Hey guys, welcome back. So the Moto G7 Plus is one of the phones in the G-Series. This is the mid-range phone that Motorola has brought to replace last year’s G6 Plus.
As more phones keep on getting released, the competition is clearly very high. These phones all come with features that are supposed to improve usage in various aspects (while fighting to earn that cash), and it’s getting hard to choose one.
The G7 Plus has its pros and cons and if you’re looking to get the phone and just want to know a few things before deciding? Well, take some time to read this review and see for yourself.
Hey guys, my name is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I will be reviewing the Motorola Moto G7 Plus.
With that out of the way, let’s get to it.
- Android 9.0 (Pie)
- 6.2 inch 1080 x 2270 LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 CPU
- Adreno 509 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB Internal Storage
- 12MP Front Camera
- 16MP + 5MP Rear Camera
- 3000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
The G7 Plus has a pretty decent design for a 2019 phone, the front and back are both made out of Gorilla Glass 3.
This is good, depending on how huge your pocket is, you can have a bunch of stuff in there with the phone without thinking so much about getting the phone entirely scratched.
Gorilla Glass is also known to be durable, occasional drops from short heights won’t leave you panicking about damaging your screen.
What you have to watch out for anyway is that this phone is a huge fingerprint magnet, you will always have to wipe it every once in a while to get them fingerprints off.
You can get the phone in two color models which are Deep Indigo and Viva Red. The Deep Indigo model may sometimes appear black, but that just depends on how light hits it.
The way the sides on the back curve on to the plastic frame is quite nice, it gives the phone a comfortable feel when held.
For some extra grip, you should put the phone in a case. One is provided in the box, but you can go for something else if you find the one the phone comes with to be boring.
Although the phone weighs 176g, it doesn’t feel so light when held. There’s just that balance here.
The Moto G7 Plus is built to resist some splash, you can use it on a rainy day without problems, but submerging it in water will definitely ruin the phone.
On the back of the phone, you get the Round Dual Camera bump and a Dual-LED dual-tone flash to brighten up your photos in low light. The bump doesn’t protrude much and doesn’t affect the balance of the phone when it is placed on a flat surface.
Right below the bump is a Fingerprint Scanner, what’s nice about it is the Motorola Logo you see on it.
Turning to the front of the phone, you get to see the Selfie Camera which is housed by a Dewdrop Notch and an Earpiece for calls right above it (the earpiece also acts as a Secondary Speaker).
The Notch also houses some sensors the phone needs for other features. Not a lot happening here on the front besides the screen, which we will be talking about next.
At the top of the phone, you get the SIM card and MicroSD card slot. With this phone, you don’t have to worry about giving up your SIM 2 slot because the phone has a dedicated slot for your SD cards.
On the right side of the phone, you get the volume and power buttons and finally, at the bottom, you get one of the Stereo speakers, a USB Type-C port and your 3.5mm Headphone Jack. It’s a good thing Motorola decided to keep the Headphone Jack on the G7 Plus.
Besides the Notch and the Fingerprint scanner, you basically get the same design as the G6 Plus from last year. And although the G6 Plus is slightly taller, the G7 Plus has a bigger display. If you need a reason to upgrade from the G6 Plus, well, I guess the display is one reason.
The Moto G7 Plus comes with a 6.2 inch LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, you get some pretty detailed displays here. Overall color accuracy is quite good, sometimes whites appear a bit blueish, but overall, it is not so bad.
For an LCD screen, blacks come out pretty good.
You get a screen resolution of 1080 x 2270 pixels. Full HD displays here with really good viewing angles.
The screen to body ratio on the phone is 81.4%, not that high but still good enough for a mid range phone.
Usage under direct sunlight is very good, the phone gets super bright for that. Usage indoors is quite good as well.
For those that don’t like Notches, sadly, you can’t hide the Notch. However, the Notch automatically hides itself when you’re using some apps, like your Chrome Browser.
