Motorola Moto G30, analysis and opinion

One of Motorola's great achievements has been to maintain the challenge of Chinese brands in the mid-range. Part of its success lies in models such as the Motorola Moto G30 that we analyze today.

The Motorola of the Grange is, without a doubt, a living legend of telephony and has managed to gain a foothold in the mid-range and keep the brand in the limelight, something not easy considering the pressure that exists in models that, like the Motorola Moto G30.

We are dealing with a smartphone that is located just above the entry range and must balance its performance very well to stand out above its rivals without the price being a burden of choice.

Will Motorola have succeeded? We find out in this full review of the Motorola Moto G30 and give you our opinion.

  Motorola Moto G30
Screen LCD IPS Max Vision 6.5 inches | 20:9 format (1,600 x 720 pixels) | 90 Hz | 269 dpi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 | Adreno 610
RAM and storage 4 or 6 GB | RAM 128GB | expandable with micro SD up to 1TB
Rear cameras Main: 64 Mpx (f/1.7) | Wide angle: 8 Mpx (f/2.2) 118° | Macro: 2 Mpx (f/2.4) | Depth sensor: 2 Mpx (f/2.4)
Front camera 13 Mpx (f/2.2)
Battery 5,000 mAh | fast charging 15 W | TurboPower 20W charger
Android Android 11 with My UX
Connectivity 5G | WiFi 5 (802.11 ac) | Bluetooth 5.0 | Dual SIM | NFC | USB-C | GPS, A-GPS, LTEPP, SUPPL, GLONASS, Galileo
Dimensions and weight 165.2 x 75.7 x 9.1 mm | 197 grams

Very Motorola style with too conservative a screen

Part of Motorola's success has been staying true to a line of design and features that convey confidence to its users.

The brand's strategy for the Motorola Moto G30 has not been different maintaining a perfectly recognizable design that does not risk either shapes or finishes.

We are looking at a smartphone with dimensions of 165.2 x 75.7 mm and a thickness of 9.1 mm, so we can not say that it is precisely compact. In addition, its 197 grams make it a strong mobile in the hand.

The plastic unibody rear transmits solidity and improves grip by curving on the sides. It is an honest and unpretentious design that does not appear to be what it is not.

Centered on the upper third of the rear we find the fingerprint sensor with the logo of the brand and anchored in the upper left corner rests the rectangular module with the four cameras and the LED flash.

On the right edge are aligned the power buttons, well-differentiated from the rest with a rough texture, the volume buttons, and an additional button from which to invoke the Google Assistant.

The opposite side is much more liberated and we only find the hybrid tray with capacity for two NanoSIM cards and a microSD memory card.

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At the top is the headphone jack, while at the bottom end are the USB Type-C port and the bottom speaker. We found a second speaker on the front, but it's dedicated exclusively to call audio.

The first thing that indicates that we are facing a modest mobile is the generous frames that surround the screen. More contained on the sides, but much wider on the chin, while at the top it contains a little more and leaves suspended a drop type notch in which the camera for selfies is located.

We are talking about a 6.5-inch IPS Max Vision LCD screen with a 20:9 format and HD+ resolution (1,600 x 720 pixels) that leaves a density of 269 dots per inch.

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This is one of the points where we would have liked Motorola to have made an effort to implement a Full HD screen to take better advantage of the generous diagonal screen with multimedia content. On the other hand, Motorola offers a refresh rate of 90 Hz on this screen improving the feeling of fluidity when using it. One of lime and one of sand.

Another controversial aspect of this screen is found in the brightness that is shown well below what some of its direct rivals such as the Redmi Note 10 5Goffers.

In our measurements, we have obtained an average brightness of 256.8 luxes. This figure is more than enough indoors, but as soon as the sun tightens it becomes completely insufficient outdoors, something that is accused in situations such as when taking photos, where the lack of brightness leaves the focus in the hands of chance.

 

The behavior of the automatic brightness adjustment has been adequate and we have not needed to adjust it manually, reaching very low levels of brightness when it is totally dark.

Motorola Moto G30

From the Display settings, you can customize both the refresh rate of the screen between the Automaticoptions, 60 Hz and 90 Hz, as well as the color profile between the Natural, Enhanced, and Saturatedmodes.

The panel calibration is good and offers a very fluid behavior, but the HD+ resolution and low brightness overshadow part of the user experience when consuming multimedia content.

Good day-to-day performance and fluid use with My UX

As we have already seen in the design section, the Motorola Moto G30 is first and foremost an honest smartphone that does not pretend to be something that it really is not.

In this sense, we obtain a more than acceptable performance for a mobile that is located just one step above the entry range.

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Bajo el capó late un procesador Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 de ocho núcleos acompañado de una GPU Adreno 610 que ofrecen un rendimiento más que fluido en el uso diario.

Revisar el correo, usar apps de mensajería o redes sociales no representa ningún problema para este smartphone, pero sí puede verse en apuros al ejecutar determinados juegos exigentes y será necesario rebajar las exigencias gráficas para que se muevan con soltura.

