Amazon offers a cheaper, ad-supported Moto G5 Plus to Prime members
Sometimes a little compromise is needed to save a bit of cash—when it comes to saving on smartphones, this is where Amazon steps in. The online retailer offers a handful of subsidized devices in exchange for showing you ads on your lock screen. The program has seen decent success, enough for Amazon to add another smartphone to its product line: the Moto G5 Plus.
What do you get with Amazon's version of the Moto G5 Plus, aside from a regular dose of sweet ads? Well, you get an equally sweet $45 discount in the form of an Amazon gift card, slashing the phone's already-low $230 price down to $185. Other than that, you're pretty much getting a regular Moto G5 Plus—unlocked, running Android Nougat, with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 625 2.2 GHz octa-core processor, 12-megapixel rear camera, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. A second model doubles the amount of both types of memory, raising its price to $240 after a $60 discount.
All in all, the Amazon Moto G5 Plus is a good choice for smartphone customers on a budget who don't mind looking at the occasional ad when they turn on their phone. There are two downsides to this otherwise no-brainer of a deal, however: the ad-supported phone is only available for Amazon Prime customers, and only in a lunar gray finish. Non-Prime customers have to make do with an unsubsidized Moto G5 Plus, but have the option of getting it in fine gold color. For those who do subscribe to the retailer's monthly service, orders for the discounted Moto G5 Plus will go live on March 31.