Motorola Moto E6 Plus

What is it?

One thing that Motorola definitely doesn’t scrimp on here is the size of the Moto E6 Plus’ display. It sports a 6.1-inch Max Vision HD+ screen (1,560 x 720 pixels) that you would only expect to see on £200+ rivals.

It runs on the MediaTek Helio P22 processor, also used in the budget-priced Sony Xperia L4 and Alcatel 3 2020. It couples it with a bashful 2GB of Ram and 3,000mAh battery capacity. For on-board storage, you’ll have 32GB which is in fact 23.3GB once all the bloatware is out of the way. Two rear cameras can be found on the back of the phone (13Mp and 2Mp) and there’s one on the front (8Mp) for all your selfies.

What’s it like to use?

The E6 Plus’ display held up well in our tests. Although its HD+ screen is of low resolution, it has enough brightness for you to read what’s on screen under bright light conditions. The quality isn’t as impressive in low light, though, as its weak resolution and contrast is very evident.

Motorola smartphones are typically intuitive to use with well organised menus and settings. The same goes for the apps on this phone. Our all-important speed tests revealed that the E6 Plus has just enough oomph to get through the average app but to avoid lagging, we wouldn’t task it with anything too demanding like playing intensive games or having multiple apps on-the-go.

Its two security features – fingerprint sensor and face scanner – both work really well. They are accurate and quick so you can get straight back to using your phone as soon as you need to.

How long does the battery last?

The Moto E6 Plus is one of the slowest charging smartphones we’ve tested. It takes a shocking four hours before it’s fully charged, more than four times longer than the likes of the Realme X2 Pro that only takes 45 minutes to charge up. Annoyingly, after such a long wait, it will last for an underwhelming 25 hours at full brightness.

Given 15-minutes to charge from zero, unsurprisingly the phone slugs its way up to 8% capacity. If you do charge it for a short time, be sure to take your charger out with you as it will be back at zero after a mere two hours of use.

How good are the cameras?

We can’t say we were expecting studio-quality pictures from the Moto E6 Plus but it has to be said that the pictures we took looked terrible. No matter whether it’s day or night, the phone’s rear cameras are incapable of taking photos that aren’t grainy and dark. The same goes for its front cameras, which only pulled some detail out of the bag in bright light conditions.

Motorola skips image stabilisation on this phone so your photo album will be filled with jittery videos. Both the front and rear lenses struggled to produce footage that wasn’t pale and flat.

Is there anything I should watch out for?

One key feature that this smartphone is missing is NFC (near-field communication) for you to make contactless payments just by tapping your phone. As this technology becomes more commonplace, you might want to invest in a smartphone that already has the feature.

Is there anything else I should know?

No headphones are supplied with this phone, which isn’t shocking when you look at its price, so have your own pair at the ready if you choose to buy it.

Should I buy it?

We suspect that this smartphone is no longer receiving security updates from the manufacturer, or that it will stop receiving them soon. As such we can’t recommend that you buy it. Security updates, or patches, help to protect your phone from the latest threats, which could potentially harm your device and compromise your personal information. For more information, read our guide to mobile phone security.