The Moto G Power has a difficult job to do. Its predecessor, the G7 Power, was a bargain hunter’s dream phone that delivered the best battery life of any mobile device and cost only $ 249. This is a package that should grab everyone’s attention. No wonder the Moto G7 Power was an important pillar on our list of the best cheap phones. Motorola has not changed the two most important functions for this year’s model. That is ours Moto G Power review.
The Moto G Power (also known as the G8 Power) still has a 5,000 mAh battery that the previous version of this phone used to outperform the competition. And you can get the G Power for the same price of $ 249 as before.
Moto G Power Review: design
You will not confuse Moto G Power with a flagship, especially if you answer the phone. It’s not that Motorola’s phone looks horrible – it’s just that the G Power uses a plastic case, and there’s not much you can do to obscure it. Motorola has given this phone a glossy finish on the back, which adds an extra shine to its appearance. If you don’t like the trend toward large, block-like camera arrays, you’ll be amazed at how the Moto G Power handles its triple camera setup.
You descend vertically on the left side of the phone, the main gunner alone. The ultra wide-angle and macro lenses are located in a separate hump with the flash of the phone. This leaves space in the middle of the phone so that the fingerprint sensor can be found easily. The front-facing camera was placed by Motorola in a hole in the upper left corner of the phone’s 6.4-inch display. This has allowed Motorola to reduce the edges of the Moto G Power, although they haven’t completely disappeared, especially at the bottom of the screen.
The 5,000 mAh battery that serves as Moto G Power also makes this phone a sturdy phone. The Moto G Power measures 6.3 x 3 x 0.38 inches and is therefore more important than the 6 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches large Google Pixel 3a, especially when it comes to thickness. At 7 ounces, the Moto G Power is also relatively heavy and weighs both the Pixel 3a (5.2 ounces) and the Nokia 7.2 (6.35 ounces).
You get a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Moto G Power, an increasingly rare but still welcome appearance. According to Motorola, the phone is “water-repellent”, but there is no IP protection class. I think light fog and the strange sprinkler are probably not a threat, but don’t drop this phone in the pool.
Moto G Power Review: Ad
If there is an area where the Moto G Power is perceived as a budget phone, it is the phone’s display. Motorola uses an LCD screen as you’d expect from a phone under $ 300. The 6.4-inch screen has a Full HD + resolution, which is standard with such a phone.
My problem with the Moto G Power screen is that the colors on the phone’s display don’t look vivid. When you watch the Moto G Power’s No Time to Die trailer, the scenes look mostly shaded even in bright light. A close-up on Daniel Craig’s face looked particularly dark on the Moto G Power screen when it looked better lit than other phones I’ve used recently. Some older clips from Conan O’Brien’s show also looked a bit blown out on the Moto G Power screen.
Our laboratory tests supported my practical experience. In the default setting (ironically the saturated model), the phone only shows 97% of the sRGB color spectrum. This corresponds to 153% for the Nokia 7.2, which also has an LCD screen. In any case, the colors of the Moto G Power are absolutely accurate given the Delta E rating of 0.33. (The closer the number is to zero, the better.) This is exactly what the Moto G7 Power (0.35) was able to deliver last year.
Although the colors on the Moto G7 Power screen didn’t impress me, the brightness of the screen was more than satisfactory. We measured the brightness at 500 nits for the Moto G Power, shortly before the average for smartphones and much brighter than the 401 nit peak of the Pixel 3a. When I used the Moto G Power outdoors, I never had to bring the screen to maximum brightness to see the screen.
Moto G Power Review: software
Motorola takes a light hand with the Android skin he puts on his cell phones, and luckily the Moto G Power continues. You can find Android 10 on this phone with minimal changes, except for a highly visible Moto app that offers tips and tricks for using your new phone. If you’ve never used a Motorola phone before, these tips include your introduction to Moto Actions, useful shortcuts to help you get the most out of Moto G Power.
For example, if you twist your wrist twice quickly, you can start the camera app. This can be a real time saver compared to unlocking your phone and starting the camera with a tap. Two hacking movements that hold the Moto G Power turn on the phone’s flash, which I also find useful. I’m less excited about Motorola’s three-finger touch to take a screenshot.
Although the Moto G Power’s fingerprint sensor is easy to find on the back of the phone, it responded less than I normally prefer. It usually took at least two and sometimes three prints on my registered fingerprints for the Moto G Power sensor to recognize that I was trying to unlock the phone.
Hardware and performance
You don’t buy a phone like the Moto G Power that a workhorse expects, but the Snapdragon 665 system-on-chip that powers the phone should be more than enough to perform typical tasks. Motorola also has 4 GB of memory so that the phone is always up to date, even though there is only 64 GB of storage space available. If you need even more, contact a micro USB card.
On Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Moto G Power achieved a multi-core score of 1,387. That’s better than the 1,336 result on the Pixel 3a and its Snapdragon 670 processor, but not as good as the 1,498 result on the Snapdragon 660 that powers the Nokia 7.2. Both phones outperformed Moto G Power when it came to testing graphics using 3DMark’s Sling Shot OpenGL test. The Moto G Power scored an average of 1,734 points, far behind the 2,054 and 2,543 results of the Nokia 7.2 and Pixel 3a.
Still, I had no issues with Moto G Power to switch between apps, surf the web, and do other basic tasks that you’d expect from a smartphone. Even the demanding PUBG mobile shooter played well with the Moto G Power here and there despite some turbulent moments. You will find more powerful phones than the Moto G Power, but you have to pay for the performance gain.
Moto G Power Review: camera
The Moto G8 Power is better than its predecessor in many ways, but perhaps the most noticeable is the upgrade from a single rear-view camera to a trio, which dramatically expands the phone’s photographic capabilities. The 16-megapixel primary shooter feels like its predecessor and takes good pictures in daylight with sharp details both nearby and in the distance in the same picture – even more than the corresponding camera of the Motorola Edge Plus or the iPhone 11 Pro Max, based on side-by-side comparisons of photos taken at the same location.
In the same equation, however, the G8 Power’s camera lacks color contrast, which summarizes objects with similar hues. For example, large groups of sunlit leaves are converted to a uniform yellow-green hue instead of reproducing more nuanced hues that reflect different light levels, as seen in similar images on the Edge Plus or iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The other two cameras give the G8 Power a range that, at least in terms of benefits, exceeds the part of the budget competition. The ultra-wide 8MP 1: 2.2 camera is what we appreciate here – especially in our newly discovered environment where zooming out in a confined space was an advantage. We would have liked to have had a telephoto lens to zoom in, but the impressive focus of the primary shooter (at least in daylight) made it possible to zoom in digitally, if not remarkably.
The third rear lens is a 2MP 1: 2.2 macro camera that can take pictures from just a few centimeters away. You will likely use this to take detailed pictures of flora and fauna – perhaps flowers and pets. This works well and delivers sharper close-ups than, for example, the Motorola Edge Plus. It should be noted that the macro lens also takes video, although we haven’t spent much time on it.
The 16-megapixel front-facing camera works fine, although it does struggle a bit with shadows, merges colors and loses focus in areas that are not directly illuminated.
Moto G Power Review: battery life
While it’s no longer the only feature that differentiates the G Series Power phones from other budget phones, the G8 Power’s 5,000 mAh battery is still impressive. The phone lasts more than a day, if not two, thanks to less beautiful features: Other phones that contain a battery of the same size – including flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus (4,500 mAh) – discharge their batteries due to faster displays with higher resolution and faster refresh rate.
However, the G8 Power suffers from Motorola’s greater weakness, namely a lower maximum charging speed than other Android phones. It took us two hours to fully charge it with the 10W charger in the 10% box. Although we would expect it to take longer to charge than a phone with a smaller battery, it still takes a long time. And no, the phone cannot be charged wirelessly.
Price and availability
The Moto G Power costs $ 249, which is the same price as the Moto G7 Power that debuted last year. It’s good to see Motorola keeping its low-cost phones running, and not just because flagship devices are getting more expensive these days. As budgets become increasingly tight, it will appeal to many price-conscious buyers to buy a reliable phone for less than $ 250.
Keep in mind that the Moto G8 Power and the Moto G Power are identical phones – in the United States, it’s just the latter. You know to avoid confusion.
The price of the G8 Power is $ 249 / GBP 220 / AU $ 329, which makes it a little cheaper than its sibling, the Moto G stylus of $ 299 (around £ 230, AU $ 440). It is unclear how this price will affect the Moto G8, so we have to wait for the official word before we can set a pecking order in terms of cost and features.
Moto G Power Review: conclusion
Just by keeping the long-lasting battery of the older Moto G7 Power, the Moto G Power (G8 Power) was already in discussion about an indispensable device for price-conscious buyers. However, this phone doesn’t just count on its long lifespan to convince you. It also offers excellent performance to meet the needs of an average smartphone user, and the cameras – though not the best you’ll find on a budget device – have some pretty eye-catching features in our Moto G Power test Photos created.
If you’re particularly keen on mobile photography, consider other low-cost options, be it the Pixel 3a or the Pixel 4a, which Google is said to launch in the spring. The iPhone SE 2020 is another reliable option with a higher quality glass and metal design, better cameras and a much faster A13 Bionic chip. However, for these mid-range phones, you’ll have to pay at least $ 150 more than for the Moto G Power. Overall, the Moto G Power is the best cheap phone under $ 300.
8.5 total score
The Moto G Power lasts longer than its record-breaking predecessor and costs the same. This is the budget phone you can buy if you want long battery life.
- The best battery life we’ve tested
- Low price
- Decent performance and photos for the price
- Works in all networks
- The screen is not very colorful
- No optical zoom