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This Moto G9 Power review is likely to interest anyone shopping for the best Android phone on a budget: Motorola has a long history of producing affordable phones with plenty of performance and up-to-date features, this one is no different.
Following on from 2020's Moto G8 Power, a phone with a big battery and very reasonable price tag, this new edition has kept to a similar template. The only changes are small tweaks to its appearance and some updates to the internal components. The Moto G9 Power definitely qualifies as one of the best cheap phones.
In our comprehensive T3 review of the Moto G9 Power we'll take an in-depth look at the phone in all the key areas – from battery life to camera performance to the onboard software. It's worth noting that the Power series has since been discontinued, you'll need to look to the more recent Moto G31 models.
Moto G9 Power review: Price and release date
The Moto G9 Power was released in November 2020. At launch the handset was given a recommended retail price of £179.99 in the UK, €199.99 across the rest of Europe, and $249.99 in the US. You can the latest prices and contract offers in our price checker below (but it may now be tricky to obtain this older handset).
Moto G9 Power review: Design & screen
The Moto G9 Power doesn't deviate too much from the normal Motorola template, though the rectangular rear camera array up in the top left-hand corner on the back of the casing is different from Moto G8 series of phones. It looks as though the current generation of Motorola handsets are all going to follow this new design, and to our eyes it looks rather stylish. The fingerprint sensor sits on the back too, sporting the Motorola logo (face unlock is also available, if you prefer).
Otherwise this is quite a standard, plain-looking smartphone. It's easy on the eye but it also has that slightly thicker, slightly cheaper feel that a lot of budget handsets have – while there's nothing majorly offensive about the aesthetics of the Moto G9 Power, you can tell you're not holding something premium like the Galaxy S21 when you pick it up. A green-ish Metallic Sage (as shown off by our review unit) and a purple-ish Electric Violet are your two choices as far as colours go.
Aside from the display, the body is all plastic, and we appreciate the slightly textured effect that Motorola has put on the back here – it makes the phone easier to grip when you're holding it, and adds a little bit of polish to the overall design. Motorola describes the G9 Power as "water-repellent", so while you don't get any official IP rating for protection against liquids and dust, the phone should be able to survive a few splashes.
There are no surprises here in terms of ports or buttons, or where they're placed. The volume and power buttons are on the right as you look at the display of the phone, and on the left you've got the SIM card slot and a dedicated button for Google Assistant (a feature we often find useful). There's a single loudspeaker down at the bottom, alongside a USB-C port for data transfer and charging, and the phone does include a 3.5 mm headphone jack that's sensibly positioned on the front.
The only standout feature of the IPS LCD display on the Moto G9 Power is its size: at 6.8 inches it's definitely bigger than most, so those with small hands (or pockets) might want to look elsewhere for their next smartphone. There's a chunky bottom chin, but the other bezels are nice and narrow, and the only interruption to the display is a punch hole notch up in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
While the display is certainly big, the 720x1640 pixel resolution means it's not as sharp as a lot of other handsets out there, and we also found the maximum brightness level to be rather underwhelming. It's also worth mentioning that you don't get any HDR processing on the Moto G9 Power display. Everything about the phone needs to be weighed up against it's very affordable price, but the screen is one of the areas where you can tell that Motorola has saved itself some money.
Moto G9 Power review: Camera and battery
The Moto G9 Power has a single 16MP selfie camera on the front and a triple-lens 64MP wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth rear camera on the back (the fourth circle in the rear camera rectangle is the flash). It's not an overly impressive camera setup – without any ultrawide mode, optical zoom capabilities, or optical image stabilisation – but at the sort of price the phone sells for, it's actually quite a decent offering.
The main 64MP camera does a solid job of taking photos for you in good lighting conditions, although the shutter speed is just a touch slower than it is on the very best handsets, and you need a steady hand to get the best shots. A lot of the photos we took with the Moto G9 Power in the daylight came out crisp, bright and vivid, with sharp details and colours that are well balanced. The results are certainly more than good enough for posting to social media.
As the light wanes, the shortcomings of the rear camera on the Moto G9 Power start to show up: details get lost and blurred, and there's a lot of noise and pixelation. The photos that you get at night are just about usable, most of the time, but they're a long way from the pictures that you can get in low light from more expensive mid-range phones. This isn't a phone camera that you'd want to rely on to get a great shot in the darkness.
There is a night mode available on the camera, but it doesn't do much more than try and boost the brightness of the image as it's captured: it's not really going to pick out any extra detail from the darker areas of your pictures. It's worth mentioning that you do get a few cool photo and video modes with the Motorola software, including a spot colour picture mode and a timelapse video mode, but they're not enough to make up for what is only an average set of cameras overall. The macro mode does have its uses to be fair, and can produce some good results, but you'll need a very steady hand to use it.
