THE Motorola Moto E6 Play is proof that it is still possible to find smartphones for less than R $ 1,000 in Brazil. The model, a successor to the Moto E5 Play, hit stores in 2019, bringing specifications not so updated for the year, but at least the price was attractive: R $ 699. 5.5 inch screen, 13 megapixel camera and fingerprint sensor are the highlights of this phone.
Firstly, I would like to point out that Motorola has made a great deal of design and, in this regard, the basic model is more evolved compared to the Moto E5 Play. Okay, is it worth it? I have tested this device in the past few days and I will tell you all the details below.
Motorola Moto E6 Play video review
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Taking the Moto E6 Play out of the box is a very curious experience, as the phone is really beautiful and flashy with its reflective colors. Speaking of color, there are two options: gray and blue. Although it is all worked in plastic, which is normal for entry phones, the finish of the E6 Play won me over; I didn’t notice any imperfections or burrs, at least in the blue version that Motorola sent for evaluation.
However, not everything is perfect and this beautiful look can be harmed if you don’t wear a cape. Scratches can arise on the back of the Moto E6 Play very easily, so I don’t recommend using the device without protection. Luckily, Motorola ships the accessory. Still, it is very sad to open the box and have to be extremely careful with scratches.
Unlike the Motorola Moto E6 Plus, the Play does not have a removable cover, therefore removing the battery is also impractical. Okay, this is very personal, but I prefer it like this … Leave everything kept there.
Still in design, the E6 Play only has two physical buttons: the volume and the on / off buttons, both located on the right side.
It still leaves the factory with a headphone jack, a drawer to insert two chips and a memory card simultaneously, while the bottom received a micro USB port, which is not surprising, since the phone is really basic.
Screen and sound
The Moto E6 Play has more screen than the Moto E5 Play, but little: they are 5.5 inches, ideal for those looking for a small smartphone. The edges remained, with a prominent forehead and chin; they are also evident on the sides. Now, speaking of the screen itself, it is an IPS LCD with HD + resolution (1440 x 720 pixels) and 18: 9 aspect ratio.
For this basic device, it is a good configuration, until acceptable. Despite the edges, it is possible to have an ok experience when consuming streaming. The same is true in games, although it is not ideal for this purpose, but we will talk more about that later.
The adaptive brightness works very well and, if you want to have a better experience when browsing social networks, I recommend increasing the brightness a little, but don’t forget that the battery will go away more quickly.
The speakerphone is hybrid, meaning it can also be used as an external audio output for music and other content. It is a curious thing, but it makes a lot of sense if we consider the savings for the brand, which, consequently, can make the device cheaper for the consumer.
During the tests, I realized that the sound is not loud and there can be high distortion when you turn the volume up. As always, the experience can be more favorable with a headset. Even the model sent by Motorola has a good rubber finish.
In the software, nothing new, the Motorola Moto E6 Play leaves the factory running Android 9 Pie. The Moto E line is not as prominent as the popular Moto G family, this means that this smartphone does not deliver some features known in other models of the brand, such as Moto Actions, used to activate the flashlight and the camera by gesture commands.
The interface is clean and pleasing as it has no frills. Pre-installed apps that only serve to consume memory are not here. Moto E6 Play only brings the basics: necessary apps that all phones have and Google’s (Chrome, YouTube, Drive, Maps, Calendar and others).
The dark theme is even here, but not completely, since only the app drawer and the notification bar are darkened. Applications will not be dark – even those that support the feature.
Is there still a cell phone with a camera? It is quite funny to evaluate a smartphone with just one lens, as this is increasingly rare nowadays. Jokes aside, let’s get to it: the camera that is here on the Moto E6 Play has 13 megapixels with an aperture of f / 2.2. Beside, we have an LED flash.
As usual in entry-level models, Motorola’s cheap can only deliver interesting photos in well-lit environments, as it suffers in other conditions. During the day, the device even produced beautiful images with vivid colors, but without valuing the details. Still, I believe the result will please those consumers who are not looking for a professional camera phone, of course.
