Motorola Moto G9 Play, analysis and opinion

Análisis Moto G9 Play

Motorola continues its policy of launching various Moto G family devices each season. After having on the table all the exponents of the eighth generation, it is time to welcome the ninth.

Within the Moto G9, we have several devices. On the one hand the Moto G9 Plus with better cameras and screen and the Play, the most modest version. Without a number, in the name, we also have the Moto G 5G Plus, which gives us access to these networks for about 379 euros.

We have been using the most basic family as the main mobile for a few days, and then we tell you our opinion in this analysis of the Motorola Moto G9 Play.

Conventional lines with a notch and HD+ screen that defends itself on a day-to-day
We started the analysis of the Moto G9 Play talking about the design. This is a mobile phone that is not exactly compact. It has a thickness of 9.2 millimetres that houses the huge battery of 5,000 mAh, but the height is 165.2 millimetres and the width of 75.7 mm. The weight is 200 grams and in the hand feels a robust and comfortable terminal thanks to the rounded edges.

The touch is pleasant and, as it could not be otherwise in this price range, the material that prevails on the back and sides is polycarbonate. It has a glossy finish and although the footprints stay, they do not do so as easily as in other similar terminals or the glass terminals.

The camera module is square and protrudes a little from the body, but with the included silicone case it is disguised. Right under the camera is a fingerprint sensor that has the Motorola logo and works really well. It is accurate and has not given us any problems in these days of use.

At the bottom, we have the microphone, the USB Type-C port and the only speaker, which provides a sound with quite glued for your range. At the top, we have the 3.5 mm jack, on the right side a Dual SIM or SIM + microSD slot that has water protection and on the left side, we have three buttons: textured lock, volume and a button that activates Google Assistant.

If we go to the front we have a screen that occupies 81.6% of it. This means that we have generous frames, especially on the chin part and at the top, where we have a drop-type notch.

The display is 6.5", which explains the dimensions of the terminal, and has a resolution of 1,600 x 720 pixels. It is HD+ and the truth is that on this diagonal of the screen you will notice the pixels, especially in texts.

The colours have seemed somewhat flat and the maximum brightness also lacks a 'punch', but in general terms, we will be able to see content on mobile in any situation.

Análisis Moto G9 Play

Good performance of the Snapdragon 662 and a very clean Android 10
Inside we have the Snapdragon 662 accompanied by 4 GB of RAM. It is an eight-core SoC in which four go to 2 GHz and another four to 1.8 GHz. The GPU is the Adreno 610 and, although it does not allow us to play the most powerful games on the market with the best configuration, with graphics in the middle/low they go quite well.

The internal memory is 64 GB and UFS 2.1. It is not next generation and offers us a sequential write speed of 129 MB/s, a sequential read of 223 MB/s, random write of 20.57 MB/s, random copy of 12.57 MB/s and an in-memory copy of 3.44 GB/s.

It's not the fastest, but except for heavy data copy tasks, such as when editing a photo in Photoshop Express or so, in the rest of the tasks it gives us fluidity. If you need more memory, you can expand it using microSD cards.

Now, let's go with the user experience. Motorola has been getting used to a very well-punished Android customization for years. It has its own elements, such as the main clock that does the functions of widgets, some customization elements in terms of design and control by both gestures and three buttons.

However, otherwise, it is very, very Android 'Pixel'. We have Google Discover, app drawer, the notification bar is like Pixel and icons are also used by Google. We have dark mode at the system level (although since the panel is IPS and not OLED/AMOLED, we don't care because it doesn't count on saving battery, just to protect the view in different light conditions).

That is, the customization is very simple and light, which allows us to have a good performance in almost any task of the day to day (web browsing, social networks, streaming apps, etc.) and, in fact, it is very similar to what we have in a Pixel with Android 10/11, hence we have had the Pixel 4a next to it in the video that you have on these lines.

Análisis Moto G9 Play

One thing I like is that, on the lock screen, when we activate it, we have a series of app icons that we can drag a few millimetres to see, without unlocking the mobile, a preview of the notification. Also, there is the typical Motorola customization that allows us to perform certain actions by shaking the device, such as activating the camera or flashlight.,

Are you going to be able to play video games? Yes, although the most powerful shows the lack of ease of a Snapdragon 622 that is still a very modest SoC (although having to move only one HD+ resolution helps to achieve better results than if you had to move a FullHD+ panel).

And beyond performance, one thing that is quality of life is the NFC chip. It contrasts to seeing this chip on such a modest terminal and the good thing is that with NFC we can pair other devices and also pay with the phone. Okay, Motorola, in this sense.

Triple camera, although we're only going to use one
As it could not be otherwise in the times that run, the Moto G9 Play has three cameras. Well, it has three objectives, but the setup really is a dual camera. On the one hand, we have the main sensor of 48 megapixels f/1.7 that has a pixel size of 0.8 microns and a sensor of 1/2.0". It has PDAF focus and thanks to the quad pixel technology - pixel binning - it allows us to take 12-megapixel photos with a pixel size larger than the one we have at 48 Mpx.

This allows us to take photos in low light conditions with a little more quality, although now we will talk about this. On the other hand, we have two objectives... Well, they serve for Motorola to say that your mobile has a triple camera and not lose the marketing train. One is a 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor that we use in portraits and the other is a macro that also does not give much due to its resolution of 2 megapixels.

What's more, as the main camera has a fairly close focus, by colour quality, texture, lighting and sharpness, it is more convenient to take close-up photos with the main lens rather than with the macro, or also take photos at 48 megapixels and make a crop.

Fotos análisis Moto G9 Play

I like colours, I like texture and they are photos that we can use, perfectly, on social networks to share content or to immortalize moments. They are not very contrasting photos, but it is something that we can easily retouch from the mobile itself.

In portraits, it performs a correct trimming with both the main camera and the front, although it gives the feeling of having more software than hardware (the work of that third sensor that supposedly calculates the blur).

In the video section, we can record at a maximum resolution of 1.080p at 60 fps and we have a mode in which we can activate electronic stabilization. This is how the video you have on these lines is recorded.

The battery is the strong point with two days of use and 20 W charging
We reach the strength of the Moto G9 Play, a key that is perfectly a reason to buy. The battery is essential on any type of device, but the user who buys a terminal of this range is what they are looking for.

You know you won't have the most powerful mobile for less than 200 euros, neither the best cameras nor the best screen. They are looking for a mobile that resists the day to day and does not ask to plug every two by three, and the truth is that that experience is the one we have with this mobile.

The battery is 5,000 mAh, a considerable amount in this range and it is supported by two elements. On the one hand, the screen, since the HD+ resolution is less demanding with the battery than a higher resolution, such as the FullHD+ that we find in mobiles of similar price.

Análisis Moto G9 Play

On the other hand, although the Qualcomm SoC is not the most advanced and does not have the most sophisticated lithography, the 11 nanometers and its power do not make the battery suffer. The optimization of the software is also good and in the end, all that is noticeable.

Specifically, in our day-to-day life with social networks, Spotify and YouTube, we reach two days of autonomy. I haven't managed to go any further, but a user who doesn't consume as many social networks or streaming music almost continuously will surely be able to stretch until two and a half days.

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