Motorola Moto E6s review: Only for stock Android lovers

first_img Next Motorola Moto E6s review: Only for stock Android loversThe Motorola Moto E6s is one of the few phones under Rs 10,000 to come with stock Android interface. However, does the weak MediaTek processor make up for the extra RAM and storage? Find out in our review. Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 10:02 IST 7/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Moto E6s is available on Flipkart for Rs 7,999.The Moto E6s comes with a user replaceable 3000mAh battery and expandable storage.Motorola offers 4GB RAM and 64GB storage as standard.A few years ago, if someone asked a great phone for less than Rs 10,000, the Motorola E series phone for that particular year came up as an easy suggestion. And it was because the Moto E series phone offered a simple smartphone user experience with a neat stock Android interface and all the essentials one would require in a budget smartphone. But soon, Motorola’s rivals started catching up and in recent years, the Moto E series has ‘just been there’ but not quite the absolute recommendation it used to be.But Motorola wants to change that with the Moto E6s. Following on the success of Motorola One Action and One Vision, the Moto E6s wants to bring Motorola’s traditional stock Android interface to the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. In fact, at Rs 7,999, you won’t find many phones with a stock Android interface. Similar to its predecessors, the Moto E6s claims to get the basics right while offering a dash of style and decent camera experience.All that sounds good on paper but how does it fare in the real world? Well, I used it for a couple of days to see whether the old Moto E is back in a new avatar.Looks great for a budget phoneThese days, whether you are buying an ultra-premium flagship phone or an affordable basic phone, your eyes will be treated to gradient patterns on all of them. Motorola too doesn’t miss the opportunity and makes use of a unique gradient scheme on the Moto E6s. The gradient is only exclusive to the Cranberry Red colour variant whereas the Polished Graphite variant offers a simple mirror finish.advertisementI personally preferred the red variant over the one with the mirror finish. However, this is glossy plastic and hence, it picks up smudges, unlike anything. The upside to the plastic build is that the Moto E6s is extremely light and very comfortable to use. And this is where the Moto E6s stops being different from its rivals. The rest of the design is similar to what we have seen on other phones. The rear sports a dual camera setup mounted vertically on the top left corner while the capacitive fingerprint sensor sits in the centre with the Motorola batwing logo imprinted on it. For whom it matters, the rear panel is removable and you can even replace the battery. I personally found it difficult to remove the cover while inserting my SIM card and given that people upgrade to new phones within two years, this feature doesn’t make much sense.Because of the removable panel, the side buttons are tactile, i.e. you will need to press them hard and I doubt how long they will last under regular usage. The front has a modern-day design with a narrow-bezel display accompanying a thick chin and a waterdrop notch that houses the selfie camera.On the whole, the Moto E6s doesn’t look any different from the other phones under Rs 10,000 but it is quite lightweight. If you are buying this one, I would suggest picking up the Cranberry Red variant as it makes the Moto E6s more desirable.Nice display for watching YouTubeAs smartphone users, we consume almost 90 per cent of our daily content on our handsets. Hence, a big screen is a necessity and for a budget phone user, a narrow-bezel display is a basic necessity these days. The Moto E6s offers a 6.1-inch HD+ display and for what it costs, it’s a rather great one. The LCD screen produced fairly vivid colours and adequate brightness to make the regular YouTube binge-watching sessions enjoyable. The viewing angles aren’t wide but that’s the usual case with most budget phones. On the whole, the display does the job and most buyers won’t complain about it.More RAM, storage doesn’t offset the weak chipsetAt the launch, Motorola was proud to point that the Moto E6s come with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage – something that no other phone in its class offers. And on paper, it sounds impressive. However, Motorola is using the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset with an octa-core processor, which is 2019 is quite weak. Motorola also said the stock Android 9 Pie interface shouldn’t be heavy on this chip and will offer a smooth user experience.The stock Android interface is a blessing when compared to the bloaty interfaces on other budget phones. It makes the Moto E6s easy to use and all Google apps such as Phone, Contacts, Messages and others stay updated even if Motorola doesn’t release an update. There are some Motorola bits added to the interface such as custom widgets and a few Motorola apps which make the experience even better.advertisement Sadly, the stock Android interface isn’t enough to make for great daily user experience. The MediaTek Helio P22 chipset is quite weak and compared to the chips other budget smartphones are using these days, it feels barely powerful enough to push through a day effortlessly. Thorughout my time with the Moto E6s, the phone stuttered or lagged while doing basic tasks such as making calls or browsing through WhatsApp messages. App load times are noticeably slow and I also witnessed apps being force closed at times.It is unwise to expect smooth and instant performance from a budget phone but the sub-Rs 10,000 segment has phones that go through the regular UI stuff effortlessly. The Realme 3i costs almost the same as the Moto E6s but the Helio P60 chipset makes for a smooth UI experience even with a heavy custom interface. The Redmi 7 with its Snapdragon 632 chipset also makes a good case for itself on a daily basis. And this is where you start asking whether more RAM and storage can offset the weak chipset. The slow performance is already visible within the first few weeks and I wonder with a few months of usage, whether the Moto E6s will be usable. Motorola could have easily used a Helio P60 or newer chip to ensure smooth everyday performance needs.3000mAh battery stretches to all-day staminaThe Moto E6s uses a standard affair 3000mAh battery and under regular usage, it can last an entire day with 15-20 per cent juice to spare on an average. The regular usage involves texting, watching YouTube videos for at least two hours, streaming music online and occasionally using the camera. The included 10W fast charger takes almost 2.5 hours to refill the battery from nothing.Cameras perform decentlyMotorola always takes pride with its camera performance across all smartphones. With the Moto E6s, Motorola is offering a dual-camera setup at the back with a 13-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel secondary depth camera. The selfies are looked after by an 8-megapixel sensor. Motorola says it is using AI for post-processing images.I won’t beat around the bush – the rear camera performs decently under daylight situations. The images look colourful and there’s enough detail onboard to keep casual photography enthusiasts happy. However, as light levels start to drop, the camera starts losing sharpness in favour of slightly boosted colour profiles. Additionally, the AI post-processing softens human skin tones which don’t seem as desirable. In extremely low light, the AI algorithms try to keep the exposures and colours decent but to suppress noise, the photos lose out on sharpness.IMAGE SAMPLESThe selfie camera works decently too but it tends to soften the skin tones for an enhanced beauty effect, even when you have turned off beautification. The colour tones are muted and for male users, this might be undesirable.advertisementConclusionAs a package, the Motorola Moto E6s seems to be a decent choice considering the price Motorola is selling it for. Motorola is trying to appeal to the semi-urban and rural markets where a phone is preferred with old-school conveniences such as a removable battery, stylish design, clean Android experience and decent cameras. And if this is what you want in your next budget phone, the Moto E6s is for you.However, the competition in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment has been fierce and when you look at what Samsung, Realme, Xiaomi and Vivo have to offer in this category, the Moto E6s feels outdated. Rivals offer more powerful chips, bigger batteries and better cameras, all of which makes the Moto E6s seem a year or two behind the competition. The weak Helio P22 chipset on the Moto E6s defeats the purpose of the stock Android interface and when you look at it as a whole, phones such as the Realme 3i, Redmi 7 and Samsung Galaxy A10s fare better, despite having lower RAM and storage.Motorola Moto E6s review 7/10 ProsLooks stylishStock Android interfaceLightweightConsAverage batteryLaggy performanceSub-par camera performanceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Motorolalast_img read more

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