Battery life is impressive – it's one of the main reasons to buy the Moto G9 Power (as you might have guessed from its name), because there's a 6,000mAh-capacity battery packed in here. With the low-res screen and modest internal components, you can even stretch to multiple days of use with this phone, and the handset is also very good at holding its charge when you're not doing anything with it – it's not going to drain quickly while it's sat in a drawer or on a desk.
In a two-hour video streaming test, with the volume set low and the screen brightness ramped up to maximum, the battery level of the Moto G9 Power dipped just 13 percent, from 100 percent to 87 percent – a very decent result, suggesting some 15-16 hours of video streaming overall. No other Motorola phone has had a battery this big in it before (it's actually one of the biggest phone batteries you'll find from any manufacturer right now, and it really makes a difference. There's no wireless charging here however, and the wired charging speed tops out at 20W.
Moto G9 Power review: Specs and features
You certainly aren't going to be buying the Moto G9 Power for its performance: this phone will run everything in the Google Play Store, but more demanding apps will be sluggish, and the most intense games will still have sub-par frame rates even when you've dialled down the graphics quality settings as much as you can. It's certainly possible to get by with the G9 Power, but it's not for serious gamers or power users.
The Geekbench 5 scores of 315 (single-core), 1411 (multi-core) and 374 (OpenCL) backs that up – those benchmarks are significantly lower than phones like the Moto G 5G Plus, and are blown away by top-end handsets such as the OnePlus 8 Pro. The slow speed doesn't make the phone unusable, but any slower and it would start to get frustrating as far as the user experience goes. That's worth bearing in mind if you think that the Moto G9 Power could be your next handset.
In terms of specifics, the phone is powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, alongside 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (which you can expand with a memory card if you need to). There's no 5G here, but then you wouldn't really expect it at this price, and the majority of us should be able to get by with 4G speeds for the next few years anyway. The latest Wi-Fi 6 tech is missing too, but again that's not really a dealbreaker at this stage.
As usual with Motorola, the Moto G9 Power comes with a clean and unfussy version of Android that's pretty close to the stock version that Google puts on its own phones. While the handset comes running Android 10 rather than the very latest Android 11, it is one of the better Android skins on the market at the moment, with very little in the way of bloat – maybe another reason to choose a Motorola phone (the Android phones pushed out by the Chinese manufacturers tend to be less impressive in this area, for example).
The phone does support customisable gestures, so you can trigger actions like taking a screenshot or turning on the flashlight through certain movements of your hands and fingers – perhaps not the most compelling of features on a phone, but it's something else to take note of. One of our favourites is being able to flip over the phone face down on a surface and have the Do Not Disturb mode turn on automatically.
It's all about the value for money as far as performance on the Moto G9 Power is concerned. By many metrics you're really getting the bare minimum needed in terms of specs to properly run an Android smartphone, but the handset has just about enough oomph that it's satisfactorily speedy for day-to-day use, and for the majority of games. Overall it's probably better than you might expect considering the price that you're paying for the phone, which is all you can really ask for.
Moto G9 Power review: Competition and verdict
It's always difficult delivering a verdict on a budget phone such as the Moto G9 Power, because these handsets are obviously not as good as their more expensive competitors – but they are very affordable, and for a lot of people buying a new smartphone, that's a very important consideration. As you would expect from Motorola, the Moto G9 Power delivers a lot of value for money.
You'll struggle to find a phone cheaper than this today that isn't seriously compromised in terms of performance and features, and everything else about the phone needs to be weighed up with that in mind: the somewhat lacklustre screen, the so-so internal components, the average camera performance in low light, and so on. At the end of the day the Moto G9 Power will do everything you need a smartphone to do, so maybe the question is why you would pay any more?
Besides the low price of the Moto G9 Power, the other main reason to put this device top of your shopping list is that 6,000mAh battery, which means the phone just keeps going and going. It's one of the best phones on the market at the moment in terms of battery life, though with fast charging and wireless charging now so widespread, battery life is perhaps not the major consideration that it once was.
One of the issues with choosing the Moto G9 Power as your next smartphone is that there are so many good rival handsets around. Okay, phones like the iPhone SE 2020 and the OnePlus Nord might be double the price of the G9 Power, but they're still on the affordable side – and they're a lot better than the Motorola in terms of design, screen quality, performance, photo and video taking, and so on. Phones like the Nokia 5.4 and the Xiaomi Redmi 9 give Motorola plenty of competition at the budget level too.
