Great review but one very important thing missing that could render the phone unusable. Everywhere they are reporting poor signal strength for the G7 and in some cases no reception, where as on previous models (G5 G6) reception was fine. I bought the G5 over the Samsung S7 due to this very reason, no signal reception on the S7 but 2 bars on the G5 in the same location.
It's a pity no comparison/test is made in any of the reviews on the signal strength of the phone. Without reception it's probably a useless device.
Bought one of these from Amazon.es (Spain).
Chipset/processor is the Qualcomm SDM660- and not the SDM636
I realise its not a massive difference- its a 2.2Ghz chip instead of the 1.8Ghz chip- and it has better graphics. Just a heads up- if you look around out there- there are different variants of the G7 Plus to be found- it makes sense to try and get the better specs if you can find them.
I am really torn in choosing Moto g7 plus or Mi 9 SE. They have similar pricing, but now moto g7 plus is little bit cheaper. Both have good cameras. Mi 9 SE have three unique cameras. It has better night pictures and one camera features ultra wide angle; while moto g7 plus have more excellent photo quality for me, color-wise and it's more realistic. I love the sizing, display, and built of Mi 9 SE.
I am also an audiophile so I think the Moto g7 plus is ahead of the Mi. Mi 9 SE does not have 3.5 mm jack which may be problematic. Also its loudspeakers arent stereo. Thinking all the factors and my priorities, I might choose moto g7 plus. If only moto g7 plus have the same features of Mi 9 SE, then it would be perfect.
Very good speakers, good camera (the audio track when shooting video does not have the background hiss that the recent Pixels seem to suffer from), and the software additions are useful (shake for flashlight/torch; twist for camera, etc.). The battery is decent, it gets me through a day with no problem. No random restarts. At the current price of as little as $269, it's a very good deal.
Where are the raw files (dng) so we can properly make a real judgement about the camera?
DUSTINDUST75, 20 Apr 2019Everyone talks about there being a crowded mid-range space...well I'm here to tell you the is ... morePeople in us are rich they don't need midrange phones and US is the one that bans every chinese company So it's their problem. In US you even consider the oneplus as midrange phone and not a flagship!! While in other countries it costs twice as someone's salary
Everyone talks about there being a crowded mid-range space...well I'm here to tell you the is COMPLETELY untrue in the U.S. We can't use Xiaomi, Huawei, Honor, Vivo, and Oppo to name a few. The Samsung midrange line is not made U.S. compatable either. So basically we have Motorola, and ????? It's either bottom of the barrel or flagship. I'm sure some people will say they have a Xiaomi or Huawei phone and it works fine...well not in my area. I bought a Honor 8X Max...complete fail where I live no matter the network.
Anonymous, 22 Mar 2019I have had AMZ send me a Note 7 and was quite impressed by the hardware and battery capacity. ... morenot one gets me whe i try to explain that......
people only focus on hardware.....it´s important of course but it´s not the most important thing
With location/service off you can achieve one day moderate usage
I have had AMZ send me a Note 7 and was quite impressed by the hardware and battery capacity. The camera was so-so, and MIUI honestly sucks big time, there are a lot of things that just don't work, not out of the box, and not after tinkering.
So I bought a G7+ the other day, and got that up and running in literally 30 minutes all data+apps moved. It does not have the raw power of the Note 7, but the camera is at least on par (and it can do 4K without tweaking). It also ran all the things right out of the box that were needed (like showing menu dots where requested by old software, like play-on-connect with bluetooth (not only wired), like proper notifications on the lockscreen (not only from Xiaomi software), etc. etc.). The Redmi Note 7 had to go, not because of the more-than-adequate hardware, but because of the sucky MIUI 10 (9 was way better, btw, but there's no downgrade path).
I am now happy with a Moto G7+; the only thing that noticeably sucks is battery life, so the charger is in my backpack and thanks to the CR-32 delivering 27 watts, topping up the phone is a matter of minutes.
I would recommend to check out the software experience. Hardware is great on the Redmi, more than adequate on the Moto, but the software, oh please...
HKNY, 04 Mar 2019It is one of the few phones that have stereo speakers, 4k video recording cameras, main camera... morethat sums it up, great phone, the 660 simply would have made mid ranger of the year....too bad....
Maybe motorola renews an S version later this year with an improved 660 SoC
viano, 21 Feb 2019No, you can go pretty wrong with this fooling Moto G7 plus.
"compass (market dependent)"
... moreHaha. I changed from the Zenfone 5 to this phone and this is better in every aspect (except for display quality).
Moto Display a thousand times better than a notification LED, battery lasts longer (I'm getting 5 hours SoT compared to 4 on Zenfone 5) yet a smaller battery by 10%, QC 4.0 is amazing (from 8% to 100% it takes 40mins) camera is miles better than the one on the Zenfone 5, stock Android is beautiful and - maybe it's market dependent - but here the Zenfone 5 costs 390 EUR right now (it opened at 470 EUR last year), while the Moto G7 Plus costs ~ 290 EUR.
