Top positive review
Best phone of its price range for UK
3 August 2018
I got this phone for £200 on Prime day and so far it's been completely worth the money, it almost feels like a steal.
The stock android helps the phone feel nice and clean without much clutter. The Moto app is actually pretty useful, for example the quick gestures. The battery pretty much lasts all day (with general non-intensive use) and charges quickly with the Turbo charger. I am very grateful to Motorola for keeping the 3.5mm audio jack which is sadly becoming less and less common in modern smartphones. Not only that, but they have allowed us to use 2 SIM cards along with external SD card, compared to a lot of other phones at this price range which require you to use an SD card instead of a second SIM slot. This version of the phone also comes with NFC which is great for people who like to make mobile payments often (e.g Google Pay). With general use (I don't play games) the phone is nice and smooth. It does sometimes stutter (e.g scrolling really fast through apps) but it doesn't really affect my experience that much. The camera is fine, pretty much what you'd expect for a phone at this price range.
I found the phone a bit slippery to hold, but with a decent grippy case it's very comfortable in the hand. There's also a see-through case that comes with the phone which is nice. The USB-C connection is more convenient than the micro-USB connection of my old phone, as USB-C allows you to insert the cable either way, whereas Micro-USB is only one-way connection. USB-C also is faster and more efficient and pretty much on all modern flagships, so it's nice of Motorola to include it on this cheaper phone.
Overall I am very impressed with this phone so far, and after some research I can't really find a better phone of this price range that's available in UK. The best contender I can find is the Nokia 6.1, which uses Android One (meaning very fast and reliable Android updates), however that has half the internal storage that this phone does. I just hope Motorola will provide timely software updates for this phone. I did receive an update yesterday for Mays security patch which is nice, so hopefully I will continue to receive consistent and timely updates.
If you are looking for a smartphone around £200 that has many useful features (3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, external storage, USB-C etc) along with a clean software experience (no bloaty skins like Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi etc) then this may be just the phone for you.