Moto G30 Review: Fine All-Rounder But No Stand-Out Feature

Aadhya Khatri - Mar 08, 2021


Moto G30 Review: Fine All-Rounder But No Stand-Out Feature

The Moto G30 was released alongside the Moto G10 – its more budget-friendly and lower-specced sibling

The Moto G30 was released alongside the Moto G10 – its more budget-friendly and lower-specced sibling. With better hardware and cost just a bit more, the G30 seems to be the wiser choice of the two.

Moto G30 Price And Availability

The phone is launched last month in Europe at the price of £159.

Moto G30 price in India is expected to be Rs. 15,990 and its expected launch date is thought to be March 9, 2021.

Moto G30 design
The phone is launched last month in Europe at the price of £159

Moto G30 Design

Thanks to the button placement and size, the Moto G30 is easy to handle with just one hand. The 165.2x75.7x9.1mm dimension means the handset is on the small side and the 200g weight is average for phones of this range.

On the back sit a rectangular camera module and a fingerprint scanner. The volume rocker, Google Assistant, and power button are on the right. At the top, you have a 3.5mm headphone jack and on the opposite side, at the bottom, there is a USB-C port.

The Moto G30 features a plastic build, not a surprise given its status as a cheap phone.

Moto G30 Display

The phone sports a 6.5-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 720x1600 – lower than many other phones at this price range. The difference will definitely show when you stream content.

Motorola Moto G30 display
The phone sports a 6.5-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 720x1600 - lower than many other phones at this price range

The highlight here is the 90Hz refresh rate making motion looks smoother, a nice surprise for a phone of this price.

The tear-drop notch that houses the selfie camera on the Moto G30 exudes a retro vibe as in 2021, even budget phones have switched to the hole-punch design.

Moto G30 Camera

Motorola isn’t exactly known for its photographic power but when it comes to taking selfies or other scenes, the Moto G30 can definitely do the job well.

Its camera setup consists of a 64-megapixel f/1.7 primary, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide, a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro, and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor. For selfies, users can rely on its 13-megapixel f/2.2 camera.

Moto G30 camera
When it comes to taking selfies or other scenes, the Moto G30 can definitely do the job well

You will have low-res shots from the front camera and your face will look paler than usual but everything is at least clear. You had better go for the standard rather than the Portrait mode as the latter makes faces look a bit unnatural.

In good lighting, the Moto G30 main camera yields detailed shots with strong contrast. However, some pictures will suffer from overexposure.

The ultra-wide snapper can take pictures a bit brighter than the main snapper but with a yellow tint to them.

The macro camera does help a bit but you will have to approach the subject really close to taking advantage of it, and when you do so, you risk blocking the light.

The phone can record videos at 1080p and either 60FPS or 30FPS. You have no 4K capacity here but that isn’t something surprising given the price. In good lighting, videos are sharable but sometimes can be a bit jumpy.

The camera app has a clean interface with only video and photo available, other modes like Panorama, Portrait, and Night Vision have been hidden away in their own menu.

Moto G30 camera app
The camera app has a clean interface with only video and photo available

Moto G30 Specs And Performance

The phone runs on a Snapdragon 662 giving it a clear advantage in terms of speed over the Moto G10 which has a 460 chipset.

The Moto G30 can handle games with ease as long as you stick to lower graphics settings.

Moto G30
The phone runs on a Snapdragon 662

With RAM of 4GB and onboard storage of 128GB, users have plenty of room to save everything they want.

The phone runs on Android 11 with just a bit extra touch from Motorola in form of Moto Actions – gestures you can use to bring up features and launch apps. If done right, Moto Actions can be a super convenient way to execute tasks.

Moto G30 Android
The phone runs on Android 11 with just a bit extra touch from Motorola in form of Moto Actions

While the phone doesn’t have a super-powerful chipset, during our time with it, it could navigate around quickly enough.

Moto G30 Battery Life

The Moto G30 draws power from a 5,000mAh battery and the fact that its sports weak specs mean you won’t have to worry too much about it losing juice.

Under light use, you can definitely have two-day battery life. Most of the time during our test, we ended up with half of the power left in the battery.

The phone charges at 20W, not too quick but it beats many other Motorola phones.

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