REVIEW: Motorola Moto G6
Motorola was one of the first Android manufacturers to offer decent user experience on budget. With the debut of Moto G in 2013, the company disrupted the affordable smartphone market. In its sixth iteration, under Lenovo, the Moto G range is trying to remain disruptive in a game that it started years ago.
For the sixth gen Moto G, Motorola has opted for glass back. Sure, the metal rear in the previous iteration was more durable, but the glass construction looks classy. The way rear glass curves at the sides is a nice touch too. The camera module, on the other hand, isn’t the most pleasing of design choices.
The G6 has thinner bezels for better screen-to-body ratio but we couldn’t ignore the fact that, to accommodate the fingerprint sensor, the bottom bezel is bigger than the top one. Overall, it is a well-built phone, with a plenty of scope for design tweaks.
The Moto G6 sports a tall display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution. To protect it from the scratches, Lenovo has opted for Gorilla Glass 3. The screen produces sharp images and the colour reproduction is good too.
The Moto G6 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo. Staying true to the Moto brand, Lenovo ships the phone with stock UI (User Interface). You know the drill; vanilla Android is light and free of any bloatware. The interface is neater compared to the likes of Samsung or Huawei’s offerings. On the flipside, the device also lacks some useful bits such as a native call-recorder and app locker.
It does offer a few smart features though. For instance, you get notifications about junk apps and files hogging up your phone’s resources. Speaking of resources, the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 chipset. Paired with 3 GB RAM, the processor offers enough power for decent smartphone experience.
The device hardly lags or stutters while performing the routine tasks. Gaming performance is not bad either. The Moto G6 also has a powerful speaker. It is ideal for watching videos on YouTube, listening to music or watching movies but there’s also the (rapidly disappearing from most modern smartphones) 3.5mm headphone jack which offers pretty impressive sound output also.
The Moto G6 flaunts a dual-camera setup. It comprises of 12MP + 5MP sensors. The 12MP RGB sensor snaps the subject, while the 5MP sensor captures depth information. Of course, that’s used for the portrait mode, which blurs the background for artsy feel.
When it comes to taking snaps, the Moto 6 is quick to lock focus. In good lighting conditions, pictures contain sufficient detail. Colours look rich and the noise levels are acceptable. With the help of slow shutter, the Moto G6 can take decent low light images. But since the phone lacks Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), you require steady hands.
Full HD at 60fps is max you get in terms of video recording. 4K video recording is too much to ask at this price range anyway. The quality of the clips turns out to be good. You get plenty of detail and rich colours. However, due to the lack of OIS, the videos end up being jittery.
The phone’s 16MP camera has an LED to keep it company. For better results, the Moto G6 employs pixel binning technique so shots are saved in 4MP by default. You can manually change it to 16MP, but we have noticed that the default mode produces better results. Below are some sample images from the camera (click to enlarge)
The Moto G6 packs in a 3000mAh battery. With moderate use, it lasts for a day. You should be fine as long as you don’t forget charging the phone every night. Thanks to the Turbo fast charging, the battery takes under a couple of hours to top up a battery.
The Moto G6 is a good phone. It offers a very solid user experience and has a competent camera. The build quality is quite solid. Lenovo really has done a good job of creating a phone which does most things right whilst keeping the price at a very respectable level. The Moto G6 would be a great phone for most general users who aren’t looking to spend a fortune but still want a decent phone.
Below are the main specs for the Moto G6:
- 5.7″ Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio
- 1.8 GHz octa-core processor and 4G speed
- Rear camera hardware: 12 MP & 5 MP dual rear cameras, f/1.8 aperture
- Front camera hardware: 8 MP
- Advanced imaging software
- 32 GB of internal storage expandable to 128 GB
- All-day battery
- TurboPower charging (hours of power in just minutes of charging)
- Multi-function fingerprint reader
- Water repellent nano-coating inside and out