Moto G71 5G, analysis: Motorola’s bet to fight in the mid-range
Although it was officially presented at the end of last year and the rest of Motorola’s ‘Grange, the Moto G71 5G was formally launched in Spain last February. A mid-range smartphone that we have been able to test and of which we bring you its review in this post.
We advance you from the first that your screen is the protagonist, as is already the case with the Moto G31. It also stands out for software that we can almost call Pure Android (we emphasize the “almost”) and, above all, for incorporating a Qualcomm 6 series chip, which is the most significant difference from the previous G31.
In design and multimedia is where this Moto G71 shines the most (literally)
We will not discover America with this device since it does not incorporate great aesthetic boasts, although this is not necessarily a bad thing. Despite its plastic materials, the mobile has a sober design according to Motorola’s aesthetic pattern, without excessive differences from the rest of the Grange launched in 2022.
It is a very comfortable mobile in hand, but it is also pleased with a case and includes one in its box.
The curves in the corners make it more stylized and do not make it lose ergonomics. Its lightweight of only 189 grams also helps this feeling. In the same way, the flat sides do not seem an obstacle for ergonomics either, since it does not slip or feel uncomfortable with use for hours, whether using a cover. This Moto G71 includes a transparent cover in its box, a detail that, unfortunately, is less and less common in brands.
Performance and battery: nothing (or almost) to object
Finding a Qualcomm chip from the six series, as with the Snapdragon 685, guarantees good performance but without too much fanfare. This is how we have been able to testify it in this Moto G71 5G, which offers a good user experience for daily tasks such as keeping up with email, browsing the Internet or playing casual games (such as the well-known Candy Crush).
The phone heats up, and performance deteriorates in more demanding tests, testing video games such as Call of Duty Mobile. Several hitches at the graphic level make playing this type of title not the best idea on this smartphone. However, it has not been as harmful as expected since it does not heat a lot, and it did not begin to be noticed until we had already 15-20 minutes.
Regarding the fingerprint reader located on the back, say that as a general rule, it usually performs well. It’s not the fastest, but it’s not the slowest either. However, we have noticed some lag when we unlock the phone after leaving an app in use, seeing how the device takes a few seconds to open and another few to offer the app on the screen. The facial recognition system is in line with other similar mobiles, working well with good lighting and failing in adverse light conditions.
This Moto G71 5G offers an experience very close to Pure Android and has plenty of autonomy for more than a day.
Although there is something especially striking in these sections, it is the customization layer that Motorola has incorporated into this device again. A layer they call My UX and that, despite being based on Android 11 and not Android 12, may even be passable. It offers an experience very close to pure Android. It adds interesting additional functions such as performing actions with gestures (for example, making a screenshot with three fingers).
If we talk about autonomy, we must say that we have been delighted. In “normal use” (calls, social networks, messaging apps and casual games), the device gave us around 10 hours of screen time without running out at nightfall and with autonomy for at least half a day. In more demanding uses, if more excellent wear is noticed, as expected, but nothing alarming that has forced us to take the charger before night. Best of all, it recharges from 0 to 100% in just over an hour.
Acceptable cameras, but with an interface that leaves something to be desired
Before looking at the photographic results in detail, we would first like to point out that the camera app, which opens quickly, switches between modes in the same way and is intuitive. However, it stands out negatively for “hiding” its functions. To access the portrait mode or other options available to you, you have to go to the options tab, having only the possibility of quick access to video and stock photos. This is not a drama either, but seeing the importance of some other modalities and making them more visible would have been good.
Moto G71 5g Camera Interface
In the video, it is not a mobile that stands out especially, offering results that are too unstable if you are in motion and with moments in which it isn’t easy to focus. However, we find better results than we would qualify as correct without further ado in photos. Everything that can be expected in a device of this price, with great versatility of options due to its triple rear camera, but with a quality that is not rocket science either.