Moto G7 Power Review

Moto G7 Power Review
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Last Updated on by Daniel Osakwe

The Moto G7 Power has two things you should look forward to long battery life and a reasonable price. With a high-capacity, 5,000-mAh battery, this $249/£180 phone is one of the best Android phones on the market. This phone has been around for quite some time.

Despite the fact that you have to make some compromises to get those extra hours of endurance, don’t be fooled by this phone’s bargain price. While a newer Moto G Power is on the way, the Moto G7 Power is one of the best phones for those on a budget and easily one of the best cheap phones on the market.

Moto G7 Power specs

  Moto G7 Power Moto G7 Moto G7 Play
Screen Size (Resolution) 6.2-inch LCD (1512 x 720) 6.2-inch LCD (2270 x 1080) 5.7-inch LCD (1512 x 720)
OS Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
Processor Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 632
RAM 3GB 4GB 2GB
Storage 32GB 64GB 32GB
Rear Camera 12 MP 12 MP/5 MP 13 MP
Front Camera 8 MP 8 MP 8 MP
Battery 5,000 mAh 3,000 mAh 3,000 mAh
Size 6.3 x 3 x 0.37 inches 6.1 x 3 x 0.31 inches 5.9 x 2.8 x 0.32 inches
Weight 6.9 ounces 6.1 ounces 5.3 ounces
Color Marine Blue Ceramic Black, Clear White Starry Black, Deep Indigo

Moto G7 Power: Design

Moto G7 Power Review

Motorola has added a notch to its latest G-series smartphones. Unlike the regular Moto G7, with its teardrop design, the G7 Power has a conventional notch with a front-facing earpiece and selfie camera.

This look has only one flaw, which is that it is not original. There is a notch on the Motorola G7 Power, as is common with smartphones these days. The G7 Power blurs budget and mid-range lines with its awkward design, noticeable bottom bezel, and glossy plastic body.

Additionally, the G7 Power’s 5,000-mAh battery is difficult to transport due to its 6.2-inch display and slightly thicker frame. You can still use old-fashioned headphones with the device’s 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.

In spite of the low price, Motorola has not added true IP-rated water resistance or near-field communication to any of the G7 devices.

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Moto G7 Power: Display

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Thus, the Moto G7 Power has the same size and resolution as the Moto G7. Although this shouldn’t be an issue for such an inexpensive handset, since the G7 Power’s screen is identical to that of the G7, the missing pixels become very apparent quite quickly.

On this $249/£180 model, there are 279 pixels per inch, which translates to 1570 x 720. That’s great in terms of energy efficiency, but not so good for on-screen content. Although text and icons look a little jagged on the G7 Power, the farther you hold it from your eyes, the less noticeable it is.

While Motorola stretched those pixels a bit wider than we liked, the G7 Power’s color reproduction and brightness weren’t bad. The device covered 123 percent of the sRGB color space and achieved a Delta-E accuracy rating of 0.35. The results are good for a smartphone with an LCD display. Their respective ratings of 135 percent and 0.34 are almost as good as the Moto G7. A higher number indicates better performance for Delta-E.

Despite this, I was really impressed with the brightness of the G7 Power. Motorola’s mid-range phone has a maximum brightness of 558 nits, which totally outperforms its more expensive G7, which has a maximum brightness of 445 nits. In the summertime, when dimmer screens make it difficult to read text on a sunny day, the additional light from the display makes a big difference. The Power certainly comes into its own when such situations arise.

Despite the lack of resolution, it is still a display you would be happy to watch anything on. In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the G7 Power’s color profile was set to Saturated to bring out those juicy comic book hues. In Times Square, the searing neon lights provided the perfect setting for the web slinger’s antics, and as I moved my device from side to side, the colors remained the same.

Moto G7 Power: Cameras

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The G7 Power has a 12-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.0 on the back. The G7 Power produces images that are almost identical to those from the f/1.8, 12-MP sensor in the regular G7. It’s actually the best camera phone we’ve tested under $300.

The G7 Power, however, does not have a second 5-megapixel camera for depth-of-field effects. Despite this, the Moto G7’s shallow depth-of-field portraits and bokeh aren’t all that impressive either, as is the case with most other budget phones with dual lenses.

The G7 Power performed reasonably well against its more expensive sibling as a result. Though the standard G7 costs $50 more, the shot of buildings hovering over Bryant Park in New York City looks nearly identical on both models of the G7.

