Motorola Moto G6

8.2/10 AVG.
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8.2/10
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The Motorola Moto G6 currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 38 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

If you’re looking for a solid option for everyday use, don’t need powerhouse flagship performance, and are not worried about the weak camera the Moto G6 offers outstanding value and is the sweet spot in Motorola’s latest G-Series lineup.

What's good

  • Great value
  • Detailed, well-balanced display
  • Plenty of storage
  • microSD support
  • Stock Android experience

What's bad

  • Weak camera
  • Questionable aging

Moto’s G-Series has held a spot at the top of the budget and mid-tier phone rankings thanks to their smart balance of price and features. The latest release, the Motorola Moto G6, sees one of their highest prices yet. But does it still find that balance the series is known for?

Looking at the phone, it's easy to see that Motorola is attempting to add an upscale feel to the line. Instead of the usual plastic from earlier releases, the G6 uses a gorilla glass back with smooth curves and a slight camera bump. The phone also includes slots for a microSD card and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Reviewers had no problem with grip or smudges and liked the new design and materials.

Around front, you’re greeted with a 5.7-inch 1080-by-2160 IPS display. While it doesn’t offer quite the contrast of an AMOLED display, reviewers found the color balance was great and the screen was easy to see -- even in direct sunlight. The resolution also provides plenty of detail for web browsing or streaming video.

Compared to previous models, Motorola has reduced the bezels on the display. You’ll still find a chunky chin, thanks to the fingerprint scanner. But overall, reviewers found the phone well balanced in the hand and comfortable to use.

The octa-core 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 450 processor shows the phone’s budget roots. Paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, reviewers had no problem with stuttering. While they noted the phone doesn’t launch apps as fast or multi-task as well as a flagship phone, it’s also a fraction of the price. Most found the performance more than adequate for daily use -- though some questioned how well the phone would age.

It ships with a nearly stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo. The only major change is the addition of Moto Actions -- gesture controls the reviewers loved.

Depending on your region, the phone is available with either 32 or 64GB of storage. But microSD support allows you to add up to 128GB more space for movies, games, apps, and other files.

The weakest point of the phone for many reviews, the dual-lens 12MP/5MP rear camera offers decent performance in perfect lighting. But if there’s much contrast in the scene or the lighting is low, things deteriorate fast. Between slow response time, noisy images, and a weak portrait mode, reviewers often found that pictures didn’t meet expectations. There’s also an 8MP front-facing lens with flash for selfies and video chat.

Reviews on the 3,000mAh battery with Type-C TurboPower charging were mixed. With average use, the phone had no problem lasting a full day. But push the phone, and battery dips fast. Fortunately, the phone comes with a TurboPower charger for quick boosts in as little as 15 minutes.

Overall, the phone was a hit with reviewers despite the bump in price. Business Insider said, “The Moto G6 is pretty much for anyone, just as long as they don't really care so much about camera quality.” Mobile Syrup praised the phone, saying, “In spite of the device’s unimpressive camera and slightly underwhelming battery performance, it’s very easy to recommend purchasing the Moto G6.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Verge

The Moto G6 looks and feels like a phone twice its price. It has a great screen, a comfortable design, a clear speaker, and in the few weeks I’ve been using it, no obvious performance issues (despite its budget price and processor). I certainly do have complaints and nitpicks, but I still keep picki...

- Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge
Business Standard

A premium looking device that ticks almost all the right boxes. The phone sports a modern screen, front facing fingerprint sensor, dual cameras on the rear, glass build, USB type-C port and a sort of water resistance, which might save the phone from accidental splashes. All these features make the G...

- Khalid Anzar, Business Standard
Business Insider

The Moto G6 is pretty much for anyone, just as long as they don't really care so much about camera quality. You can compare the camera quality to cheap headphones versus expensive headphones. The cheap headphones will still deliver your music, just not as well as the expensive headphones. The same g...

- Antonio Villas-Boas, Business Insider
Cnet

The Motorola Moto G6 has a near-stock version of Android Oreo, good dual-rear cameras, fast charging and a sleek design. And it's amazingly affordable.

- Patrick Holland, Cnet
Android Headlines

The Moto G6 is a pretty good smartphone from Motorola. It does continue the pedigree of the Moto G lineup, which is offering a good phone at a cheap price, without really skimping out on features and such. For under $249, it’s hard to beat the Moto G6, even though it may come up short in a few areas...

- Alexander Maxham, Android Headlines


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Motorola released the Moto G6 on April 19, 2018.


The Moto G6 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Motorola Moto G6 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Moto G6 user manual here.


Motorola backs up the Moto G6 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Moto G6 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.7"

The Motorola Moto G6's screen size is 5.7 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 Octa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 1450 minutes, 631 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto G6 Specs

Overview
Release date April 19, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 Octa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 3/4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.10 W/kg
Body: 1.410 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 581 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 631 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 565 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1450 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Deep Indigo, Pink, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.38 x 7.23 x 0.83 cm (6.1 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 167 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (5 MP 2nd camera), Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto G (6th Gen), Moto G (2018), Moto 1S, Pomelo 1S

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


The Verge

I can't believe budget phones are this good

from The Verge

The Moto G6 looks and feels like a phone twice its price. It has a great screen, a comfortable design, a clear speaker, and in the few weeks I’ve been using it, no obvious performance issues (despite its budget price and processor). I certainly do have complaints and nitpicks, but I still keep...More

The Moto G6 looks and feels like a phone twice its price. It has a great screen, a comfortable design, a clear speaker, and in the few weeks I’ve been using it, no obvious performance issues (despite its budget price and processor). I certainly do have complaints and nitpicks, but I still keep picking it up and thinking, “How on earth is this thing only $250?”

