We have been waiting for some time for Motorola to return to the high-end, and although they have had some very interesting attempts, they still lagged a bit under the hood in terms of power. The Moto G100 it has come to fulfill that, accompanied by the possibility of “transforming” into a PC.
Indeed, and I am saying this right now, the Moto G100 is the best smartphone Motorola has made to date. I mean “the best” as the one that complies the most, the rounder, and one that has an approach to the high-end focused on two aspects: a great processor and the possibility of doing more things with the smartphone, than simply using it as smartphone. It is, without a doubt, a very interesting bet, especially if we take into account its price of 500 euros in Spain or 90,000 pesos in Argentina, quite attractive for these specifications. Above all, for your processor and your GPU.
The Moto G100 carries inside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, which although it will not be the most powerful Qualcomm currently (that would be the 888), if it is among the high-end, and accompanied by 8 (or 12) GB of memory RAM and an Adreno 650 GPU offer very good performance and a very generous battery, as Moto is used to by now (in the case of the G100 in my tests, from about 32 to 38 hours of autonomy, depending on use).
This performance translates into the possibility of playing the most demanding games today, with a graphic setting of “High” or even “Ultra” in some cases, and that the phone has no problems in executing them, in giving us fluidity. necessary in games like Call of Duty Mobile, to mention an example. In addition, the refresh rate of 90 Hz that Moto has included in this 6.7-inch screen (2520×1080 pixels) is appreciated, more than necessary in a phone like this.
And as I mentioned above, once you try a refresh rate of 90Hz or higher, it takes a bit of time to go back.
But the performance of the phone and we will continue talking a few lines later, when we analyze what Motorola calls “Ready For”. For now, let’s talk about the design and external features of the phone.
Again, Moto bets on a plastic back with a partly iridescent design, which changes its color a bit depending on the light around it. Its screen, apart from being large and having a good refresh rate and resolution, lacks a bit in terms of brightness. During my weeks of testing I had no problem seeing the content on screen, but under the direct effect of strong sunlight it clearly does not look as good as it does. under the shadow.
But I also understand that in a phone with a high-end processor and a good camera system, Motorola has had to make some decisions to reduce the price and be able to keep those 500 euros or 90,000 Argentine pesos (and similar prices in other territories). Plastic in the rear, for example, is one of those decisions.
Perhaps my only real problem with the Moto G100’s external design is the choice to include the fingerprint reader on the power button. I’m not saying it’s wrong, in fact, it works really fast! But personally I will always prefer the fingerprint reader directly under the screen or, failing that, on the back, as is the case with other Motorola phones. Having my phone unlocked only when I wanted to turn on the screen to see notifications may seem silly, but it becomes a minor annoyance. At least for me. Fortunately, the G100 has other unlocking systems, from the typical and classic pattern to unlocking by face detection, which works well.
Way Ready For
One of the most exciting features of the G100 is that it is the first Motorola phone to include the “Ready For” platform, which basically translates into the ability to “transform” the G100 into one of several things: a desktop computer, a video game console, a multimedia streaming system or a kind of camera and video conferencing system.
It is true, Motorola is not the first company to allow you to transform your smartphone into something else. This has been possible for many years; in fact, I remember about 10 years ago the Motorola Atrix, that you could buy a “dock” in the form of a laptop and insert the phone to transform it into a laptop. What a good times.
What makes “Ready For” interesting is how streamlined Motorola has made this process. You just need to connect the G100 to a screen using an HDMI cable (which is included with the phone) and voila, the phone will offer you four options, the four modes you can use. In the image that accompanies these lines, I can be seen using the desktop mode on the G100 with Ready For along with a wireless keyboard and mouse, which allowed me to work as if I were on a laptop.
I was also able to test the G100 connected to a display via Ready For and to an Xbox controller, playing games like the Genshin Impact and the Call of Duty Mobile on a large screen and with a control, which is much more convenient than using the controls on a touch screen.
In short, I highly doubt that someone will replace their PC with a G100, or with any smartphone or tablet, but the good thing about Ready For is that it allows, in a quick and easy way, to use the G100 as something else when you need it. For example, the “television” mode allows you to connect it to a TV and watch series or movies via streaming, or perhaps your videos and photos of a rape (remember the trips? What we did before the pandemic). The Ready For mode adds interesting possibilities to the phone and, best of all, it does not require docks or expensive accessories, more than a cable, perhaps a wireless keyboard or USB-C to USB adapter and a monitor or screen that you probably already have at home.
The Moto G100 has a four-camera system on the rear, including a 64 MP main sensor with laser autofocus, a 16 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 2 MP depth sensor, and a TOF sensor. Its front camera is a dual system that includes a 16 MP main sensor and an 8 MP ultra-wide sensor, ideal for widening the angle a bit when taking group selfies, for example.
The results offered by the G100’s multi-system are quite good, especially in well-lit conditions. The main sensor produces very detailed images and vivid colors, but without being over the top; colors feel natural. The ultra-wide sensor also works well, although some photos did require a second attempt to improve the exposure. On the other hand, the Moto G100 meets and satisfies as a camera point and click, something that is very important. Because while it is good to have more professional and specific options when taking photos, it is also necessary that you only need to open the camera, point, focus and capture to get a good photo.
Where I noticed shortcomings in photography was, again, in low light conditions. However, Motorola has improved a lot in this area. And it is that in several phones of the brand that I have tried that has been the main failure in photography. The Moto G100 doesn’t completely fix it, but it does take a step or two forward on the matter. Also, although it doesn’t have a dedicated macro sensor, I was able to get good results thanks to Moto’s camera software when I ran tests getting very close to the subject I was going to photograph.
In short, the Moto G100 is the best smartphone Motorola has made to date, although my favorite model in recent years is still the Moto Edge. The G100 has enough power to face many of its rivals in the high-end, but a much more affordable price, something possible thanks to being a little easier in other corners.
I already commented on it when I analyzed the Moto G30, another member of the company’s new “G” family. This 2021 we saw a before and after for this line, with a new generation that includes models from the most economical and simple, to this, the first high-end Moto G. It is the year that the “G” have evolved, and the G100 is a good example of this.