The family G9 Motorola is here, and two of its main members, the G9 Plus and the G9 Play, have fallen into our hands and, after many intensive tests, we have much 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 that many people prefer small smartphones. But what can we consider a small phone? Currently, in this complex 2020, even 5-inch phones are considered “small” for some reason, when the first Galaxy Note wasn’t even a decade ago with its 5.3 inches and i many it seemed an eyesore.
For many, but not for all. Enjoying the content you consume on your phone, whether video, film or presentation of your work, on a nearly 7-inch screen and wherever you are is far more comfortable and detailed than on a panel , for example, 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 afford an extra larger device just to use videos or surf the Internet. That is, a tablet.
That’s the biggest advantage of having a 2 in 1 type in your smartphone, whatever brand it is. For the new G9s, this benefit comes at a very attractive price.
El Moto G9 Plus
Starting with the older brother of the G9 family, Plus, this device has a massive 6.81-inch 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 in the market, but it’s a very good option for its price range (currently reduced in Spain for 220 euros, or 33,000 Argentine pesos). The colors feel real enough, and it’s especially comfortable jumping from checking email to watching an episode of The Mandalorian on Disney + on the couch after work, or on the train on the way home. Baby Yoda (or whatever you call it) looks great at nearly 7 inches.
Unfortunately, this year the Moto G’s “Plus” model does not have two stereo speakers, but it still includes a headphone port, which is to be welcomed these days. Again, all you have to do is connect a pair of headphones with wired or Bluetooth to resume the season Cobra Kai on the huge screen, and quietly, you don’t have to worry about the battery. Motorola has included a 5,000mAh battery in the G9 Plus, which already seems to be a tradition for the brand, offering a range of almost two days and about 10 hours of screen usage.
In terms of performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor and 4 GB of RAM (as well as 128 GB of storage) allow it to be able to jump from one application to another without problems, but with excessive usage the phone can warm up a bit. , which was to be expected. Of course, in my tests I did not suffer unexpected accidents or any performance problems, or even play action titles. Of course, and as is traditional for Moto, the phone has Android 10 version in its purest form, along with some useful additions, such as the gestures to turn on the flashlight or camera, which can be activated by shaking the phone of different modes. This time around, Moto has included the fingerprint reader on the power button, and the Google Assistant button on the left side of the phone, which has prevented it from being accidentally activated like on other phones.
The Moto G9 Plus has a four-camera system that includes a 64 MP sensor, plus an 8 MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a 2 MP sensor for macros and a 2 MP depth sensor. It generally offers very good results, especially in good light conditions and in its portrait or macro mode.
Photos taken with the Moto G9 Plus:
On our photo walks, accompanied by our friend Donatello, we also had to try out the G9 Plus night mode. In the pictures below you can see the enhancements in a view when applying them. Sometimes artificial light sources can be too saturated or exaggerated, but the results are generally pretty decent. Everything in the image is understood and there is very little noise.
Portrait and night mode with the G9 Plus:
Overall, the Moto G9 Plus is a great option for those who enjoy consuming a lot of content on their smartphone. Although it was a large size, it wasn’t uncomfortable for me to carry in my pocket, and its weight of 223 grams became a bit excessive when I caught it on my face in bed late at night (no, it didn’t fall into the bed face, fortunately).
Play Moto G9
As for the Moto G9 Play, this is the cheapest brother of the G9 Plus, with a discounted 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 as its older brother, like 4 GB of RAM and its 5,000mAh battery, which, like the Plus, offers nearly two days of autonomy. But as it is cheaper, it also makes some sacrifices in its components.
Starting with its screen, which in this model is 6.5 inches. It is still almost as big as the one on the Plus, however this time the panel is LCD type and has a resolution of 1600×720 pixels (with a density of 269 pixels per inch). The quality of his image is inferior.or the G9 Plus, but that doesn’t mean it’s rare. For its price, it offers a good alternative for those who want to spend the least on a phone without losing, essentially, the most impressive features of the new members of the G9 family: its screen and battery.
This time the processor chosen is Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, which converts to experienceAlthough it is fluid, it becomes a little slower as we open up more and more applications in the background. Fortunately, and as with the G9 Plus (which is basically all Motorola phones), it has an almost pure Android 10 operating system, which means no garbage applications are present (bloatware) which impairs the performance of the phone. On the other hand, the Play only contains 64 GB of storage, although you can expand its space using a microSD card. In this model, the fingerprint reader is hidden in the Motorola logo on the back.
Photos taken with the Moto G9 Play:
In terms of 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 performs well for fair, though the colors aren’t as vivid as in the case of his older brother. In low light conditions the camera results are not optimal, but fortunately, night mode can save the night and help us capture that moment.
Portrait and night mode with the G9 Plus:
In conclusion, Motorola continues to try to cover the mid range and the low end 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 had broadcast in late 2013. Battle is your horse. The G9 Plus and the G9 Play are proving to be two very attractive devices for their respective price ranges. But if I had to pick just one, I would go for the G9 Plus, of course, because of the screen, processor and camera advantages over its little brother. Especially if you, like me, are the kind of person who prefers big, really big phones.