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Motorola Moto G7 Power - a review of a smartphone with a high-performance battery

Motorola Moto G7 Power - a review of a smartphone with a high-performance battery

By  Felicity Rosa 2019-05-13 1028 0

A discharged battery - that's what every smartphone user is afraid of. These devices are getting bigger and bigger, more efficient and more and more applications are being used in our company. But all of this requires energy. For many people, it is the capacity of the battery and the time spent on a single charge cycle that determines whether the equipment is worth buying. Such consumers should be interested in Motorola Moto G7 Power, equipped with a 5,000 mAh battery. What else does this smartphone offer? I will try to answer this question in the following review, which I invite you to read

The most important features of the phone:

▪ Polymer glass housing, splash-proof,


▪ Dimensions: 159.43 x 76 x 9.3 mm, weight: 193 g,


▪ 6.2 inch display with HD+ resolution (720 x 1520 pixels, 281 ppi), LTPS LCD, lighting sensor,


▪ Fingerprint reader at the back,


▪ Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 eight core chipset (4 x Kryo 250 Gold @1.8 GHz + 4 x Kryo 250 Silver @1.8 GHz), 14 nm process technology,


▪ Adreno 506 graphics,


▪ 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory (51 GB for the user), memory cards up to 512 GB,


▪ Dual SIM (2 x nanoSIM), separate slot for microSD,


▪ Main camera 12 Mpix, 1.25 µm, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture lens, LED lamp, 1080p@30fps movies,


▪ 8 Mpix front camera, f/2.2 aperture lens, 1080p@30fps movies,


▪ LTE Cat6 (300/50 Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, USB 2.0 Type-C with USB-OTG,


▪ Audio jack 3.5 mm, FM radio with RDS,


▪ Non-replaceable battery with a typical capacity of 5000 mAh, quick charging TurboPower,


▪ Android 9.0 Pie (test on the software PPO29.80-27),


▪ Output price: PLN 899.

Package content

We tested Motorola Moto G7 Power in black. Together with the smartphone, the cardboard, green and black box contained a charger (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1,5A), a USB cable, a needle to eject on cards (2 x nanoSIM + microSD) and a colorless case.

External appearance, workmanship and ergonomics

Black, glossy and hard to clean - that's what Motorola Moto G7 Power looks like at first glance. It's also pretty big and heavy, but it's good in the palm of your hand. The front of the device fills the display, though not very tightly, with a rather large indentation in the top. It houses the front camera lens, speaker, and zoom and light sensors. The surface underneath the display contains only the brand logo.


At the back of the smartphone there are two elements, both round. The larger one is a photo module with a rear camera lens and a light-emitting diode. Slightly lower is the fingerprint reader with the characteristic letter M incorporated in it.


It's standard on the sides. There are volume and power buttons on the right side, a card tray pull-out on the right side, a USB-C port and microphone slot at the bottom and a 3.5 mm audio jack and a second microphone slot at the top.

Display and biometrics

The Moto G7 Power screen is 6.2 inches and only 720 x 1520 pixels, but no tragedy. A point density of 281 ppi does not translate into striking jagged edges, but saves energy. After all, Motorola tested is all about making it last as long as possible.


Moto G7 Power display


Considering the price of the device, there is no reason to complain about the quality of the image on the display. The colours look pretty good from almost every angle. The brightness of the image is then changed, but in an acceptable range, as well as the amount of blue - you can see this especially when displaying a white or neutral gray image. The brightness of the screen is also decent and exceeds 600 nits in automatic mode. This is enough to read its contents in most situations, even when the sunlight falls directly on the screen (provided that the glass is relatively clean).


There are few options for image quality in the system settings. For example, you can select one of three colour modes (Natural, Enhanced or Saturation) and use Nightlighting to reduce the amount of blue light.


The phone can be unlocked using face recognition or a fingerprint reader. Both methods work very efficiently, although noticeably slower than in some more expensive devices. A smartphone doesn't usually keep you waiting longer than a second.

System interface and additional applications

Motorola Moto G7 Power works under the control of almost pure Android 9.0 Pie, which for some will be an advantage, and for others a disadvantage. Installed on board Moto App Launcher divides the main screen into desktops and a drawer with applications, and allows you to make changes to the wallpaper, font size and other interface elements, as well as the layout of icons on the screen (selectable options 4x5 and 5x5).


Additional applications, which are not from Google, can be found here only a few, including Camera, Radio FM and Moto, created by Motorola Mobility LLC. The latter allows us to control gestures and the so-called Moto Display, which shows a clock and notifications on a dimmed screen, and can also prevent the screen from turning off when you look at it.


And if you want to see how long you've been using your phone, you can take a look at the Digital Balance tab in the system settings. This tool also allows you to set for each application the maximum daily time of their operation, and also select hours of sleep, during which Motorola will not interfere with the notification.

Telephone functions and connectivity

There are three Google applications in Moto G7 Power that support basic phone functions: Contacts, Phone and Messages. These are tools with a set of basic features we can expect from them. Of course, we can block phone numbers, but if we want to record a phone call, we need to look for an application in the Google Play store.


