Moto M review: Proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover

Intro

Smartphones are ubiquitous these days. In Malaysia, it’s pretty hard to get by without some kind of smartphone to run basic messaging and social media applications. But Malaysia’s in a bad spot and because our currency is so awful, a large majority of us can’t afford super expensive flagships.

And that’s where phones like the Moto M come in. Y’know, budget phones.

Now I know the term “budget” is very relative. Money is a complex subject in general and what is “budget” to some may not be the same to others. As phone reviewers, we have to look at the whole picture and from that, we think that the sweet spot lies somewhere close to the RM1,000 and RM1,200 price point, hence our big focus on it.

It’s a sweet spot for a reason because we think these phones are the lowest anyone should go on the price ladder without crippling drawbacks. Sure, you could spend less but then the disparity between the cash you pay and the phone you get becomes much more apparent.

Of course, when you’re paying close to the upper limit of the “budget” or “entry-level” and lower limit of the “midrange” smartphone market, you deserve a pretty solid phone. You deserve a smooth phone that can get you through the day without day-ruining hiccups in user experience, at least, I think that’s what you should be able to get in 2017.

Priced at RM1,199, the Moto M lives right smack in the middle of this “sweet spot”. But, is this a phone you deserve at this price point? And unfortunately, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no.

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The Good

+ Great build
+ Great speaker
+ Good OS and screen

The Bad

– Lackluster performance
– Poor battery life
– Poor camera

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