Motorola Moto G30 Review
If you’re looking for a budget Android phone that ticks all the boxes, the Motorola Moto G30 should be up your street. It packs everything you’d expect in a mid-range device while being well-equipped for 5G connectivity and stock Android.
Like many Moto G series devices, this handset features a rounded fingerprint reader and a dedicated Google Assistant button above the volume rocker. It also sports a 3.5mm audio jack and NFC.
The Moto G30’s display is a 6.5in HD+ panel with a 1600×720 resolution. Its pixel density is a respectable 269ppi, although it’s not quite as good as the 1080p screens on budget handsets like the Xiaomi Poco X3.
The screen does boast a 90Hz refresh rate, making for a smoother experience when navigating Android and theoretically opening up the potential to a higher frame rate in compatible games. However, the extra refresh rate means you’ll need to charge your device more frequently.
It also has adaptive brightness, making it easier to use in bright conditions, though its maximum brightness level is a little understated at 403nits with this feature disabled. You can switch this on or off by opening quick settings and selecting Adaptive brightness.
The G30’s primary camera is a 64-megapixel sensor that combines four pixels to make one. This is a reasonably advanced imaging system for something that costs PS100 or so.
However, despite the higher resolution, it can be slow to process photos, especially in low light. It’s also prone to noise and colour balance issues in warmer environments.
The camera also takes unimpressive close-up shots, which are often not focused. It’s not a problem for most purposes, but it’s not the best option if you’re looking to take pictures of objects up close.
If you’re looking for a sound, no-nonsense budget phone that’s not afraid to let you play games, the Motorola Moto G30 is worth considering. It can easily handle most titles and is a step up from the Moto G10 in terms of RAM and storage.
The 6.5-inch display matches the G10’s resolution (only the G9 Power goes higher) and boasts a pixel count of 431 pixels per inch – that’s not as high as the iPhone X, but it’s still a respectable amount for this price segment. It also supports up to 90Hz refresh rates, which few budget phones do.
Under the hood, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor with 4GB of RAM. This is a bit down from the 800 series processors we’ve seen on some flagship phones, but it still performs well enough to keep most people happy.
The battery on the Moto G30 is an impressive 5000mAh, meaning it can give you plenty of juice for a full day’s use. However, it takes almost two hours to charge the phone from 0% using the 20W charger that comes with it.
If you find that your phone’s battery is drained quickly, you should first check whether an app is using a lot of power. You can do this by swiping the apps list and seeing which uses power most frequently.
Another way to improve battery life is to change the screen refresh rate to 60Hz instead of 90Hz. This will slow down the processor and extend battery life.
The Motorola Moto G30 looks pretty familiar to anyone who’s picked up a Moto G phone in recent years. It’s a big, chunky handset with an IPS display that dominates the front of the device.
It also sports a water-drop style notch with bezels around it that are a few millimeters thick. It doesn’t quite scream elegance but is a solid option for budget buyers.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset powers it. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which can be expanded using a hybrid SIM slot.
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