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Motorola G Play 32 GB Unlocked Smartphone, Misty Blue - unlocked $159.99

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Motorola G Play 32 GB Unlocked Smartphone, Misty Blue - unlocked $159.99

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October 24, 2021
Retailer:
Costco.ca
Regular $199.99. Now $40 off.

Features:
Display size: 16.51 cm (6.5 in.) Max Vision HD+
Resolution: HD+ (1600 × 720); 269 ppi
Aspect ratio: 20:9
Internal storage: 32 GB
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 460 with 1.8 GHz octa-core Kyro™ 260 CPU, 600 MHz Adreno™ 610 GPU
Battery size: 5,000 mAh
Battery life: up to 3 days
Water repellent design (not waterproof)
Main rear camera: 13MP sensor; (f/2.0, 1.12 µm); PDAF
Camera 2: 2MP (f/2.4, 1.75 µm); depth
Front camera: 5MP (f/2.2, 1.12 µm)
Rear fingerprint reader
Face unlock
Google Assistant
Bluetooth 5.0
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newhand wrote: The CPU is really weak.
The weak specs don't start or stop there.

In this day and age for that price this is very much not worth it.
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Dec 23, 2015
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Might have been ok a few years ago. Now is useful for grandmas only.
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Worst than G Fast.
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Works fine as just a phone but heaven help you if you try to do anything more intensive like taking a picture. Upwards of a 5 second shutter delay.
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I purchased one of these in the summer. The big screen and long battery life were the best aspects of the phone. However, for me it wasn't stable and locked up frequently (1/day) and required hard reset to get it going again, so I returned it. Very glad I purchased from Costco to allow an easy return.

Since then, I've had much better luck with a used Galaxy S10E instead (paid $180).
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Is this okay as a budget phone for a kid?
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Rosico wrote: Is this okay as a budget phone for a kid?
For a phone only, maybe. If they install games or apps, it will run out of space and you'll need to add an SD card. Running things off an SD card will make the phone even slower (or become unstable). For games that require any amount of CPU, it won't work for them.
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Jul 14, 2016
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The problem with recent Moto phones is that they're not gorilla glass, they crack when you look at it wrong, and I've never had a phone that scratched up before. Except I've only previously had used or refurb phones that were already years old, and this was around 3 months in with the moto lmao.

And for most recent Moto phones, there's a lot of hardware variations if you get the international or the north american models. The NA models are designed so you drop them easier. (I am not joking. Get a g power and a g8 power side by side and the differences are subtle but absolutely devilish. The edges are more triangular, the buttons are placed slightly lower, so that way cases will never fit right, which is convenient since the NA g power doesn't include any case, but the g8 comes with a basic condom.)

I have a g7 play here and it's an excellent phone tho. It has gorilla glass. Lenovo cheaped out in the last couple years by getting rid of gorilla glass.

That being said, I just upgraded my own g8 power. I got a moto g 5g, for around 310 CAD. This is identical to the motorola one 5g ace at 410CAD at Costco. The good thing about it is that the phone itself is actually identical, so the otterbox commuter that exists for the one 5g ace also fits perfectly with the g 5g. With one minor catch. The g 5g has an extra button (google assistant) opposite of the volume ones. You can just take some snips, and snip off a bit of the 2 rubber frame bits on the case and the button will just hide there and you pretty much forget it's even there.

For 310$, it's got 5 GHz WiFi, 5G that may or may not work here, a Snapdragon 750G, 128GB ROM, 6 GBs RAM, the Holy NFCee and dual sim/SD support, 1080p screen that's absolutely enormous. The only thing missing apart from gorilla glass, is the moto audio sound system from the g power. Oh well, it's all or nothing at Lenovo it seems.
moto g 5g, on LineageOS (in an otterbox case because gorilla glass is too much of a luxury for motorola) moto g8 power, on public mobile's 120$ with tax 12GB plan/3 mths
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Feb 14, 2014
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For a sub-$200 phone, the specs are not expected to impress... but if you're looking for a branded phone with a long battery life and a large screen, the price is decent.
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archon wrote: For a phone only, maybe. If they install games or apps, it will run out of space and you'll need to add an SD card. Running things off an SD card will make the phone even slower (or become unstable). For games that require any amount of CPU, it won't work for them.
Thanks. Mainly looking for phone and texting but imagine he’s going to want to put on some apps and music. The search continues…
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wing0 wrote: Worst than G Fast.
Yes, the "G Play" is a cheaper budget model than the "G Fast". Are the Moto G model designations confusing? Maybe!

Realistically it's probably plenty fast enough for casual phone users. Budget phones are often derided on RFD for low performance, but you have to put that in the perspective that most of those commenters are people who bought expensive high-end phones to meet their high-end requirements.
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Rosico wrote: Thanks. Mainly looking for phone and texting but imagine he’s going to want to put on some apps and music. The search continues…
The Moto G Fast would be fine for that.

You do have to consider that more memory is always welcome these days. 16 Gbytes is definitely too small. 32 Gbytes is ok initially, but will fill up fast and leave the user having to edit their installed apps soon enough.

The comment about apps being slow if you have to move some to expanded microSD card memory is correct - but out of date. In Android 11 (which is what you will get on the Moto G Fast), Google no longer allow apps to be moved to the microSD card at all, so you are strictly limited to internal memory.
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What's a decent sub $200 phone for my parents then? This has got a large screen and that's one of the main checkboxes...
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Moto G Play for $159 at Costco.

Features:
Internal storage: 32 GB
Battery life: up to 3 days
Three camera system
Display size: 16.51 cm (6.5 in.)

Product Details
Features:
Display size: 16.51 cm (6.5 in.) Max Vision HD+
Resolution: HD+ (1600 × 720); 269 ppi
Aspect ratio: 20:9
Internal storage: 32 GB
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 460 with 1.8 GHz octa-core Kyro™ 260 CPU, 600 MHz Adreno™ 610 GPU
Battery size: 5,000 mAh
Battery life: up to 3 days
Water repellent design (not waterproof)
Main rear camera: 13MP sensor; (f/2.0, 1.12 µm); PDAF
Camera 2: 2MP (f/2.4, 1.75 µm); depth
Front camera: 5MP (f/2.2, 1.12 µm)
Rear fingerprint reader
Face unlock
Google Assistant
Bluetooth 5.0

Includes:
Moto G Play
Charger
USB Type-C cable
User guide
SIM tool

Specifications:
Dimensions (W × D × H): 16.66 cm × 7.6 cm × 0.94 cm (6.55 in. × 2.99 in. × 0.37 in.)
Weight : 204 g (0.45 lb.)

Warranty : 1 year
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Sep 22, 2016
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markham, on
Looking for a phone for a senior, doe not need any features. Is this a reliable phone?
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Jun 16, 2007
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As discussed heavily already in the other thread, this phone is shit and not worth the price.
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Furtive wrote: As discussed heavily already in the other thread, this phone is shit and not worth the price.


Thank you for the eloquent summary. You've saved me a click!

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