If you’ve been looking for the review of the Motorola Moto C, a budget Android smartphone for daily tasks with a good battery life, I’m going to be doing just that today.
For people on a budget & don’t need all the high-end specs of today’s flagships then the Moto C is a good choice because of its price.
Motorola Moto C smartphone was released in May 2017. The device sports a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a 480 pixels by 854 pixels resolution at a PPI of 196 pixels per inch. Motorola Moto C price in Nigeria starts from N22,500. You will find a comparison of Motorola Moto C Plus Vs. Motorola Moto C here.
The Motorola Moto C is powered by 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor & it sports a 1GB of RAM. The device packs 16GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. As concerns the cameras, the Motorola Moto C boasts a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear & a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Motorola Moto C boasts an Android 7.0 & is powered by a 2350mAh detachable battery. It has a size of 145.50 x 73.60 x 9.00 (height x width x thickness) & weigh 154.00 grams.
Motorola Moto C is a dual SIM (GSM) smartphone that allows Micro-SIM. Connectivity options are: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Headphones, FM, 3G & 4G (with support for B& 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the device include Accelerometer.
The establishment of the Motorola Mobility was in 2011, following the split of Motorola into 2 companies, with Motorola Solutions catering to the enterprise segment. It was later acquired by Google, & Motorola Mobility was sold to Lenovo in 2014. Motorola designed its first Android smartphone in 2009, & its first Android tablet in 2011.
The phone comes in this nice matt black colour designed from plastic, it’s very slim & It feels nice in the h& & weighs just 154g. The front of the device features a 5” screen, a 2MP camera with selfie light, including 3 capitative touch buttons for home, back & open apps. Sorry to say, but these buttons have no back light, so they may be difficult to see in low light conditions, but you’d get to know where they are soon enough.
The back has a similar design to the Motorola Moto G5 with the round camera & flash housing. Speaking of the camera it boasts a 5MP main camera which can record 720p video at 30 frames per second together with an LED flash. Below the back cover is the space for the 2,350 mAh detachable battery, Micro sim card slot & the Micro SD card slot which support cards up to 32GB to exp& the 16 GBs of memory already in it. On the right is the power & wake button including the volume up & down buttons. The top has the headphone jack & Micro USB connector.
The Moto C is a low-cost phone so I’m not going to even TRY to be compare it to the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 7. I have compared the main specs of the Motorola Moto C below to its nearest competitors by price to see which gives us the best value for money:
|Motorola Moto C||Alcatel U5||LG K4 2017|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.1GHz||Quad-core 1.1GHz||Quad-core 1.1GHz|
|In-built Storage||16GB (Expandable)||8GB (Expandable)||8GB (Expandable)|
|OS||Android 7.0||Android 6.0||Android 6.0|
|Price||N22,500 (£69)||N21,600 (£59)||N28,800 (£79)|
I’m sure you’ve seen that the Moto C is on par with most of the specs of the Alcatel US & the LG K4 2017. But, it comes with more memory built in & ships with a newer operating system. From my test, I found its 1.1 GHz Quad Core processor & 1 GB of RAM ran video as well as streaming videos from apps such as YouTube & BBC iPlayer with ease. Basic games like Doodle Jump run okay. Though, some more intensive games like Real Racing did make the device lag a little.
The device supports:
- 4G networks
- up to Wi-Fi® 802.11n
- Bluetooth® 4.2
- WiFi Direct
- Using the device as a WIFI hotspot
The phone ships with the most recent Google Android 7.0 Nougat with only a bit of Motorola UI changes on top, for the most part the software is essentially stock Android & doesn’t come with a tonne of Motorola Apps, As a matter of fact, the FM Radio player was the only one App added by Motorola on my testing device. It’s good when companies don’t fill the phones with too many Apps you are probably never going to use, so it’s great Motorola chose not to follow that trend.
Charging & Battery Life
The phone comes with 2,350mAh detachable battery & charges through a standard USB to Micro USB 2.0 cable. Sorry to say, the device doesn’t support quick charging, though most of us charge our devices all night these days so you should have no problems starting your day at 100 percent full chare. I got a day & a half worth of battery life out of the phone in what I’d say is okay. On the other h&, if you receive lot of calls in a day or you are constantly using 4G data, playing music & games, then you’ll likely get around a day or less of battery life. Remember the phone’s battery is detachable, so you have the chance of carrying a few spare batteries with you if you won’t be anywhere near a power source for a long period of time.
The camera performed very well in good light conditions, it was able to produce a sharp & crisp photos picking out the detail rather well considering it’s on a budget device. The phones low light performance was all right, but, images had a bit of noise in them because of the absence of light, so it certainly does well when there’s a lot of light around. Below are the specifications for both cameras on the Moto C:
|Video||Yes||720P @ 30 FPS|
Burst mode, Panorama mode
In The Box
Plus the phone itself, you’ll get a Micro USB 2.0 to USB cable, a wall plug, the 2,350mAh battery & some information cards. Sorry to say, but it doesn’t come with any headphones.
|Release date||May 2017|
|Dimensions (mm)||145.50 x 73.60 x 9.00|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||2350|
|Colours||Metallic Cherry, Pearl White, Fine Gold, Starry Black|
|Screen size (inches)||5.00|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||196|
|Processor make||MediaTek MT6737M|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||32|
|Operating System||Android 7.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in Nigeria (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in Nigeria (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||No|
The Motorola Moto C is a great option for you if you are on a budget. It has a great amount of on board memory, suitable battery life, comes with Android 7.0 with negligible changes & additions from Motorola & takes good images in good light conditions. If you don’t mind the screen not being the best & don’t need to play the most recent & greatest games then it’s a good device to consider for its price.
Interested in buying the Motorola Moto C, you can pick it up today for just N22,500 from Jumia. Let’s know in the comments if this review has been helpful, & if you are using the Moto C, what do you think of it?