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Moto G7: Cheap never looked so good

A $300 phone that looks like a premium phone.

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Patrick Holland

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The Motorola Moto G7 has a slick contemporary design, decent dual rear cameras, a long battery life and a near-stock version of Android 9 Pie, making it worth every penny of its $300 cost.

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There's Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back. The fingerprint reader has been moved from below the screen to the back under the cameras. Its position is easy to find and use.

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There's a tiny Motorola logo on the fingerprint reader, which is a cute touch.

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There are two colors: black and white.

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The Moto G7 notoriously collects fingerprint smudges. It picks them up as much as any phone I've tested.

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Motorola crammed the Moto G7's 6.2-inch display into a similarly sized body as last year's Moto G6.

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A dewdrop notch helps bring the screen closer to the edges which have bezels thinner than those on the iPhone XR.

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There are dual rear cameras (a 12-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel depth camera).

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The Moto G7 can take 4K video, portrait mode photos and slow-motion video.

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There are a bunch of fun camera modes including portrait mode, time lapse, cinegraphs and color removal.

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The battery lasted 12 hours and 51 minutes in CNET's looped video playback test in Airplane mode. That's a 3 hour improvement over last year's Moto G6.

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It has both a headphone jack and a USB-C port. There's a single speaker on the bottom which is sounds serviceable.

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The left side doesn't have any buttons.

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One less desirable choice was the inclusion of Motorola's name written on the front bottom of the phone.

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I played a few games on the Moto G7 including Alto's Odyssey and PUBG (in low quality mode). I was impressed how well the phone handled the graphics in Alto's Odyssey.

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Aside from the Moto G7, there's the Moto G7 Power In the US. It has a 5,000-mAh battery as opposed to the 3,000-mAh one in the Moto G7. And the Moto G7 Play which is a pared-down Moto G7 that starts at $200.

Check out CNET's in-depth review of the Moto G7.

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