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Best Budget Smartphone of 2018 Under $300

Overview

After hours of research, we concluded that Motorola G6 is the best budget smartphone of 2018. Moto G6 is wrapped in a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass and weights 167g, which is slightly lighter than iPhone X. It comes in bronze, silver, and dark blue colors. There are two slots for SIM cards, which means that you can use 2 carriers. You can expand your phone’s storage of 32GB/64GB with a MicroSD card of up to 128GB.

Moto G6 - Best Budget Smartphone of 2018 under $300
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Specs:

  • Price: $249.99
  • Release Date: May 2018
  • Weight: 167g/5.9oz
  • Dimensions: 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm
  • OS: Android 8.0
  • Screen size: 5.7-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2160
  • CPU: Snapdragon 450
  • RAM: 3GB/4GB
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP

Source: TechRadar

Battery Life

Moto G6 has a 3,000mAh battery as much as expensive flagships such as Samsung Galaxy S9 has. It takes 5 hours of non-stop gaming to discharge the battery from 100% to 0% according to this YouTube video.

It takes 1 hour and 37 minutes to supercharge it from 0% to 100% using fast-charging cable and adapter as it shows on this video. If you are one of those people, who remembers to charge their phone 15 minutes before you leave, this phone is for you.

Camera

Moto G6 has an 8MP front camera with flash and a dual rear camera: a combo of a 12MP camera with F/1.8 aperture and 5MP with F/2.2 aperture. You can shoot 1080p videos, but there is no option for making 4K videos. The camera is slightly slow, and there is a time-out if you are taking back-to-back photos in HDR mode. We think that the camera inconveniences could be eliminated with future software updates, but it won’t improve the quality of the shots. The camera is a downside of this phone, but it is not that bad for a $250 smartphone considering its other advantages.

Conclusion

As an owner of this phone, you would have to sacrifice camera and premium features, such as wireless charging and waterproofness. However, the benefits of the phone outweigh the disadvantages. You still get a modern 167g Android smartphone with good battery life, expandable storage, and ability to use 2 carriers for less than 250 dollars. Not bad for the “best budget smartphone” under $300.

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