Moto G series deserves better

Based on materials Android Authority

Motorola, by all accounts, is now on the rise. In particular, the fact that LG left the smartphone market gave Moto the opportunity to take third place in the US market, just behind Apple and Samsung. In the budget segment for the company, everything is even more rosy, Motorola holds a confident second place, but it seems that this is due to the absence of other Chinese companies in the US market that can offer interesting and inexpensive devices.

Probably for this reason, the budget part of the company’s portfolio is beginning to feel deprived of attention. Sales here are spurred by low prices and partnerships, and not by innovation and not by the sincere delight of brand fans. But Motorola’s importance to the history of Android cannot be overestimated, which is why the Moto G series deserves more.

One step forward and three steps back

Motorola hasn’t forgotten about the Moto G series, it’s just that it’s forgotten what made it popular so early on. In fact, Moto started promoting its budget 2022 devices just a few months after reviews of the previous year’s lineup surfaced. And looking at them, it’s hard to get rid of the feeling “I’ve seen this somewhere before.”

For the most part, we’ve actually seen it all before. Of course, credit must be given to Motorola for unifying its own design language, but this is the only visible change in the 2022 series. The camera protrusion here has shifted a bit, and there are a few new colors and textures, but that’s where the changes end. Motorola prefers to keep the Moto G series as it is, while its competitors bring more and more new features to their budget portfolio.

The 2022 Moto G Power is a good example of Motorola getting it wrong. It’s officially rated IP52 and the main camera’s resolution has gone from 48 to 50 megapixels, but the HD+ screen remains for another year, plus it’s shrunk by a tenth of an inch. No matter how you feel about incremental changes, moving from the Snapdragon 662 in 2021 to the MediaTek Helio G37 in 2022 is a major step backwards. It underperforms in every aspect, while its closest competitor at the $250 price point, the Galaxy A13 5G, offers faster network speeds. No, Samsung’s budget solution is far from ideal, but year after year the Korean company adds new features to stay relevant in a highly competitive market.

Motorola’s Moto G Stylus 5G received its biggest update in 2021 with 5G support. However, this does not mean that the 4G LTE version is no longer relevant – Motorola is currently updating both versions. Instead of bringing one affordable phone with a stylus to market, the company is repeating the same flaws in two different models. They’re big at the expense of convenience, and 5G speeds aren’t something that can make you put up with underpowered processors. This is especially true for the 2021 LTE version, which, like the Moto G Power, has a worse chipset than its direct predecessor.

Other shortcomings extend across the entire Moto G series, and they only highlight how far behind Motorola’s smartphones are. You still won’t find NFC support on any Moto G device, be it Play, Pure, Power or Stylus. This means that mobile payments are not available to owners – and this is in an era when cash in your pocket is almost a rarity. Another eternal problem is Motorola’s low charging speeds. The company announces fast charging with the proud name TurboPower… and only 10 watts of power.

The above does not mean that Motorola is doing everything wrong. There is certainly something to praise in the hardware of its smartphones. So, the assembly of Motorola’s plastic devices is higher in level than that of most other companies, and it’s also pleasing that the stylus in the Moto G Stylus is round and can be inserted into the slot either side. In the Moto G series, the company even managed to realize the idea that more is better, at least when it comes to RAM and internal memory. The 2022 Moto G Power gets an extra gigabyte of RAM and doubles the onboard storage, while the 2022 Moto G Stylus goes from 4GB to 6GB of RAM.

Software support: among the laggards

If we talk about software updates, the situation looks even worse. The world where people thought it was common to buy a new phone every couple of years no longer exists. And now Google and Samsung are now offering three or more years of Android updates and security patches for their budget lineups. And what does Motorola do against this background? She drowns her Moto G line.

The company promises just one Android version update and two years of security patches. What’s more, even some of Motorola’s flagship devices are promised the same meager support. This means that if you purchase a 2022 Moto G Power or Moto G Stylus, you’ll get Android 12 and that’s it. Both smartphones came out with Android 11 after the latest version became available, and they are in no hurry to update. By comparison, the Samsung Galaxy A13 5G is only slightly ahead in terms of Android updates, offering two years instead of one, but on the other hand, its security support is second to none. You get four years of regular security patches instead of Motorola’s two for the same price.

Although in terms of software, Motorola cannot only be scolded, despite its stingy approach to updates. For example, its shell for Android is one of the easiest, those times when Google owned the company affected. Its look and user experience is very similar to that of the Pixel and offers a lot of customization options.

One of the best features, My UX, and probably one of the most underrated at the same time, is the Moto app, an entire app designed to help you get to grips with the software. Its usefulness is not at all obvious, but this is a really useful guide, and few people have managed to create something similar. It is a pity that this level of attention and care for users did not translate into longer-term product support.

Back in the day, Motorola had a lot of innovation. You could sit for hours on the Moto Maker website, creating a phone that you didn’t need to buy at all. Moto is now gaining attention through partnerships with operators rather than its unique features like body materials or cool design. Maybe Motorola just needs a new competitor to keep it going. The company may not be able to catch up with Samsung with its innovations in the budget segment, but it seems that in order to force the Moto G series to develop, it needs a real threat from foreign models with similar positioning.


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