3 things I like about Motorola's $160 phone:
The $160 Moto G Pure is the lowest-priced phone I tested in 2021. I wasn't sure what to expect. It lacks 5G support, has a 6.5-inch screen with merely 720p resolution, and carries 0x MediaTek Helio G25 processor which received the lowest score of any phone I tested in our benchmark performance tests. After a few days of using the Moto G Pure, I'm still quite impressed by its low-key charms.
The sole purpose of this phone's existence is to be cheap. And by cheap, I don't mean poor quality, rather, the opposite, in fact. The Moto G Pure costs $160 and that's before any discounts, of which there will be. To put that in perspective, for the price of an iPhone 13, you could buy four and a half Moto G Pure phones. Or you can get one for $569. The iPhone 13 is clearly a superior phone in nearly every way. But, at $160, the Moto G Pure is far more than worth it when it comes to the basics. (The phone won't be available internationally, but the price of $160 is equivalent to roughly 120 or AU$220.)
The Moto G Pure has a refreshing, minimalistic vibe. It handles the basics nicely. It's not particularly smooth, but it're also not overly slow. And there are a couple things about it that strike me as noteworthy.
The Moto G Pure has a long battery life.
The Moto G Pure has a 4,000-mAh battery. That's a lot of energy, but it'd be difficult to get the biggest battery available in tvs by Motorola. If you combine that battery with a similar version of Android 11, the MediaTek processor, sluggish resolution display, and 4G LTE connectivity, you have essentially gotten. Motorola claims two days on a single charge. In the few days I had the phone, I charged it twice. Meaning you should have no problems getting through a day.
The Moto G Pure camera works, but it doesn't excite.
There is a single rear 13-megapixel camera. Technically, there is a second camera in the form of occlusion sensors, which are 2-megapixel. The two work together for things like portrait mode and spot color photos. I'm not sure what I would expect from a $160 phone's camera, but the Moto G Pure certainly exceeded my expectations.
Is the Moto G Pure's camera comparable to the iPhone, Google Pixel, or Samsung Galaxy S21? Of course not. But those phones cost $300 to $500 more than the Moto G Pure. Are you going to be able to take decent photos most of the time in good light? You betcha.
The camera is equipped with HDR, portrait mode, and Google Lens. It doesn't have a night mode, and the photos taken in the dark are noisy and soft.
The Moto G Pure has a Pro mode where you can manually dial in settings for photos. Pro mode even includes a floating window histogram. Phones that cost four or five times more than the Moto G Pure don't include a histogram in the default camera app.
The camera also includes Moto shortcuts such as Auto Smile Capture and Gesture Selfie, where you hold your palm up to take a selfie. I do miss the Moto Action shortcut, where you double-twist your wrist to open the camera app, however.
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The Moto G Pure is a minimalist phone.
Phones are often advertised on the basis of their specs or a brand-new flashy feature, but what really makes s/he abode appealing is how he or she can combine all the different elements into oblivion. The Moto G Pure and its clean modern design are a perfect example of this. The Pure has a minimalistic edge to it.
The only thing that seems to be out of date is the teardrop cutout in the selfie camera display. The back is plastic coated with an appealing textured purple finish. The fingerprint reader (remember those?) is located on the back and is simple to use without looking. However, what really connects everything together is the Android 11 beta, which includes Motorola's own software improvements. There's Gametime to help minimize distractions while playing games like Alto'S Odyssey and Asphalt 9. There are also Moto Actions that, for example, allow you to turn on and off the flashlight by using a chopping motion while holding the phone.
The Moto G Pure lives up to its name by providing you with a pure 2021 phone experience without the complicated frills that define more expensive phones. While the Moto G Pure has its drawbacks, it almost compensates for them with its price tag.
The Moto G Pure universally unlocked is available for $160 at Best Buy, Walmart, B&H Photo, Amazon, and Motorola's website. A Verizon version is also available to order. T-Mobile, AT&T, US Cellular, Cricket, Consumer Cellul, Boost Mobile,Xfinity Mobiles, Spectrum Mobile and Republic Wireless will be releasing the Pure and Metro by TMobile will give you a free Moto G Pure when you switch to its service.