Editors' note, March 28, 2020:In 2020, Motorola shook up its approach to the Moto G family of budget phones. And if you're pondering whether or not to get a Moto G7, consider that in February, two new budget phones were announced: The Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power.
Technically, the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power aren't direct successors to the 2019 Moto G7. That would be the Moto G8 which is sold in the UK and Europe. We're unlikely to see a version of the Moto G8 in the US and instead will have to choose between the Moto G7, Moto G Stylus or Moto G Power.
As we await the arrival of Motorola's newest phones, the Chicago-based company will give people who buy the Moto G7 a $250 MasterCard gift card. That means you're in essence paying $50 for one of the best budget phones you can buy. Of course there is some fine print: You have to activate the phone on Verizon and keep your number. The offer expires March 31.
The original Motorola Moto G7 review, published on April 3, 2019, follows below.
Read: Hands-on with the Motorola Moto G Stylus and G Power
It's easy to be lured by flagship phones such as the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or Galaxy S20 Ultra. Each has a cutting edge design and bounty of features, but they also come with a hefty price. Even the iPhone 11,Apple's most value-oriented phone, will set you back $699. That's why it's undoubtedly impressive that the Motorola Moto G7 costs only $300. It offers the best balance of design, features and price in pretty much any phone sold today.
The Moto G family of phones have always been filled with necessities and stamped with an attractive price. Over the past two years, the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G6 showed us just how nice a budget phone can be. And this year's Moto G7 continues in the same direction with a similar body to the Moto G6 along with increased the battery life, a faster processor and larger display.
I've used the Moto G7 for the past couple weeks and it's clear this is the best budget phone out there right now.
The Moto G7 costs $50 more than last year's Moto G6 which is a significant increase, but I think all the improvements are worth it. Also, the Moto G7 is already on sale. Google sells it for $149 when you activate the phone on GoogleFi.
A bigger screen inside a slightly larger body
The Moto G7 looks dapper. Much like the G6, the Gorilla Glass 3 front and back give it a slick, modern vibe. But the G7 deserves an award for being so easy to cover in fingerprint smudges. It ranks up there with the OnePlus 6 or Galaxy S9 as far as attracting smudges. Seriously, look out, CSI and Law and Order.
Whereas the Moto G6 had a 5.7-inch display, the G7 is able to cram a 6.2-inch display into a similarly sized body. A dewdrop notch helps bring the screen closer to the edges which have bezels thinner than those on the iPhone XR. The display has nice contrast and looks good in most situations. It definitely won't wow you like screens found 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 to such things it might drive you nuts.
The fingerprint reader has been moved from below the screen to the back. Its position is easy to find and use. The tiny Motorola logo on the fingerprint reader is cute.
Moto G7: Cheap never looked so good
Aside from the Motorola name on the bottom front of the phone, the Moto G7 has an appealing design. It has both a headphone jack and a USB-C port. There's a single speaker on the bottom which serviceably played some Louis Prima in the kitchen while I made dinner, but it often sounded tinny. And the Moto G7 is rated IP54 for dust and water resistance. You can't submerge it, but a little spritz should be fine.
Dual rear cameras, 4K video and slow motion on a $300 phone
There are dual rear cameras (a 12-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel depth camera). They won't compete with the likes of the Pixel 3, iPhone XS or even the more modest OnePlus 6T. But the Moto G7 offers a solid C- camera experience -- and that isn't a knock. The cameras are impressive for $300, especially considering they can shoot 4K video, portrait mode photos and slow-motion video. Overall photos from the G7 have decent image quality. But Motorola seems to follow Samsung's belief that brighter photos are better. This is also in line with the blind camera test Marques Brownlee did in Decemberwhere people overwhelmingly chose brighter photos as the best photos.
HDR mode definitely improved the photos in most situations. But the live view can be frustrating in use because it shows a low-quality preview of the photo that doesn't look like the final HDR picture, which almost always looked better. You have to put a lot of faith in Moto's camera mojo every time you press the shutter. It seems processing might be the culprit here.
Some photos showed signs of moire, a ripple effect that appears on patterns or textures. Photos taken in low light can appear painterly due to all the noise correction the Moto G7 applies.
