Motorola Moto G8 2020 review
Quick Verdict: Motorola delivers yet another quality mid-range phone in the Motorola G8, but it's a phone with few really exciting features.
- Clean Android experience
- Decent app performance for the price
- Battery life is ordinary
- Cheap plastic back
Finder rated as Average vs similar phones
Power, storage and battery
|Launch price (RRP)||$329|
Motorola has spent some time recently dipping its toes into the premium waters with phones like the Motorola RAZR and Edge+, but its core market appeal remains in the more affordable space with its One series and especially its G series phones. Acting as an effective follow-up to last year's Motorola Moto G8 Plus, the Motorola Moto G8 drops the price and camera specifications a little, leaving exactly what you'd expect from one of Motorola's G series phones.
They've long been good value devices, maybe not that exciting but not that problematic either. That's the Motorola Moto G8 experience neatly summed up, in fact.
- 6.4 inch 720p display
- left side hole punch
- headphone jack
- Triple lens camera works acceptably well
- macro lens is fun
- Snapdragon 655 but only 4GB RAM
- Moto actions remain fun
- lightly skinned Android 10
- 4,000mAh battery gives mixed results, USB C charging
- Another good value Motorola option, but not an exciting one
Should you buy it?
The Motorola Moto G8 follows the Moto G series recipe in just about every way. G series phones have never been about pushing the envelop in terms of new features, instead selling on a mix of good value and simple operation. That's something the Motorola Moto G8 manages pretty easily.
However, that price point around $300 is super-crowded with lots of options, which means that choosing it explicitly means you're after its set of features rather than other phones that may outclass it for camera, design or battery life purposes. That's not an easy choice to make, but it is a rather personal one. At its price point there's little to truly fault the Motorola Moto G8 for. It's just that there's also maybe not that much to get excited by.
Pricing and availability
The Motorola Moto G8 sells in Australia for $329 outright through JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, The Good Guys and Mobileciti.
The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is the obvious in-house competitor to the Motorola Moto G8, coming in at a higher price but with a nicer screen and better overall camera quality.
Motorola also launched cheaper new Moto G8 phones around the time of the Moto G8 launch in the form of the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite at $279, and the Motorola Moto e6s at $199, but we're yet to put those phones through their testing paces.
Power, storage and battery
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