Review Moto G100: very good phone, better marketing move

We are already tired of knowing that the Moto G family of smartphones was one of the most important to popularize the segment of intermediate cell phones, which is the one that brings together the best cost-benefit ratio. It is precisely because of this that it is one of the most popular here in Brazil. Well, in 2021, the family gained as a new member the Moto G100, which is the first smartphone in the family with top-of-the-line specifications, which makes it the best Moto G ever. And with his hardware, it even outperforms the Motorola Edge + in some ways

For those who do not know, in some markets like China, this device here was not launched with that name, but with the name Motorola Edge S, positioning it not as the best model of the manufacturer’s intermediate line, but as the most basic from the cutting edge family – which, if we think purely of the components of this cell phone and the price much higher than the maximum of R $ 2 thousand in which most Moto Gs fit, would rationally make more sense. Except that by taking this device here and calling it the Moto G100, Motorola made a brilliant marketing ploy. Now that I spent three weeks testing the device, I can tell you how the set justifies all of this and help you decide whether or not it is worth investing in the Moto G100. Let’s go!

Design

Just by eyeing the Moto G100, anyone who knows Motorola’s Edge line will agree that this one really isn’t anything like them. In fact, it is extremely similar to the Moto G 5G Plus. Their size and weight are practically identical, which means that I also found this one with a good and comfortable grip to use, even though it is really heavy, and even though it is all plastic.

The screen also has visible edges, but not very large, on all sides and with the bottom slightly larger, and the display is only interrupted by the two holes in the front cameras. The fingerprint reader also plays the role of the power button on the side, and the headphone connector remains at the bottom, along with the USB-C port and the media speaker.

New Moto G100 has a design similar to the Moto G 5G Plus.

Behind, we see the cameras, which are also in the square cooktop configuration that we saw on the G 5G Plus. And this one is also available in this bright blue with purple highlights, in addition to another very light blue that is practically silver, and comes with a transparent protective cover. Another thing to mention is that the Moto G100 does not have an IP certification for water resistance. Motorola hasn’t brought this to a device since the Moto X4.

Screen

On the screen, the panel is identical to that of the Moto G 5G Plus. It’s LCD. It is 6.7 inches in the 21: 9 aspect ratio. The resolution is Full HD +. And the refresh rate is 90 Hz. No OLED or AMOLED, as we saw on the Edge. That is, for an intermediary, it is an excellent canvas, with great colors, strong brightness and smooth, fast movements. For a top of the line, it’s a screen Okay, but that does not reach the level of the best competitors, especially in black tones. The vast majority of people would not notice much difference and will be very satisfied with this one.

Moto G100 screenshotMoto G100 screen has good quality, but still competes with middlemen.

Performance

In hardware yes the Moto G100 fits as a true top of the line. The processor is the Snapdragon 870, which is like an improved version of the 865 that came on the Edge +. And the memories include 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. You can expand the internal space using a microSD card, but only if you don’t want to use two carrier chips, because the tray is hybrid. There in the gringo there is a variant of this model with less memory, but here for Brazil Motorola decided to officially bring only the most complete model this time.

Thus, the result is what we expect from a great top-of-the-line smartphone, without any choking or suffering even in the most intense use. As much as on paper the performance of the Snapdragon 888 is better, in practice it will take a long time before we feel any difference, if at all. And speaking of the future, this chip also comes with compatibility with 5G networks, both in the DSS standard that already exists in some places in Brazil, and in the Sub-6 GHz, which should start to be installed here for real in 2022. We hope. I am an optimist.

Cameras

Going to the cameras, on the front the G100 also repeats what we saw on the G 5G Plus. A 16 MP main and an 8 MP ultrawide with 118º of angulation. During the day, the two take very good selfies, and it is nice to have the option of ultrawide to be able to fit more people or scenery. At night, the result was not legal. The main one has difficulty focusing without using the screen as a flash, and that’s when she doesn’t decide to make everything yellow. Using the screen as a flash solves both of these problems, but if you’re not careful you can get your face blown out with too much light. That is, in the dark get ready to take several selfies to ensure a good one.

In the rear cooktop we have three cameras, no matter how much there is a fourth “mouth” on that “little stove”. The main one has 64 MP, and next to it has a 16 MP ultrawide and a 2 MP Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for depth. The fourth hole there is a sensor for leisure to improve the focus, which is much more useful than it would be to put a macro lens half-mouth there just to put it. In fact, it reminds me that this ultrawide camera can also take close-up photos in macro mode.

And the result was honestly very good pictures by day on both the main lens and ultrawide, and at night only ultrawide lost a little bit of definition, but it still remained quite dignified. Honestly, in the main one, you can even activate Night Vision mode to gain more definition and colors, but I liked the natural result more. Another cool thing is that Motorola put a kind of miniature ring light around the ultrawide, so when you activate macro mode you can turn this light on to take close-up photos in bright or dark places, and the result looks great.

In the videos, the G100 can record with the rear at 6K at 30 frames per second, but without stabilization, so it rolls quite shaky. Activating electronic stabilization, it gives a slight close to the recording angle, but you can still shoot in 4K at 60 fps and the result is very smooth. All these settings you can find by tapping the arrow up there on the screen of the camera application, which I took a while to discover, I admit. And in front cameras you can only record in Full HD at 30 fps, with or without stabilization. A tip for those who need to use the stabilization on the front, by the way, is to record with the ultrawide lens so you don’t have to force yourself to hold the phone further because the head doesn’t fit right on the main lens with the stabilizer activated.

