin,
      Thanks for the heads up about this – looks like it’s back to £130 again but now displaying “Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months”. I suspect therefore, Amazon doesn’t really have any models of the Moto G4 in stock (personally, I think it’s probably worth ordering from Motorola at £134.95 instead as you also get dual-SIM and Moto Maker functionality there).
      Ken

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