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Review by 43 year old American male. I needed a new cell phone that has a few specific features. Long battery life, a current barebones Android OS, and water resistancy. The battery life in the Moto G Power is beyond excellent... it goes and goes for days. It came out of the box undamaged and well packaged with all needed accessories included. It has basic Android 10 (with the May update running perfect) and without any extra crapps installed besides a few Motorola necessities that make operation simple. I don't have a car... but I ride a Harley-Davidson everywhere, the other day I had the Moto G Power mounted to my handlebars during a rainstorm and the phone still works perfect. I have installed some upgrades - 1) T-mobile simm card 2) UAG brand case/cover (retails $30+) that I purchased online from Best Buy for about $15... use coupon code "20percentoff" during checkout for a nice discount. 3) Patriot 256gb micro SD card for extra file/photo/video storage - purchased on Amazon. 4) [3 pack] Janmitta screen protector HD clear anti-scratch no bubble tempered glass film - purchased on Amazon. All upgrades fit and work as intended.
I LOVE THIS PHONE. I am 69 years. I just want a phone that is easy for me to handle. My last phone was junk. I usually struggle with tech but the MOTO G POWER phone is so easy for me. There is lots of support and tips on this phone. The features and keyboard are LARGE EASY TO SEE and to READ THE SCREEN, BEAUTIFUL COLOR, long battery life, GREAT SOUND/CAN BE LOUD IF YOU NEED. The camera takes wonderful pictures. I am not using the fingerprint feature because with all the DYI and yard work I do, I don't have fingerprints. FOR WHAT I GET WITH THIS PHONE THE PRICE IS VERY RIGHT. I highly recommend this phone. Linda
I am not even a casual cel phone user and my last phone was a Galaxy S3, so I'm badly behind the times. I needed a new phone for my work and I laid out the criteria of what I was after - a massive battery life, 1080p HD screen, the latest Android OS (10 in this case), a fingerprint reader, an excellent quality camera capability, and the ability to play emulated games that would include the 'harder to run' ROMs for Playstation Portable emu. I also needed the phone to be USA carrier unlocked and be ready to use Mint Mobile as my provider.
After watching about an hour of reviews for different phones, I ordered this one. Motorola knocked it out of the park with this phone's specs vs the price point. It's farkin' amazing. I've tested it out, and it does absolutely everything that I was after, including running God of War on the Emu which usually cripples most budget phones. It didn't come with a bunch of junkware (aside from Goggle Discover) and the few pieces it had, I was able to remove or disable immediately. I'm very pleased, and will end up using this thing for a loooong time.
I just got an iPhone XR around Dec 2019. It took a while to get use to. I started a return but kept it anyway. The longer I had it the more it didn't do what I needed. I found the Moto G Power when I wasn't looking. Expandable storage, plays local media, doesn't have to be constantly connected to work perfect, Bluetooth connected to everything and all my old apps were waiting to be used again. Also i can make it look like I want it to look. All for less than half of what I paid for an XR.
The hardware demands for 90% of the tasks people use their phones for is fairly low. I've been buying phones in the "budget tier" for many years now. I need some more time with it, but the Moto G Power is probably the best one I've used.
Just received this yesterday. I had an S10e for my personal cell which I did not use much as I was generally using my work cell + I use MySMS for texting on my personal # that I did from my PC. Decided though that I was going to use my personal phone more, so wanted something bigger. I do not play games or anything CPU/GPU intensive on my phone, so figured this should fit the bill quite nicely.
