Should you buy a discounted Moto G6 in 2022?
Best answer: Yes! The Moto G6 is one of those phones that really, truly delivers everything you need in a smartphone at a reasonable price. The phone is now selling for $160, making it an even better option.
Excellent value: Moto G6 ($160 at Amazon)
The Moto G6 is still a great phone in 2019
The Moto G6 comes with everything you'd expect in a phone: a Snapdragon 450, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 3000mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera, a fingerprint sensor, and a 5.7-inch 720p display. Let's address the elephant in the room: is the Snapdragon 450 platform powerful enough to do what needs to get done? The answer is yes.
While it may seem like it's a significant downgrade from the Moto G5 Plus' Snapdragon 625, it's essentially the same chip. The only significant difference is the speed of the individual cores — they run at 1.8GHz compared to the 2.0GHz on the SD625. In real-world use, the two chips are indistinguishable. But the Snapdragon 450 has all the same power efficiencies of modern Qualcomm chips.
If you don't know what all this means, don't sweat it: just know that the Moto G6 is plenty fast enough for gaming, Instagramming, and everything else you need a phone to do.
The Moto G6 doesn't lack when it comes to battery life either. The 3,000mAh battery is plenty big on its own. But combined with the Snapdragon 450 and Motorola's power-efficient build of Android, you're not going to need to worry about battery life.
That said, the phone does have a few downsides: First, the screen isn't amazing, and it doesn't get bright enough to use outdoors easily. So if you spend a lot of time in the sun, this probably isn't the phone for you. Second, Motorola isn't the best at about releasing software updates, so don't expect to receive monthly, or even quarterly, security patches. It finally picked up the Pie update in June, so at least the device is on the latest version of Android.
There's a 12-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 lens for depth of field. And there's also a rear secondary sensor that provides depth information for features like portrait mode and color cut-out. The second sensor isn't great, and neither are the portrait photos that come from it, but the primary one is good enough that it doesn't matter.
Finally, the phone works on all major U.S. carriers, so once you buy it, you don't have to worry about whether it will work if you switch providers.
Everything you need, nothing you don't
The Moto G6 continues to be a great choice in 2019, particularly now that it's on sale for $160. You get decent performance, all-day battery life, compatibility with all four major carriers, and one of the best cameras in this segment.
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Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central.