8.4/10
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The Motorola Moto G7 currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 23 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

While it won’t compete with the top releases of 2019, the Moto G7 offers excellent value for anyone looking for a phone that is budget-friendly but offers a taste of the premium experience.

What's good

  • Solid design
  • Bright, colorful display
  • Price
  • microSD support
  • Decent performance for the price

What's bad

  • No NFC
  • No wireless charging
  • Easy-to-block speaker
  • Weak camera

Moto’s G-Series has built a solid reputation for covering the basics and providing a functional, reliable user experience at a budget-friendly price. The Moto G7 sees the series hit a more modern design, but a good budget phone is all about choosing the right compromises. Does this latest release strike a fair balance and offer value in a market packed with alternatives? Let’s see what reviewers are saying...

Design

Available in black or white, the glass and plastic case of the Moto G7 feels more premium than the materials might imply. Reviewers were all impressed by the sleek curved rear glass panel and the metal-like chromed plastic lining the phone’s sides. There’s also a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner which reviewers found responsive and accurate.

The only design complaints involve sharp edges where the display meets the chassis. However, if you plan to pick up a case, this isn’t an issue. Still, they’re not razor-sharp, just enough to notice if you’re gripping the phone for extended periods.

Phandroid liked the phone’s design, saying, “The chrome frame (plastic but with a surprisingly solid feel) mixed with the curved glass and gorgeous white color give off a flagship impression both in the eyes and in the hand. Everything feels solid, there are no creaks, and you won’t be disappointed for this price point or double that.”

Display

Up front, you’re greeted by a 6.2-inch IPS display running at 1080-by-2270 pixels. While it’s not the flashiest screen released in 2019, it offers punchy colors and respectable contrast. It won’t get as dark as an AMOLED panel, but it’s plenty bright for outdoor use.

While it’s not 4K, it’s reviewers found it plenty detailed for reading blog posts, scrolling through social media, and watching the occasional video.

Ausdroid summed up opinions well, saying, “The screen is great, it runs at really nice resolution with a decent PPI and enough brightness to be easily read in the test outdoors.”

Performance

This is where the phone’s budget roots show most. With a 1.8Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 632 processor with 4GB of RAM, the phone won’t win any benchmark battles. However, reviews show it still offers an enjoyable experience for most use cases.

You won’t find that it struggles to play games or slows to crawl when running multiple apps. But you’re likely to notice slight delays when launching an app or installing new apps from the Google Play Store.

Phandroid put the phone through its paces and said, “The overall experience is decently smooth and snappy.”

Ausdroid agreed, saying, “Day to day the G7 will meet and exceed the needs of an ‘average user’ and have power to spare.”

Software

The phone ships with Android 9.0 Pie and a custom Moto skin. The skin’s changes are minimal, mostly adding Moto Actions -- gestures used to launch the camera, turn on the flashlight, and perform other common tasks.

Overall, reviewers loved the approach and found many of the Moto Action and Moto Display options handy.

The only downside you’ll find here is Moto’s track record for slow updates. While the phone is likely to see an update to Android Q when it’s available, it will probably come months later and security updates aren’t much faster.

Storage

The phone includes 64GB of internal storage. This is probably enough for casual users. However, if you need more space to store apps, games, or video, microSD support for cards up to 512GB has you covered.

Cameras

Cameras were another weak point for the phone in reviews. The dual rear camera with 12MP main lens and 5MP secondary depth-sensing lens received decent marks in excellent lighting. However, the moment lighting dips quality drops fast.

Reviews said the same of the 8MP front-facing selfie shooter.

This isn’t a camera phone by any stretch, but if you need to capture the occasional snapshot for social media or want to record a video, it’ll cover the basics with the added flair of an effective portrait mode. Just don’t expect good results as the sun sets.

Mobile Syrup notes, “What the camera does particularly well is it creates a genuine sense of depth. With the secondary camera, the device can take good shots with decent bokeh.”

Battery Life

A 3000mAh battery provides enough power to last a full day -- even if only just. However, support for USB Type-C Moto TurboPower fast charging offers quick top-offs if you need them. Unfortunately, despite the glass rear panel, you won’t find wireless charging support. Still, for most, reviews indicate the battery will cover the basics with no issues.

Audio

If you’re looking to stream music or watch movies, audio might be a mixed experience. Reviewers loved that phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, but the down-firing speaker at the bottom of the phone was easy to block with your hand. Also, while the audio is Dolby optimized, a single speaker can only do so much to add depth and spatial qualities.

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The Takeaway

Reviews all agreed the Moto G7 offers exceptional value for the price. However, it’s lack of a few key features -- such as NFC and wireless charging -- and a so-so camera stopped them from universally recommending it for everyone.

Still, if you’re looking for a solid budget-friendly pick and don’t need a super camera, it checks most other boxes at a fair price.

Wirecutter called the Moto G7 “... a good all-around phone with quick performance…”

Mobile Syrup also liked the phone, saying, “The Moto G7 is a good phone for those who want a device that can last the entire day, offer a smooth experience and is easy to use.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gearbrain

The Moto G7, even one year from launch, is still a smartphone that's worth considering as a first phone, or even a primary one. For those who just want an Android to handle calls, online needs, and can take decent photos, this $229 smartphone is one that should be on your radar.

- Lauren Barack, Gearbrain
The Wirecutter

The Moto G7 works on all major carriers, and we like its taller screen. But the build quality isn’t quite as good, and Motorola doesn’t update its phone software quickly or often.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter
Mobile Syrup

The Moto G7 is a good phone for those who want a device that can last the entire day, offer a smooth experience and is easy to use. It's also quite affordable and cleverly disguised as a premium device.

- Dean Daley, Mobile Syrup
Phandroid

The Moto G7 looks amazing, feels amazing, and performs pretty well for the price range. The low tier camera can be forgiven when so many other aspects were knocked out of the park. For $299, it’s really hard to complain when you get a USB-C port, a headphone jack, and an awesome display. However, th...

- Dima Aryeh, Phandroid
Ausdroid

Day to day the G7 will meet and exceed the needs of an “average user” and have power to spare. The screen is right up there with some of the top range devices on the market and when you take into account the dollars it’s not just great value, it is a genuinely solid and reliable device that is going...

- Phil Tann, Ausdroid


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Screen Size
6.2"

The Motorola Moto G7's screen size is 6.2 inches with 1080 x 2270 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Octa-core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 1500 minutes, 647 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto G7 Specs

Overview
Release date February 7, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Octa-core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.130 W/kg
Body: 1.440 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 545 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 647 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1500 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Ceramic Black, Clear White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.7 x 7.53 x 0.8 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 172 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2270 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (5 MP 2nd camera), Burst shot, HDR, Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-timer, Smile detection, HDR, Group selfie
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

NFC available for EU model.

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