Customers who want a basic, functional smartphone at a rock-bottom price will love Motorola’s Moto C. This phone, which was first introduced in 2017, has garnered rave reviews as a great device for everyday use. With a strong battery life, plus a range of other nice features, the Moto C is ideal for those on a budget.

The Specs

The Look

With a plastic back, the device has a design that alludes to its low budget, but coming in a couple of vibrant colour options, it still looks respectable. It’s a slim device weighing in at 154g. It feels pleasant to hold, although the thickness of 9mm makes it feel a bit bulky.

The front panel’s 5” screen is a good size, with a lower display-to-surface ratio of 64%. While this is not ideal, in the realm of entry-level or budget devices, it fares well. Unfortunately, its 480 x 854 pixel resolution delivers a pixelated display experience. A pixel density of only 196 ppi results in less striking visuals.

At the bottom of the front display, you’ll find three capacitive touch buttons for home, going back, and opening apps. These are not backlit, which can create for challenging visibility in low light conditions, but they’re in an intuitive location for the user, making them easy to find even without backlit illumination.

The Performance

For a budget smartphone, there are a few points where the Moto C wins, and a few points where it could be better.

The battery life is a plus for the Moto C. At 2,350 mAh, the removable battery will last a good day and a half with medium phone usage. Heavier use of the device, such as constant 4G connectivity, is likely to drain the battery more quickly, perhaps in under a day. While quick charging is not supported for the Moto C, this is a feature found primarily on high or mid-range smartphones. It will charge up easily for you in a few hours (or overnight) via its micro-USB cable.

Another high point is the Moto C’s 16GB of flash memory. This is higher than for many other entry-level devices, and if you need more space for photos, music, etc., you can expand the memory with a microSD card.

Basic processing, as well as photography, are aspects of the Moto C that have both pros and cons.

The Motorola Moto C runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The phone comes with a user interface that is typical to that of an out-of-the-box Android. There is little bloatware or additional apps and programs included by the manufacturer. With its 1.1 GHz Quad Core processor and 1 GB of RAM, the phone can stream video well and allow for the playing of more basic mobile games. Games with higher-intensity graphics are likely to result in some lagging, however.

The camera is acceptable for a budget device. The rear shooter is a 5-MP camera while the front is a 2-MP camera. Neither of these is particularly groundbreaking, but in good lighting conditions, the rear-facing camera can capture sharp, clear images with dynamic colours. Low light situations will be a problem for photos on the Moto C. The fixed focus on the rear shooter also means you won’t have many options for vivid close-up images, so macro photography is out.

Where the Moto C ranks a bit poorly is in its display. The lower resolution generates pixelated images, and the brightness of the device can also be problematic at times.

The Conclusion

This is a reliable smartphone choice at the incredible price of approximately $125 AUD. Overall, the device offers the basics, plus a bit more. And again, have we mentioned to low price?!

For kids, this device could be a perfect option for their first smartphone, as it provides all the essential features of today’s smartphones, but pulls back in many areas. You won’t find a stunning display on this phone and you won’t experience lightning-fast operation, but what you will have is a dependable device that does everything you need a basic smartphone to do in 2018.

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