Motorola Moto G5 Plus

I picked up an unlocked Motorola Moto G5 Plus (XT1687) today as a replacement for my LG K7 (which aside from being really outdated is an excellent phone in its own right) and after using the Moto G5 Plus for a few hours I have to say that I really like it so far.

It’s the perfect size for my needs, fast, and it hits every check mark on my admittedly small list of things I wanted despite it being considered a “budget phone”.

A lot of reviews complained about the lack NFC on the American model and lack of USB-C, but neither of those things really matter to me.

Quick device overview:

  • Android 7.0, Nougat
  • 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 12MP rear camera with dual autofocus and a 5MP front facing camera
  • 3000 mAh battery with a TurboPower charger
  • Compatible with all major U.S. carriers.

I also bought a black Incipio NGP case as well as their Plex HD “High Clarity” Screen Protector for it which will hopefully keep the Moto G5 well protected for some time to come.

My current open source Android setup

This is a list of open source Android applications on my phone which I use all the time and highly recommend to people.

I’d also love to hear what your favorite open source Android applications are or even some recommendations in the comments.




Conversations is probably the best XMPP/Jabber client available for Android in my opinion. It is a beautiful client that supports just about everything you could ever need, has a very low impact on your battery, and even more importantly comes with support for three end-to-end encryption options for you to choose from.

These options include OMEMO, Off-the-Record (OTR), and OpenPGP.

Conversations also supports the following XMPP Extensions (XEP):

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Firefox setup - Early 2017

This is just a list of my current Firefox setup mostly for my personal reference. All of the extensions are E10 compatible. Please feel free to recommend other open source extensions that you may know of.

My first step for this setup was to create an initial ‘hardened’ profile generated via the great Firefox Profilemaker website.


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