Motorola Moto G6, my first month with this mid-range mobile

Motorola Moto G6, my first month with this mid-range mobile

Your Expert RecommendedThe Motorola Moto G6 is one of the most important mid-range smartphones of the moment. For a price of 250 euros, it offers 4 GB of RAM , a large screen (5.7 inches) and a dual camera of 12 + 5 megapixels.

Now: How does the Motorola Moto G6 behave after a month of use ? What advantages and disadvantages does this mid-range mobile have?

Depending on the interests and needs of each user, the phone will be a very interesting option or it will fall short. In this article we analyze the main advantages and disadvantages of everyday use of the Moto G6.

Is it worth betting on a mid-range mobile?

Buying a mid-range smartphone is usually a real lottery: we can find phones with very good value for money and others that end up being a disaster and a waste of money.

But the available budget is a very important factor when choosing a smartphone. The high-end with the flagship phones of each brand is already around or above 900 euros, figures that are not available to everyone.

Motorola's proposal with its Moto G6 is quite striking in that sense, because it offers very interesting features for 250 euros .

Specifically, we can enjoy a fairly long-lasting battery , a large screen for watching movies and series, and a dual camera that behaves quite well in different conditions.

Moto G6 display: impressions after a month

The 5-screen size has long been considered a standard in many ranges of phones on the market. In comparison, the 5.7-inch screen of the Moto G6 is an excellent choice for enjoying graphic content.

motorola moto g6 mobile

The resolution is 1080 x 2160 pixels, with an 18: 9 aspect and 424 pixels per inch . In terms of graphics, the Moto G6's display offers very bright and sharp colors, even in bright conditions or in direct sunlight.

In addition to videos and games, another star content that is very well enjoyed on the screen are books. Using applications like the Kindle or similar, the 5.7-inch panel is used very well to enjoy reading without leaving your eyes .

Logically, it is still a smartphone screen, so after a while reading the eyes ask for a break.

In Settings> Display> Color mode we can manually configure the color temperature, as well as activate the intense color mode that improves saturation. I personally believe that the best results are obtained with intense mode and neutral temperature.

Battery: a day of autonomy with the Moto G6

In the Motorola Moto G6 we find a 3000 mAh battery that offers a medium autonomy. Despite the 5.7-inch screen, with a standard use of the mobile we can perfectly endure the entire day without having to charge it.

The AnTuTu Tester gave a result of 6663 points to the Moto G6 , a reasonably good figure.

Fortunately, smartphone manufacturers are betting on long-lasting batteries for their mid-range mobiles as well. For a lower price, even if we give up certain top-of-the-range features, we don't have to give up autonomy .

The Moto G6 battery is charged with a USB type C cable. Using the phone's own charger, we will enjoy the TurboBoost fast charging function , and in about an hour and a half we will have the mobile at 100% battery again.

Motorola Moto G6

screen5.7-inch, 1,080 x 2,160-pixel HD (424dpi)
Main chamberDual, 12 + 5 megapixels, f / 1.8, Full HD video
Camera for selfies8 megapixels, f / 2.2, Full HD video
Internal memory32 GB / Expandable via microSD card
ExtensionmicroSD up to 256GB
Processor and RAMEight cores at 1.8 GHz, 4 GB

735 points (Single-Core) and 3977 points (Multi-Core) in the Geekbench 4 power test

70943 points in the AnTuTu Benchmark power test

Battery3,000 mAh, TurboPower fast charging

6663 points in AnTuTu Tester battery test

Operating systemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
ConnectionsBT 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC
DesignGlass and aluminum, fingerprint reader
Dimensions153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 millimeters (167 grams)
Featured FeaturesFM radio, splash protection, Dolby Audio sound technology, hand gestures
Release dateMay 2018
Price250 euros

Moto gestures and functions: another strong point

Probably one of the characteristics that Motorola is betting the most on is the ease of use of its smartphones. Through the Moto application, the phone's function manager , we can configure a large number of gestures and shortcuts with our hands.

This is one of the details that I appreciate the most about the Moto G6. In general, I like to quickly access some functions such as the screenshot or the camera .

