Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel
As a smartphone user, you’re never going to be happy with what the competition has to offer. While some might have a preference for one company’s device over another, a true fan of a brand will find a way to be content with the device they have, regardless of the competition. In the case of the Moto G7 Power, this is exactly the case. The Moto G7 Power is the best phone in the $250 range, but not by much.
Unlike the Moto G7 Play, which only focuses on battery life, the G7 Power has a lot to offer. It’s a powerful phone with a unique display, as well as an impressive camera and a solid battery. The Motorola G7 Power is the best value for money smartphone in the market right now, and it’s a smartphone for all-around use.
Read our full Moto G7 Power review to find out more about what it has to offer.
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|
|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
In its latest G-series smartphones, Motorola has added a notch. In contrast to the regular Moto G7, with its teardrop design, the G7 Power has a more conventional notch, with the earpiece and selfie camera at the front and center, similar to an iPhone.
This look is hardly original, but that’s the only problem. The Motorola G7 Power has a notch like the ones increasingly appearing on phones. Adding the G7 Power’s awkward design to its noticeable bottom bezel and glossy plastic body, you’re left with a device that blurs the line between budget and midrange.
Additionally, the G7 Power’s 6.2-inch display and slightly thicker frame make it difficult to transport its beefy 5,000-mAh battery. You can still use old-fashioned headphones up top since the device has a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.
However, Motorola has not added true IP-rated water resistance or near-field communication to any of the G7 devices, so even at this low price, it feels a bit dated.
Moto G7 Power: Display
As a result, the Moto G7 Power is equipped with a slightly lower-resolution LCD display and has the same dimensions as the Moto G7. Normally, this wouldn’t be a major issue for such an inexpensive handset, but since the G7 Power’s screen is identical to that of the G7, those missing pixels prove to be very noticeable rather quickly.
There are about 279 pixels per inch on this $249/£180 variant, which translates to 1570 x 720. In terms of energy efficiency, that’s great, but not so great for on-screen content. There’s no getting around the fact that text and icons look a little jagged on the G7 Power, though the farther you hold it away from your eyes, the less noticeable it is.
Although Motorola stretched those pixels a bit wider than we’d like, the G7 Power’s color reproduction and brightness weren’t too shabby either. With a Delta-E accuracy score of 0.35, the device covered 123 percent of the sRGB color space.These are respectable results for a smartphone with an LCD display. They are, in fact, almost as good as the Moto G7, with their ratings of 135 percent and 0.34 percent, respectively. (For Delta-E, higher numbers indicate better performance.)
On the other hand, the G7 Power’s brightness really impressed me. With a maximum brightness of 558 nits, this member of Motorola’s midrange family totally outshines the more expensive G7, which has a maximum brightness of 445 nits. The additional light coming from the display makes a huge difference on a sunny day when dimmer screens make it hard to read text. When such scenarios arise, we definitely prefer the Power to its siblings.
In truth, if you can see past the lack of resolution, this is still a display you’d be happy to watch anything on. The G7 Power’s color profile was set to Saturated to really bring out those juicy comic book hues in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. 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, those colors remained consistent.
Moto G7 Power: Cameras
There is a 12-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.0 on the back of the G7 Power. In practice, the G7 Power produces images that are almost identical to the f/1.8, 12-MP sensor in the regular G7. The camera phone is actually the best one we have tested in the sub-$300 budget segment.
The G7 Power does not offer a secondary 5-megapixel camera for depth-of-field effects, however. However, this isn’t a huge problem either, as the Moto G7’s shallow depth-of-field portraits and bokeh aren’t all that impressive either, as is the case with many other budget phones that have dual lenses.
As a result, I was reasonably satisfied with the G7 Power’s performance compared with its more expensive sibling. The shot of buildings hovering over Bryant Park in New York City looks nearly the same on both G7 models, even though the standard G7 costs $50 more.
In Bryant Park, the G7 Power performs well and compares favorably to one of our favorite camera phones for the price, the Nokia 7.1. As with other Motorola handsets of the past, the G7 Power is a bit overzealous with saturation; Bryant Park’s famous fountain isn’t as red as it appears on the phone. As a result, there really aren’t any significant differences between the photos of these phones, even though the Nokia 7.1 costs $100 more than the Motorola.
The G7 Power isn’t very good at portraits or bokeh, however. Due to the device’s one rear-facing lens, software must be used to blur the background, not optics.
