Another year, another Moto G. This has been a very repeated start for a review of the intermediate phone that basically carried a lot of the market on its back when it was just a model. Now, so many generations later, the Moto G30 is one of seven other Moto Gs sold here in Brazil in the second quarter of 2021, the middle representative of the three devices launched almost at the same time this year.
The Moto G30 is the step beyond the basics for the line, it delivers a 90 Hz screen with a very visible chin, plastic body, processor that will remain firm in your hand for a while, a lot of cameras at the rear and that price cell phone below R $ 2 thousand, with battery promising to accompany you all day.
Is it really all that? I spent the last few weeks with the Moto G30 in my pocket, trying to walk around the neighborhood while distancing myself from people and I’ll tell you my experience in the next few paragraphs.
Video review of the Moto G30
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Design and canvas
The Moto G30, like practically any simpler intermediary, does not try to reinvent the wheel in design, but it does follow some trends that I really like. The main one is when choosing the color of the back. Here it can be blue or purple, it depends on the angle and the light hitting the place. This chromatic duality started in Chinese cell phones and comes with strength in other brands.
The footprint is comfortable, even for a smartphone bordering on the 7 inches of screen, common size on a small tablet years ago. The entire finish is made of plastic, with perfect material for a cell phone present on a step above the simplest model in the line. To the touch it looks cheap, since it really is.
Unlike other Moto Gs, such as the third generation, the Moto G30 has no water protection, but a rubber is visible in the drawer for the SIM Card and microSD. Speaking of which, there is only room for one chip next to a memory card, or two chips without the expansion. I have always complained about this hybrid option, but with 128 GB of internal memory the vast majority of users are already very well attended.
Closing the design, a button for Google Assistant is an interesting addition, but it is very high, on the side of the device. Access is difficult for users without large hands and still serves to confuse with the volume button in the first uses. Moving to the other side, further down, would be better.
The screen is large, with 6.5 inches, but the resolution is low and is in 720p (HD +). If when it comes to showing the details the Moto G30 doesn’t shine, at least it does it with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. It is far from having that fluidity of a gamer smartphone, but it gives a lot of visual comfort to the user and does not increase the battery consumption. If you are concerned about this, know that it is possible to lower this number to 60 Hz or else leave it at a variable rate between the two limits.
I would be much happier with a Full HD screen at 60 Hz, than 90 Hz at 720p. Or even more animated if the display used some AMOLED of life, since the maximum brightness does not make the screen very visible on the street, with the sun just above it.
Indoors, color reproduction is as expected for a traditional LCD. It’s not surprising, but I didn’t expect it from a simpler intermediary, so it’s ok.
The Moto G 30 comes standard with Android 11 installed and Motorola promises only a software update, with two years for security fixes, arriving at least once every quarter. It is little, either for the safety of the users themselves, or when you look at what Samsung has been doing with its devices.
The interface chosen by the company is basically the same as many other models, more expensive or not. Everything clean and with a single widget to change that air of purity.
If you like the look of “pure Android”, you won’t be surprised here. The extra inventions and tools are there in the Moto app, which still has great camera shortcuts to turn the device on and another one to turn on the flashlight, with others like not turning off the display while you’re looking at it.
Here is also an area to customize the system, changing the outline of apps, font and even the color of some parts of the Moto G30. It is the theme area of other manufacturers, only more organized – and with less customization.
Hardware and battery
All of this hitches a ride on the capabilities of the Snapdragon 662, with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal space. It is enough to run any application without much problem, at least during the first semesters of life. All the hardware fits in the minimum necessary to have the Moto G30 for about two years, which must be when it will start showing signs of age.
See, he is not a master of performance and does not even leave the competition in the slipper, but neither does it look bad or fall behind. It’s “OK”, for the price.
In games the Moto G30 delivers exactly what is expected for a simple intermediary: it runs anything, but not everything will be at the 90 frames per second supported by the screen. In fact, he doesn’t handle easy or even 60 in heavy titles, as Asphalt 9.
Looking for simpler games like Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!. The situation is much better there, and the frame rate per second grows too.
On the battery, the Moto G30 offers 5,000 mAh in the tank, a very comfortable amount for a chip that consumes little and a low resolution screen, especially when you don’t use the 90 Hz display. With me, the autonomy has passed from the first day to the second with some charge to continue until lunchtime.
