The Motorola Moto G7 is a fine budget handset, but it's very much a case of Motorola simply keeping pace with the budget market, rather than leading it.
While rumours continue to swirl around Motorola re-entering the premium market with a proposed foldable successor to the Motorola RAZR line, its core market, especially in Australia, has long been its G-series phones. They're affordable, powerful within their budget range and generally good if rather safe picks for those after a new smartphone.
That's the story of the Motorola Moto G7 in a nutshell. It's an improvement over last year's Motorola Moto G6 under the hood, but it's not the most exciting budget phone we've seen.
- Simple plastic design
- Camera bump
- Teardrop notch
- Included protective case
- Dual 12MP/5MP rear lenses
- Secondary lens only provides focus effects
- Some special camera effects are a bit wonky
- Snapdragon 632 is a good mid-range option
- Android 9
- Motorola actions add neat functionality
- 3000mAh battery performs well
- Fast charging
Pricing and availability
- The Motorola Moto G7 will launch outright-only for $399.
Motorola hasn't massively tweaked the Motorola Moto G7 from last year's iteration of the same phone, and that's an approach with some definite upsides. If you like Motorola's mostly-soft-touch approach to Android, this is a good option for tweaking. Performance upgrades keep it apace and in some cases ahead of the competition.
However, the camera technology isn't the best, and neither is the underlying design, which is starting to feel a little tired. If you're after a conservative-looking phone, that might not be a big concern.
The Moto G7 also has to compete with its own siblings in this space, so it's worth considering if the Motorola Moto G7 Plus might meet your needs better. If battery life is a concern, the Motorola Moto G7 Power packs in 2,000mAh more than the Motorola Moto G7 – and at a lower price point too.
Motorola Moto G7
Motorola's budget phone
The Motorola Moto G7 provides plenty of value for those who prefer a simpler phone style.
The Motorola Moto G7 is on sale in Australia now at a recommended price of $399 through Motorola's local website, Officeworks, The Good Guys and Mobileciti.
Motorola Moto G7: Alternatives
If you're a fan of Motorola's general approach to its phones, you could consider the slightly more pricey Motorola Moto G7 Plus, although it's built on essentially the same frame as the Motorola Moto G7:
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Motorola's Plus-featured phone
The Motorola Moto G7 Plus is the G7 with added camera quality and a faster processor.
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Motorola's battery-packed phone
The Motorola Moto G7 Power has an incredible 5,000mAh battery.
At the Motorola Moto G7 price point, you could also consider a number of competing Android handsets.
If you're after a clean Android experience in a well-built frame, consider the Nokia 7.1.
Nokia's HDR-ready Nokia 7.1
The Nokia 7.1 offers a superior display along with the power of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636.
Or alternatively, you could consider the Nokia 5.1.
Affordable but stylish
The Nokia 5.1 provides a stylish phone for less than you might think.
If you're after a modified Android look in a stylish body, consider the Huawei Nova 3i.
Huawei Nova 3i
Great performance at a budget price
The Huawei Nova 3i combines Huawei's excellent Kirin processor with its camera smarts at a more affordable price point than its premium Mate series.
Motorola Moto G7 specs
Power, storage and battery
|Display size||6.2 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 2270|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||403|
|Rear camera megapixels||12MP + 5MP|
|Rear camera aperture size||f/1.8 + f/2.2|
|Front camera megapixels||8MP|
|Front camera aperture size||f/2.2|
|Dimensions||157mm x 75.3mm x 8mm|
|Network category speed||N/A|
|Processor||1.8GHz Snapdragon 632|
|Operating system||Android 9|
|External storage support||Up to 512GB|
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