Moto G Power Intro
The Moto G Power (2022) is the latest addition to one of the most popular budget phone series, which is recognized for offering extremely extended battery life on a handset that costs less than $200.
This current iteration includes a 6.5-inch LCD screen with a 90Hz rapid refresh rate, a MediaTek processor, a triple camera system on the back (of which only one is functional because the other two are a macro and depth sensor), and the big highlight in the shape of a massive, 5,000mAh battery.
Unfortunately, Motorola has positioned this near the bottom of the price list, implying that a number of concessions have been made. The Moto G Power (2022) excels in the areas of camera, display quality, and performance. Should you put up with it in order to save a few dollars? Is the new Moto G Power a phone worth purchasing? Let’s dig a little deeper.
Motorola Moto G Power (2022)
- Dirt cheap price
- Great battery life
- Solid 128GB of on-board storage
- Fast and accurate fingerprint scanner
- LCD screen with bleak colors and low resolution
- Feels stuttery
- Runs older Android 11 at launch
- Average camera quality
- Poor haptics
Moto G Power Design & Display
The G Power is constructed of plastic, which we don’t mind because it has a nice wave-like pattern on the rear and, combined with the pill-shaped camera system, it appears even more trendy for the price.
Unfortunately, the phone’s front has these massive screen borders, with an especially large one at the top and bottom.
Despite its larger size and battery capacity, the phone manages to keep a manageable weight. The power and volume buttons are all on the right side, and they have a good amount of travel and feel clicky. A USB-C port is on the bottom, while a 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top.
The SIM slot on the left side is a hybrid kind, which means it can take two SIM cards or a single SIM + microSD card, which we appreciate.
A fingerprint scanner of the classic variety is neatly placed in the “M” Motorola logo on the rear, which is quick and very reliable, a major step up from subpar in-screen fingerprint readers.
The 6.5-inch screen is larger than most, but it’s an LCD with drab colors. The white balance is also incorrect, as colors appear to be all over the place, and the screen quality is obviously lacking.
Support for a 90Hz rapid refresh rate is a standout feature in this price range, and although it does offer some much-needed smoothness to scrolling, and we appreciate it, it’s not a replacement for correct color balancing.
Moto G Power Performance
One of the main benefits of purchasing this dirt cheap new G Power is that it comes with a massive 5,000mAh battery that lasts forever.
In our tests, this phone easily lasted two days between charges, which is something that only a few even more expensive phones can claim. Motorola claims that you can extend the battery life to three days, and we can confirm that this is achievable if you don’t overwork your phone.
Surprisingly, the Motorola came close to matching the Samsung Galaxy A32 in terms of YouTube video streaming, and both scored among the highest we’ve seen, indicating that the Motorola’s battery life is excellent.
Unfortunately, charging at only 10W rates is slow, so fully charging the large battery will take more than two hours. Wireless charging is not supported, which is understandable given the low price.
Moto G Power Camera
While it appears that you receive a triple back camera, only the main 50MP camera counts, and the other two are 2MP macro and depth lenses that are essentially useless.
The main camera records 12.5MP photos with quad binning by default, which appear nice in good light but have bleaker colors and less detail in the shadows, and quality quickly degrades in low light. At this pricing point, we must keep our expectations in check once more.
Although the camera has a Night Vision setting that lets you to capture more light in the dark, the colors are still subdued and the clarity is poor.
An 8MP camera on the front takes decent selfies with warm tonalities and a good level of detail.
It’s impossible to get a great camera phone at this price, so for anyone who values a good camera, we recommend doubling your budget to the Pixel 5a which has an official price of $450.
Moto G Power Audio Quality
We encountered no serious concerns with the G Power’s call quality. However, listening to music through the loudspeakers wasn’t the ideal experience, especially when the volume was turned up high and the sound started to distort and there was little bass, resulting in a hissy sound.
Thankfully, the phone has a 3.5mm headphone socket on the top, making it simple to connect wired headphones.
Moto G Power Competitors
The Moto G Power is priced at around $200, making it one of the cheapest new phones on the market. We’ve listed a few phones below that are only a little bit more pricey yet provide a significantly better experience.
Those searching for a camera that is anything more than mediocre should consider investing a little extra ($280 at the time of writing) in a device like the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, which can shoot far better-looking images and videos.
The OnePlus Nord N200 is another amazing choice that costs only little more and comes with a 1080p screen, better performance, and a lot more elegance.
If Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 series is available in your area, it also offers more bang for your buck, thanks to more powerful CPUs on board for speedier performance.
Moto G Power Summary and final verdict
The Moto G Power is a straightforward phone with a long battery life. It performs well in everyday chores, however the CPU is slow even when browsing and especially when performing more intensive work. We also found the LCD screen to be of poor quality, and while the 90Hz feature is a nice bonus, better screen quality and a greater resolution would have been preferable. The camera is serviceable, but at this price point, you have to make too many compromises, and it’s those compromises that wind up hurting the G Power.
It’s also frustrating that this phone comes with an older version of Android 11, with Motorola promising only one big update in the future.
The G Power 2022 version is all about price and battery life, and if those are important to you, it will serve you well. Still, if performance or camera quality are important to you, you should spend a little more money, which will get you a far more powerful phone overall.