Overall, we think the TCL 10L is the better purchase of the two phones. For just a bit more money, it delivers a much sharper display, better performance, more storage, and contactless Google Pay support thanks to its inclusion of NFC. The Moto G Fast makes quite a few compromises to hit its lower price, but depending on your budget and needs, it may be worth the savings. The Moto G Fast is also the only choice if you're a Sprint customer, seeing as how the TCL 10L isn't compatible with CDMA networks.
Why the TCL 10L is worth the extra money
TCL is most well-known in the United States for its budget TVs, but over the years, it's existed in the Android space through its Alcatel and BlackBerry sub-brands. The TCL 10L is one of the very first self-branded phones the company has ever released, and it's an excellent first attempt.
Right off the bat, one of the 10L's greatest strengths is its display. On offer here is a 6.53-inch LCD panel with a 2340 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution. That comes with slim bezels, a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera, and TCL's NXTVISION display tech that delivers more vibrant and accurate colors than competing screens.
Around back, you'll find a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that supports a variety of helpful gestures, in addition to the TCL 10L's four cameras. Getting so many sensors in a phone this cheap is a great value proposition, but actual image quality leaves a lot to the imagination. Images are often bland, and varying exposure levels can be a challenge, making this a mediocre camera setup at best.
Thankfully, poor camera performance is about one of the only areas where the TCL 10L really stumbles. Its Snapdragon 665 processor and 6GB of RAM is more than enough horsepower for this price; you get 64GB of expandable storage, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a clean build of Android 10. TCL also throws in NFC for Google Pay support, along with a "Smart Key" — a customizable button that you can use to perform a variety of different actions.
|TCL 10L||Moto G Fast|
|Operating System||Android 10
2340 x 1080
1560 x 720
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 655||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665|
|Memory||6GB RAM||3GB RAM|
|Expandable Storage||Up to 256GB||Up to 512GB|
|Rear Camera 1||48MP primary camera
|16MP primary camera
|Rear Camera 2||8MP ultra-wide camera
|8MP ultra-wide camera
|Rear Camera 3||2MP macro camera
|2MP macro camera
|Rear Camera 4||2MP depth camera
|Security||Rear fingerprint sensor||Rear fingerprint sensor|
|Water Resistance||❌||Water-repellent coating|
|Battery||4,000 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Dimensions||162.2 x 75.6 x 8.4mm||161.87 x 75.7 x 9.05mm|
The Moto G Fast is a decent low-cost alternative
The Moto G Fast is one of the many budget Android phones Motorola created for its 2020 lineup, with its main appeal being its low price. However, you don't cost as little as the G Fast does without making a few notable cutbacks.
Where the TCL 10L's display is one of its greatest strengths, this is an area where the Moto G Fast falls flat. The 6.4-inch size and bezel-lite design are both great, but being limited to a 1560 x 720 HD+ resolution is anything but. The display is serviceable and gets the job done, but it's much softer than the TCL 10L and just doesn't look nearly as good. You get half the RAM and storage compared to the 10L, with the G Fast giving users 3GB and 32GB, respectively. There's also no NFC, meaning you won't be making Google Pay payments anytime soon.
Those are quite the compromises to put up with, but it's not all doom and gloom for the Moto G Fast. The phone has the same Snapdragon 665 processor, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a surprisingly good trio of rear cameras. You're also treated to a water-repellent coating and support for all U.S. carriers, giving it a unique edge over the TCL 10L in these regards.
It all comes down to your budget
If your budget allows you to afford the TCL 10L, it's the phone we'd recommend getting. Its cameras may not be the best out there, but you're benefitting from a superior display, performance, storage, and extra features. For the price difference between it and the Moto G Fast, it's well worth the added cash.
That said, the Moto G Fast is a fine phone if you just can't afford the TCL 10L. Everyone's budget is different. Should yours happen to be a bit stricter, the Moto G Fast delivers all of the Android basics in a well-built package that keeps costs to a minimum.
Everything you could want in a budget phone
The 10L is one of the first self-branded Android phones TCL's ever released, and it's already off to a great start. While camera performance leaves a lot to be desired, everything else works really well. The Full HD+ display looks great, performance is solid for the price, and extra features like NFC and the customizable Smart Key are wonderful to have.
Keep costs low
Moto G Fast
For those that really need to save some cash
If money is especially tight and the TCL 10L is more than you're able to spend, the Moto G Fast is a fine alternative to it. You're getting a worse display, less RAM and storage, and no NFC support, but some folks will be willing to put up with those compromises for the lower price. We'd recommend splurging for the 10L if you can, but if not, the G Fast is perfectly adequate.
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