There are a bunch of fun modes: There's portrait mode, time lapse, cinegraphs and color removal. It also has Google Lens, which displays relevant information about objects, landmarks and animals in photos taken with the camera.
Portrait mode works well on the whole but it occasionally had trouble with edges. Thankfully you can change the focus point and amount of blur after the fact to really make portrait photos pop.
If you're a heavy phone video shooter, the G7 won't be for you. Videos look OK in good light, but they suffer from noise and a limited dynamic range. Videos are oversaturated. But if you want to occasionally record a fun moment with friends or something adorable that your child does, this phone is more than capable.
For more photos and camera features from the Moto G7 take a look at this gallery:
Moto G7: These photos were taken with a $300 phone
But here's an interesting wrinkle. If you're savvy enough to install the Google Camera app (Gcam apk), which is essentially the camera app used on the Pixel 3, you'll be rewarded. The results are eye opening. Photos taken with the Google Camera app on the Moto G7 have more detail, dynamic range and better color. They're still not as good as the Pixel 3, but using this app takes the Moto G7 camera from C- to a solid B for photos.
Take a look at the two photos above of my cat. In the one taken with the native Moto G7 camera app the details in her fur look muddy and over sharpened. In the photo taken with the Google Camera app, her fur has much more detail and dynamic range. There are crops of the photos below.
The selfie camera is OK. There's an auto-smile setting where it won't take a photo until everyone in the frame is smiling -- this also works on the rear cameras, too. The feature worked imperfectly but it did allow me to capture some goofy photos of me and my friends. Selfie photos, particularly people's skin, were often undersaturated. There's also a portrait mode on the front-facing camera that yields decent results.
While I do have criticism about the cameras, keep in mind that this is a $300 phone.
Android 9 Pie and a Snapdragon 632 processor
The Moto G7 runs Android 9 Pie with few customizations, and that's good if you're a fan of stock Android. Overall the experience is simple and straightforward, which makes the Moto G7 so appealing. There are also all the fun shortcuts Motorola adds. Twist your wrist twice to open the camera -- my favorite way to open a camera on any phone. Lay the Moto G7 face down to trigger Do Not Disturb mode. There's One Button Nav, which adds a small bar on the bottom of the screen that you can tap, hold or swipe to trigger different actions. There's an always-on screen where you can hover your hand over the display to see the time.
The Moto G7 supports the Call Screen feature found on Pixel phones, which lets you monitor calls from an unrecognized number via Google's service. A transcript is shown of the conversation in actual time. The idea is to minimize the number of robocalls you get.
The Snapdragon 632 processor makes the Moto G7 much faster than the Moto G6. In everyday use, I didn't notice any lag or stutters in animations or apps opening.
I played a few games on the Moto G7, including Alto's Odyssey and PUBG (in low-quality mode). I was impressed how well the phone handled the graphics in Alto's Odyssey and the fact that after playing about an hour's worth of PUBG the phone was barely warm.
The Moto G7 gives you even more battery life
Probably my biggest complaint about the Moto G6 was its battery life. In our tests, the G6 lasted 9 hours and 51 minutes playing a looped video in Airplane mode. The Moto G7 on the other hand lasted 12 hours and 51 minutes. That's a 3 hour improvement.
The Moto G7 doesn't have wireless charging but can be charged fast via its "Turbopower" charger. The phone took 25 minutes to go from 2% to 48%.
Moto G7 vs. G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus
Aside from the Moto G7 I tested for this review, Motorola also makes three other variations. There's the Moto G7 Plus which isn't sold in the US but adds better rear cameras, optical image stabilization and a faster processor. The Moto G7 Power is all about that battery. It has a 5,000-mAh battery as opposed to the 3,000-mAh one in the Moto G7. And the Moto G7 Play is a paired down Moto G7 that starts at $200.
For an in-depth comparison of the Moto G7 family of phones check out this CNET article.
Google Pixel 2 vs. Moto G7
The Pixel 2 launched in October 2017, but a new one is still available on Amazon for $340. You get the same amount of storage and a better camera but a smaller screen. The Moto G7 looks more modern than the Pixel 2. And the screen and plastic body of the Pixel 2 shows more scratches and wear and tear than the glass body of the Moto G7.
