Weekend phone talk: Paul – news

As we rush headlong into Summer, each week one of our editors will take a moment to reflect on what they thought of the year so far and look forward to whats coming up.

Known for long diatribes – I’ll keep this short

The 2018 highs and lows

Id expected to dive straight into flagship territory, but strangely its not where my thoughts first turned. Maybe its because our expectations are set sky-high for flagships these days but one of the genuine surprises this year for me was the Moto G6.

My gym phone/pub phone – call it what you will, has always been a Motorola, I have a soft spot for the brand ever since the original RAZR. Additionally, as my criteria for a second phone differs from that of my daily driver, expectations were even lower. I have to commend Motorola (or should I say Lenovo) for the Moto G6.

Even in isolation, Snapdragon 450 chipset aside, from its design and screen through to the camera, it transcends its price tag. Like many other handsets, the price difference is even more marked when compared to current flagships. You cant compare apples with oranges, but the Moto G6 is more than 700 less than my 256GB iPhone 8 Plus. Thats a vast difference, and you cant tangibly feel the 700 upgrade with the premium phone.

Motorola Moto G6 review

Last year, the LG V30 was one of my favorite handsets. This year its been usurped by the Huawei P20 Pro, the best handset from Huawei to date and I have no doubt it will be in the mix for best smartphone of 2018 when we close out the year.

Not dwelling on the fact it’s getting harder to differentiate the design of today’s all screen handsets, apart from the plasticky power and volume buttons, the remainder of the build with its colorways screams quality.

Its slightly unusual 18.7:19 aspect of the 6.1-inch OLED screen makes for an easy to hold handset. It also helps that its packed with all the latest 2018 must-haves. I dont lament the lack of the 3.5mm headphone jack, but the same cant be said for the lack of wireless charging. Saving the best till last, we then get to that trifecta of Leica cameras. Suffice to say theyre an impressive combo, exceptional in low-light with the only blemish being the slightly dubious Camera AI (but hopefully that can be remedied over time). Triple camera systems will only rise in popularity.