The Moto G62 has its limits, but at this price we think it offers fantastic value. You get 5G connectivity, a 120Hz refresh rate, a solid battery and a passable camera, all for under £200. Yes, it’s a bit underpowered and it doesn’t feature the latest and greatest internals, but it’s an incredibly affordable option for those looking for a decent smartphone on a budget.
We had an extended test period with the phone and tried out these features. In this review, we’ll break down the pros, cons, and key features. In the end, we will advise you on whether it is worth buying or not.
Motorola G62 review: Summary
It’s not the most powerful phone around, but Motorola’s Moto G62 offers 5G connectivity for under £200 and that’s still pretty rare. For example, our top rated super affordable phone, the Honor X8 only offers 4G. That makes it a real rival, and for those who prioritize connectivity, it’s likely to stand out.
It also has a good display and the handset has a nice tactile feel, belying that sub-£200 price tag and ranking it among Motorola’s best phones in terms of value.
The Moto G62’s odd selling point are its speakers, which can deliver Dolby Atmos sound. Crank it up to full volume and the speaker feels a little richer than budget rivals, but the sound quality won’t exactly queue audiophiles. All in all, we’re not sure why Motorola was so keen to emphasize this feature above the rest, as the brand has in some marketing pieces. After all, these days it’s very easy to get a cheap Bluetooth speaker that sounds much better.
Typical of a Motorola, it also has a big battery. That 5000mAh cell gives the phone good battery life and overall there’s a lot to like about the Moto G62.
- 5G connectivity
- Snapdragon 480+ processor
- 120Hz refresh rate display
- 5000mAh battery
- Dolby Atmos speakers
- 5G for under £200
- Responsive 120Hz display
- Solid battery life
- Low consumption – only 4 GB of RAM
- LCD display
- Disappointing camera zoom feature
What is the Motorola G62?
The latest in Motorola’s dynasty of affordable smartphones, the Moto G62 packs a lot into a very affordable package.
Of course, some corners have to be cut as well, but that’s just the nature of a budget smartphone. In this case, the phone is a bit out of power with only 4 GB of RAM. However, it balances that with a good battery, 5G connectivity, display, and speaker setup.
Just £199.99 for a phone with a responsive 120Hz display and 5G connectivity. What’s not to like?
As long as you temper your expectations (don’t expect a rival iPhone 13 Pro Max and be aware of phone limitations), the Moto G62 offers excellent value for money and is a good option for budget smartphone buyers.
The G62 is powered by a Snapdragon 480+ chip which gives the phone the dual appeal of affordability and 5G. For many, this will be the main selling point.
Elsewhere there are the Dolby Atmos speakers we’ve already mentioned, but they don’t feel like a fantastic addition to the phone, despite Motorola’s fuss over them.
We liked the 5000mAh battery, screen and camera, which all felt very solid for a £200 phone.
Sure, a little more RAM wouldn’t have been a problem, but that’s the nature of cost saving. You have to cut something! In our test, we didn’t encounter any performance issues, but if you fill up the storage on this phone, it’s likely to slow down. Don’t expect to play fancy games like Genshin Impact or PUBG either.
The display is a slightly mixed bag. Of course, there’s that 120Hz refresh rate that keeps things feeling fresh and responsive. It also features adaptive brightness, to keep your battery from draining too quickly.
However, the Moto G62 will pale in comparison to slightly more expensive phones due to the simple LCD panel used. Simply, it’s older technology compared to the incredibly sharp AMOLED screens that now appear on some handsets. That’s one of its limitations as a budget smartphone, but it’s nice to have that refresh rate as a redeeming touch of quality.
The 5000mAh that keeps the Moto G62 going is one of its biggest selling points. Battery life is often a key factor in measuring a good budget smartphone and Motorola often prioritizes battery life as a brand.
This new Moto is no exception, with a big 5000mAh battery that will easily keep the phone going for a day of use. Sadly, no fast charging facility is included, with a fairly simple charger and wire in the box.
In testing, the battery held up reasonably well. An hour and a half of constant video and audio streaming, at full screen brightness, drained the battery by 15%. Obviously, during more moderate use, the battery life hung on for much longer and generally seemed pretty good.
As is standard at the moment, the Moto G62 offers a triple camera array on the rear with 50MP wide, 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP snappers. On the front, there’s a 16-megapixel selfie camera. The phone can record videos in 1080p quality at 60 fps on the main camera and 30 fps with the selfie camera.
The camera array is far from groundbreaking, as we’ve already seen in the Motorola G52, but it does the job pretty well barring a poor zoom feature.
In practice, the choice of lenses is quite good. They were easy to use and produced great photos in our test. However, the camera’s 8x zoom feature is almost useless. When zoomed in, detail was immediately lost and images were unimpressive.
Take a look at the photos below to get an idea of what the Moto G62’s camera has to offer. Unfortunately, images need to be slightly compressed to display in this format on our site, but these images still give an impression of the performance of the phone’s camera.
The Moto G62 is a touchscreen handset that’s quite pleasant to hold and use. It’s not the cheapest smartphone we’ve tested in this price bracket and it’s available in ‘Frost Blue’ or ‘Midnight Grey’.
The relatively large bezels around the screen give away the more economical price of the phone, but don’t interfere with the overall experience of using the phone. Sure, they may irritate those who like razor-thin bezels and an edge-to-edge display, but those users probably aren’t shopping in Motorola’s budget range. Overall, we really like the design and feel of this phone, for the price.
It’s a simple story – the Moto G62 isn’t for power users, but it’s a really fantastic budget option for those who prioritize cost savings, 5G connectivity and regular day-to-day use.
Camera and battery performance were good in our tests, considering the price of the phone, and we’ll also rank it among the best budget smartphones and the best Motorola smartphones. This value proposition simply cannot be denied.
The Moto G62 costs under £200 and is available to buy from UK retailers including Amazon and Currys.
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