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Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30
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7.6/10
Informr score
The Motorola Moto G30 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Unless you love taking pictures or watching HD video, this phone ticks off any box you might want in the budget-friendly phone market. It's a sweet spot in Motorola's newest line up for sure.

What's good

  • Long-lasting battery
  • Good middle-ground option
  • Smooth experience

What's bad

  • Poor camera
  • Occasionally stutters in performance
  • Low resolution display

Motorola is swiftly becoming one of the most reliable sources for cheap phones that work great. Does their newest collection keep with their reputation, and what can you expect from the G30? Let’s find out!

Design

The Motorola Moto G30 is relatively unassuming in the world of glass slab phones. Nothing fancy here, but it is well balanced—a fingerprint scanner in the middle on the back and very slight bezels.

There are three different buttons on the side of the phone: volume, power, and a dedicated Google Assistant button. The only negative design aspect reviewers mentioned is the color options—a mud green and pink color that are very unappealing.

Display

Reviewers were just okay with the display, a 6.5-inch HD panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. However, most agreed the 90Hz choice wasn’t a worthwhile tradeoff. They would have preferred a higher resolution. With low resolution and a high refresh rate, everything starts to get weird in a bad way.

Performance

You won't find stunning performance with this model, but you will find more than functional performance. Reviewers stated that the phone did its job for the most part, except in some gaming situations where it got hung up and stuttered a bit.

Software & Storage

The Motorola Moto G30 ships with Android 11 installed. There aren’t any fancy overlays unless you count Moto gestures. Storage is decent with 128GB, and most of it usable out of the box. But if that’s not enough, a MicroSD slot allows for affordable expansion.

Cameras

Photos were a big letdown. Reviewers said that the wide-angle lens underperformed, and the macro lens might as well not be there. It’s not the camera for you if you like taking artistic or dynamic photos.

Battery Life

The Moto G30 came out on top for battery life reviews. As a light phone user, reviewers stated you could expect two-day battery life. Even with heavy use, you should hit bedtime with a small charge left.

Audio

As with most phones, the speaker was mediocre. As a mono speaker, it only sounds so good. However, a headphone jack makes it easy to improve your audio experience.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.5-inch HD display
  • Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128GB of storage with microSD expansion slot
  • 64MP main lens, 13MP selfie camera
  • 5000mAh battery

Bottom Line

The Motorola Moto G30 won’t win a battle with any of the high-tier smartphones out there, but it’s much more affordable. Besides a few performance hiccups and some minor compromises, reviewers felt it was at the high end for cheap phones. It won’t let you down for daily use, it just doesn’t have all the fancy features. It’s just a good, cheap phone.

Tech Radar says, “The Moto G30 is good for its price, and certainly beats out its G10 sibling, as a fine all-rounder. Save for its stellar battery performance there are no stand-out aspects to the phone though, and depending on what you’re looking for, another handset might offer more”

PocketLint comments, “Although the Moto G30 takes its share of criticism - three of the four cameras are poor (two a total write-off), the Pastel Sky finish is questionable (and that's being kind) - in the interests of context there's little else out there at this price point that can even compete”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
64+ MP, f/1.7


What the Critics Are Saying...


Ausdroid

The Moto G30 does offer some great features for the price tag and I am pretty impressed with the phone in general. The Moto G30 does offer some great specs for those who don’t want all the bells and whistles that come along with a hefty price tag, if you are looking for a good low to mid-range phone...

- Alex Dennis, Ausdroid
Tech Advisor

Motorola makes a predictable budget handset in the Moto G30. You get all the basics, great battery life and a 90Hz display, but underwhelming cameras may prompt eyes (and wallets) to wander elsewhere.

- Somrata Sarkar, Tech Advisor
finder.com.au

The Motorola Moto G30 doesn't do too much wrong for a budget phone. That 90Hz display is nice, battery endurance is good and it's capable enough for everyday smartphone apps and even games at lower settings without substantial fuss. The problem is that the Moto G10 exists, and it's cheaper while dro...

- Alex Kidman, finder.com.au
NextPit

I would recommend purchasing the Moto G30. The processor performance falls within the price band and Motorola does offer at least two years of security patches and one major Android update. This ensures that you can use the phone for at least two years before having to upgrade to a newer model in or...

- Camila Rinaldi, NextPit
Notebookcheck

If you take the display out of the equation, then the Moto G30 looks like a good low-priced mid-range smartphone. The Motorola smartphone comes with 128 GB of slow eMMC memory, an NFC chip, a radio tuner and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. What is more, the mid-range smartphone is well-built and allows use...

- Marcus Herbrich, Notebookcheck


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


The Moto G30 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Motorola Moto G30 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Motorola backs up the Moto G30 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Moto G30 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.5"

The Motorola Moto G30's screen size is 6.5 inches with 720 x 600 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
64+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 64+ MP, f/1.7 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5000

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 battery.

Moto G30 Specs

Overview
Release Date February 16, 2021
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
64+ Megapixels, f/1.7
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Macro), 4th camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 600 pixels
Pixel Density 269 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 90Hz display support
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Dark Pearl, Pastel Sky
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.522 x 7.573 x 0.914 cm (6.5 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 197 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 52
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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