Motorola Moto G10 Power review: Sturdy phone with long-lasting battery
Motorola took the lid off two of the budget smartphones earlier this month. Adding to its portfolio, the Lenovo-owned company launched the Moto G30 and the Moto G10 Power in India. Motorola is known for making some of the sturdiest, long-lasting devices in the budget category. It is not one the easiest zones to break into but Motorola’s near-stock Android experience draws buyers. With the Moto G10 Power, Motorola has opted for a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, used a big battery, and kept the price under Rs 10,000.
Moto G10 Power is selling in India for Rs 9,999, and on paper, this does not sound like a bad deal at all. However, the budget segment is one of the most competitive zones, with almost every manufacturer launching tons of devices in this category. The bigger threat lies when a brand like Xiaomi drops a smartphone that only costs a fraction more than the G10 Power but offers quite an interesting spec sheet. Nonetheless, Motorola also promises a lot of features like the ThinkSheild security, fast charging tech, impressive camera specs, and more. But does it really stand out from the crowd? Read our detailed review.
Moto G10 Power: Design
Motorola does not experiment much with its designs, especially if it is a budget smartphone. The Lenovo-owned company has always stuck to a workable, basic, no-nonsense design. However, with the Moto G10 Power, the company seemed to have stepped a little out of its comfort zone. It may not feature the most eye-catching design, but the change is noticeable.
The Moto G10 Power is made up of plastic, but it doesn’t feel cheap. On the contrary, it feels quite sturdy and feels like it can endure a few mighty falls. But don’t try that out in your home. The rear of the device has a diagonal 3D texture which somewhat manages to keep the fingerprints and smudges at bay. This also helps in maintaining the grip. The phone won’t slip out of your hands even if you have sweaty palms.
There is also a rectangular camera module that sits on the top left corner of the rear. The camera module is nicely designed, and it adds a bit of jazz to a rather dim design. The module is made of metal and houses four camera sensors, LED flashlights. The best bit is that despite so many sensors at his price, the camera module doesn’t protrude much and blends well with the rear panel.
Now coming to the display, the Moto G10 Power comes with a 6.5inch HD+ display. There is a waterdrop notch on the front and thick bezels around the corner. Motorola needs to consider ditching the waterdrop notch design for once. The display is legible under direct silence but does not feel outstanding. The viewing angles are just about okay, and the brightness at times feels inadequate. However, one needs to remember that it is a sub-10,000 phone and gets the job done. So no complaints there, but if you are a sucker for graphics, this one is not for you.
On the right side, there are buttons for users to control the volume, summon the Google assistant and switch the screen on and off. The buttons are clicky, and each comes with a different texture. You would find a headphone jack at the bottom of the device, a USB Type-C port, which is pleasantly surprising. On the rear, there is a fingerprint sensor which works just fine. Overall, Motorola has stuck to a decent, sturdy design. But if you want all that jazz in your phone, this may not be the right fit.
Moto G10 Power: Performance
Moto G10 Power is driven by a modest Snapdragon 460 SoC chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. It handles the basic scores seamlessly, but it is definitely not the fastest in the segment. For instance, if you could jump from one app to another, it handles it well, but the phone is certainly not meant for handling hardcore gaming. The phone does get a bit hot after an hour-long gaming session. If you want to play heavier games like Call of Duty, Assasins creed, you will have to lower the graphics settings. However, the lighter games work just fine.
One of the reasons why Motorola phones are often preferred is because the company offers a near-stock Android experience with its phones, irrespective of the price. There is no pre-installed bloatware, so you would not get bogged down by notifications every other minute.
The Moto G10 Power comes with Android 11 out of the box and a few settings that help the apps launch quicker than usual. You may not get the best Android 11 experience in the Moto G10 Power because the processor isn’t the fastest in the segment. However, it is not disappointing for the price it comes for, especially to users who want a phone to get basic chores done. The Moto G10 Power is equipped with loud enough speakers that produce decent sound quality. The call quality is also good enough.
However, the best bit about the device remains its mammoth battery—the Moto G10 Power packs a 6000mAh battery with support for 20W fast charging. The phone lasted me a little over two days on moderate usage. There was still some juice left when I replugged the device. With its 20W charger, you can expect the device to get up to 50 per cent juice in an hour. And to completely refill the juice, it may take around 1.5 hours. I was impressed with the battery performance and truly felt that you should go for this one if the battery is your concern.
Moto G10 Power: Camera
Moto G10 Power comes with four camera sensors at the rear, including a 48-megapixel primary camera sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 2-megapixel depth, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. The camera apps come pre-loaded with lots of features to enhance your pictures. You get a dedicated night mode, raw mode, a mode to touch up your face and others. It also instructs users to switch to macro mode, portrait mode, or any other based on the closeness with the subject and lighting conditions. So there is a lot for users who love clicking pictures in different modes, but the sensors have a bigger role to play here.
The primary sensor is the most used sensor undeniably. It, to an extent, compensates for the other sensors at times too. The primary camera produces sharp, crisp daylight shots. You would notice a lot of details in pictures that are captured during daylight. The ultra-wide model performs well too during daylight, the macro mode manages to dig out details, and portrait mode works decently too when the lighting conditions are good.
However, the details wither away when the light is not enough. The low-light pictures are not sharp, crisp, and they are at times grainy. The image quality gets bad to worse if you click pictures without using the night mode. So I am not a fan of its performance in low-light conditions.
The front camera works perfectly fine during the day, but the performance deteriorates as soon as the light goes out. The picture is full of grains, lacks details, and not very pleasant to look at. To click the best images, make sure there is enough light around you, else the sensors would not do justice to the pictures.
Moto G10 Power: Should you buy it?
Moto G10 Power is the go-to phone if your needs are basic. You want a phone with a decent battery and feels sturdy enough to last you years, the Moto G10 Power is the right fit for you. The camera performs exceptionally during the day, but the same cannot be said about its low-light performance. The smartphone gets the basic chores done seamlessly and even handles heavier games in low graphic settings. Its near-stock Android is the icing on the cake, and hence it does seem like a great deal in under Rs 10,000. There are minor hiccups, which, if you can ignore, would not be much of a problem.