Moto G Power review

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Editors’ Note: This review looks at the Moto G Power released by Motorola in 2020. The phone maker has since come out with a new version, the Moto G Power (2021), that features the long-lasting battery and price, in addition to a sub-$200 version. Read our Moto G Power (2021) review to see how that new phone measures up to this model.

The Moto G Power has a tough act to follow. Its predecessor, the Moto G7 Power, was a bargain hunter’s dream phone, delivering the best battery life of any mobile device while only costing $249. That’s a package that should get anyone’s attention, so it’s no wonder the Moto G7 Power had been a mainstay on our list of the best cheap phones.

Moto G Power Specs

Starting price: $249
OS: Android 10
Screen size (Resolution): 6.4-inch LCD (2300 x 1080)
CPU: Snapdragon 665
Storage: 64GB
Expandable: Yes, up to 512GB
Rear Cameras: 16MP main (f/1.7), 8MP ultra wide angle (f/2.2), 2MP macro (f/2.2)
Front Camera: 16MP (f/2.0)
Battery Size: 5,000 mAh
Battery Life (Hrs:Mins): 16:10
Size: 6.3 x 3 x 0.38 inches
Weight: 7 ounces

For this year’s model, Motorola hasn’t changed the two key features. The Moto G Power still has the 5,000-mAh battery that helped the previous version of this phone outlast the competition. And you can get the Moto G Power for the same $249 price as before.

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If you hate paying big bucks for your smartphones, you really should consider the Moto G Power, even when taking budget options from Apple, Google and OnePlus into consideration. While battery life remains the main selling point here, our Moto G Power review found enough additional benefits like solid performance and good-for-their-price cameras that make this phone even more of a steal than it was before.

Moto G Power review: Price and availability

The Moto G Power costs $249, which is the same price the Moto G7 Power debuted at last year. It’s good to see Motorola hold the line on its budget phones, and not just because flagship devices are getting more expensive these days. With  budgets getting tighter, being able to grab a reliable phone for less than $250 is going to appeal to a lot of price-conscious shoppers.

You can buy the phone unlocked from Motorola, and retailers including Amazon, Best Buy and B&H Photo offer the phone, too. If you prefer to go through carriers to get your phone, you’ll find the Moto G Power at Verizon, Republic Wireless and Google Fi. (Google Fi is taking another $100 off the Moto G Power’s already low price as of this writing.) The phone also appears at Mint Mobile and Straight Talk these days.

The Moto G Power is just one of three Moto G phones introduced this year by Motorola. The Moto G Fast ($199) is the cheapest of the bunch, while the Moto G Stylus ($299) costs the most.

Moto G Power review: Design

You will not mistake the Moto G Power for a flagship device, particularly when you pick up the phone. It’s not that Motorola’s phone looks bad — it’s just that the G Power uses a plastic chassis and there’s not a lot you can do to disguise that. Motorola has given this phone a glossy finish on the back, which adds some polish to the phone’s looks.

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If you dislike the trend toward big, blocky camera arrays, you’ll appreciate how the Moto G Power handles its trio of rear lenses. They descend vertically down the left side of the phone with the main shooter all by itself. The ultra wide angle and macro lenses are in a separate bump along with the phone’s flash. That leaves space in the center of the phone for an easy-to-find fingerprint sensor.

As for the front camera, Motorola has placed it inside a punch-hole cutout in the upper left corner of the phone’s 6.4-inch display. That has allowed Motorola to shrink the Moto G Power’s bezels, though they haven’t gone away completely, particularly on the bottom of the screen.

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The 5,000 mAh battery that serves as the Moto G Power’s calling card also makes this a chunky phone. The G Power measures 6.3 x 3 x 0.38 inches, making it larger than the 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3-inch Pixel 4a, particularly when it comes to thickness. At 7 ounces, the Moto G Power is relatively weighty, too, outweighing both the Pixel 4a (5.04 ounces) and Nokia 7.2 (6.35 ounces).

You’ll get a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Moto G Power, an increasingly rare but still welcome sight. Motorola says the phone is “water repellant,” but there’s no IP rating. I’d guess that light spray and the odd sprinkle will likely pose no threat, but don’t drop this phone in the pool.

Moto G Power review: Display

If there’s one area where the Moto G Power really comes across as a budget phone, it’s the phone’s display. Motorola uses an LCD panel, which you’d expect in a sub-$300 phone. The 6.4-inch screen features Full HD+ resolution, which again is pretty standard on a phone of this kind.

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My issue with the Moto G Power screen is that colors don’t look vibrant on the phone’s display. Watching the No Time to Die trailer on the Moto G Power, scenes looked particularly shadowy, even when brightly lit. A close-up on Daniel Craig’s face looked especially dark on the Moto G Power’s screen, when it appeared better lit on other phones I’ve been using lately. Similarly, some older clips from Conan O’Brien’s show looked a little blown out on the Moto G Power’s display.

Our lab testing backed up my hands-on impressions. The phone showcases just 97% of the sRGB color spectrum in its default setting (which, ironically, is the saturated mode). That’s consistent with other phones in the latest Moto G series, including the Moto G Fast (97%) and Moto G Stylus (98%). To put that in perspective, the Nokia 7.2, another LCD-equipped budget phone, managed to capture 153% of the colors.

At least the colors on the Moto G Power are fairly accurate, given its Delta-E rating of 0.33. (The closer the number is to zero, the better.) That’s about what last year’s Moto G7 Power (0.35) was able to deliver.

While the colors on the Moto G Power screen didn’t impress me, the display’s brightness was more than satisfactory. We measured brightness at 500 nits for the Moto G Power, just ahead of the average for smartphones. Both the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE are brighter, at 681 nits and 653 nits respectively, but when using the Moto G Power outside, I never had to crank up the display to maximum brightness just to see the screen.

Moto G Power review: Cameras

Go back to just a few years ago when putting more than one camera on a budget phone was unthinkable. These days, Motorola has stuck three lenses on the back of the Moto G Power. And while they’re not going to produce phot

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