Motorola Moto G10 Power Review: Where’s the Power?

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Motorola Moto G10: The Motorola Moto G10 Power arrived in India recently with quad 48-megapixel rear cameras, a 6,000mAh lithium battery, Android 11, and many other features. Is it powerful enough to cost Rs 9,999? Continue reading to find out.

Motorola appears to have done a Realme! Motorola just released a few phones in its E series, and as if that weren’t enough, we’re talking about the new Motorola phones in the Moto G series, the Moto G10 Power, and the G30.

Although the G30 and G30 devices hint at a new company name, the core of the device is the same: great specs for a reasonable price.

Moto G10
Moto G10

The G10 Power was my favorite of the two new phones. It seems to have everything you need to make a budget phone.

These are quad 48-megapixel rear cameras with near-stock Android 11 and a massive 6,000mAh battery. Is this the right phone for you? Let’s take it apart.

Design

The Moto G10 Power is an affordable, generic phone that looks good. It features a waterdrop-notched display, vertical rear cameras, and 2021-esque design elements.

The device has a texture back panel that you can feel, which is a nice touch amongst all the other features. This seems intriguing.

The color options you have: Aurora Grey or Breeze Blue is another thing that attracts.

These two colors add color to an otherwise bland design and may attract you from afar. The device feels cheap once you get started using it.

The effort to add different textures and colors to the phone is admirable, but it looks quite basic compared to the more expensive budget phones from Realme and Xiaomi.

The phone’s thickness is another issue. The phone is not a slim model and it feels heavy.

It can be difficult to use the phone one-handed, especially if you’re someone who likes to lay down and use it.

Despite this, I love the design of the rear camera module. It is well-constructed and looks great.

Although the port placement is fairly standard, the Google Assistant button is a rarity for most smartphone manufacturers. This is a great addition if you use Google Assistant often to perform your tasks.

The Motorola Moto G10 Power is a basic phone. It won’t make you want to display it or stare at it constantly.

It doesn’t have to be average. Motorola would appreciate if they emphasized the design aspect, and especially the build quality.

Display

The Moto G10 Power has a 6.5-inch screen with a waterdrop notch. This feature has been present on many smartphones, and it is obvious that it serves the purpose of reducing bezels to provide a better viewing experience.

The phone does not completely eliminate the bezels, but you can still see a substantial chunk.

The HD+ screen resolution is available and features include the dark mode, nightlight for less strain on the eyes in dim lighting, attentive display to keep it on longer, and Peek Display to quickly access notifications when the screen is locked.

The display was good throughout my use. Excellent viewing experience with good color production.

Although the brightness is good indoors, it becomes difficult to see outside in direct sunlight. It is often difficult to see the content.

Despite the small size of the screen, it is easy to view content. Motorola has made a thoughtful move to make it easier for users to access and manage notifications via the Peek display. This is a positive.

Cameras

It comes with a quad-camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

An LED flash, EIS, Night Vision, and HDR are all supported. Live filter, portrait mode, HDR, HDR, HDR, HDR, Live filter, and many other options are available.

The 8-megapixel front camera supports many features, including beauty mode, portrait mode, and more.

Here’s what you need to know about the package. The entire set can be described with one word: Average.

Although the rear cameras produce excellent images, they aren’t great indoors. The color reproduction was close to nature, and it was to my liking.

Although the ultra-wide lens can capture large areas, there are differences in the colors between it and the main camera’s output.

The output of the depth sensor is mostly processed and doesn’t highlight the subject’s details.

The macro lens is the weakest of all four cameras. It is difficult to focus on an object and can’t capture details.

The lens failed to highlight the intricate details of a flower and instead produced a blurry image.

The front camera is also not very good. Although the selfies are fine, they tend to lose detail when taken indoors.

The colors are also a little muted. The beauty mode was a great addition to the selfies.

EIS provides decent stability and quality videos. The HDR and Night Vision modes worked well and highlighted the images under the conditions. For the former, it is mainly at night.

Performance

The Moto G10 Power comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon460 SoC and 4GB RAM.

The Moto G10 Power comes with 64GB storage that can be extended up to 1TB by using a microSD card. Motorola should pay more attention to this area.

Motorola launches its phones with only one RAM/Storage option. This is very restrictive. It would be nice to have at least two to three options for customers to choose from.

These specs make the Moto G10 Power a good phone. Although the phone can accomplish its tasks with ease, it is not as fast as one would expect.

It worked well and I was able to complete my daily tasks without any problems. There were some issues.

The Google Play Store app crashed multiple times while I was downloading the apps to get me started.

After the initial setup, I was able to use the device for my daily tasks. I used the device to take images, play some games, and shop online (mostly window!).

You can find more information here. It all gets done, it’s clear. But there’s still a feeling of slowness. Gaming was also fine.

My non-gamer side got drawn to titles like Subway Surfers and Brain Test (Genshin Impact was also there), Bubble Shooter, among others. The phone was capable of decent gameplays, most of the time.

The phone didn’t suffer from a sudden battery drain (more on that soon), and the graphics were good.

Moto G10
Moto G10

Motorola is known for its near-stock Android experience. Near-stock Android 11 allows for smooth use and simplifies things for you.

You will need to use Moto Actions, additional gestures, customizable UI, and other Android 11 features.

The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner was clean and simple. Calling was good too, although I didn’t have any issues with calls.

The audio quality was also decent. The only problem is that the sound system can echo when it’s on a loudspeaker. This causes the audio to be a little distorted.

Batteries

This section is what impresses me. And here’s the silver lining! I can use the 6,000mAh battery for more than a day/a week and a half, plus 2 to 3 days on standby.

This is a good thing, as we need batteries that last long enough. There are some disappointments.

You might be able to charge your phone with a 20W fast-charging charger, which could raise your expectations to the mid-level (to put it mildly) for fast charging.

Don’t forget to keep your phone charged!

The charging time is not fast and will take between 1 and 1.5 hours to fully charge your phone.

This is comparable to what you get with rivals like Realme and Xiaomi. The USB Type-C port is another positive feature.

Verdict

Motorola’s Moto G10 Power is yet another Motorola baby, designed to meet Indians’ low-cost phone needs.

The phone is still based on a half-baked formula, and I’m not sure if it is sufficient to offer a good value for money smartphone.

G10 Power is average in most aspects. Its average nature makes it difficult to compete with the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power and the Realme Narzo 30A.

Its battery life and UI experience are exceptional and should be the main reasons why anyone would consider it.

The Moto G10 Power is a great choice for anyone who wants more than a simple smartphone.

G10 Power’s battery life is enough to justify its purchase. This, along with the stock Android experience and large display makes it an affordable option at Rs 10,000

Despite this, I really want Motorola to get out of its shell and make phones that are comparable to the ones it made many years ago.

Also read: Motorola Moto G60 Review

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