Motorola Moto G6 Play review

7.7/10 AVG.
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The Motorola Moto G6 Play currently has an Informr score of 7.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

As the lowest-priced model in Motorola’s 2018 G-Series lineup, the G6 Play shares much of its design and many of its specs with it’s more costly sibling -- the G6. But it’s not a matter of a simple downgrade or cut in price, the Play variant also brings a few unique perks to the table as well.

While reviewers found the overall experience similar to that of the G6, there’s a few notable differences:

  • A lower resolution screen at 1440-by-720 pixels
  • Less RAM at 2 to 3GB depending on the model
  • A slightly slower 1.4Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 427 processor
  • Less storage with 16 to 32GB available depending on your region

Overall, reviewers found the phone handled basic daily tasks, such as checking email, scrolling through Twitter, or streaming video with no problems. Gaming wasn’t as good with the phone struggling to play intensive games at high quality.

However, reviewers considered the camera the biggest downside to the phone compared to the rest of the series. With a single lens 13MP rear camera, it simply cannot compete with the dual-lens model in the pricier G6 or G6 Plus. Yet, the cameras on those models didn’t exactly get rave reviews either.

The biggest upside -- and perhaps the biggest overall difference -- is the phone’s battery. The 4000mAh cell is one of the largest available currently and even dwarfs some of the flagships out there. Reviewers hit two to three days on a single charge. Pair that with TurboCharge support and you should never have to worry about battery life with the G6 Play.

So while performance is slightly scaled back from the standard G6, you’ll get exceptional battery life. Ultimately, reviewers recommend the phone for anyone looking for a budget-friendly phone and don’t need top of the line performance and features. 

The phone shares many qualities with its pricier sibling, if you want to know about the design, software, and features, be sure to check out the summary for the Motorola G6.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Softpedia

Motorola G6 Play is a smart purchase for those looking for a phone that doesn't cost a fortune and which can be used for typical daily activities like chatting, browsing the web and watching videos on YouTube.

- Bogdan Popa, Softpedia
Android Central

The Moto G6 Play stands uncontested in battery life, and the ultra-clean Android software is a nice bonus. If you're working with $200, go ahead and pull the trigger on the G6 Play — you won't be disappointed.

- Hayato Huseman, Android Central
Android Headlines

The Moto G6 Play is a pretty decent smartphone, especially if you factor in the price. Sure, most of us are consumed by the “flagship” smartphones, and always want to compare products to those high-end devices. But that’s simply not fair, seeing as the Moto G6 Play is about a quarter of the price of...

- Alexander Maxham, Android Headlines
Cnet

The Moto G6 Play has a long battery life for the cost, but smart buyers would uplevel to the Moto G6 for just a little bit more.

- Patrick Holland, Cnet
Phone Scoop

The $100 - $150 space is crowded with plastic phones that do little to impress. The G6 Play, with its reflective design and 2:1 screen, stands out from the crowd. It's an attractive phone that covers the basics in terms of signal, voice, and data performance, and it delivers far more battery life th...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop


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Common Questions


Motorola released the Moto G6 Play on April 19, 2018.


The Moto G6 Play 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 G6 Play prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Moto G6 Play user manual here.


Motorola backs up the Moto G6 Play with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Moto G6 Play 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
5.7"

The Motorola Moto G6 Play's screen size is 5.7 inches with 720 x 1440 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8920 Snapdragon 427 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 2043 minutes, 900 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto G6 Play Specs

Overview
Release date April 19, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8920 Snapdragon 427 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 2/3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.20 W/kg
Body: 1.11 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 874 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 900 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 2043 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Flash Gray, Deep Indigo, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.54 x 7.22 x 0.91 cm (6.1 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels
Pixel density 282 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


Softpedia

Sweet mediocrity

from Softpedia

Motorola G6 Play is a smart purchase for those looking for a phone that doesn't cost a fortune and which can be used for typical daily activities like chatting, browsing the web and watching videos on YouTube.

Read full review

Motorola G6 Play is a smart purchase for those looking for a phone that doesn't cost a fortune and which can be used for typical daily activities like chatting, browsing the web and watching videos on YouTube.

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Android Central

The budget battery king strikes again

from Android Central

The Moto G6 Play stands uncontested in battery life, and the ultra-clean Android software is a nice bonus. If you're working with $200, go ahead and pull the trigger on the G6 Play — you won't be disappointed.