Something is not clear. The optical stabilization is only applied to photos, not videos? For videos, there is just electronic stabilization?
HKNY, 04 Mar 2019It is one of the few phones that have stereo speakers, 4k video recording cameras, main camera... moreI'm using G4 Play with Snapdragon 410 cpu and 2GB ram. After two years and few months it still works fine. Navigation is smooth. No lag at all. My friend's brand new Huawei P20 Lite lags like hell. I've changed animation scale to 1x in developer options and it lags like hell. They scaled it to 0.5 to hide their sluggish performance.
It is one of the few phones that have stereo speakers, 4k video recording cameras, main camera with OIS and f1.7 aperture at the same time in this price range. It stands out with its high quality camera setup (maybe the best camera setup of its class, higher megapixel count that recently got popular as a 48mp main camera challenge between Chinese manufacturers doesn't mean higher camera quality). SD660 isn't a lot better than SD636, these two doesn't have a significant performance difference. Screen should be as good as a standart midranger IPS screen. Battery life is not impressive, though. While J7 2015 has a 91h stand-by endurance rating, G7+ only has a 59h stand-by endurance rating although the identical 3000mah battery capacity and a better 14nm chipset. (J7 2015 has a 28nm SoC; the battery life issue of the G7+ may be fixed with software updates) Unlike its Chinese competitors, it doesn't focus on delivering the best price to on-paper specs ratio. If the camera is your top priority or you find the pure Android as the best Android experience, G7+ is for you.
https://www.notebookcheck.net/636-vs-660_9956_9944.247596.0.html (SD660 vs SD636)
https://www.notebookcheck.net/Adreno-509-vs-Adreno-512_8782_8778.247598.0.html (Adreno 509 vs Adreno 512)
Headphones?!? There are no headphones included. Even your photos clearly show that!
BelowAverageAndroid, 20 Feb 2019I guess you are right. Maybe I am bashing too much on the G7 series. The M20 doesn't even matc... moreAnd you forget something important which is that samsung m20 matches moto g7 power in price and not g7 plus it's even cheaper than the regular g7
So this phone is trully overpriced
Tom, 20 Feb 2019If you look for a cell with great camera in mid and even high range you can't go wrong with Mo... moreNo, you can go pretty wrong with this fooling Moto G7 plus.
"compass (market dependent)"
That means, if you get NFC you won't get that elementary e-compass!
A traditional bad joke from Lenovorola.
(only in $ 60 Redmi Go won't you get that!
but you will even in better entry-level ones at $ 100 lol)
Not that better with the "few standout features"
and even with that "a unicorn of some sort" OIS ...
There are some very good (sadly forgotten) phones with OIS camera
and flagship-class Sony ExmorRS large-pixel sensors
at half the price
of this Moto - without e-compass
and notification LED.
- check for ASUS Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL)
has the same 3000mAh akku at 5,5" display;
- the ASUS Zenfone Zoom S (ZE553KL) has better cameras - incl one telephoto -
and Amoled screen, with 5000mAh;
Both have that original "TriTech Autofokus" (incl. Laser AF)
just "overtaken" by Xiaomi in new Mi 9. lol !!!
Both also have (had in 2016!) that overhyped USB Type-C connector.
But even the ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) in the same 6,2" size can you buy for much less
and that one year old phone takes nearly everything better:
- has the same SDM636,
- more premium build (metal body, smaller, lighter, GG5)
- even with bigger battery!
- better display (DCI-P3);
- Sony IMX363 dual PDAF flagship sensor w/ OIS/EIS,
- has a more usefull - rediscovered in 2019 - secondary ultra-wide angle lens/cam;
- has stereo speakers as well;
- a full sensor set-up, incl e-compass;
and color notification LED and so on . . .
Offers a clearly better package at about Â€ 250 bestprice,
Moto is at least one year to late and can offer useless expensive gimmicks only,
likeTurboPower and Co.
... much better to get bigger battery with "simple" fast charging.
I don't know how 'GSMArena team' the alternatives choose,
but not to take the ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) as a competitor (or other Zenfones with that unique OIS, lol)
was a very big mistake and makes the 'alternatives' part of the review pretty useless.
there are other brands as Xiaomi still, but may be not much long, if you always ignore them and not provide infos about better techs.
BelowAverageAndroid, 20 Feb 2019I guess you are right. Maybe I am bashing too much on the G7 series. The M20 doesn't even matc... moreBut, I am not too sure however, since the Mi 9 series came out a moment ago, and the pricing of the Mi 9 SE matches the G7 Plus, and it has significantly better specs than the latter. It will be hard for this phone to try to do something in the competition. Maybe it can get like thousands or 10 thousands, maybe 100 thousands, but, it's gonna be difficult with a phone like this.