The Motorola Moto G82 doesn’t stand out in terms of design: it has a plastic structure, perfectly rounded corners, and a modest back camera bump, much like the rest of the G-series range. It’s not too heavy, but the 6.6 display makes it a little huge.
The fingerprint sensor, which was kept overlooked on the phone’s back, has been placed on the power button on the side. It’s not very fast at recognizing your digits, but it’s precise once it does. An IP52 certification indicates you’re more protected against dust than water, but it shouldn’t suffer if caught in a light rain shower.
The perforated design on the metal-effect back reminds us of a high-end speaker grille. It looks the part, with little branding helping to mask its low price, but it is sensitive to fingerprint smudges. An included silicone case keeps it clean and protected from dents and scratches.
Motorola Moto G82 Display and Sound
It’s one thing to have an OLED screen at this low price, but Motorola has gone above and beyond by including a fast refresh rate panel on the G82. So while competitors slog along at 60Hz or nudge up to 90Hz, you get a silky-smooth 120Hz display here.
Consequently, everything feels more responsive, especially when navigating applications and web pages.
The one area that falls short is brightness, which means you may struggle to view the screen well in direct sunshine. However, once inside, there’s no difficulty, and no similarly priced competitors perform considerably better.
The G82 also performs admirably in terms of music, having Dolby Atmos-certified dual speakers. They get loud enough, although the earpiece tweeter isn’t nearly as loud as the down-firing speaker. Unsurprisingly, there is no accurate bass, but they will not make you reach for a set of headphones.
The Motorola Moto G82 5G includes a 5,000mAh battery, which is found in a significant and growing number of Moto-series phones.
The Moto G82 also boasts excellent, if not class-leading, quick charging. It supports 30W rapid charging and comes with a 30W charger. Unfortunately, wireless charging is not supported, as is typical at this level.
Price and availability
The Motorola Moto G82 5G was introduced in June 2022 with the Moto G62, a lower-end counterpart with a slower processor, a bulkier frame, and an LCD screen rather than an OLED display.
The G82 costs $499AU, and while it was not widely accessible in the United States at the time of review, it is projected to cost roughly $365.
The Motorola Moto G82 is powered by Android 12 and has the traditional Moto UI. This makes just minor modifications to the Google blueprint, which means that the improvements to Android’s Material Design style will be seen in version 12.
In the Moto G82, Android 12 seems primarily clean and smooth, while app loading and multitasking will appear somewhat slower than on a top Android device. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 CPU is used in this phone, also found in the Sony Xperia 10 IV and Realme 9 Pro.
While the CPU speed is intense, the GPU – the graphics side – isn’t quite as powerful as, say, the Snapdragon 870. This implies that in some high-end games, some graphics settings may be unavailable, and those without rock-solid performance optimization may sometimes see patchy frame rates.
The Moto G82 is the new sweet spot in the Moto G series, and it’s a friendly reminder that Motorola knows a couple of things about building well-specced phones that aren’t too expensive.
The stabilized primary camera, 120Hz OLED screen, and large battery are all significant advantages for a phone costing less than £300. Moto’s gentle approach to Android works incredibly well on low-end hardware, and overall performance isn’t bad.