The quality of voice calls is pretty good. The built-in speaker (the only one) ensures a high volume level both when you hold the phone to your ear and in hands-free mode. This way, you should have no problem hearing and understanding your caller in all normal conditions, even near busy streets. All the more so because the quality of sound can also not be complained about - we can count on HDVoice. As far as VoLTE is concerned, in Orange network this function does not work on this phone.


Motorola Moto G7 Power offers a range of basic wireless connectivity systems, leading the way with the LTE Cat6 and Wi-Fi b/g/n. But you can't count on 5GHz Wi-Fi and the NFC module to handle the ever-popular smartphone proximity payments. During the tests Motorola was able to catch the range well, and there were no problems with the operation of satellite navigation and Bluetooth connection.

Multimedia

as befits a smartphone with an almost pure Android, the factory installed here are multimedia applications from Google: Photos, Play Music and a simple video player. Motorola has added an FM radio with RDS and the ability to record the programs it listens to.


Motorola Moto G7 Power is equipped with a single speaker that can be used for both phone calls and multimedia playback. The latter can handle quite well, and above all, it is quite loud. In addition, the game is relatively clean, although here and there you can capture minimal distortion.


After connecting relatively good headphones it is even better, and the music is rich in both high tones (the ones dominate a bit, but it also depends on the headphones), as well as very low tones. And it is still loud. The sound quality can be adjusted to some extent to suit your needs using the equalizer, which can be accessed from Play Music settings. Unfortunately, this tool is a bit limited, because it allows you to choose only from a few predefined settings. But it's better than nothing.

Camera

Motorola's photo app is a simple to use tool that comes with virtually everything a photo app should have. We have several photographic and film modes at our disposal, as well as a manual mode, in which we can set the parameters of the taken picture. The most important options are available directly from the main screen divided into three tabs (screenshots below), and if you do not find something here, you can probably find it in the settings.


Moto G7 Power camera


Considering the equipment class, Moto G7 Power takes successful pictures in good lighting conditions. They're detailed, colorful, and uninhibited. They also have an appropriate dynamic range, especially if you use HDR mode, which is set by default to auto start. Pretty good pictures are also taken by the front camera.


The less light there is, the worse the end results are. First of all, because of the increasing noise. Moto G7 Power is definitely not the champion of night-time photography.


Motorola Moto G7 Power can record both FullHD movies at 30 fps or 60 fps. In the first case, we can use quite good electronic image stabilization, but the speed of 60 frames per second is better to avoid, because we will lose a lot of details from the recording. We also have 4K 30 fps video at our disposal, which may be a surprise in case of such a cheap device.

Productivity

Motorola Moto G7 Power is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset, which, combined with 4 GB of RAM, gives the device sufficient performance to run the system interface and installed applications smoothly. In the case of very demanding games, the frame rate may not be high, but even if you notice some small "clips", they do not interfere with normal gameplay.


The tested smartphone was equipped with 64 GB of internal memory, of which about 51 GB is available to the user. This size can be extended by using microSD memory cards, theoretically to 512 GB. We do not have to give up the dual SIM function (separate slot).


Motorola does not lose performance during prolonged high load of components, for example during continuous playing. Also, the phone casing does not get very hot - at most it gets a little warmer.

Power supply

The most important advantage of Motorola Moto G7 Power is its 5000 mAh battery. The results of the benchmarks we use to help us show that the energy stored in the battery should be sufficient for 760 minutes of playing games with resourceful titles. That's almost 13 hours. When working with multimedia applications, with the screen constantly turned on and set at about 200 nits (brightness), this time is extended to almost 15 hours. No other smartphone we've ever tested has achieved this.


With normal, active use of the smartphone, the energy should be sufficient for 2-3 days of operation. If we are economical, we can extend this time even twice. We can use the power-saving mode to help you save energy, which will increase your Moto G7 Power uptime even further.


The smartphone comes with a TurboPower charger (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1,5A), which allows you to fill an empty Motorola battery in almost 150 minutes. The 50% level during testing was reached after about 50 minutes and 90% after 100 minutes.

Summary

Motorola Moto G7 Power is a smartphone that is all about battery and long battery life. In these respects, the tested model is hard to beat. He would probably lose with an 18,000 mAh battery-powered Energizer device, but that one is more like a brick than a phone. Competitive models at a similar price (less than 900 PLN) may be able to do more, but they will not withstand as much battery charge as Motorola's product.


G7 Power also has a pretty good camera that takes good pictures in good lighting conditions and can record 4K video. He doesn't do very well at night, but there's no tragedy here either. Plus, long-time mobile enthusiasts don't have to give up listening to music or watching movies - and Motorola's tested Motorola is also the right choice. Many people will also appreciate the advantages of pure Android 9.0 Pie, to which the manufacturer has added some of its own applications.

Final evaluation:

Defects:


▪ Slippery housing, difficult to keep clean,


▪ No NFC or 5GHz Wi-Fi.


Advantages:


▪ Splash-proof housing,


▪ Separate slots for two nanoSIM and microSD cards,


▪ A well-functioning fingerprint reader,


▪ Almost pure Android 9.0 Pie right out of the box,


▪ Good quality photos taken during the day,


▪ 4K movies,


▪ Capacious and powerful battery.

 

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