Motorola is back with the Moto G7 the successor to the Moto G6. In this Moto G7 review, I will tell you why I believe that this is one of the best budget phones that’s currently on the market.
Moto G7 Design And Display:
The phone features a 6.2-inch display screen with Full HD+ resolution. The aspect ratio is 19:9 so it’s a long display screen.
Longer than most of the other phones that are currently available. The phone has a metal frame which is sandwiched between glass, so there’s glass on the front and the back.
This year’s Moto G7 bears a resemblance to its predecessor the Moto G6. However, the dimensions are different and the Moto G7 has a more premium look and feel to it.
Motorola uses more premium materials to build its newer phones than they did in the past.
I think it’s great that Motorola was able to improve the quality of the phone while keeping the cost down.
The Moto G7 is still a budget phone but it doesn’t look or feel like one.
This phone isn’t perfect, it has its pros and cons like every other smartphone, there are things I like and dislike about this phone and I will tell you what they are later on in this review.
However, I think Motorola did a good job with this phone.
Located on the back panel of the phone is a dual-camera setup which has a small camera bump. The camera bump isn’t extremely noticeable so this should not be a problem for most people.
The fingerprint scanner is located directly below the dual-camera setup. It’s very easy to reach the fingerprint scanner when holding the phone in a natural position.
The predecessors to the Moto G7 have had the fingerprint scanners below the display screen. But Motorola decided to change things up a bit with the release of this phone.
The volume rocker is located on the right edge of the phone along with the power button, it’s extremely easy to reach these buttons.
If you’re wondering what’s on the left edge of the phone, well? Nothing, there is absolutely nothing on the left edge of the phone.
There is a SIM card tray which is located on the top edge of the phone. On the bottom edge of the phone in the middle is the USB-C port and to the left side is a speaker.
There is a 3.5mm headphone jack located on the right side. It was nice of Motorola to retain the headphone jack on this phone.
The Moto G7 does not have an official IP water resistance rating, so it’s not waterproof, you cannot submerge it in water.
However, it is splash resistant which means that you can use it in the rain without having any adverse effects on the phone.
One of the main factors that separate this phone from its predecessor is the display screen.
The display screen on the Moto G7 has an aspect ratio of 19:9 this means that it’s taller than that of its predecessor and probably taller than most of the phones that you have used thus far.
The display screen has an 81% screen-to-body ratio, this is not the best by any means. However, when you consider the price of this phone.
It is quite impressive to achieve that screen-to-body ratio with this phone while keeping the selfie camera.
To accomplish this, a notch was added. This notch houses the selfie camera.
Motorola implemented a teardrop notch, this means that it’s significantly smaller so it does not use up as much of the display screen as a wider notch would have.
As a result of this, the notification bar sits on either side of the notch. So the notch does not affect the way you view your notifications in the notification bar.
The display screen has Full HD+ resolution at 1080 x 2270 pixels. It has 405 pixels per inch, that’s less than the Moto G6 which has 424 pixels per inch.
I’m not sure why this was done but it’s not noticeable when looking at the display screens. Nevertheless, the display screen is bright and clear.
The tall display screen is attractive but if you have small hands it may be a little difficult to handle this phone with one hand.
However, I think most smartphone users will appreciate having a bigger display screen on this phone in comparison to that of its predecessors.
Moto G7 Camera:
This phone has a dual-camera setup located at the back, there’s a 12MP camera and a 5MP depth-sensing camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a variety of shooting modes to choose from.
When taking photos in a well-lit setting, the photo quality is okay. However, it’s not comparable to photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S10, Google Pixel 3 or any other flagship phone that’s currently on the market.
When taking photos in a darker setting the photos look noisy and overexposed.
Luckily, there’s an exposure slider that you can use to control the amount of exposure you will get in the photos.
In general, the photos taken in a darker setting with this phone are not very good.
The 5MP depth-sensing camera does a great job blurring the background in photos to get the bokeh effect that many smartphone users like.
The selfie camera is an 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The performance of this camera is not up to par with the rest of the features and functionalities on this phone.
Photos taken with the selfie camera do not show as much detail as that of the dual-camera setup located at the back of the phone.
This camera really struggles with contrasting lights, this is due to the f/2.2 aperture, the lens is too small.
If the lens was bigger more light would be able to get into the photos which would have resulted in better photos.
The “Face Beauty” mode on the selfie camera is turned on by default. I’m not a fan of this mode because it removes details and makes the photos look unnatural.
Luckily, you can turn this feature off in the camera settings.
The cameras on this phone can shoot 4K video, even though it does not have OIS. It compensates for it with the electronic image stabilization.
This phone does a great job when shooting 4K videos in a well-lit setting. You have the ability to turn the electronic image stabilization on or off whenever you want.
When shooting videos in low light conditions, the video quality is not very good. That’s understandable for a budget phone such as this one.
So if you plan on taking photos or shooting videos with this phone it’s best to do it in a well-lit setting.
Moto G7 Software:
The phone runs on the latest version of the Android operating system Android 9 Pie.
Motorola did not do any major modifications to the operating system before uploading it to the phone.
So this phone essentially has stock Android, many smartphone users prefer to use stock Android because it provides a cleaner user experience.
The Moto G7 does not have very much bloatware, there are a couple of Motorola apps but they do not ruin the user experience in any way.
This phone also comes equipped with the Moto Actions feature which gives you quick access to a number of useful features on the phone.
For example, you can swipe to shrink the display screen to make it more manageable for one-handed use.
You can set the phone face down on a surface to turn on the Do Not Disturb mode.
You can make a chopping motion to turn the flashlight on or off.
These are features that most smartphone users may be interested in using on a regular basis. You may not remember to use these features when you first start using the phone.
But over time you will begin to adopt these features and appreciate them.
The Moto G7 comes with 64GB of internal storage. There is no 32GB variant to this phone unlike some of its predecessors.
If you need additional storage you can expand the storage via a microSD card up to 512GB.
People who buy this phone in Europe and the UK will get NFC. People who buy this phone in the US do not get this feature.
NFC is a feature which enables you to use your phone for contactless payments.
I think Motorola made a bad decision to not include NFC on the version of this phone that’s sold in the US.
Because this is an extremely convenient feature that many smartphone users enjoy using.
This phone has two authentication features, there’s a fingerprint scanner as well as a facial recognition feature that you can use.
Both of these features work well but they’re not as responsive as they are on the premium phones from Samsung, Apple, Oneplus, etc…