With the Moto G200 5G, Lenovo’s subsidiary Motorola has launched a smartphone that has nothing to envy from the competition – be it in terms of performance, camera or sound quality. In this Moto G200 5G review, you’ll quickly find out if this device is worth purchasing.
With a color-intensive display, a fast chip, sharp and realistic photos, perfect sound – smartphone manufacturers promise a lot, but you don’t always get what you need in the end. The Moto G200 5G, as the name suggests, does not only offer 5G mobile communications but also offers a lot of technology for less than $600. In our test, we looked at whether the smartphone really keeps what it promises.
Moto G200 5G: Test conclusion
OUR rating: 7.2 / 10
The Moto G200 5G made a good impression in our test. Although the plastic case looks a bit cheap, the inner values of the smartphone make up for it for the most part. This device is equipped with the Snapdragon 888+ and a powerful processor which makes a variety of applications pleasantly fast.
The three-dimensional sound advertised by the manufacturer can only be felt if you have the right headphones, but then, it ensures a clear sound. However, the camera quality could have been more, so you should be prepared for some loss of detail.
If you turn a blind eye to the camera and can do without a jack connection and expandable memory, the Moto G200 is a good choice. You get a smartphone that has a lot to offer at a fair price( see Amazon ) and whose smart control is a lot of fun.
- 5G cellular
- responsive display
- strong SoC
- IP certification
- convincing 3D sound
- Camera has its weaknesses
- slow battery charging
- no jack connection
- no micro SD slot
Packaging: Almost without plastic
When it comes to sustainability, the packaging of a device gives a first insight into how the manufacturer stands on this topic. Motorola did not disappoint us: the small box comes with almost no plastic packaging. The only drawback is the fact that it’s display was covered with a printed plastic film, which serves as decoration and can go straight into the garbage after unpacking.
A factory-applied display film would be an advantage here. Nevertheless, the Moto G200 is found in a case that provides sufficient protection.
You will also find the operating instructions and a metal pin for the dual SIM slot in the package. Also, you will find a USB-C charging cable with a corresponding 33-watt power supply.
Although some users will prefer a more appropriate power supply unit, this should still be viewed critically in terms of sustainable packaging. Nowadays it can be assumed that most customers have a power pack for their smartphone. By doing without a power supply, the manufacturer saves not only costs but also electronic waste and packaging volume, which in turn has a positive impact on CO2 emissions.
Another positive point about the Moto G200’s power supply and charging cable is the fact that both are encased in paper instead of wrapped in plastic, as is so often the case.
The smartphone itself, on the other hand, shines less when it comes to sustainability. As is already the case with many manufacturers, the battery cannot be replaced by users. Thanks to the fixed back, the mobile phone is IP52 certification protected against dust and dripping water. Furthermore, Motorola does not make it transparent to what extent sustainable production was taken into account for the device itself.
Motorola Moto G200 5G: chic or cheap?
As soon as you open the box, you’ll be introduced to a large-sized smartphone that can only be held with both hands. On it, you’ll find the dual SIM slot, a USB-C port, the microphone and the speaker on the underside. The volume rocker and the power button with integrated fingerprint sensor are on the outside right. On the left side there is another button, with which a voice search via Google Assistant is activated.
The back of the smartphone looks chic at first glance. However, Motorola has opted for a plastic case. Although this ensures fewer fingerprints and does not easily slip out of the hand, it feels rather cheap. The three camera lenses are arranged one below the other in a “hump” on the left side. So if you put the back of the smartphone on a surface, it wobbles back and forth. The included protective cover doesn’t quite compensate for this imbalance either.
Setup and operation: Google is in the foreground
On the Moto G200 we find Android 11 as the operating system, however, with this Android 11, the smartphone works perfectly.
Note about the keyboard: I noticed that there is no automatic space after punctuation marks. When writing, I find this very difficult to get used to, since I was used to the corresponding automation so far, the existing setting in the GBoard app only works for US English.
The manufacturer relies on Google services for the Moto G200, which is not only reflected in the button for the Google Assistant, Google’s cloud services (Drive, Google Photos) are also closely linked to the software. If you have a Google account, the setup of the smartphone is done quickly.
Audio, games, films: finally pure entertainment?
Rich and clear sound – but only with the right headphones
Motorola states that the focus is primarily on the sound of the new smartphone and, thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon sound technology, wireless transmission to headphones with a well-defined sound should be convincing. The integrated Dolby Atmos audio format makes virtual surround sound possible, which is said to be even more realistic than stereo sound.
Under the settings, under “Sound & Vibration”, you will find the “Dolby Atmos” area, where you can specify the sound depending on the medium: Do you want the right sound for music or to be able to fully enjoy a series? Or do you just want to listen to a podcast?
I tried the different settings, but I wasn’t surprised by the smartphone’s speakers. A slight difference to my private Huawei Nova 5T and the Honor 50 can be heard in that the Moto G200 doesn’t sound as tinny – the voices sound like warmer, as well as in phone calls via the activated loudspeaker.
Nevertheless, the headphones actually make the difference: If I connect the Beats Solo Pro headphones ( view on Amazon) on Shirin David’s “90-60-111” bassy sound and clearer voices on various podcasts I definitely not hear when connected to my private smartphone. And even over different distances, the Bluetooth connection remains stable.
