Motorola Moto G7 Play review
Affordable fun smartphone
In my Motorola Moto G7 Play review, I take a look at the more affordable option in the new G7 range. This budget-friendly option has a long-lasting battery and Max Vision display. The Motorola Moto G7 Play is the perfect option for anyone wanting the latest features on a budget.
Max Vision display and water-repellent construction
The Moto G7 Play may be compact but that doens't mean you don't get great entertainment features on this device. The 5.7-inch FHD+ display has a 19:9 screen-aspect-ratio and a resolution of 720x 1512 pixels.
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The front of the phone is all about the display with a 77.3% screen to body ratio. There is a central notch for the camera so you get more display to enjoy. The screen is protected by toughened Corning Gorilla Glass and the back cover is contoured to fit perfectly in the palm.
You can get the Motorola Moto G7 Play in either Starry Black, Fine Gold or Deep Indigo. The phone weighs in at 149g and measures 8mm thick. This is in line with other models in the budget range and the overall construction feels great in the hand.
Durable for everyday use
The Motorola Moto G7 Play has a water-repellent nano-coating on the chassis and internal components. This means you don't need to worry about accidental spills or getting caught out in some light rain.
The focus on play sees Motorola use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. This is 110% faster than the previous Moto Play generation and can handle anything from 3D gaming to video editing.
Phone Set Up
Motorola has given you the options of Face Unlock or fingerprint security. If you go down the fingerprint route, then the sensor is located in the logo on the back. Facial recognition software uses the front camera to recognise multiple points on your face to unlock the phone quickly.
Transfer your content
If you have lots of content you want to transfer to your new Motorola Moto G7 Play you may want to boost the onboard memory. You get 32GB of internal memory and there is an up to 512GB memory card slot too.
The Moto G7 Play is an Android 9 device so you are given plenty of great apps straight out of the box. The Google Assistant is on hand for voice-assisted tasks and you can find a world of new apps to download on the Play Store
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Motorola has boosted the experience with their own touch to the device. Clever shortcuts, gesture controls, and display features are just some of the great things you will get with Moto Experiences.
Gesture controls include:
Pick up to Wake
Chop for Flash-light
Swipe to Shrink
Flip for Do Not Disturb
Lift to Unlock
Approach to show Notifications
If you spend a long time reading articles or websites then the Attentive Display feature will help reduce glare and eye strain. Music on the Moto G7 Play sounds great thanks to Dolby Audio. There are preset modes for music, speech, gaming, and movies so every audio experience is top notch.
Camera & Video
Phase Detection Autofocus and 4K video
The Motorola Moto G7 Play doesn’t have the same dual camera as the higher priced models but there are still plenty of great things to be found.
The 13-megapixel rear camera captures the world around you in beautiful detail. The Photo Assistant with AI-powered software will optimise photos and adjust settings to you get great shots each time. This feature can trigger the shutter only when everyone smiles in a group photo.
Gestures also come into their own here, with a flick of your wrist you can activate the shutter to take a photo. A double twist of the phone will activate the video recording function so you can quickly capture the action.
Phase Detection Auto Focus is a superb addition to this camera lens. This will quickly focus on your subject so you don't miss the shot.
Endless camera features
The Motorola Moto G7 Play includes the superb camera app that you get on the higher spec models. There are almost endless choices of tools for creating unique videos and photos. Some of these include:
Spot Colour – turn a photo black and white, while retaining just one colour
All in Focus
Hyperlapse - shoot time-lapse video while you are moving
Cinemagraph - freeze the frame while one object or person continues to move
Timelapse - speed up the action to 4x, 8x, 16x, or 32x speed
Auto Smile Capture
Slow Motion Video
The 8MP selfie camera includes an in-screen flash that will illuminate your shot automatically. The selfie camera has some of the features of the main camera and a few Selfie-dedicated features:
Auto Smile Capture