Motorola moto G50 review: Get 5G on the cheap


At P10,495, the Motorola moto G50 5G is one of the cheapest devices you can get if you want to jump on the 5G bandwagon. On paper, it seems fine—a large screen with 90Hz refresh rate, a trio of main cameras, and a Dimensity 700 chip. 

On hand, however, not much stands out about this phone. For one, the design looks dated. The bezels are noticeable, and the chin is quite thick. At the back, the plastic panel feels, well, plasticky. Sure, the phone feels solid and well-built, but Motorola could have added a bit more flair.

The power button doubles as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor; there’s also face recognition for biometrics. Both are fast and accurate. 

Color reproduction on the 6.5-inch display is good. While the screen isn’t high-res, it’s enough for most tasks, including watching videos and scrolling through your social media feed. However, I find the display brightness lacking; using the phone outdoors can be a bit of a struggle even when screen brightness is at the highest setting. 

The rear cameras are able to produce photos that are good enough for posting online. It’s pretty inconsistent, though—some shots come out vibrant, while some look bland.

The 13MP selfie cam churns out good photos as long as you shoot in well-lit conditions. However, there seems to be a software issue as it takes around two to three seconds to snap a photo after pressing the shutter button. Maybe a firmware update can solve this? We hope.

The moto G50 has a great battery life. The 5,000mAh cell can last you more than a day with moderate usage. Alas, charging speed tops out 15W, which means it will take a while to fully charge it.

Speed says

The moto G50 5G won’t wow you with its looks and cameras, but if you’re after a capable, long-lasting handset with a huge display and a decent processor, then you can’t go wrong with this one.

This story was originally published in Speed Magazine’s September-October 2021 issue.


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