Moto G6 Play review
Playing the Moto G6 is a cheaper alternative to the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus. It acts advanced features such as 1080p resolution and a glass back to the SIM-free price down on a level more of us are comfortable with knocking.
It costs $199/£ 169/AU $320, making it one of the cheapest 18:9 screen phones you buy.
What are you losing? The Motorola Moto G6 play does not take great pictures at night and the fingerprint scanner is slower than most. However, it is still stunning value and is also one of the best looking phones in this class.
A large 4, 000mAh battery
32GB storage and a MicroSD card slot
There are two main areas to cover in the functions of the Moto G6 games. We need to check out what we’re missing buying this instead of a Moto G6, and appreciate the neat extras Motorola has managed to fit in on the price.
Let’s start with the parts that deserve applause. The Moto G6 game has 32GB of storage, which is excellent for the price. There’s a memory card slot if that’s not enough, but there’s plenty of room for some of your favorite games and thousands of photos.
Battery life is the real standout here, though. A 4, 000mAh unit allows the Motorola Moto G6 to play plow through a full day of intensive use, including, for example, an hour of YouTube Streaming along with the usual messaging, browsing and camera use.
The Moto G6 Games is also one of the cheaper phones to have where fast charging. It’s a huge selling point if you want a low-maintenance phone. The 13MP rear camera takes very pleasant shots in daylight as well.
The missing parts? It has a micro-USB connection instead of the newer USB-C and while the back looks a lot like that of the Moto G6, it is made of plastic instead of glass. It will pick up light scratches in your pocket soon if you are not careful. That said, Motorola contains a protective cover in the box.
Screen resolution takes a step down from the Moto G5s 1080p as well. It’s a 720 x 1440 screen, but we’re pleasantly surprised by how well it keeps next to its more expensive brothers.
The chipset is also the same as that of last year’s Moto G5, a Snapdragon 430. It’s not a super-powerful chipset, but will give you more-than-acceptable performance in all areas, including high-end gaming.
A plastic back with reflective elements
Surprisingly compact and easy to handle
This latest generation of Moto G phones marks the first time that Motorola has used glass in this series. Well, apart from the front panel, that is glass since the very first Moto G.
The Moto G6 and G6 plus have bent Gorilla Glass rear panel. In the step down to play the Moto G6 you lose this glass. It has been replaced by plastic. However, we are pleasantly surprised by how close it looks and feels to the higher-end design. It’s just something tackier and doesn’t get that cool-to-the-touch feeling of glass or aluminum.
There are a few key elements that make the plastic look rather chic. First, the Moto G6 Play is back not observable Flex under handshake. And it has the same reflective elements below the top layer as the more expensive models in this range.
When they catch the light, you will see a beautiful S-shaped pattern of bright blue gasp over the rear. It looks great.
It is also much more subtle than it can appear in some of our photos, because we have deliberately used light to bring the effect. Use it indoors and the Moto G6 play looks just like a very dark blue glass-backed phone.
It’s not all-plastic, either. The sides are aluminum, although they are covered to keep the finish consistent.
Size is another important aspect that you need to get your head around. From the spec list only, you would imagine that the Moto G6 play is huge. It has a 5.7-inch screen. However, it’s not huge.
Width is the most important element that determines how big a phone feels. And at 72.2 mm, the Moto G6 play is actually less wide than the 73mm moto G5. It is easy to handle, and while about an inch longer than the Moto G5, this is because of its considerably larger screen.
Classier than the EEA 7a and more affordable than the EEA 9 Lite, the Moto G6 play is one of the most pleasant phones you will find on the price.
There are a few compromises, though. It does not have the water-repellent nano coating of the high-end Moto G6 models and there is a micro-USB on the bottom, not a USB-C.
The difference? As we get fast charging anyway, it’s all about the ease of introducing the charging cable. USB-CS can be jammed in either direction, Micro USBs can not.
It has a, Hallelujah, headphone jack, too. This is on the top edge. All Moto G6 models have one, though, so it’s not a reason to get this cheaper model. Lower costs.
There is a fingerprint scanner on the back too. Motorola told us it lives here because it is cheaper to implement a rear sensor than a front one, as seen in the Moto G6 and G6 Plus, especially in a phone with pretty narrow surrounds like this.
The scanner works well, but is far from being the fastest. Huawei’s S-Lite is faster, and the Motorola Moto G6 play is a little picky than most about your finger position. However, it is worth highlighting what the real difference is.
You look at a standby home screen time of about a second (or slightly below) where the fastest take about 0.3 seconds. It is slower, but still faster than using a passcode.
5.7-inch 18:9 screen gives you plenty of space
720 x 1440 resolution is lower than the rest of the G6 Range
The screen shows both the Moto G6 play main upgrade, and one of its remarkable budgetary compromises. It’s a 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect screen. Until late last year all the affordable phones had less ‘ long ‘ 16:9 aspect screens. This phone proves such a screen is no longer just for more expensive mobile phones.
Benefits are more space for your fingers while playing console-style landscape orientation games and more lines of text on the screen when you read an article. You’ll notice this all the more when the onscreen keyboard pops up. It takes a lot of a 16:9 phone screen. Not so with a 18:9 ‘ there like the Moto G6 games.
Resolution is the compromise. 720 x 1440 pixels may sound like very much still, but this is just a stretched take at 720p. The Moto G4 play is the last time we saw a moto G phone with this class of resolution, back in 2016.
If you currently have a 1080p phone, you will probably notice the phone is not as sharp in the first few minutes. However, we were quite surprised by how quickly our eyes beds in it.
Android uses font-aliasing (smoothing) these days, and there is no “screen-door” effect, which is where pixel density is so low, you can see the light gaps between the pixels. The Motorola Moto G6 still play a 282ppi pixel density, after all, which is not bad.
Color performance is only very slightly worse than the Moto G6 too. Vivid Reds only see a touch less saturated when using the vivid mode.You can choose between this mode and “Standard”, which is intended to look more natural, but also loses some wealth. Color temperature is customizable too. There are warm, neutral and cool settings.
Use “Vivid ” color and “warm ” Temperature and the Moto G6 play looks good, more inviting and lush than the Honor 7a. This is a very nice screen for the price, although the higher pixel density of the Moto G6 does not get you closer to the look of an ultra-high-end phone thanks to its smoother fonts.
On a sunny day, the Moto G6 keeps playing up to about as much as the Moto G6, with enough brightness to make the display contents easily visible.