Motorola Moto G30 is one of the newest members of the G series. The device offers a number of functions that enable many check boxes in the budget segment. The Moto G30 is powered by the Snapdragon 662 SoC, has a 5,000 mAh battery and, in addition to an attractive design, offers a quad rear-view camera setup. But how good is it really compared to the competition? We’ve spent some time with the device and here is our Moto G30 short review.
With its gradient design, the smartphone offers a fresh look for the Dark Pearl color variant that we received from the company. It’s hard to see the fingerprints on the back, which makes it some of the devices we can recommend without using a case. The phone is easy to grip thanks to the Curves on the sides. In addition, the fingerprint sensor is located in the Motorola logo. This is a decent placement as it is easy to get to while holding the device.
On the left edge are all the buttons, including the Google Assistant, volume rockers, and the power button, which is well positioned and structured. However, the Google Assistant button is at the top and is very difficult to reach with one hand without doing thumb acrobatics. At the bottom is a Type-C port that is accompanied by a microphone and speaker. At the top, you get a 3.5mm audio jack and a secondary microphone. I have a thing for phones that have a headphone jack. The Moto G30 offers an IP52 degree of protection for Water resistance, but don’t take to the beach.
The Moto G30 has a 6.5-inch LCD display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The bezels are a little thicker, but do not bother you when you are viewing content or using the phone in general. While it’s not as high-contrast as an OLED screen, the display quality is good for media consumption. Plus, 90 Hz makes the experience smoother than usual. However, the maximum brightness of the screen is not the best. We had problems viewing it in direct sunlight, especially when trying to display photos.
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 662 chipset, paired with 4 GB / 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB / 128 GB of internal storage that can be expanded. We had no problems surfing the phone or occasional use. However, the animation is slower. Apps load quickly and you can easily multitask. However, don’t expect to play your favorite games in high graphics settings.
The battery life of the 5,000 mAh cell easily lasts a whole day – regardless of type of use. Motorola offers great battery life for its budget devices, and the Moto G30 is no different. The company included a 20W charger that charged 35% in 30 minutes and over 60% in an hour.
The Moto G30 has a quad rear camera led by a 64-megapixel primary camera accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The cameras are versatile, but apart from the primary sensor, the others need to be improved.
The 64MP sensor used Pixel binning for the standard recording of 16-megapixel recordings. However, you can also click on full resolution photos. As with any other camera these days, you can get good detail in broad daylight. In addition, we found the colors to be pretty accurate too. At night it takes a while for images to be clicked. Details in the shade are missing. It is also smoothed to reduce the grain. Switching to night mode offers better detail, but the highlights can sometimes be blown out. When taking portraits, the software offers a good separation between subject and background.
The secondary cameras aren’t worth writing home about. The 8MP sensor captures fewer details compared to the primary lens. It is perfectly usable in daylight. With the 2MP macro camera, it is average at best. The shots lack detail, but you can get very close to the subject. There’s a 13-megapixel selfie shooter on the front, which has average dynamic range and aggressive HDR for most of the time. You can click on portraits that provide a good separation of the subject from the background. The details disappear in low light, but using night mode is a better choice as it offers better colors.
An all-rounder, but not a master
The Moto G30 seems like an all-rounder, but not a master. It offers a good display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, average performance and cameras, and a long battery life – all in an elegant design. It does a little bit of everything. However, the phone faces stiff competition from the Redmi Note 10 (albeit more expensive, but less expensive) and the Realme Narzo 30A. However, if you’re on a budget, the Moto G30 won’t disappoint.
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