Google's phone doesn't have a headphone jack, but at $340 it's hard to pass up. If taking photos is a priority, I'd go for the Pixel 2. Otherwise, the Moto G7 seems like the smart choice.
iPhone 7 vs. Moto G7
It's been easy for the past few years to cite the Moto G line of phones as one of the best bargains you can buy. But obviously if you're used to iOS one consideration is whether the low price justifies switching to Android.
Right now, the most affordable phone Apple sells is the two and a half year old iPhone 7. It has a faster processor and a better camera. However, it costs $450, has a smaller screen, comes with half the built-in storage and gets over 3 hours less battery life in our tests.
As someone who owned an iPhone 7 for two years, it's hard for me to say that it's worth one and a half times the cost of the Moto G7. Of course, if your friends and family are on iMessage and FaceTime, the iPhone 7 is the smarter buy. But if you can live without those services, the Moto G7 deserves your consideration.
Moto G7 specs vs. Moto G7 Plus, G6, iPhone 7, Pixel 2
|Motorola Moto G7||Motorola Moto G7 Plus||Motorola Moto G6||Apple iPhone 7||Google Pixel 2|
|Display size, resolution||6.2-inch LCD; 2,270x1,080 pixels||6.2-inch LCD; 2,270x1,080 pixels||5.7-inch LCD; 2,160x1,080 pixels||4.7-inch; 1334x750 pixels||5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||403ppi||403ppi||424ppi||326 ppi||441 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.18x2.96x0.31 in||6.18x2.96x0.33 in||6.1x2.8x0.3 in||5.44x2.64x0.28 in||5.7x 2.7x0.3 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||157x75.3x8 mm||157x75.3x8.3 mm||153.8x72.3x8.3 mm||138.3x67.1x7.1 mm||145.7x69.7x7.8 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.07 oz.; 172 g||6.2 oz.; 176 g||5.9 oz; 167 g||4.87 oz; 138 g||5.04 oz; 143 g|
|Mobile software||Android 9.0||Android 9.0||Android 8.0 Oreo||Apple iOS 10||Android 9.0|
|Camera||12-megapixel, 5-megapixel||16-megapixel, 5-megapixel||12-megapixel and 5-megapixel||12-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Processor||1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632||1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636||1.8 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450||Apple A10 chip||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Storage||64GB||64GB||32GB, 64GB||32GB, 128GB||64GB, 128GB|
|RAM||4GB||4GB||3GB or 4GB||N/A||4GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB||128GB||None||None|
|Battery||3,000-mAh||3,000-mAh||3,000-mAh||14 hour talk time on 3G, 10 days standby, 12 hours internet use on LTE||2,700-mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back||Back||Below screen||Home button||Back cover|
|Special features||Water repellent with P2i nano-coating; TurboPower charging||Water repellent with P2i nano-coating; TurboPower charging||Splash-proof, 15-watt fast charger||Water and dust-resistant, Taptic Home button||Squeezable sides|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$299||300 euros, converts to about $340||$249||$449 (32GB), $549 (128GB)||$330 (64GB)|
|Price (GBP)||Converts to £231||Converts to about £265||£239||£449 (32GB), £549 (128GB)||Converts to £250|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$421||Converts to about AU$480||AU$399||AU$749 (32GB), AU$919 (128GB)||Converts to AU$465|
Best answer: Yes, you should still buy the Moto G7 in 2020. While Motorola has announced two new Moto G models for this year (the G Stylus and G Power), the G7 continues to offer a great user experience and still holds up as one of the better mid-range phones you can buy right now.Is Moto G7 Power worth buying? ›
The Moto G7 Power is a big and bulky phone with a low-res display, but also the best battery life we've ever seen on a phone and that alone is a remarkable achievement. Its performance is zippy, the camera is decent (but not great) and the price is good.What is a good inexpensive Motorola phone? ›
While the Moto G100 and G200 are technically part of Motorola's line of budget devices, the G22 is the top option on this list that's a 'true' affordable phone, looking at its price.
