Mini Review: The Motorola Moto G7 Power is a Magnificent Battery Beast


The Moto G7 is a solid budget smartphone
, one lacking many of
the usual budget pitfalls. It has a nice display, great build
quality, speedy performance, and glorious stock Android. It does
have its issues, like poor update support and a weak camera, but

it’s a great buy for $299.99
.

Even better, Motorola’s software additions actually improve
the software experience. Things like Moto Display and the gesture
functions I would use every day and find myself missing when
switching to any other device.


The Moto G7 Power is a slightly cut down version of the G7 with
a massive upgrade: the battery got a boost from 3,000 mAh to a
whopping 5,000 mAh. This is higher than most phones on the market
and paired with fairly low power hardware, resulting in one of the
longest-lasting smartphones we’ve ever tested.

I was easily able to get two days of battery life on every
single charge, sometimes venturing into most of a third day without
topping up. This is with heavy use, including navigation with
Google Maps and countless hours on Reddit.

This is in contrast to the standard G7, which would rarely last
a full day with moderate use. The battery wasn’t that small, and
none of the hardware was particularly inefficient, but the phone
never lasted all that long and often required a mid day charge up
to last. Yet somehow, the battery life on the G7 Power is simply
incredible. Just for this reason, this device is an awesome
choice.

However, being even cheaper than the G7 and with a bigger
battery, corners were cut to get to the
$249.99 price point
. You still retain the same Snapdragon 632
processor and 4GB of RAM, which means this phone is snappy and
smooth. You get the same 64GB of storage. Unfortunately, US
customers do get a 3GB/32GB variant, while Europe gets the better
4GB/64GB model. The display was also downgraded to 720p (which is
quite noticeable), with the addition of a massive notch up top.

The depth camera was cut as well, so you don’t get a portrait
mode (though the main 12MP unit seems to be the same, and it’s
not that bad). You also lose Moto Display’s “wave” feature.
You can’t wave your hand over the display to get it to light up,
as the device is missing the dedicated sensor for this feature.

The good news is that the phone does keep the headphone jack and
microSD slot, as well as the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that
works better than any in-display unit on even the newest high-end
smartphones. And of course, you get the same stock Android 9.0 Pie
experience as the G7.


Otherwise you get the same experience as the Moto G7.
Read our review for the full experience!
This also includes the
strange slow WiFi issue. But with the G7 Power, you get a thick,
solid-feeling phone that will last you many days with normal use.
The battery life is truly something to behold, even if you’re not
a fan of budget phones. If you can handle a 720p display and a
mediocre camera,
you should grab one of these
. Even if it’s just a backup.


Moto G7 Power
Rating:
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(4 / 5)
The Good

  • Great build quality
  • Incredible battery life
  • Snappy performance
  • Stock Android is always a blessing
  • Moto additions are special
  • Fingerprint reader is where it belongs
  • Headphone jack
  • Water protection via nanocoating
The Bad

  • Camera is mediocre
  • Screen is low resolution at 720p
  • Issues charging with aftermarket chargers
  • Poor network speeds
  • Chunky bezels and massive notch

Source: FS – Phones
Mini Review: The Motorola Moto G7 Power is a Magnificent Battery Beast