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It has been said time and time again, the budget space is tougher than ever. Making a device which aims for the moon without costing all that much has always been the goal, but more players than ever are trying to score a slice of this part of the market.
The Moto E6 Plus stands out from the competition with a glossy, confident design and some software flare - however it doesn’t excel particularly in any one area. The camera is passable, but no better than anything produced elsewhere. Battery life is consistent; however it isn’t up there with the best. Performance is mostly fine, but with notable hiccups and app crashes on a semi-regular basis.
In summary, this device is a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none, which isn’t to sell it short. For the price point, general competence in every area is a quiet victory, but a victory nonetheless. For most people, this will prove to be a handset that more than covers all the basics, and undemanding users will likely be very impressed.
Ultimately, those looking to spend £100 (around $130 / AU$190) on a handset have a differing set of priorities over those looking to spend upwards of £1000/$1000, and for this group the Moto E6 Plus is a definite recommendation.
Spending a little more will get you something a little easier to enjoy, but Motorola has produced a solid handset, which is generally charming and worthy of your attention.
Who's this for?
For those looking to spend as little as possible without compromising too much on their user experience, the Moto E6 Plus is a solid choice. Those users who demand a lot from their handsets should look elsewhere.
Should you buy it?
If you have £100 in the bank set aside for a new device, there are few more generally solid options available.
There are lots of budget alternatives, such as the following phones.
Xiaomi Redmi 7A
Compared to the Moto E6 Plus, the Xiaomi Redmi 7A has a smaller screen, but excellent battery life and a better camera. The UI is more divisive however, and repairs will be less easy to source should they be necessary.
Read our full Xiaomi Redmi 7A review
Moto G7 Power
For a little more money, the G7 Power offers better performance, better build quality, much better battery life and a better screen. The Moto E6 Plus is cheaper, however.
Read our full Moto G7 Power review
Vodafone Smart V10
The Vodafone Smart V10 packs a similar price and specs to the Moto E6 Plus, however it is locked to the Vodafone network and as such its potential audience is limited.
Read our full Vodafone Smart V10 review
First reviewed: October 2019
Sean is a Scottish technology journalist who's written for the likes of T3, Trusted Reviews, TechAdvisor and Expert Reviews.