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Moto M Review: Good Looking, Premium, All Metal

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Motorola continues its aggressive marketing efforts for its Moto line of smartphones. Moto M is the latest smartphone the company has introduced. It is a midrange smartphone but marketed as a premium smartphone. Is is worth the look? Let’s find out.

Moto M

  • 2.2GHz octa core Mediatek Helio P15 processor
  • Mali T860 MP2 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Dolby ATMOS audio enhancement
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,050 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price: P14,999
  • Status: Available at Motorola stores and retailers

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

Although now a Lenovo company, Motorola is known to be an American company and all of its phones are designed in US. The Moto M, however, was designed in Lenovo’s home country China. It actually first launched in China back in November 2016.

This is the first all-metal Moto we’ve encountered it looks really good. We have the gold variant here and it looks elegant. It truly stands out as it borrows some design cues from the Moto G4 Plus. This design stands out among other competing Chinese smartphone brands with similar design concept.

DISPLAY

It is nice to know Moto decided to put a full HD resolution on its 5.5-inch display instead of a regular 720p. It is a decent display – good color reproduction, good viewing angles and sunlight legibility. We could only wish Moto put some protection for the display like a Gorilla Glass.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Moto maintains a stock Android UI on the device. This means Android purists will love this device. No need to install a third party launcher. Sadly some of our favorite Moto gestures are not here like chop chop to activate the flashlight or twist to activate the camera.

Day to day performance is top notch. The Helio P15 from Mediatek performs admirably. Though is an aging chipset, it is proven to be very reliable and efficient. Thanks to the paired 4GB RAM, multi tasking is a breeze.

CAMERA

Motorola is not known for its camera technology but we are surprised to see decent photos taken from its 16 megapixel camera. They are not outstanding or mind-blowing but details are there  especially in good light. Check out some of the sample photos below.

CONNECTIVITY

All necessary connectivity options are available except for the NFC. The fingerprint scanner is fast but we’ve seen faster on other brands. Calls are clear with no issues and 4G/LTE is within normal range. Signal quality is slightly better from the Moto G4 Plus.

BATTERY

The 3,050 mAh battery is decent sized power pack for the device. We managed to get around 9 hours with 20 to 25% left in the tank on mixed moderate use. For us, these numbers are just average.

VERDICT

Mid range smartphone battleground is one of the most intense markets in the Philippines. We believe that Moto is doing a great job with their phones. In the case of the Moto M, it is a tough sell, many of the smartphones on this price bracket runs on a Snapdragon 430 which is slightly better chipset than the Helio P15 like the ASUS Zenfone 3 Max or the newer Mediatek 6750 chipset on the Vivo V5 and OPPO F1s. You can also take a look at the Huawei GR5 2017 for its camera tech. If you are really keen on buying a Moto, another option is to wait for the Moto G5/G5 Plus to enter our market.