Everybody loves a good deal. These days, it's easier than ever to get a great phone at a low price, and no two phones better represent that than the Moto G5 Plus and the Honor 7X. Both phones retail for less than $250 and deliver enormous value, bringing many of their respective brands' best features to an affordable range.

In our reviews, we called each of these phones the best new device at the time of their release, but which of them is best for you?

What the Honor 7X does better

The Honor 7X is nearly a year newer than the Moto G5 Plus, and as you might expect, it features a significantly more modern design. In stark contrast to the Moto G5 Plus's massive bezels, the Honor 7X has a large, 5.93-inch 18:9 display that occupies over 77% of its face. The 7X also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which some may find more ergonomic than the Moto G5 Plus's placement under the display — this also allows for fingerprint sensor gestures to call down the notification shade and swipe through gallery photos.

The Honor 7X looks substantially more modern than the Moto G5 Plus.

In addition, the Honor 7X is the only phone to feature dual cameras on the back. The secondary sensor measures depth to aid in portrait mode and wide aperture photography, allowing the 7X to take impressive artistic shots.

While the EMUI 5.1 software included on the Honor 7X may not be everyone's cup of tea, it's full of useful features like lock screen shortcuts and a wide variety of shooting modes in the camera app. Unfortunately, despite its recent release, the 7X isn't yet on Android Oreo, nor Huawei's newer EMUI 8 firmware.

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What the Moto G5 Plus does better

Fans of stock Android will feel much more at home with the Moto G5 Plus. Motorola has added some minor tweaks to the Nougat software, namely the Moto app for gestures like the popular double-twist to launch the camera, but for the most part this is as clean as Android gets. If you don't mind a bit of bloat, you can even save some money and buy the Prime Exclusive version, which comes pre-loaded with Amazon lock screen ads.

The Moto G5 Plus is still the best option for fans of stock Android and Moto Actions.

While neither phone claims a true IP rating for water and dust resistance, the Moto G5 Plus at least offers a water-repellent nano-coating. It probably won't save your phone in the event of full-on submersion — say, a dunk in the pool or toilet — but it's at least enough to give some peace of mind when you're caught out in the rain.

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Where both are evenly matched

The Honor 7X and Moto G5 Plus both run the older Android 7.0 Nougat software (albeit very different iterations), and share similar internal specs; each features a fairly powerful mid-range processor (Kirin 659 and Snapdragon 625, respectively), up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.

Both phones are also similar in what they lack; given the metal bodies, you won't find wireless charging on either device, and for whatever reason NFC is missing as well. Further, both phones still adhere to the dated Micro-USB standard, rather than the increasingly commonplace USB-C.

Which one's right for you?

This one really comes down to the software. EMUI 5.1 is significantly and fundamentally different from stock Android, but that doesn't make it bad — some even prefer it. If you're okay with EMUI, the Honor 7X is the clear choice; it's newer, the design is vastly superior, and the dual cameras allow for more artistic photography.

If, on the other hand, you prefer the look and feel of stock Android, or you simply don't like 18:9 displays, the Moto G5 Plus is still a fantastic value — though you may want to keep an eye out for its upcoming successor.


Do you own either phone, or have any plans of owning one in the near future? Let us know in the comments below!

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