The Moto E7 Power Recently launched as a budget offering in the Indian market, it has added to a very competitive segment. Priced at Rs 7,499, it is clear that Motorola wants its phone to be ultra competitive. While budget phones may not be exactly feature-rich, it is fair to say that the E7 Power offers some things to like, but there are some things that are not. In this review of E7 Power, let’s take a brief look at what those things are and whether the device is worth buying.
Motorola’s stock Android-like implementation makes it easy to operate the UI and is not too heavy on the processor. You also get a reasonably large 5,000 mAh battery that will get the job done and keep you away from the power socket for a day. However, some other aspects of the phone want more, including sub-performance, average cameras and a really stand-alone design. In retrospect, almost six months old Little C3 (Review) Seems to be a good choice for the price.
Which is good
- When I first opened the Moto E7 Power Box I was greeted by a solid polycarbonate construction with very low flex and sleek design. The Tahiti Blue color option and the polished finish instead of the textured place sit nicely with me.
- The phone does not weigh as much as I thought it would, and the edges are always gently curved to feel comfortable. The fingerprint sensor integrated with the Motorola logo is placed at the correct height next to the dual-camera setup. You also get the extra Google Assistant button on top of the regular volume rocker and power button.
- The Moto E7 Power 6.5-inch HD + IPS LCD panel delivers a good amount of brightness and slightly oversaturated tones to the color scheme in general. You can change the profile according to your preference in the settings menu.
- The optics on the device are operated by a 13MP primary shooter and a 2MP macro shooter. When displayed with enough light, the E7 Power takes very good shots. The details are a little off and the dynamic range is not the best, but the focus speed and exposure calibration work very well. On the front is a 5MP selfie camera that works well even in daytime conditions and manages skin tones perfectly.
- Motorola has a clean, bloatware-free, good integration of Google services with its stock-Android skin and is generally not processor-heavy. The overall UI is very user friendly and has options for easy one hand use. Plus Motorola will give you 2 years of software updates that should allow users to get at least Android 11 in the future.
- Fingerprint authentication is very active.
- The 5,000mAh battery works well, which is one reason why the chipset isn’t so power hungry. With moderate to light use, the Moto E7 Power can easily last from a single charge for up to two days. It also worked well on my standard battery test that loops video at half brightness and came out ahead with an impressive 28 hours.
Not so good
- Although the build quality seems to be solidly structured, the phone does not turn heads with its plain design. The Google Assistant button is held up and the volume rocker and power button are kept the same. It makes it harder to reach and sometimes I have to mix it with the power button. Also, the speaker is on the back instead of the bottom, which muffles the sound when the phone is placed on its back.
- The waterdrop drop has a selfie shooter, but the bezel around the panel is too thick, which increases the size of the phone.
- Phone cameras at night fail to provide an acceptable level of image quality. Sometimes, even with the help of nearby street lights the phone does not focus. Although the sensor focuses on the subject, it does nothing to eliminate ambient noise. The highlights of any item are hard to spot and the details seem to change a lot even by budget phone standards. Also, there is no special night mode to fall back.
- I was expecting the Moto to use the Helio G35 like the POCO C3, but not so since the E7 Power MediaTek uses the Helio G25 chipset. Stock Android skin for basic tasks like app switching without slowing down too much. The base variant only has 2GB of RAM, which is not enough to open more background than some basic apps. Thankfully things like scrolling through Facebook or browsing through Chrome usually do not present any problems. However, no-no GPU-intensive task (read gaming) on the phone. Call of Duty Mobile crashed twice after 40 minutes of gaming.
- It takes 3 hours and 30 minutes to fully charge a 10W charging phone. For a budget device, it feels very slow.
The Moto E7 is not the shiny of power tools, for its initial price, you get a solid construction and a long lasting beehive battery. The clean software experience with the promise of daytime photography and future updates are also some of the big positives of the device. However, the weaker chipset and less RAM in the initial variant are not compatible with anything other than basic smartphone usage. Charging speed is very slow, but you need more for night photography on the device. If you are looking for stock Android in your budget device, you need to take a closer look at the Moto E7 Power, but I suggest you consider the 4GB RAM variant priced at Rs 8,299.
Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5
- Structural structure
- Clean software
- Long battery life
- The cameras are not good
- Boring design
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