Whether this is the phone for you is going to depend largely on what you're going to be using your smartphone for: if you need the very best in night photography and are going to be spending a lot of your time on the most demanding games that Android has to offer, then it might be worth saving up until you can afford a more expensive purchase. If you just need a phone that'll cover the basics and last and last on a single battery charge, then the Moto G9 Power might be the phone for you.
Overall, we came away mostly impressed with what the Moto G9 Power had to offer – it's certainly one of the best budget Android phones on the market at the moment, and when you consider the low, low price that it's going for, it's hard to complain too much about the various shortcomings of the phone. It certainly isn't going to do Motorola's reputation as a leading budget handset maker any damage at all.
The Moto G9 Power is going to appeal if you want a budget phone with a big screen and a battery that lasts and lasts. Apart from the price and the battery, there's not a whole lot that excels about this handset, but it's still one of the best phones on the market for this low a price.Is Moto G9 worth buying? ›
Sure the night mode and selfie camera could use some changes and the display could use a slight upgrade, but most phones offer similar details at the price of 11K. All in all, the Moto G9 is a decent option for budget buyers.How long does the Moto G9 Power battery last? ›
The Moto G9 Power has one of the beefiest batteries within a smartphone - a massive 6,000mAh cell. According to Motorola, it should last you about 60 hours on a single charge.What is the biggest battery Moto G? ›
Along with a huge 5,000mAh battery, the Motorola Moto G Power 5G (Lord help me; that is actually the full product name) includes a MediaTek Dimensity 930 processor with 4GB of RAM.What is the difference between Moto G9 Plus and G9 power? ›
Moto G9 Plus has a midrange gaming Snapdragon 730G SoC whereas Moto G9 Power is backed by a Snapdragon 662 octa-core chipset. Two of these phones have 4GB of RAM for the background tasks. Whereas, Moto G9 Plus houses a better Adreno618 GPU over Moto G9 Power's Adreno 610 GPU.Does Moto G9 power have 5G? ›
There is a fingerprint sensor on the back. Connectivity options include 5G, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C port, GPS, and more.Why is my Moto battery dying so fast? ›
Here are some of the most common ones: There are too many push notifications and alerts draining the battery. There are too many apps running location services. There are too many apps running in the background.How many years does a Moto battery last? ›
According to Motor Gear Expert, a sealed Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) battery usually lasts from about three to five years. A conventional acid-filled battery has a lifetime of two to five years. If you suspect it's time to replace your motorcycle battery, the following are tips on how to do it right.Why Moto G9 power charging slowly? ›
Battery charging rate will start to slow down when the battery temperature reaches 44°C or above. Once device cools down, charging rate will go back to normal for Turbo charging.Which Motorola battery is best? ›
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra: The best Motorola phone
Performance manages to keep up with flagships that cost hundreds more, the OLED display is colour accurate and supports a buttery smooth 144Hz refresh rate, and the 25-hour battery life is among the best we've tested.
Doogee V Max specifications include a whopping 22,000mAh battery, Android 12, a 32MP selfie camera, and more.Is Moto E or G better? ›
The screen on the Moto G Fast has better color accuracy and is much brighter than the Moto E's display. The hole-punch camera on the Moto G Fast's screen looks incredibly premium compared to the water drop notch on the Moto E, too. The Moto G Fast looks sporty in its white iridescent finish.What is the original price of Moto G9 power? ›
|Motorola Moto G9 Power 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage||Rs. 28,999|
|Motorola Moto G9 Power 4GB RAM and 128GB Storage||Rs. 31,999|
|Moto G9 Plus in Rose Gold|
|Related||Moto G (2021)|
Connectivity options on the Motorola Moto G9 Power include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth v5. 00, NFC, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India).Does Moto G9 Power have Gorilla Glass? ›
Does Moto G9 Power feature Gorilla Glass Protection? A. No, although Moto G9 Power sports some sort of unspecified shield, it's not Corning's Gorilla Glass.Does Moto G9 Power have a good camera? ›
The Moto G9 Power captures 1080p videos with its main camera, both at 30fps and 60fps. Unlike the Moto G8 Power, the G9 Power cannot shoot 4K videos. The 1080p footage from the main camera is average in detail but with good colors, contrast and dynamic range.Which is best Motorola G8 or G9? ›
The Moto G9 has all the modern connectivity options that include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5. 0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB-Type C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Moto G8 also has most of these options, though it lacks NFC and has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Both phones also come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.Which Motorola phone is best for 5G? ›
- moto g82 5g.
