Moto G10 Review: A Very Cheap But Competent Phone

Aadhya Khatri - Mar 03, 2021


Moto G10 Review: A Very Cheap But Competent Phone

The Moto G10 is one of the cheapest handsets available on the market that actually reach a satisfying level when it comes to performance

The Moto G10 is one of the cheapest handsets available on the market that actually reach a satisfying level when it comes to performance. However, please bear in mind that this low price point comes with lots of compromises.

Moto G10 Price And Availability

In the UK, the phone is available for £129.99, roughly $180 in the US. Motorola hasn’t said anything about releasing the handset in either Australia or the U.S.

Moto G10 price in India is expected to be Rs. 13,300 and the phone is set to launch in the country in March, along with the Moto G30.

Moto G10 Design

Moto G10 is a smart-looking phone and is available in two colors – the purple Aurora Grey and silver Sakura Pearl.

While you can’t expect anything more premium than plastic at this price, the back texture of the phone is a nice touch with a ridged surface, preventing the phone from looking too cheap.

Moto G10 back
While you can’t expect anything more premium than plastic at this price, the back texture of the phone is a nice touch with a ridged surface

The design of the camera module on the back looks rather premium and polished. The fingerprint scanner is on the back as well and while the tech is a bit outdated, the position of the scanner makes it very convenient to reach.

With a dimension of 165.2x75.7x9.2mm and a weight of 200g, the Moto G10 isn’t too heavy or bulky.

Dustproofing and waterproofing shouldn’t be expected at this price point but Motorola does say that the phone is water repellent, meaning it may be able to withstand splashes and raindrops.

It’s worth pointing out that the phone features a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Moto G10 Display

Compromises are to be expected with a phone of this price and the screen of the Moto G10 can attest.

The display is acceptable for movie watching but it’s too dim and has a low resolution of 720x1600 pixels with no HDR. To make up for the low specs, the phone’s screen is big at 6.5 inches. While the bezels are thin, its chin is quite big and there is a teardrop notch from which the selfie camera pokes.

Moto G10 display
The display is acceptable for movie watching but it’s too dim and has a low resolution of 720x1600 pixels with no HDR

The screen can handle usual tasks with ease but it gives the price tag away and no way can you confuse it with the display of high-end, or even mid-range phones. The 60Hz refresh rate also screams cheap.

Moto G10 Camera

The Moto G10 features a quad-camera setup on the back, consisting of a 48MP+2MP depth+8MP ultra-wide+2MP macro camera, and an 8MP selfie snapper on the front. While four cameras may raise hopes that users will have superb photo and video capabilities, in reality, what you have reminds you of why this phone costs so little.

Moto G10 cameras
The Moto G10 features a quad-camera setup on the back

Overall, the phone takes decent shots in good lighting but struggles to perform when dealing with moving subjects or in low light.

The phone is powered by some low-rated components so the shutter speed and the interface suffer. On the bright side, photos taken by the Moto G10 are sharable on social media with balanced and natural colors provided you have proper lighting and framing.

There is no optical zoom onboard and the digital zoom isn’t worth your attention either.

The phone does have a dedicated Night mode that brightens shots but at the expense of losing a lot of details.

Moto G10 Specs And Performance

Users shouldn’t expect too much from the performance of the Moto G10 as it’s powered by a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor paired with RAM of 4GB. Onboard storage choices include 64GB and 128GB with an option to expand via a microSD card slot.

The phone is usable but prepare for a few seconds of waiting when you switch from app to app, scrolling, or load videos. There is no denying that this is a slow phone.

Motorola Moto G10
There is no denying that this is a slow phone

The Moto G10 can handle casual mobile gaming with a few issues with the loading screens and the frame rates. If you are serious about Android gaming, you should look for something else.

The phone comes with a clean and nearly vanilla version of Android 11 here with very little bloating.

Moto G10 Battery Life

On the flip side, having low-rated components and a low-resolution screen means you have better battery life. The 5,000mAh battery can last for days between charges.

Video streaming with maximum brightness knocks down the battery for up to 8% and gaming causes the battery about double that amount of juice.

There is no wireless charging onboard the Moto G10 and wired charging maxes at 10W, meaning you will have to spend several hours waiting for the phone to be fully charged.

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