Software-based bokeh is possible on some high-end devices, including the Pixel 3 and iPhone XR, without a noticeable loss of quality. Motorola’s computational photography isn’t quite up to that level, which produces unwelcome artifacts and inconsistent blurring. In addition, Nokia’s handset does an excellent job of capturing Shaun’s facial features and skin tone.
Additionally, the G7 Power’s 8-megapixel front-facing camera is pretty much the same as the one in the G7. Sadly, it’s not a particularly good shooter for selfies, as its shots are often noisy and blurry enough that they always seem slightly out of focus. The Nokia 7.1’s impressive dynamic range, more accurate white balance, and superior sharpness make it the clear winner here.
Moto G7 Power: Performance
In the G7 Power, the Snapdragon 632 system-on-chip and 3GB of RAM are sufficient for normal tasks such as web browsing, navigation, and social media. However, it’s not a gaming phone.
I found that the G7 Power couldn’t handle PUBG Mobile. Although I set the battle-royale shooter’s graphics settings to the lowest level and set the frame rate to prioritize smoothness over visual fidelity, the experience was still jerky, making it hard to pick off enemy combatants.
Although it ran at remarkably low settings, F1 Mobile Racing was much more consistent. It looked worse than a PlayStation 2 game because of the low resolution and sparse scenery and lighting.
It’s the Adreno 506 GPU in the phone that’s at fault. It is unable to keep up with modern contemporaries in phones such as the Nokia 7.1.The G7 Power showed its limits during 3DMark’s Ice Storm Unlimited graphical benchmark, where it only managed to manage 14,802. Nokia’s budget phones manage to manage even higher scores on this test.
The G7 Power performed better on Geekbench 4’s overall system performance test. The inexpensive phone scored 4,485, about 400 points behind the Moto G7’s mark and about 500 points behind the pricier, more powerful Nokia 7.1’s Snapdragon 636.
Moto G7 Power: Battery Life
At this point, the G7 Power probably seems like a perfectly serviceable, if uninspiring, budget phone. That conclusion would be mostly accurate; in fact, it’s the same as our impression of the regular G7.
The G7 Power, however, does have one ace up its sleeve
–one that none of the other Moto models have-its 5,000mAh battery. With this battery, we were able to stream endless web pages with no interruptions over T-Mobile’s LTE network for 15 hours and 35 minutes. The Moto G7 Power is the longest-lasting phone we’ve tested in the last two years thanks to its long runtime.
For those keeping track, that’s 7 hours longer than the 8 hours and 50 minutes we got from the G7 Power and more than twice as long as the Nokia 7.1, which costs $100 more than the G7 Power. It’s that endurance that makes the G7 Power stand out from the competition, especially in an age when it seems like phones are lasting less and less time on a charge.
You should buy the G7 Power primarily for its battery life. With regard to the amount of time, it takes to charge that battery again, the same cannot be said. In spite of Motorola’s included TurboPower USB Type-C adapter, the G7 Power only reached 29 percent capacity after 30 minutes of being plugged in.
Motorola has consistently provided its handsets with quality, pure Android experience, and the G7 Power is no exception.
Over its lifespan, the G7 Power will receive one major update to Android Q, but ships with Android 9 Pie. Moto hasn’t changed Google’s stock software experience, but it has added a number of extra features and shortcuts to the G7 Power via the Moto app.
In the Motorola app, you’ll find options like gesture controls, old favorites like chopping to trigger the flashlight and twisting to launch the camera, and the always-on Moto Display, which elegantly displays notifications and alerts even when the phone is in a low-power sleep state. The Motorola Display was among the first always-on interfaces on a smartphone, and even though it hasn’t changed in years, it’s still just as convenient and useful today.
Advantages and Disadvantages
|It works on all networks.||Low-res display|
|Quality software||Not great for gaming.|
|Solid performance||Bland design|
|incredible battery life.|
There is nothing flashy about the G7 Power. This is a decent option for a cheap phone 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.
It’s fine at $249 or £180. It stands out, however, primarily because of its battery life. The phone’s key selling point is one that shouldn’t be overlooked. For $50 less, the G7 Power offers an almost identical alternative to the $299/£240 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 go with the G7 Power. I think it’s worth it to have a phone that lasts forever. If you have the money to spend, the Nokia 7.1 offers a better camera and a more premium design, but those primarily concerned about battery life and looking for a device under $300 should consider the G7 Power.