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Motorola Moto C Plus Review; Big Battery with Character

Motorola Moto C Plus Review; Big Battery with Character
Motorola Moto C Plus Review; Big Battery with Character

Motorola has been very active this year with a myriad of phone releases. The Moto Z2 Play is their cream of the crop. The Moto C Plus, on the other hand, is their ode to the masses. I have been using Moto C Plus for quite some time now and let us see how it fairs.

First off, let us talk build. Since this is an entry-level device I am not expecting much. The phone is made out of tough plastic material. There is no premium feel whatsoever. The back cover has a textured finish that feels good in the hand. Without the battery, it is alarmingly light. Yes, alarmingly light. Almost all its heft comes from the battery itself.

The Moto C Plus has a plastic build, which is OK for an entry-level phone.
The Moto C Plus has a plastic build, which is OK for an entry-level phone.

It has a 3.5mm headphone jack up top, along with the micro USB port. The power button and volume rocker are found on the right side of the phone. They are tactile and provide satisfying clicks too. The power button has grooves as well, which is a nice touch.

Moto C Plus's 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB port are located at the top
Moto C Plus's 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB port are located at the top.
Moto C Plus' volume rocker and power button are positioned on the right.
Moto C Plus' volume rocker and power button are positioned on the right.

The display is a 5-inch LCD with HD resolution or 1280x720 pixels that translates to about 229 PPI, which is not bad at all. The color saturation is a tad bit much in my opinion, but not to a point that it is annoying. Viewing angles are great though, and it is definitely capable when it comes to watching videos.

Under the hood it has a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A53 processor paired with ARM Mali-T720MP2 GPU care of by MediaTek MT6737 chipset, the same semiconductor found in the likes of Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime and CloudFone Excite Prime 2. The Moto C Plus that I had for this review comes with 2GB of RAM for multitasking and 16GB of expandable storage. Performance is good, but can definitely be better, only if Motorola uses better system on chip. With that out of the way, here are my thoughts.

I understand that this is an entry-level phone which I can live with since I started with a similar phone as well. Current MOBAs are playable with Moto C Plus with mixed graphical settings. It did not get that hot as well while I was playing. Multitasking is snappy as well, even with multiple apps open at once.

Facebook and Messenger are notorious when it comes to running on lower tier phones, but the Moto C Plus handled them very well. However, I noticed a slight hiccup when it comes to playing YouTube videos at 720p60 resolution. The Motorola Moto C Plus is not capable of playing 60fps videos from YouTube. At first I thought the video did not buffer, but when I checked it is 100% buffered. It was choppy and overall an underwhelming experience.

Moto C Plus's main camera
Moto C Plus's main camera

Cameras are not something to write home about. On its back is an 8 MP f/2.2 camera with auto focus capability, and accompanied by a single LED flash. It can capture good, or shall I say more than acceptable photos when there is proper lighting. The output images can be used elsewhere aside from social media posting,

Up front, it has a modest 2MP f/2.8 snapper, thankfully, it has LED flash to compensate for the said f-stop number. Surprisingly, the selfie camera is usable as well, and the LED flash is fairly effective too.

Also Read: Motorola Moto X4 Introduced At IFA Berlin; IP68-Certified Android Nougat with Dual Rear Cameras

Moto C Plus Rear Camera Samples:

Moto C Plus Rear Camera Sample - Without HDR
Without HDR
Moto C Plus Rear Camera Sample - With HDR
With HDR
Moto C Plus Rear Camera Sample - Indoor with Good Lighting
Indoor with Good Lighting
Moto C Plus Rear Camera Sample - Indoor Close-up, Low Light
Indoor Close-up, Low Light

Moto C Plus Front Camera Samples:

Moto C Plus Front Camera Sample - Selfie with HDR
Selfie with HDR
Moto C Plus Front Camera Sample - Selfie without HDR
Selfie without HDR
Moto C Plus Front Camera Sample - Selfie with Flash, Low Light
Selfie with Flash, Low Light

Moving on, the loudspeaker is placed at the back of the phone, it has more than acceptable audio quality with minimal distortion even at maximum volume. However, the headphones it came with seems to be defective out of the box since it is really unbalanced. The left earpiece is great while the right one is barely audible.

See Also: Moto E4 Plus Now in the Philippines for Php8,999; Boasts 5000mAh Battery 

Meanwhile, user experience is great mainly due to the stock Android experience that the Moto C Plus offers. It is running Android 7.0 out of the box, it is as vanilla as you can get here with a complete myriad of Google apps as well.

The battery life is the one you should consider when buying this smartphone. It has a huge 4000mAh battery that could last you a day and a half of standard usage. It can last through the day with up to 10 hours of minimum usage with still a lot of juice to spare.

Is the Moto C Plus worth it? Well, at Php5,999, I can definitely say that it is, however, there is a catch to that. You are going to be buying this for the stock Android experience and battery life. The rest of the specs are average at best. If you can live with that then I can say go and buy one!

Motorola Moto C Plus Specs:

  • Dual SIM, dual standby
  • 5-inch capacitive HD (1280x720) touchscreen display
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 72.3mm x 10mm
  • Weight: 162 grams
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 64-bit 1.3GHz quad core Cortex-A53 CPU, Mali-T720MP2 GPU, MediaTek MT6737 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via micro SD card
  • 8MP auto focus main camera with LED flash
  • 2MP FF secondary camera with selfie light/flash
  • Multimedia player
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • FM Radio
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • WiFi 802.11 /b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Sensors: accelerometer
  • Battery: 4000mAh Lithium-Polymer, removable
  • Colors: Fine Gold, Metallic Cherry, Pearl White, Starry Black
  • Price: Php5,999

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