In low light environments, the Moto E6 Play shows that it was not designed to produce nighttime photos. You can expect photographs with excessive noise and poor definition.
Back to the front, we can see the selfie camera, which has 5 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.2. When using it, it is possible to notice the loss of color enhancement, in addition to noise. If possible, do not use the beautification mode, as it abuses the settings a lot.
Even though HDR mode is present on the Moto E6 Play to help you get slightly better photos, I believe you will not be using this feature, because it simply locks the entire camera app. And, of course, this difficulty says a lot about smartphone performance, which we will talk about next.
Hardware and battery
We come to the most decisive topic: performance. The Moto E6 Play trips, slides and can’t take pressure. I know that we cannot expect much from an entry-level cell phone and I am understanding about it, not least because I test many cheap devices here at Tecnoblog and I’m already used to “less potent” products. My goal here is to always help you looking for a good and cheap device.
Equipped with a 1.5 GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor, the Motorola model choked on the first day of use. The crashes end up affecting the entire experience of use, since the camera app takes a long time to respond and bug, as well as other basic apps, such as social networks. While installing a new application, it is impossible to use the device for other purposes.
Both the fingerprint reader and the facial recognition unlock are neat, but I take it as a detail.
It is worth mentioning that this chip is already a little out of date. The MT6739 hit the market three years ago and MediaTek already has better processors.
Do you like games? The GPU here is the PowerVR GE8100, and I already tell you that this phone is not dedicated to games, so I recommend looking at what the competition has to offer, if you are looking for an affordable model for this purpose.
The specifications complete 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which I consider little. However, you can place a microSD up to 256 GB.
Going now for battery, the Moto E6 Play works with 3,000 mAh; it is a good number, but we have an average result, in practice. As I always do, I spent 1 hour on YouTube and the percentage went from 100% to 86%; then that number plummeted to 38% after spending 3 hours watching The Irish on Netflix.
During these tests, I left the device with maximum brightness and always connected to Wi-Fi. The E6 Play will be able to have battery for the whole day, at least.
On power, the brand sends a 10 watt power supply in the box. To leave 0% and reach 60%, the cell phone needed 1h37min; then another 33 minutes for 80% and another 37 minutes to reach full load.
Motorola Moto E6 Play worth it?
The Moto E6 Play had everything to be a great entry-level smartphone and Motorola could offer more for less, considering the consumer who cannot pay R $ 1,300 on a Moto G8 Power Lite, for example. The E6 Play is not a horrible phone, but it is very difficult to recommend a product that fails when it comes out of the box. You can be sure that in a few years the device may not be able to handle the basics of the basics.
Despite the cons, we cannot fail to highlight the advances compared to its predecessor. After all, we have a slightly more powerful battery (3,000 mAh), the camera is 13 megapixels, the design is very beautiful and the screen will also please a lot of users.
The E6 Play is a device for you that really seeks to do the basics: access social networks and consume content in streaming. But it is possible to find better options on the market, such as the LG K40S, or the K50S, K12 Plus, in addition to the Redmi 7A and Moto E6 Plus.
Moto E6 Play – technical sheet
- Screen: IPS LCD, 5.5 inches, HD + resolution (1440 x 720), 18: 9
- Processor: MediaTek MT6739 1.5 GHz quad-core GPU PowerVR GE8100
- RAM: 2 GB
- Storage: 32 GB, expandable by microSD up to 256 GB
- Back camera: 13 megapixel, f / 2.2
- Frontal camera: 5 megapixel, f / 2.2
- Drums: 3000 mAh
- Operational system: Android 9 Pie
- Dimensions: 146.5 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm, 145 g
- Others: micro USB, 3.5 mm headphone jack, FM radio, 4G dual-chip, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, fingerprint reader on the back
Motorola Moto E6 Play
- Beautiful design and beautiful colors
- Clean and simple software
- Good screen for the category
- Poor performance
- It could cost $ 500
- Camera application crashes too much