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  • - You used to have to spend $600 dollars

  • to get a good, even usable smartphone

  • but that's far from true anymore.

  • Now, there are a ton of great phones below that price

  • and you can even find some great phones below $300.

  • I've been testing a bunch of them

  • and one stands out clearly above the rest

  • and it's only 250 bucks.

  • That's the Moto G6.

  • First thing, the Moto G6 does not look like a $200 phone.

  • I actually find that it strikes one of the best balances

  • between shape and size out there.

  • The phone has a 5.7 inch full HD display

  • with an 18:9 aspect ratio

  • that nearly fills the front of the phone.

  • It's a really great size if you're like me

  • and read a ton of articles on your phone.

  • I'm browsing Twitter and the Web all the time.

  • On top of that, it's just a really good screen.

  • Now, it is an OLED so you don't have those perfect blacks

  • that you get from a top of the line phone

  • and it's not always on.

  • But, I really like the color tuning on this phone.

  • I even like it better than my own Pixel 2,

  • which cost nearly twice as much.

  • The colors look both richer and more accurate to my eyes.

  • The phone also has this nice curve

  • on both back edges and it isn't too wide,

  • Even though you have this big screen,

  • it's actually really easy to hold

  • and doesn't look or feel like a big phone.

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  • Motorola doesn't change Android too much either

  • and that's a good thing.

  • This is very close to stock.

  • And where Motorola does make changes,

  • they are anywhere from inconsequential

  • like adjuster to shrink the screen down for one handed use

  • to slightly helpful like an option

  • to keep the screen on while you're looking at it.

  • And if you don't like those changes,

  • you can actually turn all of them off, which is great.

  • Software performance is about

  • as good as you're gonna get in this price range.

  • In general, I didn't run into any issues

  • when using phone day-to-day.

  • Scrolling is smooth and apps and webpages loaded quickly.

  • I suspect that over time, it probably won't

  • stay as fast as a more expensive phone.

  • But right now, it's smooth and snappy

  • and that is not something every other

  • sub $300 phone can say.

  • The one major downside on this phone is its cameras.

  • The rear camera is slow to fire

  • so I sometimes miss shots

  • and while you can get nice images out of it

  • when you're in bright daylight,

  • darker settings deliver mushy or noisy photos.

  • The front-facing camera isn't much

  • to get excited about either.

  • Now, you really can't get a better camera than this

  • without spending a lot more.

  • But it's still disappointing

  • that you have to forgo quality on what,

  • for myself and a lot of other people,

  • is a key part of a phone.

  • There are a bunch of other little things

  • that I love on this phone.

  • For one, it has a headphone jack.

  • Everybody loves that.

  • It also charges over USB-C, which is easier to use

  • than micro USB and a lot more modern.

  • Pretty much every other phone at this price

  • is still on micro USB.

  • The G6 also has a fingerprint sensor.

  • It's on the front instead of the back,

  • which is not my favorite position, but I got used to it.

  • You can even take advantage of the sensor

  • by using it to control the entire phone with gestures.

  • That lets you remove Android's on-screen buttons

  • and free up screen space.

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  • Aside from a few flaws like the camera,

  • there's very little lacking on this phone

  • that separates it from something twice its price,

  • which is pretty incredible.

  • Like I said, performance will probably

  • be a longer term issue,

  • but there are no problems as it stands today.

  • Now, if you're in China or India,

  • you do have a lot of other options at this price point

  • from companies like Xiaomi and Oppo,

  • but many of those phones aren't available in the U.S.

  • The other budget phones that do make it

  • to the U.S. just don't hold up.

  • They're often missing key features

  • like a fingerprint sensor or support for 5 GHz WiFi,

  • both of which the G6 has.

  • Motorola also sells two other variants of the G6.

  • The G6 Play, which costs $50 less

  • and the G6 Plus, which costs $50 more.

  • The G6 Plus has a slightly better camera

  • and is a bit faster, but it's a little bit bigger

  • in a way that I don't like quite as much.

  • The $200 G6 Play is a bit slower

  • and thicker with the worst screen

  • but I got its battery to last me

  • through three days which is pretty amazing.

  • So if you're looking even cheaper,

  • that's worth considering.

  • But by far, I think the best choice

  • below $300 is the regular Moto G6.

  • It doesn't just check all the right boxes,

  • it actually impresses on a lot of them.

  • Every time I pick up the G6,

  • I'm surprised at just how good a budget phone can be.

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The best $250 phone you can buy in 2018

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    Samuel posted on 2018/08/03
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