Motorola Moto G8 Plus: A battery boost for cheap

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Over the last few years, Motorola’s Moto G phones have all been excellent budget devices. In fact, the Moto G7 is our current pick for the best budget phone today.

Motorola is back with the first of its G8 range of devices. This is the £239 (about $306) Motorola Moto G8 Plus, which sits at the top end of the cheap G-series phones thanks to its better processor and higher-res camera. It’s available in Europe, Australia, Mexico, and Latin America, but it’s not planned to release in the US.

The Moto G8 Plus is another inexpensive smartphone from Motorola, and it’s also a pleasure to use. Its battery life is excellent, and the changes Motorola has made to Android continue to do a great job of making its phones more user-friendly. The only real trade-off you’re making here is with the phone’s camera and the fact that the G8 is launching with Android 9 and not this year’s Android 10, but I think these trade-offs are okay at this price.

It’s hard to get too excited about the specs of the Moto G8 Plus because they’re so much like the Moto G7 Plus from earlier this year. It has a slightly better processor, its storage is still 64GB and RAM is 4GB. The LCD screen is  6.3 inches and the G7 Plus was 6.2 inches, but it’s still 1080p. Oh, and it’s still not waterproof.

Motorola has a bigger change with the phone’s battery, which is now a respectable 4,000mAh. That’s not quite as much as the G7 Power’s 5,000mAh, but it was still more than good for my needs. While I wouldn’t claim you’ll get multiple days of battery life out of this phone, I will say it was hard to drain the phone past 50 percent even on my longest days of use.