Moto G 5G First Impressions: Pros, Cons, And The X-Factor

by | Oct 27, 2021 | Motorola

The iconic Moto G is back in a new avatar with faster 5G connectivity, bigger display, stock Android UI, and almost every feature one expects from a modern 2020 smartphone. Priced aggressively at Rs. 20,999, the new Motorola Moto G handset is touted to be ‘100% Made in India’ handset and will start selling exclusively […]
Pros Big Full HD+ HDR10 Display For Immersive Viewing Experience
The new Moto G flaunts a 6.7-inch FHD+ Max Vision display. The 1080p screen with 2400x1080p resolution offers a pixel density of 394ppi and comes in a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. It's a bright and crisp ‘Low-Temperature PolySilicon' (LTPS) LCD with good viewing angles. Further, the HDR10 support makes it a great overall display for binge-watching movies and series on popular streaming applications. The big and vibrant screen also comes in handy for graphic-intensive games like Call of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., browsing the internet, reading e-books, and multitasking.
Full HD Display Lacks Higher Refresh Rate
While the 6.7-inch HDR10 enabled screen offers immersive visuals, it lacks the fluidity of a higher refresh rate panel. The Full HD+ display runs on the dated 60Hz refresh rate that feels a bit outdated if you have already moved to a higher refresh rate panel. Even if you haven't made the transition, you must explore the market and experience a 90Hz or a 120Hz refresh rate panel to understand the performance difference. A higher refresh panel device, for instance- the Poco X3, OnePlus Nord, Realme 7 Pro, etc. offer better touch response and seamless user experience guaranteed by a higher refresh rate screen.
Camera Performance Seems Pretty Average
The Moto G 5G comes equipped with a triple-lens rear camera setup featuring a 48MP f/1.7 primary sensor aided by an 8MP f/2.2 118° ultra-wide angle sensor and a 2MP f/2.4 AF-enabled macro sensor. We don't usually base our camera reviews solely on the megapixel count but the Moto G 5G's initial camera performance seems pretty average. We noticed washed out colors in indoor lighting with softer details on the 12MP pixel-binned camera samples. The 8MP wide-angle shots look even worse and the 2MP macro images are also not very promising. Motorola's choice of sensors for its smartphones has always been a bit questionable. We will spend some more time with the Moto G 5G to evaluate its camera performance in detail. As far as video recording is concerned, the smartphone can record 4K UHD videos (30fps) and FHD (60/30fps) with its 48MP primary sensor. For selfies, the Moto G 5G boasts a 16MP f/2.2 camera and offers all sorts of software features to help you step up your selfie game. These features include- Portrait mode, Face beauty, Timer, Active Photos, Burst shot, Cinemagraph, Group Selfie, Live filter, Spot color, Gesture selfie, and Night Vision.
Smooth Performance And Long-Lasting Battery
Moto G 5G smoothly handles both light and heavy tasks. The faster (2x2.2 GHz) Kryo 570 cores easily takes care of power-hungry tasks while the six (1.8 GHz) Kryo 570 power-efficient cores ensure the phone runs smoothly for all day-to-day jobs while preserving battery life. The CPU + ample RAM+ROM combination (6GB RAM + 128GB ROM) works effortlessly in giving a lag-free day-to-day performance. Importantly, the stock Android is the icing on the cake that adds up to the overall user-experience. We also played some COD Mobile and Asphalt 9 sessions on the Moto G 5G and the Adreno 619 backed handset handled the gameplay with no lags whatsoever. Overall, the Moto G 5G will not disappoint in processing and multitasking department. The handset can also last for one full day with moderate to heavy usage. It is powered by a 5,000mAh battery unit which draws power from a TurboPower​ 20W fast-charging adaptor that shops in the box.