Lenovo’s Moto C branded smartphones are entry grade phones meant to serve entry-grade buyers who are eying basic smartphone privileges without spending too much. The Moto C Plus is an online exclusive that’s meant to compete head-on with the Redmi 4 base variant that seems to be perpetually out of stock, or rather, in huge demand. Let’s see what it brings to the table in our Moto C Plus quick review.
Key Specifications of Motorola Moto C Plus:
|Model||Motorola Moto C Plus|
|Display||5 inch HD display|
|Processor||64 bit 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor|
|Camera||8 MP rear and 2 MP front camera|
|Dimensions and Weight||144x 72.3x 10 mm and 162 grams|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat OS|
Design and Build
The Moto C Plus follows the same design template as other fifth generation Moto G’s. Of course, there is no metal as in Moto G5 Plus or the plastic used isn’t as premium as on Moto G5, but the Moto C Plus still manages to look different and unique compared to other alternatives in this budget.
The massive battery within, however, makes it a bit heavy, which in turn makes it lose some brownie points. It’s not the most polished phone in its class but it feels very solid and durable.
Right below the display, you will find the set of navigation keys, which aren’t backlit. There is no fingerprint sensor on the phone either. Both the rear and front cameras are accompanied by LED flashes.
The phone comes with a removable back and battery. One good thing about the device is that you get dedicated microSD card slot. You can use 2 SIM cards and 1 microSD card at the same time. Overall, the phone does feel slightly heavy but at the same time, it feels sturdy in hand.
The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display which feels good enough for the price. Maximum brightness is reasonable, the viewing angles are fairly wide and colors and contrast are pretty good. We don’t have any complaints as far as the display is concerned.
Camera and Imaging
The camera performance lies within the bounds of expected. The Moto C Plus has an 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, AF and LED Flash. The camera can shoot decent images in good outdoor lighting. Indoors, the image quality is average. Same goes for the front camera as well.
The 2MP shooter with a f/2.8 aperture can click workable selfies outdoors, but you shouldn’t expect much from it in low light conditions.
Performance and Software
One of the biggest advantages of Moto C Plus is its stock Android software. The custom Android that we usually see on budget devices is pretty shoddy or hackneyed and thus the light near-stock Android Nougat on Moto C Plus should feel refreshing and not only to pure Android lovers.
The hardware fueling the software, however, is pretty basic. The phone is powered by 1.3GHz MT6737 quad-core chipset further limited by 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. This isn’t much, to begin with, but is still on par with what most other manufacturers offer in this budget and the same is also true for the performance.
The phone stumbles under heavy load and gaming. But it works fine with normal apps and day-to-day usage. Gaming & heaving multitasking are compromises that you have to live with when you are looking for an entry-grade phone.
We didn’t face any issue with call quality on the phone. The audio output from speakers and via headphones is average in terms of quality.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The battery life on the phone is excellent, thanks to the well-optimized software and 4000mAh power unit housed within. You can comfortably use it for up to 2 days with moderate to heavy usage.
Priced at 6,999 INR, the Moto C Plus serves as a Redmi 4 alternative. It can’t quite catch up to its nemesis in terms of gaming performance or camera, but it has its own strengths like light, stock software and is readily available – these are advantages that can’t be downplayed.
So, if you are someone who needs a smartphone with latest stock Android OS and a big battery, then you can check out Moto C Plus.