Moto G7 Power review: The budget phone with the longest phone battery life ever
By Felicity Rosa 2019-05-13 1206 0
Advantage:The G7 Power Bike offers one of the best battery lifes we have had on a cell phone in recent years. In addition, its performance is good, its virtually pure Android interface is a pleasure to use and its price is very attractive. It has microSD slot and USB-C port.
Disadvantage:It does not have NFC in all markets, for example not in the United States, Mexico or Colombia (yes in a version in Spain). It is not compatible with wireless charge or water-resistant.
Conclusion:The Motorola Moto G7 Power cell phone offers a dream battery life, at a low price and with a very rewarding experience.
The G7 Power bike is definitely the phone to consider if you are looking for a cheap cellphone.
This Motorola model has many of the features of the G7 bike, including its processor, Android experience, back-trace reader and takes very similar photos, but it has a lower cost (US $249 vs. US $299).
In addition, the G7 Power bike has one of the best battery durations we have tested on a cell phone. Although it only has a rear camera, its screen is HD instead of Full HD (and with slightly larger bezels) and its body is a little less elegant, the overall experience — in addition to the excellent battery life — results in a winning combination.
Even so, if you want to get a slightly more stylish design and a camera that's a little bit better (double, instead of just one), the G7 bike is a great option, though you'd end up sacrificing one of the battery lasting improvements, for a simply good one.
I think these two Motorola phones are the first options in the United States to consider if you are looking for a "cheap" phone; In other parts of the world, however, there is more competition with the devices of Xiaomi, Huawei and Honor (brand of Huawei), which complicates the choice as there are cell phones with lower prices, better cameras and/or with some better specs.
Also, it is worth taking into account that in many international markets sells the version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, which place it in a good position.
Regardless of this, for US $249 You can not get a cell phone with the battery life of the bike G7 Power and offer such a good experience in general.
Moto G7 Power: Price and availability
The price of the bike G7 Power in the United States is US $249 for the version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. In comparison, the bike G7 is priced at US $299.
The bike G7 Power in Mexico has a price of 5.599 pesos, for the version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The bike G7 has a price of 6.559 pesos.
In Spain, the Moto G7 Power has a price of 209 euros for the 4GB version of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Moto G7 has a price of 249 euros
The Moto G7 Power in Colombia is priced at 749 pesos, while the Moto G7 is priced at 899 pesos.
Moto G7 Power: Features and specifications
▪ Screen: 6.2 inches
▪ Resolution: 1,512x720 pixels
▪ Operating System: Android Pie
▪ Processor: Snapdragon 632
▪ RAM: 3GB (4GB in some markets)
▪ Storage: 32GB (64GB in some markets)
▪ Rear camera: One 12 megapixel with f/2.0 aperture
▪ Front camera: 8 megapixels
▪ Battery: 5,000mAh
▪ Fingerprint reader: Yes
▪ Size: 159.4x76x9.3mm
▪ Weight: 193 grams
Design: Not the most elegant Moto G7, but it's fine
The Motorola Moto G7 Power has a shiny plastic back that allows it to resemble the Moto G7 and G7 Plus, but it is clear that other cell phones are a little more elegant and premium.
The phone, however, feels good in the hand, its fingerprint reader located on the back (right where the Motorola logo is) works very well, its bezels are small (although a little larger than those of the Moto G7) and one gets used to its eyebrow (larger than that of the G7 and G7 Plus, but smaller than that of an iPhone XS).
The fingerprint reader is very well positioned to allow you to unlock it naturally and also to serve as a support for your index finger when you use your cell phone.
The back has a slight curvature on its edges that allow you not to feel as thick as you would expect with a phone that has a 5,000mAh battery and a 6.2 inch screen.
One of the concerns with this phone is that the screen is HD+ (720p) instead of Full HD+ (1080p), like the Moto G7, but the reality is that in daily use this resolution is sufficient for most users. The colors are adequate, it achieves an adequate brightness and the detail is pleasant.
The cell phone has its only buttons located on the right edge, including a power button located in the correct position so you can press it if you are right-handed; above this, in the same frame, is the volume bar that works well, although so high is difficult to reach when you use it with one hand.
At the top edge, the Moto G7 Power has a traditional headphone connector (3.5mm), which is a feature that many companies have removed from their devices.
In addition, despite its price, this Motorola phone has a USB-C connector with TurboPower fast charge (15 watts), similar to charging 15 watts Quick Charge 2.0 cell phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. This is not as fast as Quick Charge 3 (20 watts) or the 40 watt charge offered by the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition and Huawei P30 Pro, or 50 watts of the Oppo R17 Pro.
The Moto G7 Power does not have a horn at the bottom edge like many models today, but uses its headset directly to perform that function. As expected, the sound quality is average.
Performance: Sufficient for most
The Moto G7 Power offers a good experience, thanks to the fact that it integrates the same Snapdragon 632 processor of the Moto G7 and that it has a practically pure Android interface.
In general use, the apps open relatively quickly and the cell phone responds to gestures in an appropriate way; sometimes isolated things can take a second, but the experience in the end is good. Even with video games, the cell phone offers a good experience in most cases. The Moto G7 Plus offers a better gaming experience, although that cell phone costs about $100 extra, it doesn't sell in the U.S. and I don't think the difference is so important that you have to spend that much.
In our performance tests, the Moto G7 Power is well positioned. Even though in the tests the Moto G7 Power is a little below what the Honor 8X offers, but thanks to the fact that the Motorola cell phone has a practically pure Android interface the difference in experience is not as different as the tests make it seem.
Battery life: Practically a dream come true.
Battery life has been one of the main criticisms of every cell phone since smart phones became popular, but the Moto G7 Power makes a real homerun by offering one of the best batteries we've tested on a cell phone in recent years.
In regular use, the Moto G7 Power managed to last two full days without many problems, something I didn't even achieve with the Galaxy S10 Plus, a cell phone that also has excellent battery life.
In our tests, the Moto G7 Power was able to last 23 hours and 10 minutes playing a continuous video in airplane mode. The Moto G7 achieved 19 hours and 2 minutes in the same test and, for reference, the Galaxy S10 Plus achieved 21 hours and 30 minutes while the Huawei P30 Pro achieved 20 hours and 20 minutes in the same test.
The Honor 8X lasted 14 hours and 30 minutes and the Honor 10 Lite 9 hours and 32 minutes.
The Motorola Moto G7 Power has a 12 megapixel rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture, while the front has an 8 megapixel camera.
With good lighting, the Moto G7 Power manages to capture details good enough and with natural colors. Even the Moto G7 Power offers portrait modes (photos with a blurred background), spot color (photos that highlight only one color), cinemagraphy (that animates only part of the photo), panoramic, filters, slow motion, fast motion and even live streaming to YouTube.
Although these are things you also find in the Moto G7, the G7 Power portrait mode is dedicated to face or people, not to all sorts of objects as you can sometimes do with the Moto G7 as this phone integrates two cameras, one of 12 megapixels with f/1.8 aperture and another of 5 megapixels with f/2.2 aperture, dedicated mainly to detecting the depth for that function (the main camera is the same 8 megapixels).
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