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The Motorola Moto G100 shows why we might no longer need a PC soon

The Motorola Moto G100 smartphone also acts as a PC replacement by means of a special desktop mode. And this even worked surprisingly well in our test.

How often have laptops and especially desktop PCs been pronounced dead? Game consoles were supposed to end PC gaming, and smartphones and tablets were supposed to replace laptops and PCs... And what are we seeing in 2021? The PC industry is booming thanks to home offices and home schooling.

So, everything's fine for laptops and desktops? Not really, because a mid-range smartphone from Motorola has just introduced a feature that had been rumored for a while and was officially introduced by Google in Android 10, but it has hardly been used so far: A special desktop mode for smartphones.

On the Moto G100, this mode is called "Ready For", and it's enabled by an included USB-C to HDMI cable as well as a dock. Motorola has also come up with a few things to make the desktop mode as convenient as possible: For example, there's a Media Center that makes media reproduction look even sleeker and, of course, a dedicated mode for games.

But the actual desktop is also impressive: It's reminiscent of Windows, and it can be used quite intuitively after a short learning curve. You simply connect a mouse and keyboard to the smartphone via Bluetooth, or you can even use the Moto G100's touchscreen as a touchpad, which is a really cool idea.

But it gets even better: If you want, you can use a different app on the desktop than on the Moto phone; so you can, for example, play a video on the screen and browse the Internet on the smartphone at the same time.

This is also made possible by the fast SoC that Motorola installs in its phone. The Moto G100 also features fast storage, but there are also some areas where corners have been cut, such as in terms of the case quality, for instance.

We looked at the Moto G100 in detail in our extensive review. We also address the question of whether the smartphone is worth buying if you don't want to use the desktop mode.

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Florian Schmitt, 2021-05- 6 (Update: 2021-05- 6)