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Moto G7 vs. Moto G7 Power vs. Moto G7 Play

The Moto G line ruled the budget roost for several years, but companies like Nokia have been muscling into that territory with some very tempting and eminently affordable Android phones. Back in 2019, Motorola sought to win the market back with a G series reshuffle that brought us the Moto G7, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7 Play.

You may be wondering what sets these phones apart from one another. There are some important differences, so we’ve pitted them against one another here and picked winners in various categories to help you decide which would suit you best. Get your Moto running, because it’s time for a G series showdown.


Moto G7 Moto G7 Power Moto G7 Play
Size 157 x 75.3 x 8 mm (6.18 x 2.96 x 0.31 inches) 159.43 x 76 x 9.3 mm (6.27 x 2.99 x 0.36 inches) 148.71 x 71.5 x 8.19 mm (5.85 x 2.81 x 0.32 inches)
Weight 172 grams (6.06 ounces) 198 grams (6.98 ounces)  151 grams (5.32 ounces)
Screen size 6.2 inches 6.2 inches  5.7 inches
Screen resolution 2,270 x 1,080 pixels (403 pixels-per-inch) 1,520 x 720 pixels (271 ppi)  1,512 x 720 pixels (294 ppi)
Operating system Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Storage space 64GB 32GB 32GB
MicroSD card slot Yes Yes Yes
Tap-to-pay services (NFC) No No No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
Camera Dual 12-megapixel and 5MP depth sensor rear, 8MP front 12-megapixel rear, 8MP front 13-megapixel rear, 8MP front
Video Up to 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps Up to 1080p at 30fps Up to 1080p at 30fps
Bluetooth version Version 4.2 LE Version 4.2 LE Version 4.2 LE
Ports USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes Yes
Water resistance Water-repellent coating Water-repellent coating Water-repellent coating
Battery 3,000mAh 5,000mAh 3,000mAh
App marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support All major carriers All major carriers All major carriers
Colors Ceramic Black, Clear White Marine Blue Starry Black, Deep Indigo
Price $299 $249 $199
Buy from Motorola, Walmart B&H Photo, Amazon Motorola
Review score 4 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

Performance, battery life, and charging

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Whichever Moto G7 you pick, you’re going to find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 632 processor inside. It offers solid performance and is capable of running most apps and games without a hitch. The Moto G7 is the most capable multitasker with 4GB of RAM inside, compared to 3GB in the Power, and just 2GB in the Play. If you like to have a lot of apps and games running, or you don’t like to wait, then you’ll find the extra RAM makes for a smoother and snappier experience. The G7 also has double the internal storage of its siblings with 64GB to their 32GB, although all three have MicroSD card slots for storage expansion.

The G7 and G7 Play both have 3,000mAh batteries inside, but the Play definitely has more stamina, lasting an extra hour in our battery test, probably because the larger, higher-resolution screen of the G7 requires more power. The clear winner in the battery department is the appropriately-named G7 Power, which is packing a 5,000mAh battery. That’s enough power to see you through two days between charges. Speaking of charging, the G7 boasts TurboPower support at 15W, which will give you 9 hours of use from 15 minutes of charging. The G7 Power also supports 15W TurboPower, but the G7 Play charging maxes out at 10W, so it takes two hours to recharge from empty to full.

This is a tricky category to call, though we can easily relegate the G7 Play to last place because of its limited RAM and slower charging. If battery life is a key consideration for you, then the G7 Power is the one to pick, but we’d opt for the extra RAM and storage of the G7.

Winner: Moto G7

Design and durability

We can see popular design trends filtering down to the budget segment with the G series. The Moto G7 has a teardrop notch in the display, while the G7 Power and G7 Play both sport notches. All three have bezels at the bottom of the front. The G7 is clearly the headliner here, with a curved Gorilla Glass 3 back. All three have a fingerprint sensor housed in the M logo, beneath that signature round camera module on the back. The G7 Power is thicker and has plastic with polymer glass on the back. The G7 Play has a more clearly plastic, textured finish on the back that aids grip, and is the smallest and lightest of the bunch by quite a bit.

Most phones have some level of water resistance now, and while the G series lack IP ratings, they do all have a water-repellent coating from P2i. You won’t want to submerge them, but rain and spills are likely nothing to worry about. The G7 may be a little more prone to damage with that glass back, but there really isn’t much to divide them in terms of durability.