When it gets to video watching, the Notch doesn’t get covered, this is to give you a Full Display, and really, the Notch isn’t really intrusive.
You do get to customize the display. You get the chance to saturate, boost, or make colors look natural.
There’s also a Night Light option that filters the screen so you can use the phone at night without it stopping you from falling asleep (that never works for me though, when these eyes are open, filtered screens don’t do shit).
Being a mid range phone, you get a pretty decent screen. It won’t offer you all the best features out there though.
Compared to the G6 Plus, the G7 Plus is better, with a larger screen and slimmer bezels, you will have a better experience with this one.
The cameras on the Moto G7 Plus are one of the best features of the phone.
With the Camera App, by either double tapping the power button (you have to activate this feature first) or doing a double wrist twist, you can quickly launch it so you can capture that moment you want to always remember.
You get manual controls like adjusting the blur effect on Portrait Mode pictures, a “Spot Color” feature which enables you to keep a specific color on every shot while other colors get grayed out.
There’s also a “Cut Out” mode, this allows you to remove the entire background while keeping the subject. You won’t always get perfect results with it but it’s quite fun to play with.
The Camera App is really good, with lots of features and controls.
There are basic options like adjusting exposure, the white balance, panorama etc.
Talking about the actual camera, on the back, you get a 16 Megapixel Main Shooter and a 5 Megapixel Depth Sensor.
In daylight, you get really punchy colors that look natural. When most cameras suffer in capturing a subject behind a really bright background, the Moto G7 plus camera handles this pretty well.
The photos come out detailed, you get to see the bright background while the subject still retains its natural look.
Dynamic range is great, there’s a lot of detail, noise is close to gone and overall, great.
Taking pictures at night is also handled well by the camera. You won’t lose detail and you won’t get all that grainy textures either.
Night shots are almost as good as daylight shots.
When you’re shooting videos with the rear camera, you get the option of shooting 4K videos at 30 frames, although you get Electronic Image Stabilization, it is not really optimized for shooting 4K videos. Videos don’t come out all shaky, but you will notice it a bit.
Recording in 1080p at 30 or 60 frames will give you a really decent, vibrant videos, in both daylight and night-time, you will get good videos on this phone with really good Image Stabilization.
On the front, you get a 12 Megapixel Lens for selfies. The images come out sharp with a lot of detail.
The Portrait Mode is quite good, but the edge detection feature is not as good as the main camera.
Overall, photos taken with the Selfie camera are quite good.
When it comes to shooting videos with the Selfie camera, what’s great about it is that you can also shoot 4K videos as well. Now that is a really impressive feature for a Selfie Camera.
Image Stabilization is not active while shooting 4K videos with the Selfie Camera so it’s best to be very still or use a tripod.
If you’re shooting 1080p videos though, you will have a smooth ride.
The Moto G7 Plus has a really impressive set of cameras for mid ranger. You won’t be disappointed if you are after a phone with a really good camera that will not cost you much.
Features and Performance
Not going to sugarcoat this, you pretty much get close to an average performance on this phone when it comes to handling heavy tasks.
You do get some useful features with the Moto App, and we’re going to look into some of them.
Before that, let’s start with the basics.
You get really decent call clarity on this phone, the audio out of the earpiece is good for that.
While using the 3.5mm Headphone Jack, you will get really good audio quality, it is accurate and loud, the experience is quite impressive, the bass will leave you lost in any kind of music you’re into.
The sound quality from the speaker at the bottom is really good, the earpiece at the top acts as a Secondary speaker and unlike most phones that have the same feature, the Moto G7 Plus handles this well by having a really balanced audio output.
The Fingerprint Scanner is really fast and accurate, you will get it to work 9 out of 10 times. You can also use it for bringing the Notification Panel down by swiping down on the Fingerprint Scanner.
Face Unlock also works well, only problem is you’re getting 2D Face Recognition which isn’t really as safe as 3D and secondly, it doesn’t work well in dark areas.
