Moto G6 review (2018) – Is it still the best smartphone under $250?

Does the new Moto G6 live up to the Moto G legacy?

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Moto G6 Review (2018)

Bottom Line

The Moto G6 is a great smartphone for $250, and it continues to carry the value torch for the G-series. What’s most impressive here is the level of refinement this device brings to the table at this price point.

Overall
4.5

Pros

  • Premium materials
  • Stock Android
  • Feature-rich camera
  • Solid performance
  • Legacy CDMA support
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No NFC
  • No water resistance
  • So-so battery life

Performance and battery life

Under the hood, the Moto G6 features Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 450 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard flash (expandable via microSD). There’s also a 4GB / 64GB version, but I tested the base model. Overall, the phone didn’t skip a beat, with good performance across the board. Naturally, gaming will be better on a flagship, but for most tasks, it gets the job done without drama. Battery life is pretty decent as well, thanks to a thrifty chipset and a 3000mAh cell. This means the G6 will keep on ticking for most of the day. Still, I was expecting a bit more endurance from Moto. When it’s time to fill up, there’s a 15W fast charger included in the box.

The only items missing from the spec sheet are water resistance and NFC, which means no Google Pay support… Bummer!

Software

Moto G6 (2018)

Moto’s hands-off approach to software makes the G6 is a pleasure to use and keeps the UI fast and lightweight. It runs an almost stock build of Android 8.0 (Oreo) with a few useful touches thrown in. For example, Moto Display shows the time and notifications on screen when the handset is locked with just a nudge or a wave of the hand. Moto Actions maps tasks to gestures, like chopping the phone down twice to activate the flashlight, or twisting the wrist to open the camera app. Finally, there’s Moto’s own take on face unlock, which works fine as long as there’s enough light.

Bottom Line

Moto G6 (2018)

There’s no doubt the Moto G6 for $250 ($235 at Amazon) is a great smartphone, and it definitely continues to carry the value torch for the G-series. What’s most impressive here is the level of refinement this device brings to the table at this price point. Moto’s software is delightful as always, and the feature-rich camera encourages creativity. Add solid battery life, and this handset is a no-brainer — especially for Verizon and Sprint customers looking for an unlocked option.

Still, the competition is heating up. The Honor 7x costs just $200 in the US and only falls short in terms of design, software, and lack of legacy CDMA support. In other markets, the glass-clad Honor 9 lite adds NFC and only sacrifices stock Android for about the same price. Other Chinese manufacturers will be joining the party sooner or later, so let’s hope Moto keeps the G-series fresh for many more years to come. Oh, and please add NFC next time, OK?

Moto G6 Review (2018)

Bottom Line

The Moto G6 is a great smartphone for $250, and it continues to carry the value torch for the G-series. What’s most impressive here is the level of refinement this device brings to the table at this price point.

Overall
4.5

Pros

  • Premium materials
  • Stock Android
  • Feature-rich camera
  • Solid performance
  • Legacy CDMA support
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No NFC
  • No water resistance
  • So-so battery life