-Setup was easy. I use Nova Launcher Prime, so can customize icon sizes, layout, etc to my liking. -Read some reviews that on screen colors and pics weren't the greatest. Seems fine to me when compared to my iPhone XR. Maybe not quite the same, but close enough for me. -Battery life is the strong suit of this phone. -I kinda like the finger print sensor on the back. Easy to get with either of my pointer fingers. -Phone does not have facial unlock it seems. Not a huge deal, but is convenient on my iPhone, especially when I can use it for apps like my bank, etc to log in. -Apps load quickly, have had no issues there. -Made a few calls and they were clear -Used my noise cancelling headphones via bluetooth to listen to some music. Had some jumbled lag a couple of times, but very well could have been the headphones. Will see if this continues. -Something else I read in reviews was the 'cheap' look of the plastic back...well, I use a case, so who cares?? -If NFC and/or wireless charging are critical to you, then this is not the phone for you (Again, keep in mind the price point) as it has neither. I really don't use NFC and if I do, I use my apple watch or iPhone for it. I do like wireless charging, but not a big deal for me that I can't with this phone since I have to take off the case bc of the metal plate I use for magnet mounting in the car. Also, since the battery lasts so long, charging is not as critical most of the time.
Bottom line, for $250 (Plus I used my citicard, so spread out over 6 monthly payments with no interest) you cannot go wrong here. Flagship phones these days seem to be total overkill for 90% of the users out there. If I am going to spend $1000 or more for a phone, I want it to cook meals, wash and fold my laundry and walk my dog - not give me a few extra fps for a game I am not even going to play.
Let's start with cons. Deal breaker is camera rattle. Yes rattle.. the camera area seems to have a unusual light rattle to it. When you tap it or if phone vibrates, you can hear it. This is a major problem. Second... distant 2nd... the front camera location makes the screen around it discolor a bit.. it's not clean. A bit of a eye sore... also coming from other Androids this is the location of notifications normally. Not good to have a huge hole there. Fingerprint scanner on the back side is not great, just ok. Screen is nice and big, but requires two hand operation if you don't want to drop it. The default no navigation buttons CAN BE SWITCHED TO 3 BUTTON navi. No buttons is just terrible to function. At the end it's a decent phone except for the camera RATTLE, sending this one back to try another... maybe the camera is just defective maybe not.
I came from an iPhone 7, and haven't used android since 2013. Wow, has Android matured in that time. If you are in the iOS ecosystem and are considering going Android, this is a great phone to try. For $250 I was expecting a sluggish phone, but it has been peppy with everything I throw at it. Fingerprint reader works great, even with a case, camera is as good as my iPhone was. Form factor is as good as my iPhone. Battery is amazing. I charged it yesterday at noon to 100% and it has been on receiving calls, texts, and app notifications for 24 hours unplugged. It is at 90% battery.
If you want to be picky, you can complain that the back case is plastic. But for $250, I'd rather them skimp on the back case and keep the guts as good as this phone is. I don't use a ton of apps, so 64 GB is fine for me. If you are an app-aholic, take a look at the Moto G Stylus. Better camera and 128 gb storage. Also, Motorola is only going to support it up to Android 11, so if you keep your phone for years and years then you'll fall behind on updates. But heck, for the price, you could just buy a new one every year and come out better off than buying a flagship phone.
I put a 32 GB microSD card in it when I started it (I had a spare lying around). It recognized and formatted it with no problem. The only problem is that it doesn't expand the 64GB internal storage for apps, it just stores media there. Again, I don't use a ton of apps, so it works fine for me.
I connected it to my Ubuntu 20 laptop using KDE Connect. No problems there, they talk to each other just fine. As mentioned before I got Pulse for SMS so I can send and receive all my SMS messages on my Linux machine (unlike the iPhone that would only show iMessages). Dropbox keeps my photos sync'ed between devices.
I guess if you throw this against a current gen flagship Samsung or Apple phone, you might notice a difference. I came from a 4 year old iPhone and this phone is an upgrade. I can't recommend it enough, especially for the price. At 1/4 the price of an iPhone, I could buy a new one every year and come out equal. But with the quality of this phone's hardware, that won't be necessary.
I've had a few phones from Asus with the large battery, and love how long they last, however they were only GSM compatible. For this being a new phone for the price of $250, its the best deal ever! Obviously the battery life is excellent. Haven't had a phone last this long since I had a flip phone. Screen is large and easy to read and has great picture quality. I was surprised how good the speakers sound on this phone! I've never had a device this small sound so good! Finger print reader is really fast. Compared to other phones I've had, this one seems almost instant. The phone itself is also fast! Having 4 gigs of ram seems to do the trick! I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone!