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Costco.com has for their Costco Members: 32GB Motorola Moto G5 Plus Unlocked Smartphone (Lunar Gray) on sale for $169.99. Shipping is free. Thanks dannygberg

Specs
  • 5.2" 1920x1080 IPS touchscreen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core Processor
  • 32GB Internal Storage w/ 2GB RAM
  • MicroSD Card Slot (up to 128GB)
  • 12MP Rear + 5MP Front-Facing Cameras
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Compatible w/ CDMA & GSM networks such as Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and many other service providers.
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Limit 5 per member. Sale is valid 11/17/17 through 11/27/17 or while supplies last. ~ persian_mafia

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Costco has the 32GB version of the Moto G5 Plus on sale through 11/27 for $169.99 with free shipping.

$50 manufacturer's savings** is valid 11/17/17 through 11/27/17. While supplies last. Limit 5 per member.

Works on All Major Carriers

Freedom to Choose
Moto G Plus is unlocked and works with major U.S. networks like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint by simply swapping SIM cards.

Speed and Performance
Octa-core Processor
5.2" Full HD Display
Water-repellent Coating
12 MP Rear Camera
Dual Autofocus Pixels
5 MP Front Camera with a Wide-angle Lens
TurboPower™ Technology with 3000 mAh Battery
TurboPower™ Charger

Specifications:

Operating System
Android™ 7.0
Nougat

System Architecture/Processor
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 processor with 2.0 GHz octa-core CPU and 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU

Memory (RAM)
2 GB

Storage (ROM)
32 GB, up to 128 GB microSD Card support

Dimensions:
Height: 150.2 mm
Width: 74.0 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm to 9.7 mm
Weight: 155 g


Display
5.2" Screen
Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080)
424 ppi
Corning™ Gorilla™ Glass 3

Battery
3000 mAh battery
TurboPower™ Charging Cable

Water Protection
Water Repellent Nano-coating

Networks
4G LTE (Cat 6)
CDMA/EVDO Rev A
UMTS/HSPA+
GSM/EDGE

Bands (by model)
Moto G Plus - XT1687
CDMA (850, 850+,1900 MHz)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 38, 41, 66)

https://www.costco.com/Moto-G5-Pl...reId=10301
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Last Edited by Platin465 November 17, 2017 at 07:34 PM
I'm adding this because someone mentioned there's an extra $75 rebate if activated with Verizon or AT&T. I went in and confirmed for AT&T which says new lines only, didn't check Verizon. I can't find that or rebate form online, but on Costco wireless site I did find a banner ad that said this deal plus $25 additional rebate when activated on "a carrier". So just a heads up about further deals to check on if anyone is interested.

Speed and Performance
Octa-core Processor
5.2" Full HD Display
Water-repellent Coating
12 MP Rear Camera
Dual Autofocus Pixels
5 MP Front Camera with a Wide-angle Lens
TurboPower™ Technology with 3000 mAh Battery
TurboPower™ Charger

Specifications:

Operating System
Android™ 7.0
Nougat

System Architecture/Processor
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 processor with 2.0 GHz octa-core CPU and 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU

Memory (RAM)
2 GB

Storage (ROM)
32 GB, up to 128 GB microSD Card support

Dimensions:
Height: 150.2 mm
Width: 74.0 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm to 9.7 mm
Weight: 155 g


Display
5.2" Screen
Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080)
424 ppi
Corning™ Gorilla™ Glass 3

Battery
3000 mAh battery
TurboPower™ Charging Cable

Water Protection
Water Repellent Nano-coating

Networks
4G LTE (Cat 6)
CDMA/EVDO Rev A
UMTS/HSPA+
GSM/EDGE

Bands (by model)
Moto G Plus - XT1687
CDMA (850, 850+,1900 MHz)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 38, 41, 66)

Band coverage varies by model, country, and carrier.


Rear Camera
12 MP with Dual Autofocus Pixels
ƒ/1.7 Aperture
Color Balancing Dual LED Flash
8X Digital Zoom for Photos, 4X for Video
Drag to Focus & Exposure
Quick Capture
Tap (anywhere) to Capture
Best Shot
Professional Mode
Burst mode
Auto HDR
Panorama
Video Stabilization
4K Ultra HD Video Capture (30 fps)
Slow Motion Video

Front Camera
5 MP
Wide-angle Lens
ƒ/2.2 Aperture
Display Flash
Professional Mode
Beautification Mode

Video Capture
4K Ultra HD (30 fps)

Speakers/Microphones
Front-ported Loud Speaker
2-Mics

SIM Card
Nano-SIM

Connectivity
Micro USB
3.5 mm Headset Jack

Bluetooth® technology
Bluetooth Version 4.2

Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)

Location Services
GPS
A-GPS
GLONASS

NFC
No


Sensors
Fingerprint Reader
Acceleromter
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Ambient Light
Proximity
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Honestly, the 32GB isn't the big problem, because you can expand it with SD storage. The REAL problem is the 2GB of memory. With modern versions of Android (in conjunction with more memory-hungry apps), the difference between 1GB, 2GB, and 4+ GB of memory is pretty massive. I sort of look at it like this:

1GB: A pretty miserable experience on Android. It will work, but you'll constantly be seeing little 1-3 second pauses as things shuffle in-and-out of memory. Loading some apps from scratch will sometimes take many multiple seconds.

2GB: It's functional, but you'll still be noticing apps moving in and out of memory. If this is for someone who "just wants a phone, something basic" then they'll likely be fine, but if you use your phone regularly to browse the web, use productivity apps, play games, etc. then you're probably not going to be happy. If you're the type of person who gets frustrated with small pauses when things launch, you're definitely going to feel it.

4GB: This is what I would consider to be baseline memory in 2017 for Android users that want to use their smartphone for more than just simple functions. Chrome can easily handle having 10+ "tabs" running, games and apps load up with minimal delay, and just moving around the OS will feel snappy, with very little delay going home, turning the phone on, launching the camera, etc.

In the real world, I regularly use a 2nd gen Moto E (1GB memory), a Moto G4 (2GB memory), and a Moto G4+ (4GB memory). All of them have SD storage and using them with a large card is just fine. You can ABSOLUTELY tell the difference in memory as you go along. It's not nearly as much a CPU thing, as once apps are loaded, other than the higher-end games and some movies, all the devices work roughly the same. You just constantly feel the different levels of memory while moving around the system, loading apps up, etc.

TL;DR if you don't care about the experience, 2GB of memory is fine with Android in 2017. For those that DO care, you need 4GB. Also, if you see a device with 1GB avoid it for anything other than a toy/single-purpose device/etc.
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"32GB is weak"
"The real problem is 2GB memory"

It's $170...

Honestly for the price I don't think you can do better for a -new- phone. I picked this up a couple months ago when I switched from Fi (and my Nexus 5X) to Sprint's free for a year plan. I paid about $190 after selling the bundled Cricket refill card from BB. The Moto rom is very lightweight and really only adds a couple useful gestures. The biggest downgrade from the 5X is the camera, which does suck. But overall it performs very well. Works just fine with its 2GB memory for web surfing, etc.

Also just wanted to add, the downgrade from USB-C made me sad, but the turbo charging works great so far. The battery life vs the Nexus 5X is also waaaay better. The only issue I had with battery was when I foolishly changed the "Preferred network type" setting to "LTE (recommended)" from its default "Global". Don't do it.
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what is the best, this or Honor 8@$199 ?
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what is the best, this or Honor 8@$199 ?
Where is honor 8 deal? Honor has spectacular camera
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Where is honor 8 deal? Honor has spectacular camera
my Bad, it should be Honor 8 lite at Newegg
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I was going to jump on this deal when I saw the ad that came in the mail but 32 gb is weak.
So for a few bucks more I got the bestbuy deal instead.

64GB Motorola Moto G5 Plus Unlocked Smartphone + Simple Mobile Sim + $40 Refill Card $215.99 + Free Shipping
https://slickdeals.net/da/p106815095/?utm_medium=em-i&utm_term=4516&utm_content=2929594&utm_campaign=4&dealalertid=13080062&mtid=73&generated=1510152935

I think its over now but its good for reference.
Item Total $187.24
Product Price $174.99
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I was going to jump on this deal when I saw the ad that came in the mail but 32 gb is weak.
Honestly, the 32GB isn't the big problem, because you can expand it with SD storage. The REAL problem is the 2GB of memory. With modern versions of Android (in conjunction with more memory-hungry apps), the difference between 1GB, 2GB, and 4+ GB of memory is pretty massive. I sort of look at it like this:

1GB: A pretty miserable experience on Android. It will work, but you'll constantly be seeing little 1-3 second pauses as things shuffle in-and-out of memory. Loading some apps from scratch will sometimes take many multiple seconds.

2GB: It's functional, but you'll still be noticing apps moving in and out of memory. If this is for someone who "just wants a phone, something basic" then they'll likely be fine, but if you use your phone regularly to browse the web, use productivity apps, play games, etc. then you're probably not going to be happy. If you're the type of person who gets frustrated with small pauses when things launch, you're definitely going to feel it.