The Moto G7 Power stands out from the rest of the Moto G7 set for its massive battery – a 5000mAh battery, to be precise, which will be an enticing figure to those who like a lot of charge in their phones, with Motorola suggesting the battery will last for 60 hours of mixed use.Is Moto G7 worth buying in 2021? ›
Is Moto G7 Worth Buying In 2021? - YouTubeHow old is a Moto G7? ›
It is the seventh generation of the Moto G family and was first released on 7 February 2019. As with the last generations which introduced the Plus and Play variants, this series has introduced the Power variant as well. There are 4 variants in the seventh series.What is difference between moto G7 and Moto G7 Power? ›
The G7 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as standard, and the G7 Power has a more modest 3GB/32GB configuration. That said, the G7 Power costs considerably less. Both devices sport 6.2-inch IPS panels, but the G7 has an FHD+ display (2270 x 1080), while the G7 Power has a 720p screen.What replaced moto G7? ›
Analysis. (Pocket-lint) - Motorola's Moto G8 Power succeeds the popular G7 Power that launched in 2019 alongside the G7, G7 Plus and G7 Play. The G7 Power is a great budget smartphone, offering a huge battery and a great software experience for a very reasonable price.Is moto G7 phone 5g? ›
Yes, the Moto G7 Power is a 4G-LTE handset that is rated 4G LTE CAT6 (301 Mbps).Which Moto G phone is best? ›
When it comes to the best Motorola phones, the Moto G Power (2020) is the way to go. Motorola's G-series has always been about delivering quality phones at great prices, and the G Power (2020) is an exceptional example of that goal.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra scores an even bigger win with its display. It has a 6.9-inch AMOLED screen, while the Motorola Edge Plus provides you with 6.7 inches of display. More importantly, the S20 Ultra's resolution is noticeably higher, coming in at 511 pixels per inch as opposed to only 385 for the Edge Plus.Is Motorola worth buying? ›
Definitely yes, Motorola Edge 30 5G is worth buying because it checks all the boxes, the device has the latest Snapdragon 778 Plus Processor, 50MP triple cameras with OIS, clean Android Experience, solid battery life, 13 5G Bands, dual speakers, and it's also available at a good price, in short, its value for money ...What is the price of G7? ›
About Moto G7
Buy the Moto G7, which not just has pleasant looks but is also equipped with striking features. The mobile phone was launched in India on March 25, 2019 (Official) at a starting price of Rs 18,999.
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021): stylus-wielding power
The Moto G Stylus 2021 introduces some improvements over the Moto G Stylus from 2020 and successfully marks one of the best budget-friendly Android phones with a Stylus. It has a sleek build and despite its plastic back, feels solid and sturdy.
|Motorola Moto G7 • Brazil · 4GB · 64GB · XT1962-4||No prices|
|Motorola Moto G7 • NorthAmerica · 4GB · 64GB · XT1962-1||$ 350|
|Motorola Moto G7 • International · 4GB · 64GB · XT1962-5||No prices|
|Motorola Moto G7 • India · 4GB · 64GB · XT1962-6||No prices|
|Motorola Moto G7 • Latam · 4GB · 64GB · XT1962-4||No prices|
The Moto G7 Power has a 3-day battery life and is the phone with the best battery life we have EVER tested, but it's a bit bulky in order to accommodate that massive, 5,000mAh battery.Does Moto G7 have a good camera? ›
Motorola Moto G7 Camera Review - YouTubeWill Motorola G7 get Android 11? ›
However, there are also a lot of absent handsets, with every included model having launched in the last two years. That means if you have a phone from 2018 or even some handsets from early 2019 such as the Moto G7, you won't be getting Android 11.What network does Moto G7 use? ›
|Network||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 - USA|
|4G bands||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41 - Europe|
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 66, 38, 40, 41 - USA|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat7 300/50 Mbps|
Motorola Moto G7 (64GB, 4GB RAM) Dual SIM 6.2" 4G LTE (GSM Only) Factory Unlocked Smartphone International Model XT1962-4 No Warranty (Ceramic Black)
When turned on, Wi-Fi Calling may improve call quality while indoors.What is the difference between Moto G7 and Moto G7 plus? ›
The Moto G7 Plus is the slightly higher-end model. It has the same display and battery specs, but it has a more advanced Snapdragon 636 chipset. Its rear camera setup also includes 16- and 5-megapixel cameras, and it has a 12-megapixel front-facing shooter (compared to the G7's 8-megapixel one).Does the Moto G7 have a removable battery? ›