Winner: Moto G7


Moto G7, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7 Play
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The G7 and G7 Power have 6.2-inch displays compared to the 5.7-inch display in the G7 Play. They are all LCD screens, but two things elevate the Moto G7’s screen above its siblings: It sports a much higher 2,270 x 1,080-pixel resolution and it has a teardrop notch. The G7 Play and Power both have larger notches at the top of the screen and relatively low resolutions. That means everything is going to look better on the G7. In terms of pixels per inch, the G7 is 403, compared to 271 for the Power and 294 for the Play.

Winner: Moto G7


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Here’s another clear win for the Moto G7, which boasts a dual-lens main camera that pairs a 12-megapixel sensor featuring an f/1.8 aperture with a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for depth, enabling you to capture great bokeh shots with the subject in sharp relief and the background blurred. The G7 Power has a single 12-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and the Play has a single 13-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. Bigger apertures, signified by lower numbers, let in more light, so the G7 camera performs noticeably better in low-light situations, though it’s still not great at dealing with the dark.

The G7 has one exclusive feature over the other two — Auto Smile Capture, which snaps a photo as soon as a smile is detected. But the really enticing advantage is the portrait mode powered by that dual-lens camera. It can capture some pleasing shots of people, whereas portrait mode in the G7 Power and G7 Play is disastrous.

All three phones have High-Res Zoom, which enhances the detail in photos after you zoom in digitally. They can also record 4K video, which is rare in budget phones, and there’s the option to create cool, time-lapse-style videos or record in slow motion.

Each G7 variant is packing the same 8-megapixel front-facing camera, which is perfectly adequate for selfies and video calls.

Winner: Moto G7

Software and updates

Key settings to change on your Moto G7
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All three of these phones support Android 10, but Motorola’s Android 11 update plans indicate that none of them will receive the latest OS, unfortunately. This reduces the longevity of the three phones, although Android 10 remains a great OS, so you’ll still get good use out of them. You’ll also find the usual array of Motorola’s gesture shortcuts, including one-button navigation and chop twice for flashlight. There are a few other tricks, including the option to keep the display on if you’re looking at it. Only the Moto G7 has Moto Voice for hands-free operation of your phone while driving.

The amount and type of bloatware you’ll find will likely depend on where you buy. The Moto G range has traditionally been relatively bloatware-free, but Outlook crept in as the default email app last year, and if you buy from a carrier, they’ll likely load a bunch of apps on there that you don’t want. The software experience is identical with the exception of Moto Voice, so it’s a very narrow win for the G7.

Winner: Moto G7

Special features

Budget phones are typically light on special features and extras, and that’s certainly the case here. The dual-lens camera in the G7 stands out as the biggest difference, but the extra stamina of the G7 Power should certainly tempt some people. It outperformed every other phone we’ve tested in the battery test, streaming video from YouTube for almost 14 hours, compared to 9 hours 21 minutes for the G7 Play and 8 hours 27 minutes for the G7. Other than its more compact size, there isn’t anything special about the G7 Play.

Winners: Moto G7 Power

Price and availability

We’re not surprised the Moto G7 is the most expensive of the bunch at $299, although we’ve recently seen that Motorola has reduced this to $199. The Moto G7 Power was officially sold at $249, although it has now been discontinued by Motorola (in favor of the Moto G7 Plus, now at $119). Meanwhile, the Moto G7 Play launched at $199 but has been discounted to $130. You can buy them unlocked direct from Motorola (apart from the G7 Power) or from retailers like Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon. You’ll also find the G7 at Google Fi, Republic Wireless, and Ting.

This triad will operate quite nicely with all the major providers, but we’d recommend buying the unlocked versions to restrain bloatware to a minimum.

Overall winner: Moto G7

This is one of the most well-defined, straightforward comparisons we’ve ever had the privilege of doing. The Moto G7 is undoubtedly the most attractive out of the three; it possesses extra RAM and storage space, has a clearer display, and a superior camera, but the downside is it’s also more costly. The only domain where it’s defeated is battery life, which is clearly the G7 Power’s specialty. If you are easily irritated when you’re always running out of battery, then the G7 Power is the choice for you. If you’re working with a smaller budget, then the G7 Play will give you the best blend of performance, battery lifespan, and camera quality for your capital. Keep in mind that it’s $100 lower than the G7.

If you’re okay with stretching your budget a bit, then we feel the Moto G7 is the most suitable option. Granted, the other two have their appeal and will accommodate some people better.

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