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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Android 11 has been out for a number of months now, but Motorola still chooses to deliver the Moto G9 Power with an older version. It is especially sour that the company only guarantees one major Android update and then stops it for the smartphone. So you only get Android 11 – a version that should have already been on the phone – and then it’s done. You will receive security updates for a longer period of time (at least until the end of 2022).
Although we have a lot to say about Motorola’s update policy, the software of the G9 Power is nice to use. Motorola opts for clean software without many additions and the company also hardly supplies its own apps. This makes everything work nice and smooth and the whole remains clear.
Cameras are a bit too limited
If we look at the cameras of the Moto G9 Power, there are major differences with last year’s Moto G8 Power. This device had four cameras on the back: a 16 megapixel main camera, 8 megapixel wide angle lens, 8 megapixel telephoto lens and 2 megapixel macro camera. The Moto G9 Power has three and in addition to a primary 64 megapixel camera, a macro and depth lens.
The lack of the wide-angle lens and – to a lesser extent – the telephoto lens is unfortunate and it simply makes the Moto G9 Power less versatile than its predecessor. The wide-angle lens in particular is a handy feature that we miss quite a bit. In addition, the phone’s macro camera and depth sensor add very little. The macro lens is almost useless due to the resolution of 2 megapixels and also has difficulty focusing. As a result, creating one close up quite a challenge.
The 64 megapixel main camera, on the other hand, performs well. The Moto G9 Power takes sharp photos with lots of detail, beautiful colors and an excellent dynamic range, especially in enough daylight. In the dark, the quality deteriorates considerably, but we see that more often with cheaper Android phones. Night mode makes dark snaps a little better, but you shouldn’t expect miracles.
6000 mAh battery is great
The Motorola Moto G9 Power is of course mainly about the battery life, which is excellent. With normal use, the phone will last almost two full days by default, even if you use it a little more intensively. If you are a light user, three days without charging is perfectly possible.
This is ideal if you often forget to charge your device, or if you just don’t want to worry about the battery of your smartphone anymore. Thanks to the low screen resolution, the device lasts longer than the Moto G8 Power and belongs to the absolute top in Android land in terms of battery life.
In the box of the Moto G9 Power is a fast charger of 20 Watt and that is neat. Charging, which goes via the USB-C port, takes quite a long time due to the large battery, but we can live with that. If the phone is full, you don’t have to think about charging for a long time.
Conclusion Motorola Moto G9 Power review
The Motorola Moto G9 Power is a great budget smartphone, but at some points a decline if you compare it with its predecessor. The screen is larger, but also much less sharp. In addition, you have fewer camera options and we think it is a shame that it still runs on old software. The update policy is also moderate.
The battery life is great and also the main reason to buy the Moto G9 Power. You just have to take into account that it is otherwise a fairly basic smartphone. If you can live with that, then the G9 Power is definitely worth it, especially because it only costs 199 euros. If you want something more, you can still go for the G8 Power, although this smartphone is supported for less time.
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Have you become enthusiastic after reading this review and do you want to buy the Motorola Moto G9 Power? The smartphone has a suggested retail price of 199 euros and is available in two colors: green and purple. Check the price comparison for a separate Moto G9 Power or go for the Moto G9 Power with subscription.
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