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.
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Android Guys
For less than $200 you can now get a solid phone from a respected and trusted brand that’s not only powerful enough for everyday usage, but its batteries ensures 2-3 days usage at a clip. Better yet, it’s unlocked and works with all of the major carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and S...
- Bogdan Popa, 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.
- Hayato Huseman, 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.
- Alexander Maxham, 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...
- Patrick Holland, 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.
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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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