Moto G100 review – hands-on with Moto’s ‘Ready For’ phone

Moto G100 review – hands-on with Moto’s ‘Ready For’ phone

The latest Moto handset offers excellent performance and camera for the mid-price segment, with the ‘Ready For’ capability letting you easily hook it up to a big screen. Forgive the cliché, but it could be a game-changer for some organisations.

Last month we reviewed the Moto G30 – a great value-for-money smartphone for the budget-conscious. Now it’s time for the G100, its latest smartphone and one firmly aimed at the corporate market.

I’ve been trying out a G100 for the last couple of days, and it’s a big step up from previous Moto G series phones, with features and performance that will satisfy everyone except the most demanding business users, all at an attractive RRP of £449.

I’ll get to the phone itself in a minute, but perhaps the most interesting feature of the G100 is its ‘Ready For’ dock and cable. Included in the box, these enable you to connect the handset to your existing PC and monitor, as long as it’s got an HDMI or USB-C input. As well as the handset, dock and cable, you’ll get a very compact mains charger, and a useful transparent plastic cover to protect your new pride and joy.

When I tried out Ready For, it was as simple as plugging the cable into my monitor and handset, and the phone gave me a simple menu to choose what to see on the big screen. Once I’d selected ‘mobile desktop’, the monitor showed a clean and attractive Windows-like layout. The handset turned itself into a trackpad to use with the main display, which was surprisingly easy in practice.

Adding a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse would take things on one step further, and I can really see this being useful for mobile workers to get access to a productivity-boosting full-size display, without carting a laptop around.

In terms of other features aimed at businesses, the G100 handles security with Motorola’s ‘ThinkShield for Mobile’, which also makes deployment and management easier. Motorola offers dedicated business support, an extended warranty, speedy device replacement, and lifecycle management.

Back to the phone itself, you’ll find a high-spec Snapdragon 870 processor, which makes the G100 fast, responsive and smooth in use. The phone comes with near-stock Android, with a straightforward-to-use Moto app.

You want cameras? The G100 packs in no fewer than six: two on the front and four on the back. To my eyes, picture quality is good, and the multiple cameras give a lot of flexibility with wide angle, macro and hi-res views.

The G100 is 5G-ready and includes the latest Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. As you’d expect, you get fingerprint and face recognition, voice control with Google Assistant, and NFC for payments. Built-in storage is the same 128GB as the G30, expandable to 1TB with a microSD card.

Like the G30, the G100 has a big 5000mAh battery, which Motorola claims delivers ‘over 40 hours’ of life. With such a powerful processor, this might be just a little ambitious, but it’s stood up well to my trials so far.

The screen is a generous 6.7”, which I find really useful, and seems bright and sharp. At 207g, the G100 is a tiny bit heavier than the G30, but still easy to handle and slip in a pocket. Connectors include a legacy headphone jack, which will be a relief to some who aren’t keen on Apple’s Bluetooth-only philosophy.

Overall, my take on the G100 is that’s an excellent value handset for business users who want something better than the budget Android phones from Moto and others. The G100 punches above its weight with its high quality camera, processor, screen and battery life.

On top of this, Ready For is a really interesting concept, that looks like it’s got a lot of further development to come. It’s similar in some ways to Samsung’s DeX, and perhaps even older solutions like HP’s Lap Dock, but to me it’s a step forward in practicality and ease of use. 

It’s not an exaggeration to say that, for some organisations, Ready For could transform what IT kit they provide for their mobile users.

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