The family G9 Motorola is here, and two of the main members, the G9 Plus and the G9 Play, have fallen into our hands and after many intensive tests we have a lot to say. But let’s start with the most important thing – once you use a huge screen, there’s no going back.
Yes, I know there are many people who prefer small smartphones. But what can we consider a small phone? Currently, in this complicated 2020, even 5-inch phones are considered “small” for some reason, while less than a decade ago the first Galaxy Note arrived with its 5.3 inches and for many it seemed a thorn in the eye.
For many, but not for everyone. Enjoying the content you use on your phone, be it a video, a movie or a presentation of your work, on a nearly 7-inch screen and wherever you are is much more comfortable and detailed than, say, on a panel . 4.5 or 5 inches. And this is even more relevant in the market than the new G9. A market of people who don’t necessarily want or can’t afford an additional device of a larger size just to consume videos or surf the web. That is, a tablet.
That is the biggest advantage of a kind of 2 in 1 in your pocket smartphone, of any brand. In the case of the new G9s, that benefit comes at a very attractive price.
El Moto G9 Plus
Starting with the G9 family’s older brother, the Plus, this device has a massive 6.81in panel. The panel is an LCD with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels and a density of 386 pixels per inch; It’s not the most advanced on the market, but it’s a very good option for its price range (currently discounted in Spain at 220 euros or 33,000 Argentine pesos). The colors feel real enough and it’s especially comfortable going from checking an email to an episode of The Mandalorian at Disney + on the couch after work, or on the train on the way home. Baby Yoda (or whatever you call it) looks great at almost 7 inches.
Sadly, the Moto G’s “Plus” model doesn’t have two stereo speakers this year, but it does still include a headphone port, which is welcome these days. Again, all you need to do is plug in wired or Bluetooth headphones to resume the season Cobra Kai on the huge screen and silent, you don’t have to worry about the battery. Motorola has incorporated a 5,000 mAh battery in the G9 Plus, which seems to be a tradition for the brand, which offers a range of almost two days and about 10 hours of screen use.
In terms of performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor and 4 GB of RAM (in addition to 128 GB of storage) make it possible to jump from one application to another without any problems, although the phone can heat up a bit with excessive use, which was to be expected. Of course, during my testing, I didn’t experience any unexpected crashes or performance issues, even playing action titles. Of course, and as is also tradition for Moto, the phone has the version of Android 10 in its purest form, accompanied by some useful additions, such as the gestures to turn on the flashlight or the camera, which can be activated by using the phone. to shake. different modes. This time, Moto has added the fingerprint reader to the power button and the Google Assistant button on the left side of the phone, preventing it from being accidentally activated like on other phones.
The Moto G9 Plus has a four-camera system with a 64 MP sensor, accompanied by an 8 MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a 2 MP macro sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor. Overall, it offers very good results, especially in good lighting conditions and in portrait or macro mode.
Photos taken with the Moto G9 Plus:
During our photo walks, guided by our friend Donatello, we also got to try the night mode of the G9 Plus. In the photos below you can see the enhancements in a scene when they have been applied. Artificial light sources can sometimes be overly saturated or overexposed, but in general the results are decent. Everything in the image is understood and there is very little noise.
Portrait mode and night mode with the G9 Plus:
Overall, the Moto G9 Plus is a great option for those who like to use a lot of content on their smartphone. Although it is large in size, it was not uncomfortable for me to carry it in my pocket, and the weight of 223 grams only got a little excessive when I held it on my face late at night in bed (no, it fell never on the face, thankfully).
The Moto G9 Play
In the case of the Moto G9 Play, it is the cheapest brother of the G9 Plus, with a reduced price at the time of writing these lines of 150 euros in Spain, or 23,999 Argentine pesos. The Play has some of the same features of its older brother, such as 4 GB of RAM and the 5000 mAh battery which, like the Plus, offers almost two days of autonomy. But since it is cheaper, it also pays off in its components.
Starting with the screen, which is 6.5 inches in this model. It’s still almost as big as the one in the Plus, but this time the panel is LCD type and has a resolution of 1600×720 pixels (with a density of 269 pixels per inch). The picture quality is inferior.or the G9 Plus, but that doesn’t mean it’s missing. For its price, it offers a good alternative for those who want to spend the least on a phone without losing essentially the most striking features of the new members of the G9 family: the screen and the battery.
The chosen processor this time is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, which translates into an experienceWhile it is liquid, it gets a bit slower as we open more and more applications in the background. Luckily, and in the same way as in the G9 Plus (which are basically all Motorola phones), it has an almost pure Android 10 operating system, meaning no garbage applications (bloatware) that affect the phone’s performance. On the downside, the Play only packs 64GB of storage, although you can expand the space with a microSD card. On this model, the fingerprint reader is hidden in the Motorola logo on the back.
Photos taken with the Moto G9 Play:
As for its cameras, the G9 Play has a system of three sensors, including a 48 MP main sensor, a 2 MP macro sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor. In good lighting conditions, the phone achieves good to reasonable results, although the colors are not as vibrant as in the case of its older brother. In low light, the camera results are not optimal, but luckily night mode can save the night and help us capture that moment.
Portrait mode and night mode with the G9 Plus:
In conclusion, Motorola continues to try to cover the mid and low range in all its forms (and for all budgets), and for this, the Moto G family has been the jewel in its crown since it debuted in late 2013. It’s your horse battle. The G9 Plus and the G9 Play prove to be two very attractive devices for their respective price ranges. But if I had to choose just one, I would of course go for the G9 Plus because of its screen, processor and camera advantages over its little brother. Especially if, like me, you are the type of person who prefers big, really big phones.