Motorola Moto G6 Plus review
We simply didn’t expect so much
We simply were not expecting so much when we began our Motorola Moto G6 Plus review. After being delighted, particularly in the camera department, we feel confident in recommending this phone for anyone looking for a flagship experience on a phone that costs much, much less.
The Moto G6 Plus is more powerful than the plain old Moto G6 (Read our Moto G6 review). Specifically, it has a slightly larger display, a faster processor, face-unlock and a higher capacity battery. Honestly, what more could you ask for?
Max Vision display
The Max Vision display brings a real wow factor with it as it stretches 5.9” (horizontally). It has been given Full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. The benefit of this is that you get more rows of pixels, which lets you see more of a webpage without scrolling.
Comparison: Full HD+ has 2160 x 1080 pixels, compared to Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels.
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The overall experience is heightened by an eyestrain saving Night Mode and a front ported loud speaker. The phone has integrated Dolby Audio preset modes, so it sounds as good as the visuals.
The Motorola Moto G6 Plus is made from scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The back has a nice 3D contour that actually helps you to get a nice grip on the phone.
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The phone has a water repellent nano coating that protects the phone (inside and out) from light rain or accidental splashes. The phone is 8mm thick, weighs 167g and comes in either Deep Indigo or Nimbus (grey).
There is a great Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM inside this phone. This is a high quality affair and offers a lag free performance, whether you are gaming or opening high definition pictures.
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Phone Set Up
The Moto G6 Plus has a new smart camera system and this offers face-unlock. Face-unlock is the easiest way to unlock the phone but if you are a traditionalist, then you can use the multiple function fingerprint reader instead. The multiple functions of this include:
- Go back - Swipe left
- Recent apps - Swipe right
- Home - Tap once
Moving over your content
The Moto G6 Plus has a large 64GB internal memory for your old content. If you find that you need more memory in the future, then there is an up to 128GB memory card slot.
Android 8.0 Oreo
The Android Oreo operating system includes the Google Assistant and Moto Voice. Moto Voice can be used to execute voice commands or to instigate a Google Voice Search. Motorola also adds its own Moto Actions and these gestures can be used to trigger other actions:
- Torch - Double chop
- Do not disturb mode - Flip face down
- Stop ringing - Pick up
- Quick Capture - Twist
Android Oreo allows you to view notifications and updates without unlocking the phone. You can also reply to messages right from the lock screen. If you are using you mobile phone and get annoyed when the screen turns off, then you will be delighted to find an attentive display feature.
Camera & Video
New smart camera system
The camera on the Motorola Moto G6 Plus can not only manage face-unlock but also gives you landmark recognition and object recognition. This finds information for you without having to make a manual Google search.
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The dual rear camera has a 12MP lens and a 5MP lens and these let you do really cool things with your photos:
- Selective focus - Blur with great accuracy either the foreground or the background
- Selective black & white - Highlight one object or person to retain colour, while everything else turns to black and white
- Spot colour - Keep one single colour in the photograph
The photography experience is aided by fast focus using Dual Autofocus Pixel technology and a large aperture for low light photography. There is an excellent range of shooting modes and these include:
- Text scanner
- Best shot
- Face filters
- Portrait mode
- Active photos - Captures a short video
- Cutout - Change the background and appear to be somewhere else
Video recording is also excellent with 4K Ultra HD video capture, slow motion video and time lapse video.
The 8MP portrait camera has a group selfie feature, face filters, beautification mode and its own dedicated LED flash. You can record video selfies in Full HD, slow motion or time lapse. You can save photos in Google Photos, which backs them up online and gives you access to them from any other device you own.