Motorola launched so many mid-range phones in 2020 that from a point forward it becomes quite difficult to differentiate between them, even if you test and use each one. Compared to the generations of 2019, which each came with a different “flavor”, at least in the case of cameras, in 2020, the company probably launched as many models, but all with common elements. Moto G9 Plus does not deviate from this rule and comes with the basics for an average smartphone, without standing out with anything. But this could also be his advantage, because not everyone is looking for a device that stands out.
Motorola doesn’t make many design changes between its mid-range models
As with other recently launched Motorla models, the Moto G9 Plus is built from a combination of plastic and glass. From a distance, you might think it’s a glass-backed phone, but the truth is that Motorola uses glossy plastic on most of its recent mobile phone models.
Motorola doesn’t seem to be putting much effort into “miniaturizing” its phones. The Moto G9 Plus is slightly thicker than a 6.8 ”screen phone on the market, and that makes it significantly harder. At almost 9.7 mm without cover. Of course, as with other Motorola models, the case is included in the package and applied at the factory, so in use, the phone is over 10 mm thick. At 223 grams, however, this is one of the heaviest phones of recent times, rivaling the Ultra models from Samsung or Max from Apple.
However, even if it is big and heavy, the Moto G9 does not look bad. We are dealing with a large screen with thin edges, perforated in the upper left corner and a four-camera system on the back, in a module with a modern, rectangular design, the color of the back cover.
I previously mentioned the case, included in the package and applied directly to the phone from the factory, but it does not have a screen protector. We also have a 30W charger in the package, with TurboCharge, but not a pair of headphones. For a mid-range phone, this is not a problem, especially when it is equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which we see less and less on smartphones.
The screen is better than you would expect from a relatively inexpensive phone
The Moto G9 Plus is part of Motorola’s “regular” mid-range offering. While 5G models received more hardware upgrades in 2020, the G9 Plus only comes with standard hardware, which we’ve seen in the past. The screen is made using an IPS panel compatible with the HDR10 standard, with good brightness, but not extraordinary. It is made on a 20: 9 format, lower than the Motorola One Vision and Motorola One Action models, which offers a good viewing experience for those who will use the phone for movies, series or videos on YouTube.
Even for video games, at least for those who do not claim gaming at 120 Hz, as on “gaming” phones. In fact, at the price of the Moto G9 Plus, you do not expect to find a screen at 120 Hz or 90 Hz char. From my own experience, testing League of Legends: Wild Rift in 60 FPS mode with medium settings, everything was very smooth. This game, by the way, still doesn’t have a 120 Hz mode, so a higher-performance phone wouldn’t have helped.
Moto G9 Plus uses a not exactly new processor, but quite powerful for unpretentious users
Already, in 2021, the Snapdragon 730G hardware platform is not exactly a novelty, but it proved to be strong enough to last a long time on the market. Even though there are already newer models, it offers an acceptable level of performance for an average phone. Compared to Snapdragon 765, there is a difference even in normal use, but the price difference for a device with that chipset is commensurate with the performance offered.
In principle, Snapdragon 730 should run almost any game in the Play Store in good condition, set rather on “medium” options. Any other applications will run very well, but the wait times for opening an application may be longer. If the 4 GB memory does not seem enough to run all the usual applications, there is also a variant with 6 GB. For the present use case, with social networks, email, YouTube and a few other chat applications, 4 GB proved to be enough.
- 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme – 2.471
- PCMark – 7,730
- AnTuTu – 250.411
- GeekBench – Single-Core: 550 / Multi-Core: 1.749
When it comes to autonomy, the fact that Motorola chose to stick to a 60 Hz screen and a not extremely powerful processor and combined them with a large battery, leads to above average use. We are talking about two days of autonomy in normal conditions of use, with social media, photos taken with the camera, multiple e-mail accounts and messaging applications. Of course, those who button the phone all day, will be able to consume it one day from morning to evening.
Another advantage would be that it charges quickly with the 30W adapter in the package. For a cheap phone with a large battery, the advantage of a charging speed of just over an hour for a full charge is very welcome.
Software and other features
Motorola has fairly uniform software on all the phones it launches, so there are no major differences between the models. In fact, there are no big differences between Motorola software and the standard one from Google. We are dealing with a very little customized Android interface, but it is still on Android 10. Motorola usually updates the phones in the Moto G range to at least the next software version, and sometimes even to the next one.
Coming with Android 10, the Moto G9 Plus will definitely receive Android 11, at least, and regular security updates. When it comes to “bloatware”, there are few applications in addition to the standard ones from Google. Motorola offers an application for setting audio profiles, as well as the Moto application, which teaches you to use the capabilities to customize the user experience with gestures and shortcuts, as well as basic interface customizations.
The Moto G9 comes with both facial recognition using the front camera and a fingerprint sensor built into the Power button. Both work well, noting that only the fingerprint sensor is really “safe”. Facial recognition is just basic for comfort.
It should also be mentioned that we are dealing with only one speaker for sound playback. It offers a fairly high volume and good quality, but without yet a speaker to ensure stereo playback, it will be easy to cover in use, and music or movies will provide a much better listening experience using a pair of headphones.
Even though it has four cameras, the Moto G9 Plus doesn’t have much that can be considered really good. The combination of a 64 megapixel sensor without optical stabilization for wide camera with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens sensor is not exactly happy, especially due to the fact that these sensors are very small and therefore do not allow much light capture. The other two rooms are “extra”. The 2 megapixel macro camera has too low a resolution for good results, and the amount of light required is huge. The depth camera, on the other hand, is used only in portrait mode.
The results are, consequently, at the level of expectations according to the hardware specifications. We have decent photos for the main camera during the day, thanks to pixel binning technology, which turns 64-megapixel photos into 16-megapixel photos with low image noise and good detail. However, the ultra-wide camera offers not only weaker details, but also completely different colors and exposure time, so the photos are significantly darker. At night, even at night, the results are unfocused and noisy.
Clearly this is not a model you choose for the camera. By the way, if you’re not a big fan of photos posted on Instagram or Facebook and you don’t even claim to have a phone that shoots very well, the performance offered by Moto G9 Plus for occasional photos or videos could be “pretty good ”. However, there are other smartphones that offer better performance in this price category.
Apart from the camera and processor, Moto G9 Plus offers an experience almost identical to that of other models of the company launched in 2020. It is a decent phone, with an above average autonomy and an above average screen, with sizes perhaps too large for some of the users. It is somehow a perfect representative for the price range of 999 lei, how much it generally costs at a discount, often with a pair of true wireless headphones from Motorola in the package.
+ Decent screen, for the asking price
+ Only the main room is really useful
+ The fingerprint sensor on the button works well
+ Good autonomy
+ Includes cover in the package and 30W socket adapter
– Three of the rooms are disappointing
– The processor may appear outdated in some games or applications
– It does not differ much from other Motorola models
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