  Motorola Moto G30 Moto G9 Play Little M3 Redmi 10 5G
Processor SD 662 SD 662 SD 662 Density 700 5G
Geekbench 4 Single 1.425 1.512 1.516 -
Geekbench 4 Multi 4.622 5.745 5.458 -
Geekbench 5 Single 306 315 314 552
Geekbench 5 Multi 1.210 1.432 1.326 1.672
3D Mark 1.176 1.883 1.164 -
AnTuTu 173.608 175.212 184.237 263.535
PC Mark (Work 2.0 | Work 3.0) 6,261 | 6.773 6,353 | - 6,028 | - 7,661 | 8.424

We are testing the version with 4 GB of RAM that does not contribute to the heaviest apps running comfortably.

In this sense, our recommendation is to always opt for as much RAM as possible to ensure a fluid behavior for longer since the version with 4 GB tends to fall short in performance much earlier.

The good news is that it has 128 GB of internal storage with UFS 2.1 support. It's more than enough space for such a smartphone, but it can be expanded up to 1TB with a microSD card.

  Motorola Moto G30 Motorola Moto G9 Plus LITTLE M3 Redmi 10 5G
Sequential write 177.89 MB/s 132.07 MB/s 196.99 MB/s 283.25 MB/s
Sequential reading 223.16 MB/s 480.70 MB/s 368.41 MB/s 576.32 MB/s
Random write 16.73 MB/s 14.75 MB/s 14.71 MB/s 18.36 MB/s
Random reading 11.31 MB/s 12.05 MB/s 12.90 MB/s 11.86 MB/s
In-memory copy speed 4.28 GB/s 4.72 GB/s 3.23 GB/s 5.14 GB/s

The Motorola Moto G30 comes with Android 11 out of the box with Motorola's My UX customization layer. This layer is practically maintained with Google's Android setup with some point additions that improve the user experience.

Additional additions such as the Moto Actions, a series of gestures and functions developed by Motorola that makes daily use of the phone more comfortable without adding a layer of heavy customization.

Shake the mobile to turn on the flashlight or camera, slide three fingers on the screen to make a capture, or keep the screen on while you look at it are some of the functions that allow the Moto Actions and we can say that they are an added value in the experience of use.

These options for customizing the user experience also affect the entertainment section with a specific model for games called Gametime that customizes the behavior of the mobile, blocking notifications or optimizing the system when you run games.

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When it comes to safety, the Motorola Moto G30 has a fingerprint sensor on the rear that, while not the fastest on the market, is one of the most reliable and, in fact, has been the unlocking method that we have used the most during this test.

On the other hand, it also has a 2D face unlock system that is not as efficient as the fingerprint sensor, is much more conditioned by ambient light.

The main camera saves the furniture, the rest are dispensable

The Motorola Moto G30 is a practical example that more cameras do not always imply better photographic response.

On this occasion, Motorola has been carried away by the siren songs of its marketing department instead of opting for a much more conservative approach that bets on one or two cameras with good quality, instead of mounting four cameras in the back that hardly contribute anything.

Motorola Moto G30, analysis and opinion
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First of all, let's discuss the Camera app that we find in this Motorola Moto G30. Basically, we are facing the same app that their previous smartphones mount.

It is an app that stands out for showing a clean interface, although, in that spirit to maintain the austerity of icons, some essential accesses have been hidden such as HDR or the hiding of some shooting modes relegating them to the drawer of shooting modes that appears by sliding the carousel of modes to the left.

There we find the Portrait, Pro, Night Vision, or Ultra-Resmodes, as well as different color filters and video recording in slow and fast motion.

Some settings are hidden under a drop-down panel that emerges when you swipe it up from above the fire button. In general, it is an app with too many nooks and crannies that, in search of aesthetic simplicity, makes its use, not the most intuitive.

Before moving on to analyze the photographic performance, remember that from this link you can download some of the original samples that we have obtained with the Motorola Moto G30 so that you can judge them for yourself.

  Sensors Opening and stabilization
Rear Main: 64 Mpx | 1/1.97" sensor | 0.7 μm f/1.7
  Wide angle: 8 Mpx | 118° | 1/4.0" sensor | 1.12 μm f/2.4
  Macro: 2 Mpx f/2.4
  Depth sensor: 2 Mpx f/2.4
Frontal 13 Mpx | 1/3.1" sensor | 1.12 μm f/2.2 | fixed focus

It should be noted that the main camera of 64 Megapixels is the one that has given us the best results leaving a final photo of 16 megapixels after the grouping of pixels.

In broad daylight, it offers a good level of detail and correct color processing, although with a low dynamic range making the colors appear off and the photos are somewhat flat.

An unpretentious mobile that delivers on all the basics‎

‎Motorola has again bet on insurance and has not risked the least with this Moto G30‎‎, an honest smartphone that does not pretend to be more than it is: a mobile that sits just above the entry range.‎

‎The design, although it dispenses with materials such as glass or aluminum, opts for robust housing and a good quality polycarbonate.‎

Motorola Moto G30, analysis and opinion

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