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I'm a Motorola gal have previously loved my phone's. - The ONLY positive about GPower is the long life battery. Phone is too large to handle without clumbsiness, and I do not have small hands. Even with the pocket socket (which limits the type of case you can use for protection), I've dropped it many times. Broke the screen glass before I had time to put protection glass on it. - Camera SUCKS compared to Moto X4. - Worst is the updated 'Swipe left to right at an angle' platform for going from one screen to another -SUCKS. The touch icons for forward, back, return home have been eliminated.
I've been buying Motorola phones since 2015. The best one was Moto G7 Power. In hindsight, I should've just gotten another G7 Power on eBay to replace my broken one, instead of "upgrading" to this model.
There's a fatal flaw in this phone, you see. I have the 4GB model and it's slower than my 3GB Moto G6 Power! It terminates tasks in background more aggressively, it always lags when launching an app when no apps are running. Launching the camera app makes it stall, and it won't take a picture while it's "catching up".
Taking a picture makes it stall for a bit, too.
I've tried everything, including restricting background activity for every single app that doesn't need it (i.e. Citibank, Uber, Grubhub), uninstalling junk apps, etc. Nothing changed. The phone doesn't report abnormal battery or memory usage, it has a faster CPU than Moto G7 Power, and yet it LAGS.
To add insult to injury, they relocated the fingerprint sensor to the power button and due to its narrow radius, it doesn't work half the time. Worse yet, the speaker is now bottom-firing.
Now, there's one GOOD THING about this phone - camera quality. This camera is the best one I've seen on a sub-$200 phone. It's nothing to write home about, but it's no longer subject of shame, and you can even take photos when it's getting dim outside.
There's another good thing about it, but that's highly subjective. The brightness goes a lot lower than other phones, and PWM flicker is insignificant (as opposed to say, Google Pixel 5a). It makes it easier to look at, for those with sensitive eyes.
But G7 Power also had high PWM refresh rates and a decent brightness range. I can't believe that the phone with less RAM and slower CPU feels like an upgrade to this 2021 model - reads fingerprints flawlessly, launches apps faster.
I bought this knowing it was not ideal, but I needed a working phone when my 1 year old Google Pixel 4a died for no good reason. The Moto has never been very good ever since Lenovo bought the company, and this phone is no exception. It is HUGE! It is painful to carry in cargo pockets, awkward and uncomfortable to carry in back pockets, and generally just too big. The only place I can carry it comfortably is in the chest pocket of a ski parka, and I won't be able to wear that when winter is over. I usually just stow it in my backpack or just leave it laying out in the open: a choice between inconvenient and insecure.
The phone is very slow, and the interface is super clunky and inconvenient. In the same app, a back command can involve two different types of operations, and the side swipe is hard to get right: often it doesn't work, or it works when I don't want it to. BAD navigation.
Ring tones and notification tones are very limited, and they are all in basically the same "we think this is modern and cool but it isn't" range, so if you care about such things, you will want to download custom sounds.
The camera is decent, and so is the sound. It has been totally reliable, but then I've only had it for 4 weeks. It annoys me, but not as much as my Pixel 4a that just randomly stops working. So, if you need a cheap-ish phone that works and you don't mind the drawbacks, this phone gets a resounding "Meh! I guess?"
If you can afford better, you should probably spend more. I am going to shop around for something better when I have time. For now, this works.