Motorola Moto G Play (2021) review: a fairly good phone for a very good price

The Moto G Play is the cheapest of the four phones that Motorola launched into the US market earlier this year. Introduced at $169, the company is already enjoying a permanent $10 cut and is firmly positioned in the budget area. Most of the prices you’ll find in G Play’s spec list are a 6.5-inch 720p LCD with standard refresh rates, a Snapdragon 460 processor with 3GB of RAM, and a generous 5,000mAh battery. There’s another factor driving some shoppers to the G Play: Motorola’s budget-friendly phone will be one of the fewer options as LG leaves the budget phone space and the remaining inventory disappears from the retail store shelves. in America. As I’ve never seen a device under $150 that Motorola has launched in other markets this year, it’s likely that the G Play will be a consideration for budget-focused phone buyers right now. The good stuff Priced under $200 Very good battery life Very good battery life performance is good for its class Bad stuff The screen is dark and the low-resolution camera features are very limited. Only two years of security updates are offered. There are several aspects to the phone’s feature set that feel overwhelming. Even if you take the price into account: In other words, with 32GB of storage (expandable afterwards) and a 13-megapixel main camera, a more advanced high-resolution pixel binning sensor is becoming the norm at all price points. Yes. But in a nutshell, the G Play has a good price/performance ratio. You’ll have to be patient and accept a few shortcomings, and if your budget allows, you can spend an extra $50 to 100 to get a meaningful upgrade. The G Play’s 6.5-inch display has a slightly lower resolution compared to its size and is hard to see in bright outdoor lighting. Moto G Play performance and screen The G Play uses the Snapdragon 460 chipset, an entry-level Qualcomm processor introduced more than a year ago. Combined with 3GB of RAM, it can handle everyday tasks like jumping between apps and scrolling social media, albeit with subtle, noticeable stuttering. Heavy tasks like starting and stopping Google Maps navigation take some time. It’s not as disappointing as my experience with the LG Stylo 6, but it’s a step down from the kind of performance you’d expect from a $50-100 more expensive phone, including Motorola’s own G-series lineup. The G Play includes a 5,000mAh battery that is much larger than the typical 4,000 or 4,500mAh. Likewise, the screen gets the job done, but it doesn’t shine in particular. The 720p resolution scales thinly across the 6.5-inch display, and the image is visibly pixelated. The colors are on the cooler side and the screen will be a bit dark if you don’t increase the brightness to its maximum. Even though the brightness went up all the way, it was hard to see outdoors. One of the areas worth upgrading because we spend so much time looking at the device. That said, it’s not that there is a problem with the display, it’s not very good. There is more good news on the front of the battery. The G Play comes with a 5,000mAh battery, which is much larger than the typical 4,000 or 4,500mAh you’ll find on other similarly sized Android phones. Motorola claims its battery life is 3 days, which could be the case if you are a light user and your screen brightness is conservative. I had no problem charging two days with the time of turning the screen on for a few hours a day. It certainly makes sense to use it all day and overdo it. The storage can be expanded via a microSD card, so plan for an extra $10 to 15 for what you need at the time of purchase. Moto G Play comes with 32GB of storage. This will account for about half compared to 2021. Operating system files are not enough. The storage can be expanded via a microSD card, so if you don’t already have it, plan an extra $10-15 for what you need at the time of purchase. G Play comes with Android 10 installed. It’s on Motorola’s list of Android 11 updates, but the timing is unclear, and given the company’s performance it could take months. Your phone will receive security updates through January 2023. Unfortunately, this is short-lived, so it can be exchanged or monetized through an upgrade with your carrier after a few years. The Moto G Play’s rear panel has only one camera, a depth sensor and a flash. Moto G Play Camera G Play has a 13 megapixel rear camera (with a 2 megapixel depth sensor) and a 5 megapixel selfie camera. That’s it. Even in the budget class, there aren’t many cameras in 2021. No one can miss out on the low-quality macro cameras manufacturers keep putting on devices these days, but it’s a shame that they don’t use ultra-wide. Considering that it is not difficult to find a phone that offers one at this price. Grid View If there is nothing else, G Play’s camera product is very simple. The default camera app has two main shooting modes: photo and video. Portrait mode and a few other extra features are available in the shooting menu, but there is no night mode here. Outdoors with good lighting, this 13 megapixel camera is fine. The overall exposure is balanced and the camera doesn’t try too much HDR-ing. Thank you, but you don’t have to look too close to see that the details of the grass and leaves are smoothed out. Things go down quickly in poor lighting situations. G Play is not suitable for low-light photography. The selfie camera was also guilty of aggressively over-smoothing in the default “Face Beauty Auto” setting that made my face look like a shiny donut. Thankfully, you can turn this feature off. G Play is affordable compared to what it offers, but spending a little more means a valuable upgrade. Obviously, G Play has its drawbacks. It should be $160. The question is whether this is a tradeoff that can live for years. If you enjoy a very casual relationship with your phone, G Play does everything you need. If you enjoy a very casual relationship with your phone, G Play does everything you need. Basic tasks such as light web browsing, social media, email, music and more are enough. If you use the phone camera to take quick snapshots and don’t expect too much, G Play works just fine. If you think you need a little more on your phone or want to make your phone experience a little more enjoyable, you can spend a little more on products like Motorola’s own Moto G Power. Better camera. Samsung and One Plus are worth a try recently in the under-$200 class. I haven’t tested them, but they have competitive specs. If our relationship with technology is less complex than ours, who stare at the tiny glowing screens in our hands for hours every day on this planet, jump between social media apps and push our phone cameras to the limit, it would fit well with the Moto G Play. Save your thoughts for the rest of us. Photo of Allison Johnson / The Verge


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