Moto G64 5G review: The affordable all-rounder – The Times of India

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Motorola has carved out a niche in the budget smartphone segment with its Moto G series devices. These phones consistently offer a blend of great performance, impressive battery life, and a clean software experience, all at an affordable price point. The latest addition to this lineup is the Moto G64 5G, which promises to continue the legacy of its predecessors while bringing a few upgrades to the table.In this review, we’ll dive deep into what makes this budget-friendly smartphone a compelling choice in the crowded market.

Design and build

The Moto G64 5G doesn’t deviate too far from the design language of its predecessors, but that’s not necessarily bad. The phone sports a familiar rectangular shape with rounded corners, giving it a comfortable grip. The plastic back panel has a glossy finish that resembles glass, adding a touch of premium flair to the otherwise budget-friendly device.

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Despite its budget-friendly price tag, the Moto G64 5G doesn’t compromise build quality. The phone feels solid and well-constructed. The metallic camera module adds a touch of premiumness to the overall design, further enhancing its visual appeal.
At 8.9mm thick and weighing 192 grams, the Moto G64 5G perfectly balances portability and substance. It’s not the slimmest or lightest phone out there, but it’s comfortable to hold and use for extended periods.The Moto G64 5G also features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which gets the job done.

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Motorola has also put the phone through IP52 rating tests for dust and water resistance, ensuring the phone can withstand minor splashes and accidental spills without any issues.
The phone has some interesting colour options. Our unit came in the Mint Green shade, which looks refreshing. It also has two other shades, Pearl Blue and Ice Lilac.

Display

The Moto G64 5G features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with a Full HD+ resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. This panel supports a 120Hz refresh rate, which is now becoming a usual feature among budget phones. The colours appear punchy and vibrant, making the content look lively and engaging.
One area where the Moto G64 5G’s display falls short is its peak brightness. With a maximum brightness of around 460 nits (as measured in our tests), the screen can sometimes struggle to remain legible under direct sunlight or in extremely bright conditions. Another aspect that could be improved is the viewing angles. The colours and contrast start to shift significantly when viewed from extreme angles.

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The phone features a dual speaker setup with Dolby Atmos support, and whether you’re watching your movies, listening to music, or gaming, the Moto G64 5G’s audio output is clear, loud, and well-balanced.
Additionally, the phone retains the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack, a rarity even among budget phones, allowing you to connect your favourite wired headphones or earbuds for a more personal listening experience.

Performance

Under the hood, the Moto G64 5G packs in the MediaTek Dimensity 7025 processor, paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. And this phone can easily handle most tasks, and feels snappy.
In daily use, the Moto G64 5G works fine for tasks like web browsing, scrolling social media, and everything else one does on their phone. There’s ample RAM, so multitasking isn’t a slouch either. You can switch between apps without much lag, and the apps remain in memory as well.
While the Moto G64 5G may not be a gaming powerhouse, it can easily handle most mobile games. We tested popular titles like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9, and Call of Duty: Mobile, and the phone delivered a consistently smooth and enjoyable gaming experience, even at high graphics settings.
One area where the Moto G64 5G shines is its software experience. Motorola’s MyUX interface is a near-stock Android implementation, which means it’s clean, intuitive, and simple to use. There are some interesting features as well, like Moto Actions for gesture controls and the Moto Display.
However, there is a trade-off when it comes to software updates. Motorola promises one major Android OS update (Android 15) for the G64 5G, but Moto’s track record for delivering timely updates has been less than stellar.

Camera

The Moto G64 5G boasts a versatile camera setup that punches above its weight class. On the rear, you’ll find a 50-megapixel primary camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with autofocus capabilities, which doubles as a macro lens.
In good lighting conditions, the primary camera on the Moto G64 5G delivers impressive results. Images come out sharp and detailed, having accurate colours and good dynamic range.
The ultra-wide camera is good, as well.While the image quality may not match the primary camera’s, the ultra-wide lens still delivers respectable results, especially for a budget device. The same ultrawide sensor also doubles up as a macro lens, and thanks to the autofocus, the G64 5G clicks some impressive close-up shots for a phone of its stature.
The camera, however, takes a hit in low-light conditions, as images appear slightly grainy and lack detail. Additionally, while the portrait mode delivers decent results, edge detection can sometimes be hit-or-miss, particularly with complex subjects.

Battery life

If you are someone who charges their phone once a day or even two days, then the G64 5G could be the perfect phone for you. Powered by a huge 6,000mAh battery, this smartphone can easily last for two days or more on a single charge, even with heavy usage. Even with heavy multitasking and prolonged screen-on time, the phone consistently delivered impressive battery life, often lasting well into the second day before requiring a recharge.
Motorola has also included support for 30W fast charging, which means you can quickly top up the battery when needed. While the included 33W charger isn’t the fastest in the market, it still provides a reasonably quick charge, taking the phone from zero to 100% in around 90 minutes.

Verdict

The Motorola Moto G64 5G is quite a good budget smartphone that punches above its weight class. Priced at Rs 14,999 onwards, the phone delivers a premium experience despite its affordable price tag. It has a sleek design, powerful performance thanks to a capable processor, smooth 120Hz display, and versatile camera system headlined by a 50MP primary sensor with OIS. The phone truly shines when it comes to battery life, packing a massive 6,000mAh cell that can easily last two days or more on a single charge.
While not perfect, the Moto G64 5G’s flaws are relatively minor. The display could use better peak brightness, and Motorola’s software update policy leaves something to be desired. However, these shortcomings are easily overshadowed by the phone’s strengths and value proposition.
Overall, the Moto G64 5G is a great option for anyone seeking an affordable yet feature-packed smartphone. Whether you’re a power user or someone who’s looking for a daily driver on a budget, the G64 5G ticks all the right boxes and is a compelling choice in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment.

Our rating: 3.5/5

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