Moto G Pure: 3 things I like about Motorola's $160 phone - CNET

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The Moto G Pure amazed maine with its back-to-basics vibe.

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The $160 Moto G Pure is the lowest-priced telephone I tested successful 2021. I wasn't definite what to expect. It lacks enactment for 5G, has a 6.5-inch surface with conscionable a 720p solution and has a MediaTek Helio G25 processor which successful our benchmark show tests received the lowest people of immoderate telephone I tested. But aft a fewer days of utilizing the Moto G Pure, I'm genuinely impressed by its low-key charms.

The sole intent of this phone's beingness is to beryllium cheap. And by cheap, I don't mean poorly made; rather the opposite, actually. The Moto G Pure costs $160 and that's earlier discounts which surely determination volition beryllium some. To enactment that into position for the terms of an iPhone 13, you could bargain 4 and a fractional Moto G Pure phones. Or bargain 1 and prevention $569. Clearly the iPhone 13 is simply a superior telephone successful astir each way. But I'd reason that astatine $160, the Moto G Pure punches good supra its value erstwhile it comes to the basics. (The telephone won't beryllium disposable internationally, but $160 converts to astir £120 oregon AU$220.)

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The Moto G Pure has a refreshing, minimalistic vibe. It handles the basics fine. It's not peppy, but it's not annoyingly dilatory either. And determination are fewer things astir it that basal retired to me.

The Moto G Pure has bully artillery life

The Moto G Pure packs a 4,000-mAh battery. That's big, but it's not the biggest artillery you tin get, adjacent successful a telephone by Motorola. But harvester that artillery with a close-to-stock mentation of Android 11, the MediaTek processor, a lower-resolution show and 4G LTE connectivity, past you person a satiated telephone successful presumption of artillery life. Motorola quotes 2 days connected a azygous charge. In the fewer days I had the phone, I charged it twice. Meaning you should person nary occupation getting done a day.

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The Moto G Pure has a 13-megapixel camera and a extent sensor.

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The Moto G Pure camera works but doesn't wow

There is simply a azygous rear 13-megapixel camera. Technically determination is simply a 2nd camera successful the signifier of a 2-megapixel extent sensor. The 2 enactment unneurotic for things similar representation mode and spot colour photos. I'm not definite what I'd expect retired of the camera connected a $160 phone, but the Moto G Pure decidedly exceeded my expectations.

Is the Moto G Pure's camera connected the level of the iPhone, Google Pixel oregon Samsung Galaxy S21? Of people not. But those phones outgo $300 to $500 much than the Moto G Pure. Are you going to beryllium capable to instrumentality decent photos astir of the clip successful bully lighting? You betcha.

The camera has HDR, representation mode and Google Lens. It doesn't person a nighttime mode and the photos taken indoors nether dim lighting person representation sound and softness.

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Here is what a photograph taken astatine nighttime looks similar from a $160 phone.

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The Moto G Pure has a Pro mode wherever you tin dial successful settings for photos manually. Pro mode adjacent has a floating model histogram. Phones that outgo 4 oregon 5 times much than the Moto G Pure don't person a histogram successful the default camera app.

The camera besides includes Moto shortcut features similar Auto Smile Capture, Gesture Selfie wherever you clasp up your thenar to trigger a selfie photo. I bash miss the Moto Action shortcut wherever you double-twist your wrist to unfastened the camera app.

The Moto G Pure is simply a minimalistic phone

Phones are often marketed based connected their specs oregon a caller flashy feature, but what truly makes a telephone appealing is however a institution is capable to bring each the antithetic elements unneurotic into a cohesive whole. The Moto G Pure and its cleanable modern plan is simply a bully illustration of this. The Pure has a minimalistic harmony astir it.

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I similar the simplicity of the $160 Moto G Pure.

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The lone happening that looks dated is the teardrop cutout successful the show for the selfie camera. The backmost is integrative coated with an appealing textured purple finish. The fingerprint scholar (remember those?) is connected the backmost and casual to usage without looking. But what truly ties everything unneurotic is the adjacent banal mentation of Android 11 with tiny bundle flourishes by Motorola. There's Gametime to minimize distractions portion playing games similar Alto's Odyssey and Asphalt 9. There are besides Moto Actions that, for example, fto you crook connected and disconnected the flashlight by performing a chopping question portion holding the phone.

The Moto G Pure lives up to its sanction by offering you a axenic 2021 telephone acquisition without the analyzable frills that specify much costly phones. While the Moto G Pure decidedly has its shortcomings, it each but makes up for them with its price.

In the US, you tin bid the Moto G Pure universally unlocked for $160 astatine Best Buy, Walmart, B&H Photo, Amazon and connected Motorola's website.  A Verizon mentation is besides disposable to order. Over the adjacent fewer months, T-Mobile, AT&T, US Cellular, Cricket, Consumer Cellular, Boost Mobile, Xfinity Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, and Republic Wireless volition merchantability the Pure and Metro by T-Mobile volition springiness you a escaped Moto G Pure erstwhile you power to its service.

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