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The Best Moto G Pro review

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Motorola Moto G Pro: is it worth your purchase?

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It is a phone without great pretensions, but it acquires a great prominence by integrating a stylus with which you can do much more. You will not find another like it in its smartphone category, along with a great battery life.

Pros

  • Surprisingly good camera
  • Great autonomy
  • Use and handling of the stylus

Cons

  • Generic design somewhat basic
  • Stylus without additional functions

Retail price (RRP)

$ 299.99 (Moto G Stylus)

The Best Moto G Pro review

The stylus in a smartphone has always been a standout feature especially in the era of Palm OS and Symbian devices. With time and the arrival of touch screens, their use gradually faded. 

Although currently the offer is very limited, being reduced to the Samsung Galaxy Note range and the occasional LG model, the combination of the iPad and the Apple Pencil make many users interested in this type of terminal. 

Definitely, there seems to be a new market for this type of device, and more so if, as is the case with the Motorola mobile that we analyze here, its price is closer to what users are willing to pay for a mid-range phone. 

What do we mean by ‘Pro’?

Motorola has wanted to label this model with the word ‘Pro’ within the Moto G range that the company has been marketing for years. According to the specification sheet and compared to other models of the Moto G series of 2020 the word refers to ‘productivity’ and not so much to ‘professional’.

moto g pro stylus port

In fact, the company would have chosen to rename the terminal for the American market, where for months it has been marketed under the name Moto G Stylus, a more appropriate adjective that has not been maintained for the rest of the world. 

Similar appearance to Moto G series

Physically, the Moto G Pro maintains the consistent aesthetics to which the brand has accustomed us, in terms of the arrangement of the rear cameras and finishes. Just take a look at the 2020 Moto G8 and Moto G8 Plus . 

Place them next to them and you will see few details that allow you to identify them, except the background color of each one of them. The 6.4-inch screens have a perforated front camera on the upper left, in addition to using a fingerprint sensor on the back, along with the company logo. 

The digital pen gives the note

However, hidden in the lower right part of the terminal, you will find the pencil which slides carefully from its frame, with a format that favors the use of right-handed users and not so much of left-handed users. 

It has a finish and color that matches the Mystic Indigo that the terminal we received as a test presents, which offers a more professional appearance compared to being limited to metal. 

It’s certainly a pleasant surprise considering that both the Apple Pencil and Samsung’s S Pen are predominantly plastic, for which there is an obvious reason. These have buttons with smart functions, something that Lenovo’s lacks. 

This also means that it does not interpret gestures in the air, tilt controls, different levels of pressure on the screen, or the possibility of replacing the pressure tip. Thus, it becomes a sturdy writing tool. 

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Stay with the idea that despite its small size, its oval cross section allows it to fit very well in the hand. Although its use is likely to be occasional without long hours of operation, it feels comfortable to perform typing gestures. 

The rest of the phone

The G Pro comes with a transparent and flexible TPU type silicone case that unless you hate them, will allow you to protect the back of the terminal as well as the appearance of scratches resulting from the passage of time.

The phone has shallow bezels around the screen, with a rounded back for easy grip and handling. A centrally mounted fingerprint sensor will give you immediate access to the phone. 

Sound and display

Alongside the USB-C port that allows charging, the G Pro also maintains a 3.5mm headphone jack, which will likely appeal to those who aren’t quite ready to make the jump to wireless headphones yet.

Unlike older affordable offerings, the G Pro doesn’t require a wired headset for its built-in FM radio to work (although it helps) and, as an extension of Motorola’s software offerings, you’ll find Moto Audio in the app drawer. .

This gives you Dolby-tuned audio profiles suitable for scenarios like ‘Movie’, ‘Music’ and ‘Game’, which you can switch between depending on the context.

It works through the phone’s own speakers, speakers and headphones connected remotely; giving you a one-touch optimized audio profile or the option to customize the sound with an impressive level of granularity. 

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It’s worth noting that the phone includes a pair of stereo speakers which, while not earth-shaking (they make a fairly flat sound during music playback) are a nice inclusion in such an affordable device. 

As far as the screen is concerned, to mention that it is a 6.4-inch Full HD + IPS LCD and offers a generous viewing area to work on when using your stylus, highlighting pleasant colors and a solid overall brightness. 

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However, the tones are a bit cool by default, which you can easily modify by using the Night Light feature (intended to reduce eyestrain at night / viewing in low light) as a substitute for the temperature controls on color.