- moto g73 5g.
- moto g72.
- moto g62 5g.
- moto g53.
- moto g52.
- moto g42.
- moto g32.
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
|Announced||2020, August 24|
|Status||Available. Released 2020, August 28|
Take care of your battery
Avoid situations where your phone can overheat, especially when your battery is fully charged. Your battery drains much faster when it's hot, even when not in use. This kind of drain can damage your battery.
Having said that, experts recommend charging the battery from zero to 100-percent about once a month. This will reset your phone, and help it run quicker as well.How can I make my phone battery strong again? ›
- Turn On Power Saving Mode. ...
- Adjust Screen Brightness. ...
- Manage Your Lock Screen. ...
- Set When Your Screen Times Out. ...
- Turn Off Location and Wireless Services. ...
- Turn Off Background App Refresh and Updates. ...
- Disable Active Listening.
Note: Motorola no longer sells replacement batteries, however some users have had success purchasing replacements through outside vendors. Turn your phone upside down, and put your fingernail in the notch on the bottom corner. Pry off the cover. Don't be afraid to use a little muscle.When should you replace your phone battery life? ›
- How to Check Your Battery's Health. For Android. For iOS.
- You Need A Battery Replacement When: Battery is Overheating. The Battery Quickly Runs Out of Power. The Phone Won't Turn On. Random Shut-Offs.
- Few Things to Consider.
The phone ships with a compatible 30W charger branded as TurboPower but can also charge over the Power Delivery 3.0 charging standard. In any case, with the provided charger, the G9 Plus got 54% of its battery in just 30 minutes while a full charge from 0 took about 1:15h.
Motorola calls it TurboPower fast charging, and it's rated at 20W, but it doesn't seem to be enough for a 5,000 mAh battery. In our 30-minute charging test, the battery replenished about 31% of its capacity, while a full charge took a good 2:39 hours.How can I make my Motorola charge faster? ›
- Plug it into the wall, not your computer. ...
- Turn your phone off. ...
- Don't use your phone while it's charging. ...
- Switch to airplane mode. ...
- Get a heavy-duty fast charging cable. ...
- Invest in a portable charger.
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Best Overall Android. ...
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus. Also great Android flagship. ...
- Google Pixel 7 (Snow) Best Value Android Phone. ...
- Samsung Galaxy A54 5G. Best Mid-Range Android. ...
- OnePlus 11. ...
- Google Pixel 7 Pro. ...
- Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate. ...
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
In general, batteries made by reputable companies with strong brand names do indeed perform better than the cheap stuff. Energizer, and Duracell (probably the most expensive battery brands) are among the best performers. It turns out that when it comes to batteries, you get what you pay for.Which Chinese phone has big battery? ›
In the battery section, the Vivo X50 series is quite good. Although the X50 pro uses an average 4,315 mAh battery, its 33W fast charge is quite impressive. Furthermore, the Vivo X50 Pro+ is even better. It comes with a 4,350mAh battery which supports a 44W flash charge.Which phone has the best lifespan? ›
The average iPhone lifespan is 4-10 years. Apple models generally last much longer than what is expected of most smartphones, which typically only last two to four years. iPhones are also considered to have the highest lifespan among all smartphone brands in the industry.Do bigger phones have better battery? ›
A larger battery has more capacity, measured through milliampere-hour (mAh) or watt-hour (Wh). More capacity means more power for your device. However, this only really works when you compare two devices with the same hardware and software doing the same tasks.Is Samsung faster than Motorola? ›
We highly recommend Motorola over Samsung for anyone looking for a quality phone at an affordable price. Motorola and Samsung are both great phone brands, but Motorola is better than Samsung. Motorola has better features, such as a longer battery life, faster processing, and better camera quality.What is the difference between Moto and Motorola? ›
Motorola Moto is a range of Android mobile devices manufactured by Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Lenovo. The Moto brand is also used and marketed for certain public-safety products from Motorola Solutions and by Motorola brand licensees on certain home products and mobile accessories.Does Moto mean Motorola? ›
Company founder Paul V. Galvin created the brand Motorola for the car radio—linking "motor" (for motorcar) with "ola" (which implied sound). Thus the Motorola brand meant sound in motion.How much is Moto G9 in USA? ›
|Motorola Moto G9 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage||$160|
Motorola has debuted the Moto G9 in India. The Lenovo-owned company claims the phone has been bespoke designed for the country. It also wants the readers to know that the G9 has been 100% Made in India.What is the difference between Moto G9 power and Moto G9 play? ›
The priciest phone, the G9 Plus, has a 6.8-inch screen with a 1080 x 2400 resolution, while the G9 Power has the same size screen, but with only a 720 x 1640 resolution. Then the G9 Play has a 720 x 1600 resolution on a display that's only 6.5 inches across.
