Motorola G6 Play - Review, between anachronisms and good choices

In 2019 the telephony standards are now well established: it is difficult for the various companies to differ from the main components, bringing innovation. Of course, we work on the in-display camera, on many other small details that, although they could bring innovation, will not change the dynamics of the market that much. Motorola G6 Play in this takes the credit for remaining faithful to principles, which perhaps, however, could have let pass.


The smartphone comes in a bright green box, as if to pay homage to the old colors of a few decades ago, forgetting instead those monotonous dark boxes of most modern smartphones. Inside we find only the charging cable and the power supply, as well as quick instructions that now leave the time they find.


Outwardly we already notice the first differences: over the square shapes recently taken as a model by most companies, the Motorola G6 Play is rounded, sometimes curved, offering a phone closer to the old Nexus than to the new Samsung. No central button in favor of a side one, placed under the volume buttons. The camera, the flash and the fingerprint sensor are housed at the rear. Below we can see clearly the Motorola logo.


The phone has some specs that are not bad at all, unfortunately damaged by a RAM of only 3 GB. The rest, however, makes its figure showing its teeth even under moments of stress.

  • Size: 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 167 g
  • Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Display: IPS LCD (720 × 1440) 283 ppi 5.7 inches (18: 9)
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (8 × 1.4GHz)
  • But by the full GPU acceleration tech: Adreno 505
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 32GB (expandable)
  • Camera: 13 MP f / 2
  • Front camera: 8 MP f / 2.2
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity Sensor, Brightness Sensor, Gyroscope, Fingerprint Reader
  • GSM: Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900) Dual SIM
  • SIM type: nanoSIM
  • Network Speed: 4G +
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n Bluetooth 4.2


The phone performs well, despite under stress present delays unfortunately anachronistic for a product of 2018. Despite everything, the display and the processor manage the various processes well, showing a well-lit image even under the sun. With games that are too demanding the Motorola G6 Play gives in to the requirements, although it can easily handle everything else without even consuming too much battery.


A real sore point of the phone, the camera unfortunately fails to live up to any other low-budget product, showing blurry photos, a slowdown in capture and a lack of fluidity that undermines this feature that for some could be fundamental.


It is strange to see an 18: 9 surrounded by an almost rounded frame, but once you are familiar with the display of the Motorola G6 Play it will be able to accompany you both to see a video and to show photos, all without burdening the battery.


The internal software is an Android 8.0, still compatible with all available applications. Unfortunately, already thinking about a smartphone with this operating system today makes it obsolete, but fortunately Motorola has released an update to Android 9 Pie for all three models (G6, G6 Play and G6 Plus).


All that we have said about the components, not too high (rightly, being a low-budget), bring gain in terms of autonomy, thanks to a 4000 mAh battery, capable of making you remember how spectacular those phones capable of lasting days were and days. Of course, don't expect to be able to work miracles on it, but certainly the security that the Motorola G6 Play gives it doesn't give almost any other smartphone in this price range.


As we speak the Motorola G6 Play is available on Amazon at a price of 159 €. With this figure, except for moving to some brand that makes the price an advantage, it is difficult to find a famous brand positioned with a good smartphone. Certainly Motorola must make up for it, the same path it has lost in the years in which it has not been able to keep up, but we sincerely think that the choice of the G6 series, combined with the others, represents a possible bright future for the brand.

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