The Motorola Moto G Power is a $200 phone that gives you the ability to use it for days, but don’t expect any other papers or whistles.
The battery is the whole deal for this phone. The 5,000mAh battery is as big as what’s on the market today. It’s the same capacity you’d find on top-end devices like the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Instead of making the phone a little more versatile, Motorola reduced its features here and there, such as low-resolution screens and slow processors, and went all-in on headline features. Thanks to inexpensive parts, Motorola can sell a $200 version of this phone, and it consumes less power, so you can get the most out of its massive battery.
This device has the same name as last year’s previous device, but differs in a few important points. This year’s G Power isn’t offering one model, it’s available in the $200 variant I mentioned earlier, and comes with 3GB of RAM and a small 32GB of storage. There’s also a 4GB RAM/64GB storage option for $250 (I tested the 32GB version). This year’s model dropped an ultra-wide camera, got a slightly larger screen at 6.6 inches compared to 6.4 inches, and has a lower 720p resolution than last year’s 1080p.
The discount ends when you choose to purchase the Moto G Power. The question is whether Motorola can afford the huge sacrifices it has made to fit the largest possible battery in the cheapest mobile phone possible.
Moto G Power screen and performance
The Moto G Power has a 6.6 inch LCD with 720p resolution. It’s not a resolution that can scale across a fairly large screen. The image is not as sharp as possible, and the entire screen appears slightly dark and faded. The phone itself is on the big side, but it’s a bit more comfortable to use with one hand than the slightly larger 6.7-inch Motorola One 5G Ace.
The G Power uses the Snapdragon 662 processor, which I felt the difference in performance between this processor and the 700 series step-up chipset. Jumping between apps and opening the camera is slower. It takes more time to capture and process images in portrait and night vision mode than Ace uses the same main camera sensor. And heavy tasks like entering and leaving Google Maps navigation indicate noticeable stuttering. That said, it will be hard to find much better performance at the $200 price range.
In conclusion, Power takes care of everyday tasks, plays videos and navigates accordingly. I noticed the delay while using the phone, and I had an unsatisfactory experience during the day. But if it’s a $200 phone, it’s done.
G Power offers expandable storage via the microSD card slot you feel you need here. In the 32GB version I tested, 14GB of that storage is already occupied by Android 10 files. In 2021, this alone is not enough. You can pay $50 more for the 64GB model, but it seems like you’re paying too much to get too little. When you buy this phone, budget for a microSD card.
Motorola has said it will offer an upgrade to Android 11 and will provide security updates for the G Power through January 2023. Until then, years of updates will make your phone slower anyway.
Moto G Power battery
Moto G Power provides headline functionality. I started with a fully charged battery on Monday. I watched the episode Bridgerton, You know, for testing. I went back across town. I’ve been browsing through Instagram… a lot. It fell to 40% on the third day of moderate use of email, web browsing, rinsing and repeated use.
Even after taking lots of pictures and traveling outside the house, I go on day 4 using 26% battery with less than 6 hours of screen-on time. I have charged my personal phone 3 or more times during this period. We went through approximately 12 news cycles. I am at least 2 years old. But the Moto G Power continues.
A slightly slower processor and low-power screen will help boost these numbers. During testing, I left the screen at its default brightness. This is a bit darker than I prefer. I don’t see it for sure excessively It brightens at the maximum setting, so if you like a bright screen, you should consider an extra blow to battery life.
Keep in mind that I spent a lot of time at home on Wi-Fi. The battery is easier. In non-epidemic times, I would have spent more time on cell data outside of my home. And 6 hours of screen time doesn’t make me a power user.
If you spend more time on data and do more power-intensive tasks, such as watching a lot of videos, you’ll probably see two days or so. In any case, Motorola’s claims of up to three days of battery life are entirely reasonable, and if you spend a lot of time on Wi-Fi, you can get better results than that.
Moto G Power camera
G Power offers a 48-megapixel main camera that produces 12-megapixel images, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a depth sensor that helps you create portrait mode photos. There is also an 8 megapixel selfie camera.
The G Power uses the same main camera as the One 5G Ace and likewise takes great photos in good lighting. It judges exposure well and captures a lot of detail, especially for close subjects. When the AI recognizes a scene such as a landscape, the colors look appropriately vivid, otherwise they will be flat and faded colors. Poor lighting conditions make the situation a bit more complicated where noise reduction stains a lot of details. A significant amount of noise and/or noise reduction is seen in high-contrast scenes where the camera brightens the shadows.
Like Ace, Night Vision tends to produce images that appear faded, in which case both the user and the subject must remain still for a few seconds. There is a noticeable shutter lag in all photo modes. – Enough to wonder for a moment if you actually pressed the shutter button — the display slows down when panning in portrait mode.
This camera is fine. It’s okay for a $200 phone. The Moto G Power doesn’t have the processing power to take more sophisticated HDR or low-light photos. So, you need to upgrade to the $350 Pixel 4A. Also, you can’t catch up with fast subjects or slow-moving subjects in low light, but they often struggle with phones that cost well over $200.
If your budget is limited and you need a long battery life, look no further than the Moto G Power. But I’m hesitating to recommend it to anyone who doesn’t meet that description. You’ll be sacrificing for a price of $200 and multiple days of battery life. The default storage is too poor and the speed is noticeably unstable.
If your budget is flexible, the $300 OnePlus N10 5G is a great upgrade choice with a better processor and camera. A little more than that, you get a Pixel 4A with a good camera and a well supported device with a better lifespan.
If $200 is your budget limit, I recommend choosing the G Power, which is better because there are few other options at this price. In addition to a few days of battery life, it has a better processor than its $100-150 competitor, and you won’t find a much better screen or camera at this price. Be aware of your limitations and have a little patience.
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