The phone runs on Stock Android 9.0 (Pie), you will not be getting any form of bloatware here.
With Motorola’s Moto App, you get plenty of features that will improve how you use the phone everyday.
With the Screen Shrinking feature, you will be able to shrink the screen. To do this, you have to open the Moto App, look for “Swipe to Shrink” and enable it.
When you go back to your home screen, make a diagonal swipe from the middle of the screen to either the right or left corner of the screen and you will get a “Shrunk Screen“.
You can also activate “Peak Display“, it is somewhat like the “Always On” display, with it, all you have to do is wave over the Selfie camera, and it will display any kind of Notification you have on the screen.
There’s also the Karate Chop option for starting up the flashlight. This can be fun to do, but should be done with care so you don’t go breaking your screen.
You can do a whole lot of stuff with the Moto App, and if I keep talking about every feature, this post will take me a while to finish up. If you eventually get this phone, go through the Moto App and familiarize yourself with some of its features.
You’ll definitely be pleased.
Outside the Moto App, you do get the Split Screen feature, with it, you can run two apps at the same time.
To activate Split Screen, go to your “Recent Apps” long press on the logo of the first app you want to use, you will get an option to activate “Split Screen”, select it, then look for the second app you want and just tap it.
Gesture Navigation is also supported with the Moto G7 Plus. It’s not like your typical gesture navigation where you swipe up to go “Home”. On this phone, after activating its Gesture Navigation, you will get a single white bar at the bottom of the screen.
Swiping the bar to the right will switch your current app to the previous one, swiping up will show “Recent Apps“, swiping to the left will take you “Back” and finally, tapping the bar will take you “Home“. You can also long press it to activate Voice Assistant, but most of the time, people forget about that.
For handling all sorts of task, the phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Chipset, an Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 CPU and an Adreno 509 GPU.
Apps like Chrome Browser, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram start-up fast enough with no stuttering while being used.
When it comes to gaming though, heavy games have a hard time running smoothly on high graphics settings, you will have to lower the settings on those kind of games to have a smooth gaming experience.
Mid range and low-end games play pretty smooth without lags.
The Moto G7 Plus is not the best phone for gaming, but if you’re an average gamer, you really won’t be bothered because all games run well depending on their settings.
RAM and Internal Storage
With 4G of RAM on the G7 Plus, you should be able to handle running quite a number of apps. I wouldn’t really recommend getting this phone if you’re looking for something to use for a very long time.
4G of RAM may not be able to handle Multitasking easily in a couple of years. Apps and Games are getting advanced, and they are going to need all the RAM they can get to run well.
When it comes to Internal Storage, you’re getting 64GB here, not really impressive. But the good part is that you will be able to expand if you want to.
To do that you can expand with a MicroSD card of up to 512GB without thinking about giving up one of your SIM slots, and that’s a very good thing.
You are getting a 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery on the phone. Overall performance is not very impressive.
Heavy users will have to charge at least once each day. Light users may be able to use the phone for close to 2 days.
Although you are not getting the best battery life, Motorola has been able to cover up for that by giving you Super Turbo charging.
You can charge the phone to 80% in a matter of 30 minutes. That is quite impressive.
To sum it up, you won’t be getting a great battery life but when the battery is low, you will be able to charge it up in no time.
For internet connectivity, you get 4G LTE, 3G, 2G and WiFi support.
You also get USB 2.0 Type-C, Bluetooth V5.0, GPS an FM Radio etc.
Some models have NFC (the Europe models from what I found out).
You can get the phone around $340.
Please note that prices vary from time to time.
Besides the battery and the overall performance, the Moto G7 Plus is a pretty good phone.
You will love the cameras. And the phone has a really nice display, a sleek design and most importantly, a whole lot of features to choose from.
You’re also getting stock Android which means you’re not getting any bloatware, so that’s pretty great.
Well guys, that was my review of the Motorola Moto G7 Plus, let me know what you think about the phone, and if you already own the phone, tell us your experience with it.
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