Test: Motorola Moto G60s – Fast-charging budget

The Moto G60s was launched early in the fall, but it took time for Motorola to get us a test copy. Meanwhile, Motorola has had time to launch the next generation of Moto G headsets. However, the new headphones offer small improvements, and none of them have the included 50-watt quick charger that the Moto G60s has. For that matter, it has no other phone for under SEK 3,000 either, so that makes the Moto G60s unique in the Swedish market at the moment.

We can start by discussing the value of this. Like most new cheaper mobiles, the Moto G60s has a really large battery of 5000 mAh. The phone lasts a long time on one charge, but without fast charging it takes forever to charge such a large battery.

The charger that comes with the Moto G60s charges the phone from an empty battery to 27% in 10 minutes, and in half an hour the battery is charged to 76 percent. This is a real difference if you charge with a 10-watt charger, which comes with the new Moto G51 (to take an example from Motorola’s new Moto G-series) which costs about the same, and you can not buy a 50 -watt charger and plug in, because it does not support it.

It is thus a characteristic that makes a difference. Moto G60s may need it, because otherwise it can be difficult to see the difference on all Moto G mobiles for between 2000 and 3000 kronor, where Moto G60s easily disappear in the crowd. Or possibly towering over, because it’s a big mobile. The impression is enhanced by the fact that the 6.8-inch screen has the odd format 20.5: 9, which makes the phone even slimmer than most mobiles today. It has a hard time going into the trouser pocket I usually have my mobile in.

The back is in fairly anonymous plastic, with a little structure that makes the phone a little less slippery in the hand. In addition to the cameras, there is also the fingerprint reader on the back, a little too high up to reach it without having to change grip on the phone, but apart from that it works well.

Screen best on paper

The screen is impressive on paper, with a 120 Hz refresh rate and that in a mobile for under SEK 3,000. However, I have noticed that the improvement of faster updating is not at all as obvious in phones with LCD display as this one has, this is because the crystals themselves can not update as fast as the screen. It is also noticeable when I slow-motion film the screen and see that there is a lag in the image, especially when I swipe sideways. Nevertheless, the effect of the faster screen is not non-existent. I notice a difference when the phone is set to 60 and 120 Hz. By default, however, it is set to adaptive, which means that the speed is adjusted automatically depending on which application you use.

I find that the screen is a bit variable in brightness when I angle it, which is typical of cheaper LCD displays, and at lower brightnesses the color reproduction becomes a bit grayish. For the price tag, it is a perfectly okay screen, but not so good that it would be an argument for choosing this particular mobile.

Mediatek stands for the engine in the Moto G60s, in the form of a Helio G95 chipset. On paper and in benchmark tests, it is actually faster than the chipsets found in most of the subsequent generation Moto G mobiles. The internship is another matter. Motorola is usually so good at getting the user interface in their mobiles to spin that it feels like they could throw the processor from Ericsson’s old shark fin into the mobile without it hacking when I scroll or browse web pages.

Therefore, I’m surprised that it’s precisely in this mobile that it actually hacks when I scroll and surf, and not in the Moto E40 with the much smoother chipset that I tested last time. It’s not that hard to use the phone, but it does not feel quite as soft and compliant as I am used to.

Smart shortcuts

Motorola’s user interface is in any case what I’m used to, with very few changes compared to Google’s base version of Android, and the changes that are there are good, like movements to wake up the flashlight or camera, and that the screen does not go out as long as you look on it. The phone is free of pre-installed apps from anyone other than Google. Motorola promises a major system update, for Android 12, for mobile, and security updates for two years.

The cameras look impressive on paper and are therefore a little disappointing. Four cameras with a main camera of 64 megapixels sound impressive, until you see that one of the cameras is a macro camera and another is a depth sensor. As expected, they add nothing to the image result, but here is at least a wide-angle camera for when you want to get more in the image.

It is mainly the main camera I have problems with. In full daylight, which in December means if there are no clouds in the sky and it is close to twelve in the day, I get really good pictures, but under most other conditions I get pictures that are often blurry, have strange color reproduction or both . Especially with indoor lighting, the difference in sharpness is something you notice in everyday photography.

The remarks I have about the performance, screen and camera of the Moto G60s are not great things that make me advise against buying, for SEK 2,900 this is an affordable phone, and it is only in comparison with Motorola’s own range of mobiles, such as the Moto G30 , Moto G50, Moto G41 and Moto G51, as Moto G60s have a bit of a hard time asserting themselves. But it has the fast charge, and it’s worth something.

Questions and answers

Does the phone have 5G? No, it is missing on the Moto G60s, but is available in the Moto G50 and G51.

What’s it like to call? I have no complaints about reception or sound quality during phone calls.

How is the sound for movie watching? There are 3.5 mm sockets for headsets and sound enhancement functions that create spaciousness and cinema feel, but if you listen without headphones, there is only one mono speaker.

An alternative

Affordable Motorola: The Moto G30 feels surprisingly complete for SEK 2,000.

Camera example

At dawn I get strange color reproduction in the pictures.

Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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