When it comes to mid-range phones, Motorola has a good track record with its G22, which costs £149/€189.
It has a sleek design with a smooth back that feels fantastic in the hand and a large, 6.5-inch display that takes up much of the front of the device.
There is no better way to experience the latest mobile OS from Google than on this device, which is also running Android 12.
For this reason, even in the most simple activities like taking photos and browsing the Play Store, the Mediatek Helio G37 chip inside the G22 feels like it’s continuously running at capacity.
The positives outweigh the negatives. If you’re going to be away from a charger for an extended amount of time, the 5,000mAh battery will come in handy with its 50MP main camera.
That gives it the appearance of being a more costly Moto e7i Power, which is a compliment. Nevertheless, I’d go with the Nokia G21 if I could afford it for the same price point.
Conceptualization & Construction
- Enticing Appearance
- Matt was done.
Aside from its excellent design, the Moto G22 is an excellent choice for anyone searching for a business-friendly smartphone (even if it is all plastic).
You can choose between Cosmic Black (which is what we had for review) and Iceberg Blue, both of which come with a matte texture that adds grip while also resisting fingerprints, a feature that is becoming increasingly rare in today’s smartphones.
A camera combined with a 50 MP wide camera and an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, as well as a Macro setting, can be found in the upper left corner.
A 90Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1600720 can be seen on the phone’s reverse side. A 16MP camera can be found inside the phone’s “hole-punch” and its “chin” gradually narrows toward the bottom edge.
In addition to the volume rocker and sleep/wake button, the SIM tray can be found on the left.
To charge, there’s a USB-C port on the bottom edge, and an audio jack on the top edge — an additional rarity.
Audio/Video Display and Speakers
- 6.5-inch LCD
- A refresh rate of 90 Hz
- The sound quality is subpar.
Unfortunately, I’d recommend another device if you have one, even though the 6.5-inch screen is big enough for a boxset binge.
Part of that is due to the 720p resolution, which is fine for the price, but the majority is attributable to how dark it is.
Anything below 75 percent brightness made it difficult to watch YouTube videos, and even Android’s stark white menus were difficult to navigate unless the brightness was cranked up to 100 percent.
Those aren’t ideal, and they’re exacerbated by the Moto G22’s limited viewing angles, which make it feel like you’re constantly staring at the phone in order to read messages or use apps. Obviously, things grow much worse outside.
Then there’s the refresh rate of 90 Hz. Even if it’s a pleasant surprise at this price, the Moto G22’s chip struggles mightily with regular chores, making it difficult to make the phone feel fluid.
There’s also a tinny, non-stereo speaker, which means the audio is imbalanced and lacking in clarity. A lack of bass or treble can be heard in the mix, and it all flows into the mids.
Moto G22 camera
- Rear-facing camera with four lenses
- Optical zoom but no optical wide-angle.
- Shots with a fair amount of light.
The Moto G22 page on Motorola’s website begins with the headline “Best Android camera phone,” which we presume is a marketing ploy to boost Google traffic.
Despite the fact that you’re not going to obtain camera results on par with the iPhone 13 Pro from a phone that’s less than a sixth of the price, you’ll only get good images in the most ideal settings.
There’s a quad-lens 50MP wide + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth module on the Moto G22’s back, but there’s only a single-lens 16MP wide camera on the front.
You can experiment with ISO, white balance, and HDR in the camera’s software.
This isn’t the first time we’ve said this about a budget phone, and it won’t be the last: with plenty of daylight and when held steadily, the Moto G22 produces absolutely passable shots that won’t embarrass your Instagram feeds.
As far as we can tell, the photos we took with this phone have a lot of detail and a natural-looking color balance to them.
If you don’t have access to the viewfinder, HDR processing does a good job of making sure that light and dark are properly balanced (only afterward when the photo is saved).
For the most part, this phone’s camera struggles with low-light and fast-moving subjects, resulting in a lot of noise and uncertainty about whether you’ll capture a presentable image.
When there is some light and your hand is steady, you may be able to get the job done in the dark.
Specs and Performance
- Inordinately sluggish
- Playing video games is out of the question.
- Slot for a microSD card
As you may have heard, the Moto G22’s Helio G37 processor isn’t doing it any favors. In our tests, the phone’s Geekbench score was 956.3, which is one of the lowest we’ve seen, and it’s clear even when the phone is turned on that it’s slow. You will not have access to 5G as well.
There was a time when it took roughly two minutes for the phone to just power up and then start emitting the classic “Hello Moto” tune, before returning to a long loading period.
A 90Hz refresh rate makes the selection even odder because the screen stutters before I’ve even started any programs.
This isn’t a surprise, given that the Aztec Ruins Vulkan High test achieved only 4.5fps, and even lowering the settings to normal resulted in 7.6fps.
PUBG Mobile and other high-poly games suffered from texture pop-in and input slowness, but even standard Android apps like Gmail and Calendar were a chore because the Helio G37 was always operating at full throttle with so little headroom that it seemed to prefer you leave the phone alone.
Our testing unit has 64GB of storage, but there is an option for 128GB. The SIM tray has an expansion slot for microSDXC cards as well.
For the Moto G22’s battery
- A 5,000m Ah Battery
- Useful for Two Days at A Time
- Charging with A Wired 15 W
The Moto G22’s 5,000mAh battery is the only other feature that really jumps out besides its low-resolution screen and low-power internal components.
During our tests, an hour of streaming video at maximum brightness and low volume reduced the battery capacity from 100% to 95%, which works out to roughly 20 hours in total.
If you’re looking for a phone that can get you through a full day and possibly more, this one is for you.
This is not the case with the charging speed, which clocks in at just 15 watts. Wireless charging isn’t available, although this isn’t out of the ordinary for a phone in this price range.
To acquire a full charge from zero, you’ll need to plug in the provided USB-C cable and charging adaptor into a power outlet for about three or four hours.