Moto G7 Power review: Days of battery life

Motorola's Moto G family is always about providing the most value for your dollar, and because of this, it's become very popular. In fact, the company now makes the handset in four flavors. This year, there's the Moto G7, G7 Power, G7 Play, and G7 Plus. I reviewed the G7 proper a few weeks ago, and the G7 Plus isn't available in the U.S.So now, I've got the Moto G7 Power. This handset's selling point is its 5,000mAh battery. But that's really about it. Everything else about it is sadly lesser than the regular Moto G7, and you only save $50 by purchasing it. So really, there are two reasons to buy a Moto G7 Power: you either really want the better battery life, or you really want to save those $50.Here's our review:SpecsCPUQualcomm Snapdragon 632m quad-core 1.8GHz Kryo 250 Gold, quad-core 1.8GHz Kryo 250 SilverGPUAdreno 506Display6.2 inches, 720x1570, 279ppi, IPS LCDBody159.4x76x9.3mm (6.28x2.99x0.37in), 193g (6.81oz)Camera12MP, Front - 8MPAperturef/2.0, Front - f/2.2Video4K - 30fps, 1080p - 60fps, Front - 1080p - 30fpsCamera featuresPDAFStorage32GB, expandable to 512GBRAM3GBBattery5000mAh Li-PoPrice$249 Day oneDesignSadly, the Moto G7 Power is going to live in the shadow of the G7, and there's no way around that perspective. In terms of design, the G7 Power is a bit more dull than the white G7's two-tone look. Also, it's a bit bigger, a bit bulkier, and a bit heavier.One thing that I'll say for it is that it's not as heavy as you'd expect for a phone with such a large battery. It's actually pretty comfortable to hold.The model that was sent to me is Marine Blue, and that's the only one that's sold in the United States. The frame is a matching blue color, although like the G7, it's not actually metal. It uses a process called vacuum metalizing, which makes it look like metal, but there are no antenna lines.As you'd expect, the phone is a glass sandwich, covered in a metallic shade of deep blue. In fact, the color is lovely. There's just nothing about it that gives it that pizzazz that I felt on the G7.As has been the case for two years with the Moto G series - since it switched from aluminum - the glass back does not mean that there's wireless charging. When I asked why, the answer was simply, "Not at that price." I always have a problem with that answer though. If you're not going to include wireless charging, what's the point of using a material that's more fragile than metal or plastic. It's simply prettier.The Moto G7 Power is 9.3mm thick and it weighs in at 193g, and that's all to compensate for the larger battery. That does make it a bit bulky, but one thing that's really nice is that it has a much smaller camera bump than the Moto G7. And like I said, it's bulky in comparison with the Moto G7; we do have many other phones that are heavier. The point is that you're not exactly going to have a problem carrying it around.Underneath that camera bump you'll find the indented Motorola logo, which looks quite nice. It's blue with a silver logo, and this will be your fingerprint sensor. Personally, I think it's a stylish way to implement a fingerprint sensor, and it's the same on the G7. Sadly, the $199 G7 Play does not have one.On the right side of the device, there's a power button, and above that, a volume rocker. The left side of the phone is where you'll find the nano-SIM/micro-SD slot. On the bottom, there's a USB Type-C port for charging and on top, there's a 3.5mm combo audio jack.This misses a few things that are on the Moto G7. For one thing, there's no speaker grille; the only speaker is the earpiece, which surprisingly seems to be loud enough. The speaker does sit in the notch, which is larger than on the Moto G7. The G7 had a teardrop notch, while this is larger. In general, it has larger bezels all around the screen.Also, the Moto G7 proper has the USB port and the 3.5mm audio jack on the same side, which always seems like a good design idea. If there's a possibility that you're going to have two cables plugged into a device at a time, you want those ports on the same time.And also, speaking as someone that made pizza for a living years and years ago, it's better to have both ports facing down in my pocket, as there would always be flour getting everywhere. This is a minor design issue, but what bugs me about it is that Motorola did it for the G7 and not for the G7 Power.DisplayThe Moto G7 Play has a 6.2-inch 19.625:9 720P display, and this is while it all seems a bit too low-end. Compared to the Moto G7, which is $50 more and has a 1080p display, it also has a single-lens camera, less RAM, and less onboard storage.For most users, 720p is fine, but you can definitely see the difference between that and 1080p. That difference is that you can see pixellation at 720p, and you can't at 1080p. 1080p would have breached that barrier that Apple calls Retina, where you can't see pixellation from an average viewing distance.Other than that, the screen is actually quite nice. While the resolution is lower than I'd like, the actual color representation and the brightness is on point. I do wish for OLED on devices that offer always-on displays, but this is too inexpensive for that.As I mentioned above, the bezels around the display are larger than they are on the Moto G7 proper, including a larger notch and a larger chin. The chin is where you'll find Motorola branding, which I always hate to see because it makes it look like that's the only reason that the chin is there.Battery lifeNow that we've covered the basics of the device, let's talk about its main selling point, and probably the only reason you'd choose to buy it over its more expensive sibling. That's the 5,000mAh battery.Motorola says that you'll get days of battery life, and that's no joke. For the time that I used this phone as my daily driver, I had no trouble making it through two days on a full charge. In many cases, it still had over 25% left when I charged it up. Note that while the larger battery is partially responsible for this, it's also the lower resolution display, probably one of the reasons that Motorola went with 720p.It also supports 15W TurboPower, as does the G7, although the G7 Play does not. With that, Motorola says that you can get nine hours of use off of a 15 minute charge. Note that this is speaking on charging from a dead battery. As with all quick charging solutions, it starts to slow down as the battery starts to reach capacity, to prevent the battery exploding, which it can do if it overcharges. Don't worry though; all smartphones shut down charging when it reaches 100% for that very reason.I also ran some battery benchmarks with Geekbench 4 Pro. I don't often do this, as I don't believe in battery benchmarks. They so rarely reflect real-world usage. Nevertheless, it's the selling point of this smartphone, so I did it.I ran both a partial and full test. The partial test runs for three hours and the full test drains the whole battery. It ...Read more

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