We are pleased with the G7 Power’s performance in Bryant Park, comparing it favorably to one of our favorite camera phones for the price, the Nokia 7.1. Like some Motorola smartphones in the past, the G7 Power is overzealous with saturation; Bryant Park’s famous fountain isn’t quite red as it appears on the phone. Consequently, there aren’t really any noticeable differences between these phones’ photos, even though the Nokia 7.1 costs $100 more than the Motorola.

In terms of portraits and bokeh, the G7 Power isn’t very good. As there is only one rear-facing lens on the device, software must be used to blur the background, not optics.

There is no noticeable loss of quality when using software-based bokeh on some high-end devices, including the Pixel 3 and iPhone XR. Motorola’s computational photography isn’t quite up to that level, which results in unwelcome artifacts and inconsistent blurring at Shaun’s face’s edges. Shaun’s facial features and skin tone are also well captured by Nokia’s handset.

Furthermore, the front-facing camera on the G7 Power is the same as that on the G7. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work well for selfies, as its shots tend to be noisy and blurry enough to appear slightly out of focus. With its impressive dynamic range, more accurate white balance, and superior sharpness, Nokia 7.1 is the clear winner here.

Moto G7 Power: Performance

For normal tasks such as web browsing, navigation, and social media, the G7 Power’s Snapdragon 632 system-on-chip and 3GB of RAM are sufficient. It isn’t designed to handle gaming.

The G7 Power was not able to handle PUBG Mobile. Though I set the battle-royale shooter’s graphics settings to the lowest level and set its frame rate to prioritize smoothness over visual fidelity, the game still felt jerky, making it difficult to pick off enemy combatants.

F1 Mobile Racing had much greater consistency despite running at remarkably low settings. Due to the low resolution and sparse scenery and lighting, it looked worse than a PlayStation 2 game.

The problem is the Adreno 506 GPU in the phone. Nokia 7.1, for instance, cannot compete with its modern contemporaries. With only 14,802 points on 3DMark’s Ice Storm Unlimited graphical test, the G7 Power showed its limits.

Nokia’s budget phones score even higher on this test.

In Geekbench 4’s overall system performance test, the G7 Power performed better. Scored 4,485, it is about 400 points behind the Moto G7 and about 500 points behind the more expensive, more powerful Nokia 7.1.

Moto G7 Power: Battery Life

G7 Power appears to be a perfectly serviceable, but uninspiring budget smartphone at this point. Those conclusions are mostly accurate; in fact, they are consistent with how we feel about the regular G7.

However, the Moto G7 Power does have one ace up its sleeve that none of the other Moto models have – a 5,000mAh battery. Over T-Mobile’s LTE network, we streamed endless web pages for 15 hours and 35 minutes without interruption. With this runtime, the Moto G7 Power is the longest-lasting phone we’ve tested in the last two years.

The Nokia 7.1, which costs $100 more than the G7 Power, has a battery life of more than twice that of the G7 Power. This durability makes the G7 Power stand out from the competition, especially in an era when phones seem to last less and less time on a charge.

The G7 Power’s battery life is its main selling point. Considering how long it takes to charge that battery again, the same cannot be said. Although Motorola includes a TurboPower USB Type-C adapter, the G7 Power only reached 29 percent capacity after 30 minutes of being plugged in.

Software

Motorola’s G7 Power continues that tradition of offering high-quality, pure Android experiences. During its lifespan, the G7 Power will receive one major update to Android Q but ships with Android 9 Pie out of the box. Moto did not change Google’s stock software experience, but it added a number of extra features and shortcuts to the G7 Power through the Moto app.

As part of the Motorola app, you’ll find gesture controls, old favorites like chopping to trigger the flashlight and twist to launch the camera, and Motorola’s always-on Moto Display, which displays notifications and alerts even when the phone is in a low-power sleep state. Despite the fact that it hasn’t changed in years, Motorola Display is still as convenient and useful as it was years ago.

Pros Cons
Works on all networks Not great for gaming
Low price Low-res display
Quality software Bland design
Incredible battery life

Summary

The G7 Power isn’t flashy. For a cheap phone, this is a good option with serviceable performance (so long as you don’t game) and a software experience and selection of features that are among the best in its class.

$249/£180 is fine. What makes it stand out is its battery life. One of the phone’s major selling points. With a $50 price difference, the G7 Power is an almost identical alternative to the Moto G7, and it lasts longer on a charge as well.

Personally, I would skip the frivolous features of the regular G7, save $50, and get the G7 Power. It’s worth it to have a phone that lasts a lifetime. The Nokia 7.1 offers a better camera and a more premium design, but those primarily concerned with battery life and looking for a device under $300 should consider the G7 Power.

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