In recent years, Motorola has established itself as the best choice for consumers looking for an Android smartphone that is much easier on their wallet than any other flagship. And with mid-range options like the OnePlus 6T that continues to rise in price, Motorola does not face much direct competition, at least in the United States. In other parts of the world, there are equally strong options at low prices. But with the Moto G7 2019 line, Motorola has presented another example of how it has dominated this price category: being good enough in the essentials, even if it can not match the best cameras or phone screens of today. . I just hope you have hands big enough for them this time.
There are three separate Moto G7 phones available. There are the main $ 299 Moto G7, the $ 249 Moto G7 Power and the $ 199 G7 Play. From the beginning, I will advise you not to choose the last option there, the Game. It is the cheapest of the three, but it comes with concessions in the quality of construction (it has a plastic body) and performance. The Play has the same Qualcomm processor as the other two, but it offers only 2 GB of RAM, which is so small that you'll find multitasking frustrations and will constantly be waiting for the applications to load. For those reasons, this review will focus on the standard G7 and the G7 Power, which has a huge 5,000 mAh battery as a featured feature. It's worth spending a little more on any of them instead of the Game.
Many things ab The G7 is going to sound familiar. Let's start with the screen that you will see daily. Motorola has extended the 6.2-inch 1080p screen to an aspect ratio of 19: 9 by getting rid of the lower fingerprint scanner and moving to a notched design. For whatever reason, I found that the G7's tear-drop / dew-drop notch distracts more and attracts attention than the wider notch of the iPhone X in the G7 Power. But that might not be the case for you. The panel is quite bright and quite colorful. It seemed a little cold to my eyes, but if that bothers you, you can avoid it by simply enabling the Nightlight function to warm up the screen tones. The G6 of last year had a very nice screen, and the G7 has followed in an impressive way to that.
Motorola was efficient in its design, but the G7 is still noticeably larger than its predecessor. It is more than 3 millimeters higher and wider, so if you prefer smaller phones, you will want to take into account those increases in height and width when looking at the G7. This is now a phone that is floating around the size of a Pixel 3 XL or iPhone XR, especially once you stick a case.
The fingerprint sensor has been moved backwards with the Motorola M logo inside. But that nice (and secluded) nod to the brand was not enough, apparently, since Motorola continues to put his name on the front of the phone under the screen. Few companies continue to do this, and it's time for Motorola to stop exceeding.
The G7 borrows many basic elements of the G6, including a headphone jack, 64 GB of built-in storage (with a microSD slot if it's not enough), 4 GB of RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery. Wireless charging and NFC are still frustratingly absent, so you run out of Google Pay / contactless payments. Motorola seems to think that the sacrifices to reach these prices are fine, although Nokia managed to include NFC in its own low-budget Nokia 7.1 phone, so how much could a cost burden be? Fortunately, Moto G7 phones support a 15-watt USB-C fast charge, and Motorola provides a capable charger in the box. None of them is rated for water resistance, but it should be able to survive accidental spills or some splashing here and there.
The main update is the processing capacity: Snapdragon 632 from Qualcomm is an agile actor and showed no signs of problems using and jumping between daily applications during my review. The overall smoothness of the animation and polishing can be a heartbeat behind the flagship-level phones, but never affects the ease of use. However, if you expected a $ 300 phone to be a game power, you will be disappointed. The G7 can certainly run titles like PUBG Mobile but it can run slowly even in the lowest graphics settings. Still, casual games work well and I'm happy with the overall performance of the G7 and the odds of maintaining that reliability for the next two years.
Regarding the camera, the configuration of the G7 is not far from what was inside the G6. It obtains two later cameras: a main camera of 12 megapixels f / 1.8 and a sensor of 5 megapixels that is there to collect strictly depth data for portraits. At the front there is an 8 megapixel selfie camera. The image quality is also very similar to last year's, although with some new modes incorporated. These include the automatic capture of smiles, which shoots a shot when everyone in the box smiles, and a high-resolution zoom, which aims to restore quality often. lost when it approaches digitally. The first is useful, but all it really does is over-sharpen the final photo to try to create details that really are not there. The G7 can also record 4K video, which is something the G6 could not do.
The story here is true to the usual results of the Motorola camera: its shots will look perfectly in good lighting conditions, with good color reproduction and a pleasant and balanced exposure. But the G7 simply does not stop next to any of today's low-level first-class phones. In an otherwise solid $ 300 package, the camera still reminds you that you have a less expensive phone. The images on the front camera are also a little more blurry and boring than I would prefer.
The G7 line runs Android 9 Pie with the usual and discreet additions of Moto and quick gestures useful to open the camera (with a twist of the wrist) or activate the flashlight (with a sharp movement). Soon you will even get the excellent Pixel call screen feature. And unlike Google, Motorola has really nailed navigation gestures. You can touch the bottom bar to go home, slide it to the left to return or swipe to the right to toggle between the two most recent applications. When you slide up the start indicator the multitasking will open, but you can swipe up anywhere on the home screen to access the app drawer. This approach is very natural and requires little time to get used to. However, Motorola is not consistent in delivering timely software updates, so buyers should not expect a quick update to Android Q (or even a constant rate of security updates).
Moto G7 Power: the new king of the battery, but with a worse display
The Moto G7 Power of $ 250 has a great advantage over the standard model: the legitimate battery life of two days. By putting a 5,000 mAh battery into this thing, Motorola has produced a phone that can carry the reputation of the original Moto Z Play drummer. The G7 Power is noticeably thicker and heavier than the G7 as a result of that more robust battery, but for people who want a phone that lasts without having to deal with a battery pack, or have a job where it is not practical I should not do it. Be a major obstacle
The G7 Power will easily navigate through two business days of frequent fundamentals (Instagram, Spotify, Gmail, Google Maps, many text messages and calls, etc.) before needing a late recharge that second night. If your phone is tilted more, you may be able to press it until the third day.
But there are some reasons why this battery monster is less expensive than the G7, which only exhibits the standard "get the job" longevity. The most obvious is a screen with a reduced version, with a resolution of only 1570 x 720 with the same size of 6.2 inches. It's not so bad that you notice individual pixels, but the text and icons definitely feel less sharp in view compared to the G7 and its 2270 x 1080 screen. Does it ruin the phone? Not at all. Shedding some pixel density only improves the battery's resistance. But if you are a fan of sharpness, it could be a pain. This is not a phone to use near your face.
Apart from the screen, the G7 Power loses a gigabyte of RAM (for a total of 3GB) and leaves the depth sensor of the rear camera. None of these compensations really mattered to me. Motorola phones are not very good in portrait mode, and 3 GB of RAM seems to be enough for Android to run smoothly.
For me, the G7 Power really feels like the Moto G7. The battery life is incredible and it is worth the cost that Motorola made elsewhere. When you have a $ 250 phone that is good enough for the basic tasks of a smartphone and can last longer than a Galaxy S10 Plus or an iPhone XR, that's pretty special.
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