Motorola Moto g71 5G review: beautiful mid-range engine with budget cameras

PRO

  • Beautiful amoled screen
  • Beautiful, ergonomic house
  • Creates Android experience
  • Offers great value for money

CON

  • Cameras at budget level

With the Motorola Moto g71 5G and Moto g41, the brand offers almost identical specifications, except for the 5G chip on the g71. Does Motorola have another great budget device on the market?

Motorola has helped put ‘budget smartphones’ in a nice jacket. And that also applies now. The back is made of shiny plastic that feels pretty premium. Unfortunately, the cover quickly gets filled with greasy fingers. The transparent case we received prevents constant cleaning. Thanks to the curved back, the Motorola Moto g71 5G with its 179 g is comfortable and firm in the hand. The frame is made of aluminum, and thanks to a screen-to-body ratio of 83 percent, some screen space is lost.

Well-maintained appearance and practical design

The selfie camera is integrated in the display, so there is no notch outside the lens aperture at all, and it looks very nice. All the physical buttons are on the right side and their location is fine. With other devices, the volume buttons and the power button are sometimes too high, but here they are easily accessible. We only had to stretch a little to reach the top button (the one for Google Assistant). You can recognize the on / off button on the ribbed texture. The camera island protrudes only a small 2 millimeters, so the smartphone can wiggle minimally without a case when you put it on your back.

The fingerprint scanner on the Motorola Moto g71 5G is not on the front or under a button, but under the logo on the back, according to good Motorola practice. This allowed us to unlock our phone in a very natural way. Those who still like to use a 3.5mm headphone jack will be happy to hear that it is still present here, at the bottom next to the USB-C port and the speaker. On top, the g71 5G has a secondary microphone. This can be useful for those who like to make video calls or put conversations on the speaker.

Display and cameras

The Moto G71 has the same 6.4-inch painted screen as the g41. The colors look particularly vibrant, and the FHD + resolution provides a sharp screen that is definitely above expectations given the price segment. The image refresh rate is standard with 60Hz, but we certainly can not blame this budget phone. Other mid-range engines such as the Realme 8s 5G and Moto g51 have higher refresh rates, but then again lack the nice amoled screen. The three-part camera setup is a bit more powerful than the Moto g41. The main lens of the Moto g71 captures images in a resolution of 50 MP. Motorola uses the well-known pixel binning technique, which they call Quad Pixel. The aperture is f / 1.8.

The ultra-wide-angle lens (8MP) has a viewing angle of 118 degrees and for macro images the resolution is 2MP. With the latter, it was not always easy to focus, with mixed results as a result. Finally, the selfie lens is also more than decent with 16MP. Notwithstanding all specifications, the g71 can not achieve what it does with its screen in terms of photography: different from other mid-range models. Pictures are certainly decent, but not always sharp and a bit oversaturated. Although the camera software is convenient and manageable, focusing sometimes takes a long time. For the average user, however, this does not have to be a major drawback. 1080p is the maximum resolution for video. It’s actually sufficient again, although the pictures here also seem a bit artificial.

Performance and battery life

The beating heart of the Moto g71 is the SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 695. It is a newer SoC that came on the market in October 2021 and which with its 5G support is in some way future-proof. The eight processors have a clock speed of 2.2 GHz, and the 6 GB RAM is also a boost, because it is easy to navigate through the menus and switch between apps. The design of Motorola’s MyUX is still close to standard Android and provides a smooth user experience. It makes the brand the best. The manufacturer does not ship the Moto g71 5G with Android 12, although you can upgrade from Android 11. A date has not yet been set for this.

Motorola Moto g71: stupid

More and more smartphones from the budget segment are offering 5G support. In our opinion, the Moto g71 stands out the most with its beautiful painted display that provides a deep contrast and beautiful color reproduction. The smart design of the house and the practical design also score high. Although you should not expect flagship performance from an intermediate engine, the cameras disappointed a bit. But if you are in the market for an affordable phone, you probably will not lose sleep over it. Nevertheless, the Moto g71 is one of the best smartphones that you can buy for 300 euros.

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