The Motorola Moto g7 Plus is the last heir of the Moto G range, or rather the smartphones that have made the history of world telephone, starting in 2013. The first Moto G is remembered as one of the most iconic models ever developed, as started a new era, that of mid-range smartphones. Seven generations later, will the Moto g7 Plus manage to maintain this tradition? Find out by reading our review dedicated to this product.
Packaging and Contents
The Motorola Moto G7 Plus is sold in a green box, where in the foreground stands the logo with the wings of the well-known American brand, for some years passed in the hands of the Chinese brand Lenovo. inside the box we find a classic equipment for mid-range devices. In addition to the smartphone, there is the 27W TurboPowerTM wall power supply, a USB-Type C cable, the pin for removing the sim cart and a soft silicone protective cover.
Design and ergonomics
The Motorola Moto g7 Plus is the flagship model of the G series, but from a construction point of view it does not differ significantly from the Moto g6 Plus last season. Its back is made of Gorilla Glass 3 glass curved towards the edges, which is appreciated by both touch and sight, thanks to the special effects that light can generate on the back cover, enhanced by the brilliant Viva Red color. A large porthole encloses the two rear cameras, while just below is the fast fingerprint reader, depicting the Motorola symbol inside.
The edges, although they are made of plastic, are still of good quality. The front part, also in Gorilla Glass 3, centrally contains a noticeable drop-shaped notch, inside which the front camera is enclosed. In the lower part above the edge, the writing with the Motorola brand stands out. From the point of view of ergonomics, the smartphone is balanced and well balanced, it holds well in hand and despite the rear glass is not even too slippery.
The Motorola Moto g7 Plus with its price of 299 dollars, is positioned in the mid-range market segment, although it has interesting technical features. The smartphone mounts the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor to manage the main operations, while the Adreno 509 GPU is dedicated to 3D graphics and games. The available memory cuts are 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, expandable via MicroSD up to 512 GB. It should also be noted that the smartphone is an effective 4G dual sim, as the MicroSD has its own dedicated slot, without having to give up anything.
The device has Dual band WiFi, USB Type C 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, FM Radio, and the audio jack for headphones is not missing either. The audio sector performs very well, with a very good overall quality and Dolby Audio smart support that allows you to set up presets dedicated to music and cinema. The audio is reproduced in stereo mode, thanks to the case placed in the background, assisted by the ear capsule.
The Motorola Moto g7 Plus is equipped with a large 6.2-inch display, in Full HD + resolution (2270 × 1080 pixels), with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The dimensions of the frames are quite optimized; thanks to the presence of a large drop-shaped notch, that overall is not very invasive in daily use. The display technology is IPS and unfortunately does not represent the best of what can be found on the market. Although the colors are well calibrated and the viewing angles are quite good, the maximum brightness is definitely low.
During the outdoor tests, you notice that the screen is not very visible in direct sunlight, even setting the brightness level to 100%. The display has a fairly good oleophobicity, the fingerprints are noticeable even if you are not forced to clean it continuously. From the software point of view, there are options for managing the programmable reading mode and colors. Moreover, through the Moto Action system, we will be able to receive and interact with notifications when the screen is off.
Photo and video
The main camera of Moto g7 consists of a double sensor with optical stabilization. The main sensor is 16 MP with f / 1.7 aperture, while the secondary 5 MP sensor with f2.2 aperture helps us in portraits.
The front camera is optimized for selfies and has a 12 MP sensor. The camera software includes several shooting modes, including Portrait, Chad, sample color, CINEMAGRAPH, Panorama and filter live. It is possible to take photos in automatic or always active HDR, or use the manual mode, which will allow us to decide independently the parameters to be set. There are also some modes for videos including, Slow Motion, Time-lapse, YouTube and AR Stickers.
The software does not miss anything, including Google Lens, which allows us to recognize the objects framed by the smartphone camera. The photos taken during the day, in conditions of good ambient light, are definitely good, distinguished by light and vivid colors, well detailed. Moreover, with the use of HDR the improvements of the shots are even more evident. Fine focusing is also always fast and very precise .During the evening and in any case in low light situations, the performance of the camera unfortunately decreases significantly.
Photos taken in low light definitely lose in detail and quality. The focus is no longer so precise and presents noise. Furthermore, the lack of a night mode is not adequately compensated for by optical stabilization. The front camera for selfies is average, even in this case we will have discrete shots in conditions of good brightness and poorer in low light.
As for the videos, it should be noted that both cameras are able to record in 4K at 30 fps and 60 fps in Full HD resolution. Unfortunately, videos in 4K cannot use optical stabilization like photos. The final rendering is however discreet, with a precise focus and good image quality.
The Motorola Moto g7 Plus, compared to the predecessor G6, makes a slight upgrade from the point of view of the CPU, going from the Snapdragon 630 to the model 636. Too bad, because Motorola could have dared more, perhaps by installing a more recent 660, already present on others devices like the Redmi Note 7 smartphone.
The rest of the hardware consists of 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, expandable via micro SD. The hardware configuration of the phone is managed by Android Pie stock, which makes the device fluid and very pleasant to use. The personalization of Motorola, through the Moto Actions, improve the general use adding value for a smartphone already very valid in itself. The functionalities are many but we cannot but mention a few: Moto Display, which serves to activate the notifications on screen off and Moto Actions, which through simple gestures, activates the torch shaking the smartphone or the camera by quickly rotating the arm.
Messaging applications such as WhatsApp, Telegram and social apps like Facebook and Instagram run well, without lag or various impediments. Google Maps instead gave me some problems in walking navigation, where the end-use experience was not as satisfying as with other smartphones. From the performance point of view, even our reference games Asphalt and RealRacing are discreetly performed, with a good multimedia experience, thanks to the presence of the stereo sound mode. The telephone part is very good; the signal is clean and clear during conversations, both in capsule and in hands-free use.
The Motorola Moto g7 Plus has a 3000 mAh battery, not particularly large, but useful to reach abundantly in the evening with a single charge. During our tests, the screen was turned on for over four hours with a predominantly 4G connection.
We cannot exclude that with a 4G / WIFI mixed use the battery life may undergo significant changes. The Moto g7 Plus supports fast charging, and in the sales package there is a 27W turbocharger charger, able to charge the smartphone from 0 to 100% in about 1 hour.
The Motorola Moto g7 Plus is sold in two blue and red colors at an official price of 299 dollars. Of course, it is possible to buy it online at the most advantageous figures thanks to the street price. Lenovo has managed to maintain the quality that has always characterized the G series in this product, creating a smartphone that is valid for a wide range of users, easy to use and improved thanks to Motorola software implementations.
Ultimately, we talked about a device that is beautiful to look at, concrete and with a very affordable price. Too bad only for the not excellent quality of the screen and some limitations of the CPU, the only real deficiencies of a device almost perfect.
OS: Android 9 Pie
Processor: Snapdragon 636 1.8 GHz octa-core CPU
Memory: 4 + 64 GB microSD up to 512 GB
Display: 6.24″ LTPS IPS (19:9) 2270 × 1080 pixels
Cameras Rear: 16 MP – f / 1.7 – 5 MP f / 2.2 – Full HD video up to 120 fps
Front Camera: 12 MP f / 2.2
Specifications: 4G LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps), Wi-Fi ac 2.4-5GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, Dual SIM (Nano), Fingerprint Sensor
Ports: USB Type-C
Battery: 3000 mAh with 27W fast charge
Dimensions: 157 x 75.3 x 8.3 mm
Weight: 176 grams
Insights: Motorola Official Website