This is a uni-body device with an internal battery that cannot be removed. If you need to remove and re-insert the battery to soft reset the device, follow these steps: Press and hold the Power button for about 10 seconds, until the screen goes dark. Wait for the device to restart.Does Moto G7 have wireless charging? ›
Unfortunately, the Motorola Moto G7 family (Motorola Moto G7, G7 Play, G7 Power und G7 Plus) doesn't have Qi Wireless Charging integrated. However, you can use a Wireless Charging Adapter for your device in order to make it Qi compatible or view the list of all Qi enabled Phones.How big is the Motorola G7? ›
6.2" Full HD+ Max Vision display.Is LTE same as 4G? ›
So what's the difference between 4G and LTE, and is 4G or LTE better? In short, 4G offers a much faster speed, more stability and access to a larger variety of online activities. LTE is a half-point between 3G and 4G, so its performance suffers compared to the fourth generation.Do Motorola phones spy on you? ›
Most subsequent connectivity to both services (other than downloading images) is proxied through Motorola's system on the internet using unencrypted HTTP, so Motorola and anyone running a network capture can easily see who your friends/contacts are (including your friends' email addresses), what posts you're reading ...What is the price of Moto G? ›
Motorola Moto G price in India starts from ₹ 3,471. The lowest price of Motorola Moto G is ₹ 3,471 at Flipkart on 28th June 2022.Is Motorola a Chinese company? ›
Motorola Mobility LLC, marketed as Motorola, is an American consumer electronics and telecommunications company, and a subsidiary of Chinese multinational technology company Lenovo. Motorola primarily manufactures smartphones and other mobile devices running the Android operating system developed by Google.Is Moto better than Iphone? ›
Moto G Power (2021) vs iPhone 12 - Who Will Win? - YouTube
Motorola phones are made in India but not all, Motorola was once an American business that was purchased by Google. However, in 2014, it was sold to Chinese smartphone manufacturer Lenovo. While the company's headquarters are in Chicago, all production is now done in China.Is Motorola coming out with a new phone in 2022? ›
Motorola new mobile phones launching in 2022: Moto G82, Motorola Razr 3, Moto G62, and more.Is LG better than Motorola? ›
It's a little bit cheaper, but the Motorola Edge is just about a better smartphone overall than the LG Velvet. It offers a more attractive design, a more reliable camera system, longer battery life, and a fluid 90Hz display.What unlocked phone means? ›
An unlocked smartphone is a phone that isn't tied to a specific carrier or contract. Therefore, you have the freedom to shop for the latest phones and plans as often — or as infrequently — as you like. Plus, they don't come preloaded with numerous carrier applications that that take up space on your phone.How old is the Moto G7 plus? ›
Motorola Moto G7 Plus smartphone was launched in February 2019.Is Moto G7 Available? ›
Moto G7 with 6.4-inch full HD+ Max Vision display, Snapdragon 632, dual-rear cameras, Android 9.0 Pie is now confirmed to launch in India on March 25th.Is Moto G7 dual SIM? ›
- Manage dual SIMs - moto g7. The moto g7 features a dual SIM that gives you the option to use the network that makes sense for who and where you're calling and texting.What is the smallest Moto G phone? ›
Moto G Play ($170): The cheapest Moto is also the slowest. You get OK performance here with the Snapdragon 460 and 3 GB RAM, but the 5,000-mAh battery gives it a similar three-day runtime as the Moto G Power. It has the smallest screen at 6.5 inches and a paltry 32 gigabytes of storage.Which Motorola phones are 5G compatible? ›
Moto G 5G Plus in the US and Australia
"With the exciting release of moto g 5G plus in Europe, Motorola is advancing its mission to deliver 5G for all. In North America, affordable 5G started with moto z4 and 5G moto mod, and continues with edge, launching later this summer.
Motorola's 2019 Moto G phones give you three good reasons to consider a cheaper Android model this year. All three models are usable and well priced at between $200 and $300. Standard G7 is outstanding for the price and has plenty of RAM and storage. G7 Power battery can last two or three days.
The moto g7 delivers maximum big screen entertainment on a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display featuring damage- and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3. The 19:9 aspect ratio and new minimalist U design create an ultra-wide, immersive viewing experience for movies, games, photos and more.How many Motorola G7 models are there? ›
There are four different models to choose from
The Moto G7 series consists of four different phones.