Moto G9 Power full review
This is the moto g9 power it’s a mid ranger and, as the name might suggest, it prioritizes battery life above everything else. But just how great is the battery life here, nor the trade offs worth it let’s find out in our full review Music. The moto g9 power is a mid range device built from plastic. The fingerprint style texture on its map back is quite interesting. The texture is rough and adds some extra grip. You get a water repellent coating protecting the internals too, like on other moto phones. However, the g9 power is very different from last year’s g8 power. In fact, looking at the spec sheet, you might call it somewhat of a downgrade rather than a 1080p display now there’s a 720p resolution. You don’t have stereo speakers this time around and instead of a versatile quad camera setup, including an ultra wide and telephoto. You just get a secondary macro cam and a depth sensor. Even the build materials are different. This is all plastic while the g8 power had an aluminum frame. So why would you go for this one instead? Well, the g power phones are built for battery life and, in that regard, this year’s model was a clear improvement. The g9 power has a larger 6 000 milliamp hour battery and with it was able to score an amazing 155 hours in our battery life tests. One of the best endurance ratings, we’ve, seen to date, you’ll be able to use the phone for a really long time without needing to charge.
But when you do, you can use the included 20 watt turbo charge adapter with such a large battery. We didn’t expect great charging speeds, but the g9 powers was actually slower than what we imagined. We were able to go from zero to only twenty percent charge in the first half an hour. The improvement in battery life this year appears to be not only thanks to the larger battery, but also the lower res lcd screen at 6.8. Inches it’s actually gotten larger, but the resolution has been bumped down to 720p. It has a standard, refresh rate and a punch hole for the selfie cam. We did notice some uneven back lighting around this hole, which is actually pretty common on lcds and most noticeable with a white background, and of course, since you have a low resolution on a larger screen, you have a pretty low pixel density of 263 ppi. This lends a bit of a grainy look to your interface and content. At least the contrast and black levels are pretty decent here and you can actually achieve pretty accurate colors. If you switch color modes and settings, the screen’s brightness is about average for an lcd around 430 nits maximum with the slider and 520 nits in auto mode in bright conditions, but the minimum brightness is commendable at just 3 nits for audio the moto g9 power has A traditional 3.5 millimeter jack great for plugging in your traditional headphones, especially sensors, fm radio on board.
But, as i mentioned earlier, you only get a single bottom firing speaker here rather than the loud stereo speakers of last year’s model. This speaker earned an average score in our loudness test, and quality is alright with decent mids, but highs are lacking Music. The other feature that’s a downgrade from last year, is the camera setup. However, while the g8 powers cameras were very versatile, we weren’t impressed with the actual quality there so let’s see what the g9 power can do. The g9 power has three cameras on the back: a 64 megapixel quad, bayer main cam, a 2 megapixel macro camera and a depth sensor. 16 megapixel photos from the main camera turned out a lot better than we expected they’re excellent for this class with rich detail. True to life, colors, acceptable noise levels and wide dynamic range it’s, a clear upgrade over the quality of last year’s main cam. You could argue that it’s better to have one good camera than a bunch of mediocre ones. The 2 megapixel depth sensor should lend a hand to the main cam in portrait mode. These are great with abundant detail, nice contrast and decent subject: separation, close up shots taken with the 2 megapixel macro camera are ok, you get enough detail, but the contrast and colors leave more to be desired, and even though there is autofocus the photos don’t always come Out sharp low light photos from the main cam aren’t, very good. They are underexposed, poor in detail and quite noisy.
The colors are washed out too using night vision mode does improve the exposure and the color dramatically. It also gets rid of noise, but you end up with less detail for selfies. The g9 power has a 16 megapixel quad bayer front facing cam and photos come out in 4 megapixels by default. They have good detail and excellent colors and contrast, but limited dynamic range. Unlike the moto g8 power, the g9 can’t shoot 4k video 1080p videos captured by the main cam are average in detail, but with good colors contrast and dynamic range and well handled noise. There is electronic stabilization too. Now let’s go over some of the g9 power’s other features, although more and more phones are updating to the new android 11 motorola phones are still bringing a near stock version of android 10 with some moto functions, sprinkled in here and there pretty much everything is handled By google’s apps, including multimedia, except for motorola’s radio app, you can check out pretty much all of moto’s proprietary features through the handy moto interface. These include customization options for your layouts and icons. Another feature worth mentioning here is peak display, it’s, not an always on display, but it allows you to light up a similar sort of interface. When you pick up the phone, you get the time and notifications which you can interact with without having to unlock unlocking the phone is done with a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, which is plenty fast and accurate, and for storage.
You get 128 gigs onboard the moto g9 power, and it is expandable via microsd. Under the hood of the g9 power is a snapdragon 662 chipset, which is built on an 11 nanometer process, it’s quite similar to the snapdragon 665 inside of last year’s model in benchmarks. Cpu performance, isn’t terrible, but the g9 power falls behind other phones in this price range it’s, also not very impressive. Gpu wise. However, thanks to its low res display, it’s, actually able to perform better than last year’s model and benchmarks as well as gaming. You can get some acceptable gameplay if you dial down graphic settings still when browsing the interface things do feel a bit sluggish from time to time so that’s the moto g9 power. You get a comfortable build with a grippy finish, a large lcd screen, a capable main camera and some of the best battery life in the business. However, there are a few shortcomings here. Mediocre chipset performance is somewhat expected at this price, but it’s worth mentioning, plus the low screen resolution and the single speaker instead of stereo speakers, aren’t very welcome changes from last year’s model and while we like the improved main camera, we miss having a more versatile setup. So, overall, in this price range, the moto g9 power is a decent phone. If incredible battery life is what you’re really looking for, but as far as the rest of the features go, there are competitors that can offer more.