Moto G6 Unboxing and First Impressions

Is Motorola's budget empire still on top?

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The other day I got a very exciting package in the mail. Motorola was kind enough to send me the Moto G6 and G6 Play! I have not had the chance to look at the Moto G6 Play but I have been using the Moto G6 as my primary device for the past 24 hours and I’d like to share my unboxing experience and how I like the device during the first 24 hours.

Unboxing:

I was incredibly impressed by the Moto G6 when I took it out of the box. It felt comfortable in my hand and had a nice weight to it. Not so light as to feel like a toy or that it is missing something but not so heavy that it hurts to hold. One aspect I didn’t like about it was how slippery it was! There also wasn’t a case included with this device so sadly I will either must get my own or try not to break it.

Other than that small aspect the device came with all the mandatory items you’d expect from a $250 phone. Motorola’s 15-watt fast charger, a USB-C cable, the quick start guide, a sim removal tool, and the phone! Everything is packaged very nicely, and in a very compact box. There’s not much else to talk about regarding taking it out of the box. The gallery below will show you what I got in the box as well as all the sides of the Moto G6. I hope you enjoy these pictures and stick around for my first impressions.

First Impressions:

I’m enjoying my time with this device so far and I’ll talk about in detail in the remainder of this article.

Setup:

The setup process is reminiscent of any stock Android device. I never found myself slowed down by having to log into different accounts other than Google, or having to setup more than a fingerprint and pin to unlock the device. I’m pretty sure I finished the setup process in about 5 minutes, not including the time it took to download my backed up apps. It didn’t seem like a bother at all and went by quickly.

Performance:

The device I received from our friends at Motorola has a Snapdragon 450, 3gb of ram and 32gb of storage. The device was a little slow but for a $250 device I was honestly expecting far worse. This was my first time spending some time with a budget device and I can honestly say I’m enjoying it. I played a lot of Pokemon Go and Alto’s Adventure and only found a few stutters. Apps also didn’t stay in the background for very long but they didn’t take much time to reboot which was pleasant. Budget devices have come a long way in the past 4-5 years and if you’re coming from something like an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5 or 6 you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The one concern I have about the device is 32gb of storage. Even though it has a micro SD card slot it may be a slight drawback. The light skin on the device though means only about 7gbs are used out of the box and the ram isn’t being eaten away by apps you don’t want or use. A final piece of information this device is running Android 8.0.0 running the March 1st security patch. Motorola really needs to get this device up to date and keep it up to date. There’s little excuse for that.

I also chose to use the device with Moto Display on and Moto’s fingerprint sensor gestures. I’m loving having Moto display back for the first time since the Moto X 2014 (RIP you beautiful beast). The fingerprint sensor gestures can be buggy. I find myself accidentally opening recent applications when I’m simply trying to go back or turning the display off when I want to go home. I wish they’d implemented a swipe up on the sensor to go home or use Google Assistant. A swipe down to pull down the notification shade. Given this is a $250 phone I can’t complain too much though. I hope they change this a bit in the future.

Camera:

In the first 24 hours I am very impressed by this device. The device has a dual sensor rear camera with 12mp and 2mp for the main sensor and depth sensor respectively. The front camera is an 8mp affair with a front flash. The rear camera is capable of 1080p 60fps video while the front is capable of 1080p 30fps video. I’m going to be honest, these sensors are pretty good for this level of device. I’m going to leave some stills below, but you never would think this device was $250 given these pictures. I’ll have far more pictures in the full review but let me know what you think. Lastly, using twist to launch the camera and chop twice to launch the flash ight never gets only but don’t lose your grip!

Miscellaneous Aspects:

This device supports all 4 major US carriers (a rarity) as well as Project Fi. This is a big thumbs up for those who may not be happy with their carrier down the line. I love that the earpiece functions as a front speaker too. It makes phone calls very pleasant and makes watching videos very nice. The device uses an 18:9 2160x1080p display. The display isn’t amazing and kind of washed out but the high resolution makes videos look very nice. As I’ve stated many times, the device is $250, it’s awesome that you get such a good display at this money. Wifi connectivity and cellular connectivity are also fantastic. In areas I struggle with my Pixel XL I found I got the same or slightly better coverage on AT&T. The phone also uses USB C and a headphone jack! Don’t take these features for granted!

I haven’t gotten a great idea of what the battery life is like right now but I’m finding it’s pretty middle of the road. I can play Pokemon Go for about 3 hours at max brightness and when cell reception is bad you can expect the device to deplete quickly. These are just two very early impressions, once I get to some normal usage we will see how it holds up with standby time and more heavy usage. I will say though that quick charge has been a blessing.

Final Thoughts:

I think I’m going to enjoy my time with the Moto G6. I’m going from using the $750 LG G7 ThinQ to the $250 Moto G6 and I’m loving it. I’ll let you know if this device is worth it for the price in a few weeks as well as some tutorials for getting you started if you get the device. I’m going to put this device through some rigorous tests so please don’t think I’ll be light on it. So far though, it’s looking like a positive experience.

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