Motorola Moto G10 review

GSMArena Team, 19 March 2021.

Design and ergonomics

Yes, the Moto G10 is all-plastic, and we don't expect it to be made of glass or metal anyway. But Motorola is trying to break the mold with this one and introduces a rather different design than what we are used to. What's more, the phone inherits that water-repellent coating that most Motorola phones have, which is a really nice bonus to be had in a sub-€200 category.

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Let's start with the back. It's made of matte, satin-like plastic, and the whole panel is patterned in the shape of waves. That doesn't really help with the grip but makes the phone feel nicer and less cheap too. Fingerprints and smudges are also less visible. We got the Iridescent Pearl color with a subtle color shift towards the edges of the phone.

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The camera module in the upper-left corner sticks out just a little, and it follows the current design trend with an oval, rectangular piece housing all the lenses.

The fingerprint reader is close by. It sits almost flush with the back of the phone, and sometimes it's hard to feel it with your finger. The texture on the back isn't helping either. Additionally, the scanner is placed slightly higher than you expect it to be, so even users with average-sized hands will struggle to reach it from a natural hand position. The handset is rather tall, and it would have been nice if the fingerprint reader was adapted to accommodate that.

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Flipping the Moto G10 reveals a set of rather thick bezels, especially the bottom one. Not that we were expecting a razor-sharp frame, but it makes an impression, nonetheless. On the other hand, the notch is unobtrusive and doesn't really get in the way of the content as it doesn't cut deep into the display.

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The side frame, although plastic, feels somehow grippier than the back. Interestingly, all the buttons are on the right side of the frame, which makes it feel "overcrowded" to some extent. The power button is textured, adequately placed, and the volume rocker sits right above it. Then comes the dedicated Google Assistant button, which used to be on the left side of the frame. Needless to say that it's hard to reach with your right thumb. The 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the top of the phone - yet another unconventional placement.

The Moto G10 from the side - Motorola Moto G10  review The Moto G10 from the side - Motorola Moto G10  review
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The Moto G10 from the side

On the left, you will find the hybrid SIM and microSD card slot, the latter takes the place of the second SIM, so you have to choose to go with double SIM or SIM + microSD combo.

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We found the design overall fresh, and the side frame makes the phone a tad less slippery. However, some small annoyances like the button and fingerprint reader positioning, along with the rather thick display bezels, keep us from giving this phone a great usability score.

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Reader comments

  • Rhimes

Don't buy a Motorola because they will put you on a spam call list where you can't block the number by the normal android process. I am sure they make money doing this.

  • Anonymous

Yet if you read carefully on the comment section you find the Xiaomi with that awful MIUI. The lackluster camera of the OnePlus The realme is better still you have to get used to color us That's the deal the moto G10 is easy experience...

So what mobile phone around the same price can better this for the camera and more responsive???