Motorola Moto G31 – Solid base model

The Moto G30 was Motorola’s bestseller in 2021, and the Moto G31 is this year’s sequel with the same price tag of SEK 2,000. But instead of investing everything in it, they released an entire family with mobile phones for between 2,000 and 3,000 kronor with small differences between them.

The Moto G31 is in any case the cheapest of these, a basic model for those who do not want to spend too much money on a new mobile phone. You get everything you need, such as nfc for contactless payments, a camera that does its job, the ability to use Swish and Mobile BankID of course and also an unusually good screen for the price tag when you want to watch movies.

What you do not get is a fast mobile. The chipset Mediatek Helio G85 is admittedly a small update in speed compared to last year’s Moto G30, but still the phone feels slower. This may be because I have become more picky, or more likely because Android 11, which is the version that Moto G31 runs, is a bit heavier for the phone than the previous system version.

The slowness is manifested in the system hacking a bit when you swipe between screens and it takes a few seconds to open apps or the camera. So there is nothing that really hinders any functions or makes the phone difficult to use.

The phone is promised a system update, ie to Android 12, which is what most new phones come with today, and Motorola’s My UX is fairly free from disturbing elements such as pre-installed apps or own services. Some smart features are available, and Motorola has its own app that gathers all the shortcuts to them so that you can more easily find and feel them.

Screen over the price range

I mentioned the screen as one of the benefits of the phone. The Moto G31 has a large Amoled screen, which means that you get real black in the black and the screen does not change color and brightness when you hold it at different angles. It’s especially nice when you’re watching a movie.

However, the screen does not hold the same class as on a top model. For example, you do not get an increased refresh rate but have to settle for 60 Hz, and the color reproduction is not as accurate. Another thing that is missing is the Always On display, so you can not see the clock and notifications when the screen is otherwise off. Compared to the cheaper LCD displays you normally find in mobiles for SEK 2,000, this screen is still really good.

The main camera is 50 megapixels but delivers images in 12.5 megapixels and it is not worth the effort to switch to full resolution because the images will not get better from it. At 12.5 megapixels, images are sharp, at least in good light. The color reproduction is a bit murky and in backlight shaded areas often become too dark. In slightly lower light, still images work while movements quickly become blurred, and dark photography is not the thing about this camera. For SEK 2,000, the camera feels reasonable and for everyday use when you are looking to document rather than take technically successful photos, it works well.

The other two cameras on the back are a simpler wide-angle camera that takes acceptable pictures and a macro camera that does not. So there is no zoom camera.

It is not a small phone, it is not a smartphone for SEK 2,000, and the back is made of plastic (a rubber shell is included if you prefer). The phone feels flexible for the size and well-built for the price. The fingerprint reader is well placed in the on / off button on the side of the phone and responds quickly.

The battery is 5000 mAh, which in combination with the Amoled screen gives really good battery life. The charger that comes with is only 10 watts, which means that it takes time to recharge the phone after the battery is depleted, but if you have a faster charger, the phone can be charged up to 30 watts.

A price tag of SEK 2,000 forgives a lot. It is easier to bother that the phone is slow or that the camera is mediocre in the more expensive mobiles in the Moto G series, but do you want a cheap base phone and are willing to accept that the pictures from the camera are not perfect or that it takes a few seconds to start the camera, the Moto G31 is definitely worth a look.

Camera example

The colors can be a bit murky but the details are there if you zoom in.

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