4GB: This is what I would consider to be baseline memory in 2017 for Android users that want to use their smartphone for more than just simple functions. Chrome can easily handle having 10+ "tabs" running, games and apps load up with minimal delay, and just moving around the OS will feel snappy, with very little delay going home, turning the phone on, launching the camera, etc.

In the real world, I regularly use a 2nd gen Moto E (1GB memory), a Moto G4 (2GB memory), and a Moto G4+ (4GB memory). All of them have SD storage and using them with a large card is just fine. You can ABSOLUTELY tell the difference in memory as you go along. It's not nearly as much a CPU thing, as once apps are loaded, other than the higher-end games and some movies, all the devices work roughly the same. You just constantly feel the different levels of memory while moving around the system, loading apps up, etc.

TL;DR if you don't care about the experience, 2GB of memory is fine with Android in 2017. For those that DO care, you need 4GB. Also, if you see a device with 1GB avoid it for anything other than a toy/single-purpose device/etc.
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2GB Ram is DB!!
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Honestly, the 32GB isn't the big problem, because you can expand it with SD storage. The REAL problem is the 2GB of memory. With modern versions of Android (in conjunction with more memory-hungry apps), the difference between 1GB, 2GB, and 4+ GB of memory is pretty massive. I sort of look at it like this:

1GB: A pretty miserable experience on Android. It will work, but you'll constantly be seeing little 1-3 second pauses as things shuffle in-and-out of memory. Loading some apps from scratch will sometimes take many multiple seconds.

2GB: It's functional, but you'll still be noticing apps moving in and out of memory. If this is for someone who "just wants a phone, something basic" then they'll likely be fine, but if you use your phone regularly to browse the web, use productivity apps, play games, etc. then you're probably not going to be happy. If you're the type of person who gets frustrated with small pauses when things launch, you're definitely going to feel it.

4GB: This is what I would consider to be baseline memory in 2017 for Android users that want to use their smartphone for more than just simple functions. Chrome can easily handle having 10+ "tabs" running, games and apps load up with minimal delay, and just moving around the OS will feel snappy, with very little delay going home, turning the phone on, launching the camera, etc.

In the real world, I regularly use a 2nd gen Moto E (1GB memory), a Moto G4 (2GB memory), and a Moto G4+ (4GB memory). All of them have SD storage and using them with a large card is just fine. You can ABSOLUTELY tell the difference in memory as you go along. It's not nearly as much a CPU thing, as once apps are loaded, other than the higher-end games and some movies, all the devices work roughly the same. You just constantly feel the different levels of memory while moving around the system, loading apps up, etc.

TL;DR if you don't care about the experience, 2GB of memory is fine with Android in 2017. For those that DO care, you need 4GB. Also, if you see a device with 1GB avoid it for anything other than a toy/single-purpose device/etc.
Yes, thank you for sharing this experience! I think that is accurate!
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For those wanting a cheaper way to join Google's Project Fi cell phone service, this phone is fully compatible as it has both GSM and CDMA radios. I wholely recommend Fi if you are an international traveler or someone who doesn't stream everything over cellular data.
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TL;DR if you don't care about the experience, 2GB of memory is fine with Android in 2017. For those that DO care, you need 4GB. Also, if you see a device with 1GB avoid it for anything other than a toy/single-purpose device/etc.
Coming from a nexus 5x (just upgraded to a pixel xl) that also had 2gb, I agree 100%. The extra swapping of apps / content in and out of RAM also caused a noticeable increase in battery usage, FWIW.
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"32GB is weak"
"The real problem is 2GB memory"

It's $170...

Honestly for the price I don't think you can do better for a -new- phone. I picked this up a couple months ago when I switched from Fi (and my Nexus 5X) to Sprint's free for a year plan. I paid about $190 after selling the bundled Cricket refill card from BB. The Moto rom is very lightweight and really only adds a couple useful gestures. The biggest downgrade from the 5X is the camera, which does suck. But overall it performs very well. Works just fine with its 2GB memory for web surfing, etc.

Also just wanted to add, the downgrade from USB-C made me sad, but the turbo charging works great so far. The battery life vs the Nexus 5X is also waaaay better. The only issue I had with battery was when I foolishly changed the "Preferred network type" setting to "LTE (recommended)" from its default "Global". Don't do it.
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If you activate on Verizon or AT&T you also get an additional $75, so the phone is actually less than $100.

Thanks OP!
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If you activate on Verizon or AT&T you also get an additional $75, so the phone is actually less than $100.

Thanks OP!
How does that work? Do I need to be on a contract?
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