Interface

In software, in general, the G100 comes with Android 11 from Motorola, which means that it is a system with a very clean look, close to the style that Google itself uses, but that has all those extra cool functions in the Moto app . Including the gestures to open the camera and turn on the flashlight, which for me continue to be the best solution for this type of thing.

Moto G100 interfaceThe Moto G100 interface has standard aspects of “pure” Android.

And a novelty here is the Ready For mode, which you can use by connecting the phone to any screen or computer using a USB-C to HDMI cable, or USB-C to USB-C that has the capacity to transmit video. Then you will have an option to open a desktop mode very similar to Samsung’s DeX, which you can control using your phone as a touchpad and keyboard or by pairing a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard kit. Other options that Ready For includes are just mirroring the phone’s screen on the larger display, playing your games in full screen, using the device as a streaming center with the apps installed there, without the need for Chromecast or something like that, or so, and this is the coolest thing, using the device’s rear camera and your TV during video calls, and depending on the calling application the G100 even tracks the faces of whoever is with you to keep everyone in frame without showing too much.

For those who want it, Motorola sells a kit with the Moto G100 that costs between R $ 100 and R $ 200 reais more depending on the store and includes the USB-C to HDMI cable and a base that serves as a tripod to hold the phone while you use this mode, allow it to be placed vertically or horizontally and even include a ventilation system to prevent the G100 from overheating. I enjoyed using it and found it to work well. Better than that only if Motorola can follow the path of Samsung, which has already managed to make the DeX work without cables.

Moto G100Ready For Mode of the Moto G100 can be used on TVs or external monitors.

But a negative point that I have to mention here is about Motorola’s update policy, which is leaving a lot to be desired in this case. Even with cutting-edge hardware, the company only promised a major Android update for the Moto G100, which is terrible when we consider that this one will end up on Android 12 while companies like Samsung are promising three system updates even in intermediate cell phones. I know we shouldn’t buy phones based on the promise of future updates, as companies can change their minds, but things are worse when they don’t even try.

Drums

The battery of the Moto G100 has reserves of 5,000 mAh, which is also the same size that we saw on the Moto G 5G Plus. But as the processor here is more powerful, it also uses a little more energy, so it can’t reach two full days of moderate use, but it can reach a day and a half if you only use a little bit of networks social, messengers, watch some videos and take few photos and videos.

Already with more intensive use, with more than 5 hours of heavy online games, he still can handle it well, but he may run out of strength there from the middle to the end of the afternoon. All this using the automatic mode of the screen, which varies the refresh rate up or down depending on the content you are using. Leaving the rate fixed at 90 Hz, the battery life drops a bit, but reducing to 60 Hz you also get a few more hours.

And it comes in the box with a 20-watt TurboPower charger, which isn’t one of the fastest that comes in recent cell phones, but it’s also not the worst – and it’s a million times better than not having a charger. With this one, in my tests the recharge from zero to 100% took about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Extras

Before closing, it is worth mentioning that the G100 only has one speaker for media, which is the one that faces downwards, in a position that is easy to cover with your hands. Considering that even the Moto G8 Power already had two speakers for stereo audio, seeing that this one doesn’t have it even though it is the best Moto G of all is kind of disappointing. Still, the volume is loud and the sound quality is cool.
In addition to the case, charger and USB-C cable, it also comes with a headset in the box. On the digital reader on the side, it works well, is easy to reach and is fast, so no complaints. And to conclude, there is the special smell that Motorola put on it, which is still strong in the box even weeks later, but is already very weak on the cell phone, even though I used it with the case almost all the time. The scent will not last long.

Worth it?

With all that I said here, I think you can already understand that with his specifications, cameras, battery, features and everything, it would make more sense as a more basic smartphone in the high end segment than as one that is on top of a family of intermediaries.

But why in most parts of the world does he call the Moto G100, not the Motorola Edge S? I see two big reasons: first, because by putting it as a Moto G, Motorola has managed to target the view of analysts and the public in general. The tendency is to want to compare it with the other Moto Gs, and then it is easy to say that he is the best of all. If it were called Edge S, then it would be compared to models that have a better camera, a better screen and a better design. He would only win on the processor, and even that narrowly. Then, the focus would be on the things he cannot do or does worse, which would be much worse for the brand.

And the second reason that makes choosing the Moto G100 name a Motorola marketing masterpiece is the very popularity of the Moto G family around the world, especially in less affluent countries, such as Brazil. Here, the G family is already very popular because of the cost-effective devices. Launching the G100 as “the best Moto G of all”, Motorola certainly wins the attention of everyone who once felt affection for another member of the line. Then, all you need to do is convince people to open your wallet.

Speaking of which, on the Motorola website, the Moto G100 alone is still coming out for the same price as the launch, which is R $ 4,000 in installments and R $ 3,599 in cash, and with the Ready For cable and dock the prices go up by about R $ 200. At retailers, you can find it from R $ 3,149 alone and R $ 3,254 with Ready For accessories.

Is it a cheap price? No way. Is it more like a Moto G or an Edge? With an Edge, for sure. But is it a bad price for a launch price for a phone with specs of that level in 2021? It is not. As much as I do not recommend buying now, just wait to download more it will be more worth it. At least for those who don’t mind receiving just an Android update.

And you, what did you think of the Moto G100? Leave your opinion and any remaining questions in the comments below.

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