Motorola Moto G6 review
Big screen / plentiful camera features
Our Motorola Moto G6 review finds a smartphone with an expansive screen and a camera app that is teaming with interesting features that will allow you to capture photos that are absolutely share-worthy.
Max Vision display
The Moto G6 has a 5.7” edge-to-edge Full HD+ Max Vision display with an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. What this tells us is that there is minimal bezel around the display and in landscape mode, the display is wider than normal. The extra columns of pixels really do give a cinematic experience.
The Moto G6 is an all glass affair with a Corning Gorillas Glass (3) 3D curved back. The overall look is superb and high end and you get a choice of four colours. These colours are Blush, Deep Indigo, Black and Silver.
There is a pretty average thickness of 8.3mm and a not too heavy or light overall weight of 167g. This Moto phone has a p2i water repellent coating that protects it from light rain or splashes. We have to give the Moto G6 top marks for looks and practicality.
The Moto G6 has a quality Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. The performance and low lag is really good and exceeds that of all but the most expensive flagship smartphones.
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Phone Set Up
Multifunction fingerprint sensor
The Moto G6 has a multifunction fingerprint reader that can unlock or lock the phone. The sensor can also be used to carry out the following actions:
- Tap for home
- Swipe left to go back
- Swipe right to see recent apps
There is an added bonus here because you can get rid of the virtual buttons that usually interfere with your view. If unlocking the phone with a fingerprint seems like too much effort, then you can use face unlock instead.
During your set up, you may want to move the content from your old phone onto the Moto G6. This is easy to do and there is an ample 32GB internal memory. There is also an up to 128GB microSD card slot.
Android OS and Moto apps
The Moto GS runs on Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo operating system and this comes with the new Google Assistant. If you prefer, you can use Moto Voice instead of the Google Assistant and get creative by asking questions such as “Do I need an umbrella today?” or “Open WhatsApp”.
You can also enjoy using Moto Actions and place the phone face down to instantly turn on do not disturb mode or make two chops to turn on the torch.
The cinematic screen becomes more immersive thanks to preset Dolby Audio modes and a front ported loud speaker. These direct the audio or music straight at you.
Camera & Video
The Moto G6 has a dual camera comprising of a 12MP lens and a 5MP lens. This gives you a really good portrait mode to play around with and offers:
- Selective focus - You can blur the foreground or the background
- Spot colour - Choose a single colour to remain while everything else turns to black and white
- Selective black and white - Take the colour out of everything but your subject or object of focus
The camera app also has landmark recognition and object recognition features that make onscreen recommendations, so that you can learn more about what you see. A Text scanner lets you scan physical documents and cut and paste the text into messages, emails or notes. Finally, there is time lapse video and slow motion video.
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Overall, this camera gives plenty to get you noticed on social media.
Wide angle selfie camera
The 8MP wide angle selfie camera has a special group selfie mode and beautification mode. The camera is aided by its own LED flash and you can have a little fun with face filters, time lapse and slow motion video recording.
Photos are backed up by Google Photos (cloud storage) and this app makes your photos searchable, with image recognition being put to good use.