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Moto G Play (2023) review: A budget phone bust

Moto G Play (2023): Specs

Price: $170
Android version: Android 12
Display: 6.5-inch LCD (1600 x 720)
Refresh rate: 90Hz
CPU: Helio G37
Storage / Expandable: 32GB / Yes
Rear cameras: 16MP (f/2.2) main, 2MP (f/2.4) macro, 2MP (f/2.4) depth
Front camera: 5MP (f/2.4)
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 12:54 (Auto) / 12:32 (60Hz)
Charging: 10W
Size: 6.6 x 3 x 0.4 inches (167.2 x 76.5 x 9.4 mm)
Weight: 7.2 ounces (203 g)
Colors: Deep Indigo

Motorola has carved out a big slice of the cheap phone market for itself, with the Moto G Play (2023) the latest to join the mix. You can get this handset for just $169, which is a bargain. But to arrive at such a low cost, Motorola had to make some major compromises.

That’s led to a phone which is near impossible to use thanks to its sluggishness. The Moto G Play display lacks anything notable besides a 90Hz refresh rate — a feature that I’m glad to see — while the camera produces lifeless images that you’ll immediately want to trash. Couple that with the fact that this handset ships with Android 12, and will only get Android 13, and you have a device that I can’t recommend, not even for bargain hunters.

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