Motorola Moto G6 Play Review: Also good for work and rest

You’ll recall that the Moto G6 revived our faith in Motorola’s budget G family.

If you want to pay even less, the G6 Play is a similar size and shape but with a slower processor, plastic back, single rear camera and lower-resolution screen.

It also lacks the G6’s water-repellent coating, but if you drop it in a pond you’ve lost 70 quid less, so it’s swings and roundabouts really.

Motorola Moto G6 Play ReviewMotorola Moto G6 Play Review

Our G6 Play came in an upmarket dark, glossy finish called Deep Indigo; it’s also available in gold.

It’s not the slimmest phone.


5.7in 1440×720-pixel screen • 13-megapixel rear camera • 8-megapixel front camera• 32GB flash storage • microSD card slot • 802.11n Wi-Fi • Bluetooth 4.2 • Android 8.0 • 3G/4G • 154x72x9mm (HxWxD) • 175g

and has a bit of a camera bump on top of that, with the fingerprint reader below it on this model.

But we like the curvy edges, and the 5.7mm screen, in the tall 18:9 format, is a good balance between size and grippability.

It’s not super-sharp, but with similar colour quality, better contrast and higher brightness than the G6, this isn’t a bad screen.

The rear camera is average, resembling the G5’s, but has a great HDR mode; the front camera is better than some, and has flash.

Helped by the paucity of pixels, Android 8 chugs along quite nicely on the Snapdragon 430 processor, the same as last year’s pricier G5, and most games run fine.

The surprise is a 43 percent bigger battery, which paid off in proportion in our video playback test: the G6 Play lasted 15 hours 39 minutes, versus 10 hours 45 minutes for the G6.


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Huawei Honor 9 Lite

With dual camera and 1080p screen, this has the frills the G6 Play lacks, but not the battery life

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