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7.5/10
Informr score
The Motorola Moto G100 currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

With ample performance, all-day battery life, and a great display, the G100 covers most of what someone with a budget might want in a phone. Unless you're looking for an excellent camera or fast-charging abilities, there's a good chance the phone will work for you.

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • Smooth performance
  • Better camera

What's bad

  • Bulky
  • Screen brightness is less than ideal
  • Slow charging speed

As the premium option in Motorola’s 2021 budget-friendly lineup, is the Moto G100 worth buying? What are reviewers saying about Motorola’s latest addition to their popular G-series of phones?

Design

While the Motorola Moto G100 looks about the same as any other smartphone from the front, reviewers loved the bold coloring on the phone’s back. Many noted that the colors were pretty but also hid the myriad fingerprints on the back.

Display

The phone’s 6.7-inch ‘Cinema Vision’ IPS LCD screen means changing the angle you view the phone from won't distort the picture. Reviewers said the screen was colorful and especially good for watching content with friends. However, they were not happy with the lack of brightness, noting the phone can be hard to use outdoors.

Performance

Performance reviews were top-notch. The 90Hz refresh rate display enhances the phone’s snappy response time. However, that option is disabled by default. Make sure you turn it on if you buy a G100. Reviewers also called the phone an excellent discount gaming phone with no worries about overheating after hours of playing.

Software & Storage

The phone runs near-stock Android 11 with very little bloatware. The storage is a very generous 128GB onboard and an expansion slot for MicroSD.

Cameras

Reviewers found the phone’s cameras okay for the most part. Yet, some felt like the quad-camera was hardly a quad-camera in anything but name. Just like the G30, the wide-angle lens disappointed reviewers. Reviewers often complained that the phone seems not to know what to focus on. As a result, things not in the immediate foreground of snapshots looked blocky and pixelated when viewing the image at full resolution.

Battery Life

The 5,000mAh battery does the Motorola Moto G100 well. Reviewers said it lost an average of 30% battery every 8 hours, which isn’t bad for how intensive gaming can be. However, they also stated that there wasn’t a fast-charging option. When the battery eventually dwindles, it’s slow to charge.

Audio

The Motorola Moto G100 faces the same difficulty as many phones, with a tinny sound and apparent lack of bass from its one mono speaker. Thankfully, there’s a headphone jack.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.7-inch cinema vision IPS LCD
  • Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128GB of storage and MicroSD expansion slot
  • 64MP lens with a 16MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery

Bottom Line

Motorola knows how to make a budget phone more appealing, and the Moto G100 is one of those that stands out for its price. If you want excellent gaming and have good battery life, this phone could make you very happy. If you’re more about photography and all the filters and different options, then this phone is not.

Phone Arena comments, “During the past few years, Motorola has earned my genuine appreciation and respect for its efforts in the mid-range and entry-level smartphone segments. The Moto G-series is Motorola’s best-known smartphone lineup to date and for a good reason.”

PocketLint says, “If you're willing to forego the usual camera hype and pizzazz that top-end flagships tend to promise - as there's really very little of that here - and having a high-end processor and performance potential is high up your roster, then the Moto G100 is a strong sell. It's got the software right - which, in our opinion, can't be said of the Xiaomi MIUI and Oppo ColorOS competition - the visuals tight, and performance is at peak height.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
3.2 GHz
Screen Size
6.7"
Camera
64+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tom's Guide

With the Moto g100, Motorola successfully delivers a powerful set of features in a mid-range package. Any flaws in the premium-like experience are made up for by more unique features like the ReadyFor mode or the secondary ultrawide selfie camera.

- Richard Priday, Tom's Guide
ZDNet

The Moto G100 is a mid-range handset that sits atop Motorola's affordable G range. It supports 5G, has a large screen that's easy on the eye, the two front cameras add more selfie flexibility than usual, and general use is, as usual with Moto phones, pleasantly free of bloatware. The bundled Ready F...

- Sandra Vogel, ZDNet
Notebookcheck

The Moto G100 is something special due to its desktop mode. It's also very fast as a smartphone, but you will notice certain cost-saving measures.

- Florian Schmitt, Notebookcheck
Stuff

Breaks new ground for the Moto G line-up, but only to limited effect. Unless you have specific plans for the productivity-focused accessory bundle, there are plenty of mid-range rivals that are more well-rounded.

- Tom Morgan, Stuff
TechRadar

Sold on its own, the Moto G100 would be a good-value low-cost phone, thanks to a fast processor, pretty decent cameras for its price and a handy fingerprint scanner, though there are some issues like its big size and slow charging speeds. The real issue, though, is that you have to buy it with a doc...

- Tom Bedford, TechRadar


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Motorola Moto G100 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 $499.99. You can compare Moto G100 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Motorola backs up the Moto G100 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Moto G100 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
6.7"

The Motorola Moto G100's screen size is 6.7 inches with 1080 x 2520 pixels resolution.

Processor
3.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm) Octa-core 3.2 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+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5000mAh

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

Moto G100 Specs

Overview
Release date April 30, 2021
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm) Octa-core 3.2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Iridescent Ocean, Iridescent Sky, Slate Grey
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.838 x 7.397 x 0.969 cm (6.6 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 207 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating Unknown
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2520 pixels
Pixel density 409 pixels
Size 6.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
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 USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
64+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
10x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (16 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth), 4th camera feature (TOF 3D), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.4, Ultrawide), HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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