Motorola Moto G9 Power review: budget smartphone with great battery

The Motorola Moto G9 Power has a great battery life, but it is not an improvement over its predecessor. In this extensive review, we discuss the latest budget smartphone with 6000 mAh battery.

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This is the Motorola Moto G9 Power review

Bee Android Planet we are fans of the Motorola Power phones. The devices are mainly distinguished by the long battery life, but often also convince on other points. They have nice and smooth hardware, a good screen and a clean version of Android.

Last year’s Moto G8 Power was an excellent smartphone and a significant improvement over the previous year’s G7 Power. This time Motorola is taking a few steps back and that is a shame, because the G9 Power is in some respects a step back from its predecessor. Yet it is certainly not a wrong budget smartphone. You can read exactly how it works in this review.

Plastic design, (too) large screen

Let’s start with the design of the Moto G9 Power. The smartphone looks like a real Motorola phone, but feels a bit cheaper. This is due to the plastic case and back, which has a ripple-like finish. However, the housing is sturdy, not really smooth and plastic scratches less quickly than glass.

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The Moto G9 Power is a very large smartphone and cannot be operated with one hand. With 221 grams, it is also on the black side and therefore you always have to hold it with two hands. The nice thing is that the housing is water-resistant, so you can also use the phone when it rains outside.

The screen of the Moto G9 Power measures 6.8 inches, which is considerably larger than that of the Moto G8 Power, which has a 6.4-inch display. It is not a progress, and that is mainly due to the low resolution of 1640 by 720 pixels. Because the resolution is lower than with the G8 Power, the battery lasts longer, but on this screen format, the HD image is simply too little.

motorola moto g9 power review

Text looks a bit grainy and videos and photos aren’t super sharp when viewed. The screen can be quite bright and has a hole for the selfie camera, which looks sleek. However, we would have liked a higher Full HD resolution, even though it drains the battery a bit faster.

Hardware is smooth

Fortunately, the hardware of the Motorola Moto G9 Power is fine, although the smartphone is not necessarily faster than its predecessor. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 662 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. The Snapdragon 662 is also seen in other budget phones, such as the Nokia 5.4, Poco M3 and Motorola’s own Moto G9 Play.

motorola moto g9 power review

The G9 Power is not a speed monster, but fast enough for most users. Most apps and games run smoothly on the device and that ample amount of storage allows you to store many photos, videos and other files. The device is only a bit slow when you are going to take pictures, because then the camera app has trouble keeping up with you.

The fingerprint scanner, on the other hand, works well, but is actually a bit too high in the housing. That is annoying if you have smaller hands.

Furthermore, the Motorola Moto G9 Power is quite a complete budget phone. It has a headphone jack for wired headsets, bluetooth 5.0 and nfc for mobile payments. There is also dualsim support and you can choose to expand the storage with a micro-sd memory card, if the 128GB of standard space is not enough.

motorola moto g9 power review

Old software and few updates

In terms of software, the Moto G9 Power offers exactly what we are used to from Motorola. It runs on an almost bare version of Android, with a number of useful extras collected in the Moto app. It is a shame (and especially strange) that the phone still has Android 10, and not the new Android 11.

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