Moto G7 review: A budget phone doesn't get better than this
Hey, it is easy to be lured by flagship phones, like the iPhone 10s, the Galaxy S10 and the Pixel 3. Each one has cutting edge design, a bounty of features, But they also come with a hefty price.
For example, the Pixel 3 starts out at $800, the Galaxy S10 $900, and the iPhone X starts out at a $1000.
A $1000, that's a lot of money.
Okay, hey, Apple and Samsung do have more value oriented flagships like the Galaxy S10E and the iPhone 10r, but those are still $750.
That is why it is undoubtedly impressive that the Moto G7 only costs $300.
$300, it offers the best balance of price, design, and features pretty much of any phone you can get today.
At $300, the Moto G7 costs $50 more than last year's Moto G6.
And yes, that is a significant price increase.
But I kinda think it's worth it for the improvements you get.
And not to mention, this phone will be discounted.
In fact, there's a couple websites now that offer some discounts on the Moto G7.
When I first saw the Moto G7, I was taken by its dapper design.
There's a modern, sleek vibe to it all.
Now, where this differs from the Moto G6 is kind of two main areas.
One is, you have this dewdrop notch in the top here.
And on the back, there's the fingerprint reader, which is peppy and fast.
Also, I kinda like how Motorola put their logo in there, I think it's pretty cute.
So, there is Gorilla Glass three on the front and back of this phone and it makes this thing look premium.
But this phone deserves an award for the phone that is easiest to smudge cuz this thing right now looks like it came out of an episode of CSI.
Or Law and Order, or NCIS.
You get the idea.
Chicago PD, **** Wolf, Connie Chung, Crime Scene, get it.
Yeah, let's move on.
Okay, overall, the design of the Moto G7 is quite appealing.
Aside from the Motorola name here on the bottom, that's kind of an obvious touch.
But they did add IP54 water [UNKNOWN] so that's good.
Now you can't submerge this phone under water, but you can get a little spritz on it, so better than nothing.
The Moto G7 also has a headphone jack and USBC port There's a single speaker on the bottom, weak, was serviceable but sounded sometimes tiny.
There are dual rear cameras at 12 megapixel main camera and a five megapixel depth camera.
The 6.2 inch screen seems gigantic compared to the 5.7 inch screen on the Moto G6.
[LAUGH] What is bonkers is that Motorola was able to add so much more screen real estate without making the body much bigger.
The display has nice contrast and looks good in most situations.
It definitely won't wow you when you compare it to screens on midrange or premium phones.
the corners on the screen are much more pronounced than the tiny ones on the Moto G6.
And while most apps adapt to them, sometimes, like when I played PUBG, the game would fill the bottom two corners of the display, but have a black bar across the top.
It's a little odd, and if you're sensitive about such things, it will drive you nuts.
The Moto G7 runs Android 9 pie with light customizations.
Overall, the experience is simple and straightforward and that's what makes the Moto G7 so appealing.
That and, well, all the cool shortcuts Motorola adds to the phone.
Twist your wrist twice to open the camera, which is my favorite way to open a camera on any phone.
You lay the phone face down to trigger do not disturb mode.
There's one button nav which adds a small bar at the bottom of the screen that you can tap, hold, or swipe to trigger different [UNKNOWN].
There's also an always on screen.
You just hover your hand over the screen to see the time.
The combo here is not going to compete with the likes of the Pixel 3, or the iPhone XS, or even something like the OnePlus 6T.
The Moto G7's camera experience is basically a C-, and that is not a knock.
For $300 I get portrait mode, slow motion video, and In 4k video, and the photo image quality is decent?
That's pretty impressive.
Portrait mode has a nice realistic looking background blur.
Though shots can feel a bit soft, photos taken in low light appear very painterly with all the noise correction the Moto G7 applies.
If you're big and using your phone as your video?
The G7 might not be for you.
In good light videos looked okay, but suffered from a limited dynamic range.
if you wanna record a fun moment with friends or something adorable your child does.
Because this phone is more than capable.
But, here is an interesting wrinkle.
If you're savvy enough to load the Google camera APK, also known as gcam which is essentially the camera app on the Pixel 3 You will be rewarded.
<< The results are eye opening.
Photos taken with a Google camera app on the Moto G7 have more detail, dynamic range, and better color.
They still are not as good as the pixel three but using this app takes the Moto G7 camera from C- To a solid B.
The selfie camera is good.
It has a fun auto smile setting, where it wont take the photo until everyone in the frame smiles, up to five people.
There is also a portrait mode on the selfie camera, and it yeilded decent results.
The Snapdragon 632 Processor makes the Moto G7 much faster than the Moto G6.
In everyday use I never notice any lags or animation stutters or Having problems opening, it just worked.
I played a few games and Moto G 7 including Altos Odyssey and Pub G, and low quality mode.
I was impressed with how well the phone handled the graphics and Altos Odyssey and the fact that after playing about an hour's worth of Pub, G That the phone was barely warm.
The Moto G7 battery lasted three hours longer than the Moto G6 did in our tests.
Even though it doesn't have wireless charging, the Moto G7 has turbo charging.
At the end of the day, the Motorola Moto G7 has a slick design Decent dual cameras, excellent battery life, and runs in near stock version of Android 9 pie all of which make this budget phone, worth every penny.