Another detail that I love is the possibility of using the fingerprint reader as a navigation button, since it can be configured to replace the classic three Android buttons .

If you only have one hand available, it is easy to maintain a grip on the phone and also navigate the screen and applications using the fingerprint reader.

Special "Always-on display" mode

Another feature that I have taken advantage of a lot this month has been the special "Always-on display" system of the Moto G6. The smartphone keeps the panel off, but it is activated quickly by simply reaching out to the proximity sensor.

In an instant the special screen with information on date, time, and battery charge status turns on .

It is an interesting intermediate solution that saves a little more energy , compared to the option of keeping the panel always active.

Moto G6 camera: good option, no surprises

The Motorola Moto G6 is equipped with a 12 + 5 megapixel dual main camera , dual dual-tone LED flash and phase detection autofocus.

In terms of quality, the camera performs well for basic needs, although it does not offer great surprises to achieve spectacular results.

motorola moto g6 cameras

Personally I think it is a bit slow, and from the moment the shutter button is pressed until the photograph is taken there is a short time that can be annoying.

With the latest Moto G6 software updates, the Google Lens feature is now integrated into the camera.

Camera modes and functions

The Motorola Moto G6 allows you to take panoramic photos, apply filters for faces, use portrait mode (with the background out of focus) and use a cropping function to "remove the background" and give maximum prominence to a specific object.

Photography at night or in low light is best with a tripod and some adjustments in manual mode.

The aspect that I liked the most about the camera is the option to record  videos in FullHD quality at 60fps.

Scan mode with text recognition

Probably the feature that I have used the most this month has been the text recognition in the main camera.

The Moto G6 uses artificial intelligence to scan documents and to recognize the text on them. Afterwards, that text is saved in a note format that we can edit, copy, forward, etc.

It is a very useful mode that goes beyond the usual functions of scanning documents on mobile phones. Most allow you to quickly capture the sheets, detecting the edges of the paper.

In the case of the Moto G6, in addition, we can save the text of any sheet in a few seconds .

Selfie camera

The front camera of the smartphone is 8 megapixels and offers very good quality results for taking selfies . It has a group selfie mode, includes face filters and allows you to record in slow motion and in fast motion.

Built-in FM radio

It seems that user demand is having an influence on mobile manufacturers. After a period in which it seemed impossible to find mobile phones with FM radio, more and more models are incorporating it.

motorola moto g6 radio

In the case of the Motorola Moto G6, I have taken advantage of and appreciated the presence of the FM radio to listen to music and my favorite stations.

Performance after one month of use

Inside the Motorola Moto G6 we find a 1.8 GHz octa- core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, along with 4 GB of RAM.

4 GB of RAM are an excellent option for this range (we are talking about a price of 250 euros). However, after a month of use I have the impression that the processor is a bit short.

If we bet on applications or games that use a lot of resources, we will see that the phone becomes a little slower.

There is another detail where it could improve in terms of speed: fingerprint unlocking . It is true that it works perfectly and does not usually have recognition problems, but it takes a little while from when it detects the finger until it unlocks the screen.

motorola moto g6 screen

Android 8: the latest version of the operating system

An interesting advantage of the Moto G6 is that it comes standard with the latest version available (for the moment) of Android: Android 8 Oreo .

Personally, I really like Motorola's decision not to add almost customization: this is an almost pure Android phone , but with the added advantages of Moto gestures and functions.

Price and conclusions

Returning to the reflection of the beginning: Is it worth buying a mid-range smartphone? In the case of the Motorola Moto G6, it is a model that should be considered.

If the budget that is handled is not very high, this is a phone that remains below 300 euros and offers all the quality features that we could expect from the mid-range.

motorola moto g6 design screen

As points in favor of the Moto G6, we have:

  • Battery life .
  • Near-pure Android 8 and Motorola's hands-on gestures and functions.
  • Good RAM .
  • Pretty complete camera (although it could improve in speed).

If we compare the benefits with a mid-range phone with a higher price (400-500 euros), logically we will miss some things (more speed or more options in the camera, for example). But if we think about the price of 250 euros, there is no doubt that the Moto G6 is an excellent purchase option for its category .