On the other hand, one point that struck me negatively was the ring tones: When the cell phone first alerted me to notifications, the preset tone really frightened me, after which I went through all the sounds. Although I don’t generally have high expectations of cell phone ringtones, everything on the Moto G200 sounds too electronic to me and lacks variation.
I also find the titles of the respective sounds very inappropriate: There is the sound “Tennis” and I hear two water-drop-like sounds, with “Whistles” a water drop. There is a “nudge” sound and guitar chord sounds. The ringtones are not convincing for a smartphone where the manufacturer praises the sound.
Can a processor be that fast
I have nothing to complain about in terms of performance, quite the opposite. Motorola has opted for the Snapdragon 888+ processor and 8 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 888+ is not the latest SoC from Qualcomm – the first devices with the successor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 are coming onto the market these days, but at least the most powerful Qualcomm chip of 2021. Together with the 144 Hertz display, the smartphone reacts immediately to any touch command without being too sensitive. The smartphone downloaded and opened an e-book with over 100 pages within a few seconds. It also quickly shares files with other devices via Bluetooth.
Gaming is also fun with the Moto G200, regardless of whether it’s a simple jump’n’run game or graphically demanding adventure games. Also, the sharp and colorful image of the Full HD+ display (2,460 × 1,080 pixels) comes into its own in series and films, although darker scenes are not entirely convincing. Since it is an LC display instead of the AMOLED panels that are otherwise common today, there are no optimal black values and the power consumption cannot be reduced by switching to dark mode. Still, it’s a good display.
Smart and easy control
The Moto G200 has been improved by the manufacturer with various AI functions: For example, there is CrystalTalk AI for better voice output, which filters out background noise. Various AI settings on the camera also ensure better use of light and easier triggering. The beta version of a digital image stabilizer is also integrated.
In addition, the smartphone is very intelligent and intuitive in terms of gesture control: If you lift the smartphone slightly, you can immediately read information such as the time, battery level, etc. on the preview display. If Spotify is open, the current song is displayed in full screen mode.
On the other hand, if the smartphone is placed with the display on a surface, the ringtone changes to vibrate when you pick up the phone. On the other hand, if you quickly turn the smartphone twice out of your wrist, the camera is activated. Motorola has been using these quick features for a few years, but they’re still useful and reliable.
Motorola has smart operating concepts into the G200. Together with the high performance and the good display, this makes everyday use fun.
Camera: Playing with contrasts
The camera of the Moto G200 makes a solid impression for a smartphone in this price range. Thanks to the 108 MP main camera, the colors of standard outdoor shots (middle lens) are emphasized, you still get bright pictures in imperfectly lit interiors and close-ups in macro mode are detailed.
In the gallery below you can see a comparison of some shots taken with the Honor 50, which is in the same price range and has similar camera equipment. This also cuts a good figure in pictures, but you can see slight weaknesses compared to the Moto G200.
At second glance, however, it becomes clear that Motorola rather plays with the contrasts. If you take a closer look at the pictures taken, you can see clear image noise at the edges of the picture of the park, for example, and the camera sharpens the branches of the surrounding trees again. With the Moto G200, you should be prepared for a loss of detail.
The Moto G200 reaches its limits in the maximum zoom: The AI image stabilization ensures that, in my opinion, the images are less blurred than on the Honor 50, but it does not replace an optical image stabilizer. I am still convinced of the quality of the Honor 50 for night shots, since the Motorola brightens up too much in night mode. Furthermore, the lower depth sensor (2 MP) of the Motorola does not make a difference in standard shots, nor in macro and ultra-wide-angle photos (triggered with the upper lens).
You can record 4K videos with the Motorola, but the manufacturer has limited itself to a frame rate of 30 FPS with the integrated graphics chip ( Qualcomm Adreno 660 up to 60 FPS are possible The videos still run smoothly, but the graphics chip could have been used more.
By the way: The camera app in the Moto G200 supports dual video and dual photo recordings, in which the front and rear cameras record at the same time. For example, if you like trying out TikTok and Instagram, you can let your creativity run free.
Battery: Slow quick charge
With one charge, medium brightness and an average screen-on-time of 3 hours a day, the cell phone lasted almost two days, which was to be expected with a capacity of 5,000 mAh and was also indicated accordingly by the manufacturer.
However, the quick charge disappointed me as it actually was n’t that fast. It took over an hour to charge from 8 to 100 percent. In fact, the included power adapter only has an output of 33 watts. Manufacturers such as Xiaomi and OnePlus also offer faster charging technology in this price range. In addition, there is no way to charge the cell phone wirelessly.
Although you don’t always have to rely on a quick charge, especially if you primarily charge overnight, a lot could have been done with the battery, which would have rounded off the smartphone’s features.
Ratings and technical data
Techgiig rating in detail: Moto G200 5G
|category||Rating (max. 10)|
|Processing, haptics and design||7|
|software and performance||9|
|telephony and audio||8|
|Battery and everyday life||7|
Specifications: Moto G200 5G
|operating system||Android 11|
|Display||6,8-Zoll-FHD+-Display / LCD / 2.460 x 1.080 Pixel / 144 Hz|
|Internal memory||128GB (not expandable)|
|Camera||16 MP front camera / 108 MP main camera / 13 MP ultra wide angle + macro / 2 MP depth sensor|
|battery pack||5,000 mAh (wired, fast charge)|
|particularities||IP52 certification, NFC, fingerprint sensor and face recognition|