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Motorola Moto G Pure
Motorola Moto G Pure
Motorola Moto G Pure
Motorola Moto G Pure
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5.9/10
Informr score
The Motorola Moto G Pure currently has an Informr score of 5.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

You won’t pay much for the Motorola Moto G Pure, but we’re not sure the affordable price is worth the compromises.

What's good

  • Long battery life
  • Low price
  • Large screen

What's bad

  • Underwhelming performance
  • Limited storage space
  • No 5G support
  • Weak, slow camera

As the cheapest phone in Motorola’s 2021 line-up, the “pure” in Motorola G Pure has nothing to do with performance, so what makes it pure? Reviewers have weighed in!

Design

Very little about this phone’s design stands out. Apart from the wavy textured backplate, it’s your typical rectangular slab of plastic.

In terms of ergonomics, reviewers weren’t exactly thrilled that the fingerprint scanner wasn’t either lower on the back of the phone or moved to the power button like many phones now have and found it hard to reach.

Display

When tilting the phone even slightly, the 6.5-inch LCD panel shows a noticeable drop in brightness and the colors distort, giving away the phone’s budget roots. When viewed head-on, the display lacks sharpness but is otherwise good. But reviewers felt it was unnecessary in this stage of smartphones always to have to be looking at it head-on.

Performance

Don’t expect a lot from the Mediatek Helio 25. Reviewers experienced plenty of stuttering and apps crashing. The chip doesn’t appear up to the task of bouncing between apps, playing games, or doing anything remotely resource intensive.

Software & Storage

The Android 11 on the Motorola Moto G Pure is essentially stock except for the addition of the ever-popular Moto Gestures overlay.

Reviewers were annoyed that the phone only comes with 32GB of storage out of the box. Yes, it has a MicroSD expansion slot, but that's small for storage these days -- even in the budget tier.

Cameras

The 13MP primary lens isn’t terrible, but reviewers fell short of calling it good. Picture backgrounds often lack detail and, if you view the photos at full size, details like strands of hair or subtle differences in skin textures are lost in portrait mode. Reviewers also found the night mode useless.

Battery Life

Battery life is the most significant upside to the Motorola Moto G Pure. At full brightness, reviewers were able to squeeze out about 12 hours of use. There’s no fast charging, though, so prepare to wait a while once the battery is low.

Audio

The speaker on the phone was only okay) which can be said for nearly every phone out there right now.) It has a headphone jack, though, making it easy to upgrade your listening experience.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.5-inch LCD panel
  • MediaTek MT6762G Helio G25 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 32GB of storage with MicroSD expansion slot
  • 13MP camera
  • 4,000mAh battery

Bottom Line

We try hard to find silver linings in phones or pick a group that might find value in even the most niche phone. But simply stated, there are a ton of other budget phones that offer more than the Motorola Moto G Pure at a similar price. Unless you’re looking for a nearly-disposable starter phone for kids or maybe a basic option for an older adult that doesn’t like a lot of frills attached, we’d recommend passing.

Tom’s Guide states, “You’ll save a lot of money with the Moto G Pure, but you’ll get plenty of frustration in return. Other phones like the Moto G Power only cost a little more and don’t have as many limitations — opt for that model instead.”

Tech Radar says, “The Moto G Pure is a phone very few should consider getting. It may be cheap, but it comes with such a performance penalty that it’s hard to use, and that’s a tough spot to be in when just a little more money can make for a major improvement in capabilities.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Verge

It’s hard to deny that the Moto G Pure will be good enough for most people looking for a basic budget phone for under $200. After all, it has an all-day battery, a versatile main camera, all in a well-designed, durable package. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a faster processor, more RAM, or more onboa...

- Gloria Sin, The Verge
Android Authority

The Moto G Pure is another solid budget phone from the minds at Motorola. It's eye-catching and performs well enough for the price, but for overall value it sits too close to the ever-reliable Moto G Play for its own good. Still, it's tough to top a price of just $159.

- Ryan Haines, Android Authority
Tom's Guide

You’ll save a lot of money with the Moto G Pure, but you’ll get plenty of frustration in return. Other phones like the Moto G Power only cost a little more and don’t have as many limitations — opt for that model instead.

- Philip Michaels, Tom's Guide
TechRadar

The Moto G Pure is a phone very few should consider getting. It may be cheap, but it comes with such a performance penalty that it’s hard to use, and that’s a tough spot to be in when just a little more money can make for a major improvement in capabilities.

- Mark Knapp, TechRadar
PC Magazine

The Moto G Pure offers Android phone buyers a bright display, good battery life, and solid performance for less than $200.

- Steven Winkelman, PC Magazine


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Motorola Moto G Pure prices 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. Motorola's suggested retail price is $159.99. You can compare Moto G Pure prices from around the web here on The Informr.


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


If your Moto G Pure 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 G Pure's screen size is 6.5 inches with 720 x 1600 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6762G Helio G25 (12 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 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
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery.

Moto G Pure Specs

Overview
Release Date October 7, 2021
Regions Available USA, Canada
Operating System Android 11

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Processor MediaTek MT6762G Helio G25 (12 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, 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 No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
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 No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels, f/2.2
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth), HDR, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1600 pixels
Pixel Density 269 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
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 No
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Deep Indigo
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.736 x 7.563 x 0.875 cm (6.6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 188 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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