The storied Motorola name will be wiped off phones this year. Lenovo, which bought Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014, is unifying its two phone businesses under the Lenovo name. It's going to use Motorola's Moto brand for high-end products and its homegrown Vibe brand for budget devices.Why did Motorola stop making phones? ›
Motorola's problem was that it was a hardware technology company, but from the mid-2000s it was software driving the mobile phone business. Here Motorola was weak – their phone's interface was seen as clunky compared to its rivals, and their smartphones dithered between Linux and Windows-based operating systems.How long does Moto G9 power last? ›
The Moto G9 Power has one of the beefiest batteries within a smartphone - a massive 6,000mAh cell. According to Motorola, it should last you about 60 hours on a single charge.Is Moto Power a 5G phone? ›
The Moto G Power series is known for having good battery life, and the new 5G model doesn't disappoint. On average, you're looking at a full day to a day and a half on a full charge, all thanks to the big 5,000mAh battery inside.How old is the Motorola G9? ›
|Announced||2020, August 24|
|Status||Available. Released 2020, August 28|
|Moto G9 Plus in Rose Gold|
|Related||Moto G (2021)|
The Samsung Odyssey G9 is good for media consumption. It has a large screen and high resolution to deliver an immersive viewing experience. However, even though it has a decent native contrast, it has terrible local dimming, and it has bad black uniformity, making it less ideal for dark rooms.Is the Motorola G9 better than the G8? ›
Both Moto G9 and Moto G8 come with dual-SIM (Nano) support and run on Android 10. However, the Moto G9 features a 6.5-inch Max Vision HD+ (720x1,600 pixels) TFT display with 20:9 aspect ratio, while the Moto G8 has a 6.4-inch Max Vision HD+ (720x1,560 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio.What is the original price of Moto G9 Power? ›
|Motorola Moto G9 Power 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage||Rs. 28,999|
|Motorola Moto G9 Power 4GB RAM and 128GB Storage||Rs. 31,999|
Motorola updated its flagship smartphone for 2023 with an impressive mix of hardware and software features. Inside the Edge+ are Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage. All of that's powering a 6.7-inch quad-curved FHD+ display with a 165Hz refresh rate.
Motorola Mobility LLC, marketed as Motorola, is an American consumer electronics manufacturer primarily producing smartphones and other mobile devices running Android. It is a subsidiary of the multinational technology company Lenovo. Motorola, Inc. U.S.Is Motorola going to stop making cell phones? ›
But now Lenovo has announced that it will kill off the US mobile phone pioneer's name. It will keep Moto, the part of Motorola's product naming that has gained traction in recent years, but Moto smartphones will be branded under Lenovo.What is better than the Odyssey G9? ›
The LG 38GL950G-B is better than the Samsung Odyssey G9 overall; however, they're very different monitors. The LG has an IPS panel with much wider viewing angles, better color accuracy, and significantly faster response time. The Samsung has a VA panel, gets a lot brighter, and has a higher refresh rate.Is the Samsung G9 discontinued? ›
Odyssey G9 was temporarily withdrawn from sale by the manufacturer Samsung. The reason for this is quality problems: There are reports of unwanted light leaking from the top of the curved monitor. Samsung has responded quickly to the reports and has reportedly contacted all dealers to remove unsold monitors from sale.How far to sit away from G9? ›
If you sit 1m away, all parts of the screen will be equidistant from your eyes. My seating position varies from 60cm - 100cm depending on how far back I lean forwards or backwards in my chair. Typically my comfortable seating position is 90-95cm away, which makes it pretty much optimal.Which Motorola series is better? ›
1. Motorola Edge 30 Ultra: The best Motorola phone. After producing a slew of excellent budget phones – many of which appear below – Motorola delivered a killer surprise in the form of the Edge 30 Ultra.Should I buy G9 or G9 Neo? ›
The major difference is that the Neo G9 has Mini LED backlighting, so it gets brighter and has much better local dimming. It also has HDMI 2.1 inputs, while the G9 has HDMI 2.0, so you can achieve a higher refresh rate over HDMI on the Neo G9.What is the difference between G9 and G7? ›
Overall, the Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T is better than the Samsung Odyssey G9. The G7 has a higher contrast ratio, significantly faster response time, and a black frame insertion feature to improve motion clarity. However, the G9 has a bigger screen and gets much brighter.