Contrast and brightness are also affected the moment the screen is viewed off-angle; This is rarely a problem when using the phone normally, but it is notable when placing the G Pro on a table to write notes with the stylus.

Software alongside Android One

The Moto G Pro is an Android One-based device, which means it sports the already excellent Motorola version on Android 10, but it also comes with the brand’s fast apps, plus updates and security software from Google.

Moto Audio is just one aspect of Motorola’s various software tweaks and additions ; neither of which makes the user experience feel cluttered. You will find a large number of practical gestures, called Moto Actions. 

The adaptive on-screen multimedia controls with Moto Display are always remarkable, as well as Moto Gametime to control notifications and applications while you play games. 

Then there are the specific functions of the stylus, which could be described as ‘barebones’. Motorola has the right basics, with quick access to the Moto Notes app by pulling on the stylus to jot something down when the phone is locked. 

moto g pro note menu1x1 pixelYou will also find a handy customizable shortcut menu with space for up to four actions and / or quick access applications.

A subtle alteration to Gboard is that it has a handwriting input field for use with the stylus. Better yet, the handwriting recognition isn’t surprising, although it obviously won’t replace your regular use of text input on a 2020 mobile.

moto g pro moto actions

Truth be told, Motorola could have exploited the inclusion of the stylus further to make it really worth its inclusion; additions that could have been powered by Moto Actions software. 

performance

Looking at the broader experience of the phone, Motorola has ensured that the G Pro behaves consistently in everyday use. It won’t offer ultra-fast responsiveness like the Moto Edge does, but it will suffice for most.

The hardware humble usually given as a result a respectable longevity and G Pro has a great performance in this regard, registering an autonomy in our tests over 11 hours using PCMark. 

It also supports 15W fast charging, which takes around two hours to fully replenish the phone’s 4000mAh cell; There are some with higher capacities, but for the general performance of the phone, it is a more than satisfactory figure. 

Photographs and video

The G Pro’s 48MP main sensor capabilities are nicely highlighted. The dynamic range is above what you would expect in a phone at this price and in natural light, both quality colors and bokeh can be found in most shots. .

moto g pro camera1x1 pixelIt’s interesting to compare the macro capabilities of the main sensor to the phone’s dedicated 2 MP macro sensor. You can get a lot closer to your subject with the latter, which has value, but the image processing and quality degradation is too severe for my liking. 

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Try capturing a shot with the main sensor from further back and zoom in afterwards, which will allow you to see that you get a better photo.

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Night vision makes otherwise unusable scenes Instagram-worthy, while more advanced features like Spot Color and Group Selfie are extras that will give you a dose of fun even if you’re unlikely to use them.

As for the 16MP ultra-wide sensor, it’s strange that there isn’t a specific way to switch to it when shooting still images, but the ability to record 1080p wide-angle video while holding the phone vertically is a feature. welcome.

Price and availability

The official price of the new Moto G Pro is € 299 as a launch offer, since the official price seems to be located at € 329 with the configuration that comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, expandable via microSD. 

It is a reasonable price within the smartphone models that are based on the Snapdragon 665 processor, especially if we take into account the extras such as the digital pen, the 4,000 mAh battery, as well as the fact that it is based on the Android One operating system. 

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Verdict

For the price that the Moto G Pro presents, you will get a fairly complete affordable device, with a pleasant design, functional daily operation and a remarkable and friendly user experience.

Motorola could have done more with the inclusion of the stylus, but honestly, it meets the most basic needs of anyone within this niche, where you’ll primarily be using the stylus to take quick notes by hand and little else.

In a sense, the Moto G Pro is unrivaled given that the most obvious alternatives fall on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 family at prices that triple the one presented here by this terminal. 

Finally, it is up to you to decide. For this price you will find other models on the market, such as the Realme 6 Pro (see review) , with better screen quality and great results in photography. Now, you will not have an annotation pencil. 

specs

  • 6.4-inch Full HD + IPS ‘Max Vision’ LCD display 
  • Aspect ratio 19.17: 9
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC chip
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128GB storage with microSD up to 512GB
  • Cameras: 
    • 48 MP of main
    • 16 MP ultra wide angle
    • 2 MP macro in front camera
    • 16 MP (perforated)
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 15W TurboPower fast charging
  • Android 10 (Android One)
  • Dual stereo speakers
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • 6000 series aluminum frame
  • USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC
  • Colors: Mystic Indigo
  • Dimensions 158.55 x 75.8 x 9.2mm
  • 192 grams weight

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