In colder numbers, a movie ran on the Netflix app for two hours, with 75% brightness and without accessing the offline content, it was on Wi-Fi. The battery consumption to watch from beginning to end was 13%. If you have free time, it is enough to watch seven films for two hours before the battery runs out.
When plugged in, the charger included in the box delivers 20 watts of power. In half an hour the Moto G30 recovered 33% of the load, changing to 63% after one hour. To have the entire battery charged, you need about two hours and 30 minutes.
Turning the phone over, the back shows a set with four lenses, the main one with 64 megapixels, the secondary one works with ultrawide photos and has 8 megapixels, with the third for macro and working only two megapixels. The last sensor is only there to measure the distance for photos with blurred background.
In well-lit environments, the overall quality of the photos is great, whether due to the large amount of the finer details, or even the range of the contrast. I didn’t notice any problems with color reproduction, but a pattern when an Android works with ultrawide photos continues here: they tend to display warmer colors, which make a little bit of yellow.
Is bad? No, but you need to know that the main lens will make photos cooler, while ultrawide delivers warmer.
The macro lens is nice, it delivers curious results, but the meager amount of pixels makes the image useful only for social networks. The focus in this case is fixed, so there is another point of difficulty when taking the photo, since you need to go forward or deeper.
At night the photos enter a Russian roulette. The focus has a huge job to be sure and most of the images will be bad for that reason. When he gets it right, the result comes according to the Moto G30 category. The noise doesn’t scream too much, the white balance handles the scene well and the night photography mode gives an extra slap at those points.
It removes part of the noise and still makes everything clearer, requiring firmness in your arm for almost six seconds. Night shots with the ultrawide lens are useless. The exposure is very low, grainy appears everywhere and the details disappear. Leave this lens for the best photos of the day.
Selfies are made with just one lens, 13 megapixels and that does your job very well. Even the blurred background mode captures the limits of the face very well, such as the ends of the hair.
The Moto G30 is a good device. It offers a screen with interesting fluidity for visual comfort, but it will not be passed on at a high frame rate per second in medium and heavy games. The battery life is very good for the segment and the cameras take beautiful pictures during the day. If I could change anything, it would be the screen for Full HD or for some AMOLED.
For the rest, exchanging resources would mean spending more and that would move the Moto G30 to another price range. It was launched in Brazil with a suggested value of R $ 1.9 thousand. It is very expensive for a simpler intermediary, but the dollar does not help and inflation has been dragging its weight on everything.
This price is even heavier when the competition delivers the Galaxy M31 with a higher resolution Super AMOLED screen, more RAM, smarter processor, more battery, tray with space for two chips and microSD card at the same time, more internal memory system speed and higher resolution cameras. Closing the icing on the cake, Samsung guarantees a security update for him for two years beyond Motorola’s promise.
All this charging the same at launch and less now. The Moto G30 doesn’t do ugly, far from it, but the Galaxy M31 is better in all points. Because of this, Motorola’s cell phone is only worth it if it costs less than its competitor at Samsung, much less. In the current scenario, with the Galaxy M31 in the same store (virtual, in this case), the Moto G30 is not the best purchase.
- Good screen with 90 Hz
- Battery life is generous
- Pure Android Experience
- Beautiful finish
- LCD screen loses to competition’s AMOLED
- Only 1 Android update guaranteed
- Macro with 2 megapixel Motorola?
- Screen: 6.5-inch IPS LCD with HD + resolution (1600 × 720 pixels) and 90 Hz refresh rate;
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core up to 2.0 GHz and Adreno 610 GPU;
- RAM: 4 GB;
- Internal storage: 128 GB (with microSD expansion of up to 1 TB);
- Frontal camera: 13 megapixels (f / 2.2) with a 74 degree field of view;
- Rear cameras:
- Main: 64 megapixel (f / 1.7) with 80 degree field of view;
- Ultrawide: 8 megapixels (f / 2.2) with 118 degree field of view;
- Macro: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4) with 85 degree field of view;
- Depth: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4) with an 80 degree field of view;
- Full HD video recording at 60 fps;
- Drums: 5,000 mAh with 20-watt TurboPower fast charge;
- Connectivity: 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, FM radio and 3.5 mm headphone jack;
- Dimensions (mm): 165.3 × 75.8 × 9.2 mm;
- Weight: 200 grams.