Read full review

The Moto G6 Play stands uncontested in battery life, and the ultra-clean Android software is a nice bonus. If you're working with $200, go ahead and pull the trigger on the G6 Play — you won't be disappointed.

Read full review

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Android Headlines

A massive battery at a modest price

from Android Headlines

The Moto G6 Play is a pretty decent smartphone, especially if you factor in the price. Sure, most of us are consumed by the “flagship” smartphones, and always want to compare products to those high-end devices. But that’s simply not fair, seeing as the Moto G6 Play is about a quarter of the price of most flagships.

Read full review

The Moto G6 Play is a pretty decent smartphone, especially if you factor in the price. Sure, most of us are consumed by the “flagship” smartphones, and always want to compare products to those high-end devices. But that’s simply not fair, seeing as the Moto G6 Play is about a quarter of the price of most flagships.

Read full review

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Cnet

An affordable phone with a huge battery

from Cnet

The Moto G6 Play has a long battery life for the cost, but smart buyers would uplevel to the Moto G6 for just a little bit more.

Read full review

The Moto G6 Play has a long battery life for the cost, but smart buyers would uplevel to the Moto G6 for just a little bit more.

Read full review

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Phone Scoop

Ideal for novice or young users

from Phone Scoop

The $100 - $150 space is crowded with plastic phones that do little to impress. The G6 Play, with its reflective design and 2:1 screen, stands out from the crowd. It's an attractive phone that covers the basics in terms of signal, voice, and data performance, and it delivers far more battery life than others in this price range.

Read full review

The $100 - $150 space is crowded with plastic phones that do little to impress. The G6 Play, with its reflective design and 2:1 screen, stands out from the crowd. It's an attractive phone that covers the basics in terms of signal, voice, and data performance, and it delivers far more battery life than others in this price range.

Read full review

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NDTV

An average, middle-of-the-road smartphone

from NDTV

The Moto G6 Play looks great, is built well, and is easy to use with one hand. The battery life is above average and the software package is fluid and has a few useful customisations. However, the cameras are average, performance is sub-par, and the display is nothing to write home about.

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The Moto G6 Play looks great, is built well, and is easy to use with one hand. The battery life is above average and the software package is fluid and has a few useful customisations. However, the cameras are average, performance is sub-par, and the display is nothing to write home about.

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Digital Trends

Looks far better than its low price tag

from Digital Trends

The Moto G6 Play doesn’t look like a budget phone and can last two days, but everything else about it is average.

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The Moto G6 Play doesn’t look like a budget phone and can last two days, but everything else about it is average.

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Pocket-lint

All the battery, none of the expense

from Pocket-lint

The G6 Play offers a whole lot of goodness for its modest asking price. Its real win is battery life, which goes on and on. However, such capacity seems at odds with its limited power credentials. That's the main qualm we have with the Play: there's the 'regular' G6 and larger G6 Plus, both of wh...More

The G6 Play offers a whole lot of goodness for its modest asking price. Its real win is battery life, which goes on and on. However, such capacity seems at odds with its limited power credentials. That's the main qualm we have with the Play: there's the 'regular' G6 and larger G6 Plus, both of which are more logical purchases, despite their increased asking prices.

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Notebookcheck

Big battery at a good price

from Notebookcheck

No doubt: the G6 Play is a tough contender. It performed admirably in our benchmarks and behaved exactly as we would have expected of a $200 smartphone. In addition, it runs the latest version of Android Oreo, offers very decent battery life stamina, and features a high-contrast display.

Read full review

No doubt: the G6 Play is a tough contender. It performed admirably in our benchmarks and behaved exactly as we would have expected of a $200 smartphone. In addition, it runs the latest version of Android Oreo, offers very decent battery life stamina, and features a high-contrast display.

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GSMArena

Hard for it to get the recommendation it deserves

Despite the few minor issues we found with the Moto G6 Play, it definitely won't steer you wrong. It's a dependable phone with a nice feature set. However, in this price range you can (and should!) get hardware that provides hiccup-free performance.

Read full review

Despite the few minor issues we found with the Moto G6 Play, it definitely won't steer you wrong. It's a dependable phone with a nice feature set. However, in this price range you can (and should!) get hardware that provides hiccup-free performance.

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