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Business Standard

Value-for-money smartphone with premium design, features

from Business Standard

A premium looking device that ticks almost all the right boxes. The phone sports a modern screen, front facing fingerprint sensor, dual cameras on the rear, glass build, USB type-C port and a sort of water resistance, which might save the phone from accidental splashes. All these features make th...More

A premium looking device that ticks almost all the right boxes. The phone sports a modern screen, front facing fingerprint sensor, dual cameras on the rear, glass build, USB type-C port and a sort of water resistance, which might save the phone from accidental splashes. All these features make the G6 a value-for-money proposition in the midrange segment.

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Business Insider

A surprisingly nice phone

from Business Insider

The Moto G6 is pretty much for anyone, just as long as they don't really care so much about camera quality. You can compare the camera quality to cheap headphones versus expensive headphones. The cheap headphones will still deliver your music, just not as well as the expensive headphones. The sam...More

The Moto G6 is pretty much for anyone, just as long as they don't really care so much about camera quality. You can compare the camera quality to cheap headphones versus expensive headphones. The cheap headphones will still deliver your music, just not as well as the expensive headphones. The same goes for the Moto G6's camera: It'll capture a photo just fine, just not as well as the expensive smartphones.

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Cnet

A budget phone shouldn't be this good

from Cnet

The Motorola Moto G6 has a near-stock version of Android Oreo, good dual-rear cameras, fast charging and a sleek design. And it's amazingly affordable.

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The Motorola Moto G6 has a near-stock version of Android Oreo, good dual-rear cameras, fast charging and a sleek design. And it's amazingly affordable.

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Android Headlines

Style meets affordability

from Android Headlines

The Moto G6 is a pretty good smartphone from Motorola. It does continue the pedigree of the Moto G lineup, which is offering a good phone at a cheap price, without really skimping out on features and such. For under $249, it’s hard to beat the Moto G6, even though it may come up short in a few areas, it’s still hard to beat it.

Read full review

The Moto G6 is a pretty good smartphone from Motorola. It does continue the pedigree of the Moto G lineup, which is offering a good phone at a cheap price, without really skimping out on features and such. For under $249, it’s hard to beat the Moto G6, even though it may come up short in a few areas, it’s still hard to beat it.

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TechPP

G for glassy

from TechPP

It is a tough field. We have seen the Moto G series hold its own in the past, fighting mainly on the experience it delivered. This time, that does not seem to be an option, as there are definite alternatives, The Moto G6, however, seems to be fighting on another front – design. And there it is...More

It is a tough field. We have seen the Moto G series hold its own in the past, fighting mainly on the experience it delivered. This time, that does not seem to be an option, as there are definite alternatives, The Moto G6, however, seems to be fighting on another front – design. And there it is in a zone of one. The G in the latest Moto G definitely stands for glassy. How much users value it could well determine its fate.

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Mobile Syrup

A fantastic mid-range smartphone

from Mobile Syrup

The Moto G6 feels like the natural evolution of Motorola’s work in the Android smartphone space. It’s a mid-tier phone that looks and feels like a premium device, with a number of caveats aimed at maintaining the phone’s relatively affordable price.

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The Moto G6 feels like the natural evolution of Motorola’s work in the Android smartphone space. It’s a mid-tier phone that looks and feels like a premium device, with a number of caveats aimed at maintaining the phone’s relatively affordable price.

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Android Police

A predictably good value

from Android Police

The Moto G6 does some things very well. The taller display helps cram more usable space into a phone that's slightly narrower (and thus more comfortable to hold) than last year's Moto G. The quality of that LCD is fine—the brightness is good enough for outdoor use, and colors look accurate.

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The Moto G6 does some things very well. The taller display helps cram more usable space into a phone that's slightly narrower (and thus more comfortable to hold) than last year's Moto G. The quality of that LCD is fine—the brightness is good enough for outdoor use, and colors look accurate.

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TechRadar

One of the best budget phones, plus the shiny looks

from TechRadar

You might misjudge the Moto G6 for a flagship-grade phone by the looks, but it functions exactly how a mid-range phone is expected to. Moto's high-end exclusive features like fast charging, camera upgrades and more also make the cut.

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You might misjudge the Moto G6 for a flagship-grade phone by the looks, but it functions exactly how a mid-range phone is expected to. Moto's high-end exclusive features like fast charging, camera upgrades and more also make the cut.

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Fone Arena

Good design and premium build for the price

from Fone Arena

Overall, the Moto G6 is a good upgrade to the last year’s Moto G5 offering an eye-catching design with good build quality, and dedicated SIM and microSD slots instead of hybrid slot. However, the camera is not impressive and the battery life it just average compared to other competitors in the...More

Overall, the Moto G6 is a good upgrade to the last year’s Moto G5 offering an eye-catching design with good build quality, and dedicated SIM and microSD slots instead of hybrid slot. However, the camera is not impressive and the battery life it just average compared to other competitors in the price range. The company could have used Snapdragon 630 or even 625 SoC for a better performance.

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