Moto G6 Review

Does a rich feature set for the sub-£220 price allow the Moto G6 to retain the title of 'world's best budget phone', even with all the new challengers attempting to corner the market?
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Despite costing just £220, this phone packs in everything expect of a phone that's twice the price.

Pros

  • The perfect size
  • Well built for the price
  • Detailed FHD+ screen
  • Fantastic software experience

Cons

  • Some performance frustrations, especially with the camera

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £219.99
  • 5.7-inch 18:9 FHD+ screen
  • Snapdragon 450 CPU
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • Dual rear cameras (12MP + 5MP)
  • 3000mAh battery

What is the Moto G6?

The Moto G6 is nearing its first birthday and we’re expecting to see the replacement, likely the Moto G7, very soon. The Moto G6 remains an excellent phone, however a lot has changed in the budget phone space over the past year.

Xiaomi has entered the UK market, bringing with it a a sizeable collection of excellent budget phones. Honor has also continued improving. Is the time for Moto’s budget dominance to end?

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Moto G6  – Design

Fitting in with the 2017/2018 smartphone crowd, the Moto G6 totes an extended 18:9 aspect ratio display, resulting in a taller, narrower body than previous entries in the Moto G family. It makes for a more comfortable fit in the hand without sacrificing screen real-estate and as such it’s still great for watching videos on the go.

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Moto G6

It’s svelte form also carries across to its thickness, or rather, thinness; with a slimmer silhouette that more readily slips into your pocket.

Reassuringly, Motorola also appears to have made this Moto hardier than its predecessors. Despite the glass design, there’s a sturdy metal frame running the phone’s edge and the back is hewn from curved Gorilla Glass. Placing it side by side with the predominantly plastic-bodied Moto Gs of old, there’s no competition.

There’s a whiff of Samsung Galaxy S9 about the design too – never a bad thing – but the Moto G6 feels lighter.

A nicely bevelled power button sits on the side and it’s flanked by a clicky volume rocker. A USB-C port and headphone jack (it’s still there!) can be found along the bottom. Below the display is a long and thin fingerprint scanner/home button and a slightly unnecessary Motorola logo.

Moto G6

The Moto G6 lacks any water-resistance, however, there’s an added coating that offers some resistance against splashes and rain. Just don’t expect this to protect against an accidental dunking in a bath.

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Moto G6 – Screen

Handsets in this price-range often sacrifice a good display to try to keep costs down. However, when you consider the length of time we spend glued to our phone screens, I’d much prefer a quality screen over, say, a few extra gigabytes of RAM and greater internal storage. Thankfully, the Moto G6’s display is very good.

The 18:9, 5.7-inch IPS LCD panel is taller than that featured on the Moto G5, and to fill the extra space resolution has been bumped up slightly from FHD to FHD+. At this size, you’re unlikely to notice the difference between this and a QHD+ toting display – unless you get in super-close, that is – and we’re yet to see OLED panels really impress at this end of the market.

That high resolution makes for detailed reproduction of images and videos, with individual pixels that are impossible to spot. Combine this with the super-wide display and the Moto G6 is great for watching Netflix and YouTube.

Moto G6

It isn’t the brightest screen around; you’ll want either to enable auto-brightness or manually jack it up in the settings panel to improve outdoor visibility. Viewing angles are surprisingly good, however.

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Another slight niggle is that by default the screen is a little on the cool side: whites take on a slight blue hue; it just feels a little cold. However, whether or not this is an issue is a matter of personal preference, rather than there being something wrong with the display. If it annoys, I’d recommend you head into settings for a fiddle.