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|
|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|
|Water resistance||Water-repellent coating||Water-repellent coating||Water-repellent coating|
|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|
|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
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
Design and durability
We can see popular design trends filtering down to the budget segment with the G series. The
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.
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
Here’s another clear win for the
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
Each G7 variant is packing the same 8-megapixel front-facing camera, which is perfectly adequate for selfies and video calls.
Software and updates
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
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.
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.
Price and availability
We’re not surprised the
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
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