Motorola’s G series of smartphones have always been a solid choice for those on a budget, with their big batteries, rugged designs, and low prices, making them an attractive choice for people who just need a daily driver. . But 2021 brought an interesting change for the brand, and the Moto G200 is the best example of that change.
Some of these new Motorola G phones have started to wander from the budget market to the mid-range; it started with a high-res camera here, a high-end chipset there, and now we’re looking at phones like the Moto G200 which has a lot in common with your high-end Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9.
Ostensibly successor to the Moto G100, but arguably more similar to the Moto Edge 20 Lite, the G200 isn’t just the top-of-the-line Moto G phone of the year (not the company’s most premium phone, like the Moto Edge 20 Pro takes that title), but it’s the best M-logo smartphone we’ve tested so far.
The powerful processor, impressive main camera, and vivid display, combined with the low price tag and solving some of the issues that plagued previous Moto phones, make this a great buy. We tested it briefly and while we didn’t have enough time to write a full review, here are our first impressions.
Moto G200 price and availability
The Moto G200 was unveiled in November 2021 and went on sale in December.
We have the price of the phone in the UK, where it costs £ 399.99 (around $ 530, AU $ 740), but we haven’t heard anything about global availability yet. If it launches in the US, it might have a different name – the Moto G 5G Plus went on sale in the US as the Motorola One 5G, and we’ve seen plenty of other examples of the company playing with names between regions.
At this price, it’s not technically the most expensive Moto G phone, as the G100 costs £ 449 (around $ 620 or AU 810) but with a caveat – buying this device gave you a bracket and a cable for the Ready For service (more on that later). With the G200, you just get mobile, so ignoring peripherals for a second, it’s spiritually the top-of-the-line Moto G phone.
Still, the specs make the phone a rival to the Samsung Galaxy S21 at $ 799 / £ 769 / AU $ 1,249, $ 729 / £ 629 (around AU $ 940) OnePlus 9 or $ 799 / £ 779 / AU $ 1,349 iPhone 13 It is therefore a good value for money – money proposition.
Design and display
It’s definitely a Moto G phone – it’s huge. With a 6.8-inch screen, it’s the biggest phone in the company’s budget lineup, and it shows just by holding it.
This screen has FHD + resolution, like pretty much any cell phone, but a 144Hz refresh rate is lower than the 120Hz that most phones at this price point (and many premium ones too) have. The effect of this is that the movement feels smoother which is a nice bonus when playing games or browsing social media feeds.
The Moto G200 does have an LCD display, however, while most of its competition has AMOLED or OLED displays, and in the big game of smartphone escalation, the LCD is lagging behind. The colors are not as vivid and the contrast is not as defined on an LCD screen.
We said the Moto G200 is big, which might put off people with smaller hands. This makes the device a good streamer, however, as the big screen gives you more detail when watching a TV show on the bus or watching a movie in bed.
One of our biggest issues with Motorola phones has, for some time now, been their finicky fingerprint scanners – the G100’s felt like throwing a 20-sided die to see if you would have access. Fortunately, this issue is fixed with the G200, and unlocking the device was wonderfully smooth.
Unfortunately, the Moto G200 does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, and I believe it is the first G-series device to lack this feature. A sign of the times, or just an omission to compensate for the chipset or the battery? We can only guess.
The phone’s plastic back curves to fit the screen, so we found the Moto G200 to be quite comfortable to hold, at least for such a large phone. On the back, three lenses are each mounted individually in their own circles. They don’t protrude too much, but the phone wobbles slightly when placed flat on a surface.
Cameras and battery life
The Moto G200 has three rear cameras. The main one is the first 108MP camera we’ve seen in a Moto G phone, although it’s not the first the company has used, and certainly not the first in phones at this price point.
Some may rightly question the need for an ultra-high-resolution camera like that of a smartphone, although the sensor has a few uses. First of all, it’s good for digital zoom (which is basically cropping). Second, it uses pixel clustering (where individual pixels are combined into larger pixels) to “see” more light, resulting in a lower resolution image. This is particularly useful for night photography.
Then there is an 8MP ultra-wide camera used for taking photos with a large field of view, such as a landscape or a large group of people. Then there is a 2MP depth sensor which has had questionable use. On the front is a 16MP selfie camera.
A year ago, we canceled the camera capabilities of virtually every Motorola phone we tested, but recently we were impressed with the shots taken with the mobiles. It seems that improvements in the hardware and scene optimization software went hand in hand to make the Moto G200 a very good camera phone for its price.
Now for the battery. That’s 5,000mAh, which is pretty big for a smartphone, but it’s a size used by many budget phones. We found that the device had suffered a blitz for a day of use and we didn’t even take a look at the charger until the second day.
Charging is a weak point because at 33W the Moto G200 not only charges slower than other phones with the same specs, but slower than other mobiles at the same price, with Xiaomi and Realme in particular adopting the fast charge.
At this speed, it will take about an hour for the phone to charge a full battery. There’s also no wireless or reverse wireless power, although that’s understandable because you can’t ask for a lot.
Specifications, performance and software
Arguably the star of the Moto G200 show is its Snapdragon 888 Plus – it’s an upgraded version of the chip found in the Samsung Galaxy S21, OnePlus 9, Xiaomi 12, and many other 2021 flagship phones.
That’s right, the G200 is actually Following powerful than these high-end devices, although the difference is too marginal to be noticed by most users. In fact, only die-hard phone fans will really notice the difference between the 888 Plus and a mid-range chip – but there are times when the improvement is palpable.
We have tested many games and found the Moto G200 to be ideal for gaming. Not only is the chipset powerful, but the 144Hz screen refresh rate, large battery, and large display all help to make gaming more enjoyable.
It is a 5G phone, like most new mobiles, and the chipset is also paired with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
As with all Motorola phones, the Moto G200 runs Android and starts with Android 11 out of the box. Moto, however, brings its own twists and turns to the formula, which are easy to get attached to.
Motorcycle gestures are so useful that when we stop using one of the company’s phones, we often find ourselves taking the actions before realizing we aren’t using a compatible cell phone. They include a double karate cut action to quickly turn on the flashlight, a double rotate motion to open the camera app, and double tap the fingerprint scanner button to open a quick list of apps frequently. used.
There’s also MyUI, which Motorola introduced about a year ago as a way to further customize the original Android’s user interface – you can change colors, app icons, and more. When Android 12 rolls out to the phone, it will likely combine with that OS’s Material You feature to give you lots of colorful options.
You usually have to use a Motorola phone for a while to really appreciate it, with some useful features and awesome stopping power hidden behind a neat design and appearance.
Even after a few hours of testing the Moto G200, we’re pretty excited about it – it was useful for photography, gaming, and just scrolling through the hours on social media.
It’s not perfect. Some might object to its size, and we want Moto to get into fast charging. But for the price, it’s a powerful mobile that could distract you from a premium alternative.