Moto G30 review – great value handset with business-friendly features

Moto G30 review – great value handset with business-friendly features

Your users want a smartphone they can love, but you don’t want to break the bank. The new Moto G30 might just be the handset to keep you all happy. Here’s what we made of it.

Quick quiz – which company produced the first handheld mobile phone, back in 1972?

You’re right, it was Motorola.

Fast forward to 2021, and Motorala is now a Lenovo-owned brand that makes some really interesting Android handsets. For the budget-conscious organisation, especially those in the public sector, they’re definitely worth a look.

Last week, I got my hands on a Moto G30, the company’s latest low-cost handset, which has an RRP of £159.

What do you get for your money? Well, it’s got most of the features you’d expect from a new smartphone, such as fingerprint and face recognition, a 64MP quad camera system, and NFC payments. Built-in storage is a reasonable 128GB, and you can expand that to 1TB with a microSD card.

Perhaps most importantly, it’s got a generous 5000mAh battery, which Motorola say gives more than two days between charges. I guess much depends on the apps used and intensity of use, but it seems plausible from what I’ve seen so far. It also has Motorola’s ‘TurboPower’ feature, to give you up to 12 hours of use from just 20 minutes charging.

The G30 will seem big to some with its 6.5” screen. After much thought, I recently switched my personal phone to a similar sized device and now find my standard-sized work phone ‘a bit small’. I really appreciate the extra screen size. The G30 comfortably fits in a pocket and is not too heavy to hold and use one-handed, weighing in at a manageable 197g. The G30 also has small bezels, not quite the edge-to-edge screen of the latest top-end phones, but close.

The handset seems tough enough to cut down on those expensive repairs when a company-owned phone isn’t properly looked after. It comes out of the box in a translucent plastic protective cover, which isn’t as robust as many cases, but is a good deal better than not getting one at all (or having to pay extra for an iPhone cover). The G30 also claims a ‘water repellent design’ with an IP52 rating.

In terms of software, Motorola has included its ‘Moto Actions’ gesture controls, which I think could prove to be really useful. Beyond that it’s a pleasingly stock version of Android, without the bloatware you might get elsewhere.

What about business features? The G30 is available with Motorola’s ‘ThinkShield for Mobile’, derived from Lenovo’s ThinkShield solution. This provides improved security, and makes it easy to deploy and manage devices with zero-touch enrolment. Under the ThinkShield for Mobile brand, Motorola also offers dedicated business support, extended warranty, fast device replacement, and lifecycle management.

Overall, it’s a solid if unspectacular phone, but offers the average user all they might need, with excellent battery life and a good usable camera. At this price point, it offers tremendous value for public sector organisations and budget-constrained companies – who can now give their employees a good-quality handset that feels more expensive than it really is, backed up by Motorola’s ThinkShield security, manageability and support.

If you’d like a formal quotation or to put one to the test yourself, please speak to your account manager.