Motorola Moto G9 Plus, analysis and opinion

Motorola re-renews its successful range of G mobiles with a 9th generation loaded with new features. This time we bring you the analysis of the Moto G9 Plus and give you our opinion.

Telephony would not be what it is today if it weren't for the invaluable contribution of brands like Motorola, which over the years have had a clear view of the path that smartphones should take.

One of the workhorses of the brand has been the G range that, since the mid-range, have been able to connect perfectly with a very faithful user. In this new instalment, the essence of Motorola remains intact. We checked it first hand in this test of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus.

As the Plus of its surname indicates, it is the largest G9, both in size and autonomy, as it treasures a 5,000 mAh battery and a huge 6.8-inch screen. Its price is also an incentive to bet on this Motorola Moto G9 Plus, which can already be found for 249.90 euros on Amazon.

Plus isn't joking, it's really big and its 6.8" is the key

We started the analysis of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus talking about its design. The first thing that catches the eye when you take it out of your box is, without a doubt, its size. This is a very large smartphone.

In fact, its 170 x 78.1 mm place it among the most voluminous on the market ahead of mobiles as large as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra or the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro. Therefore, the size of this Moto G9 Plus is something that should be taken into account if large mobiles are not comfortable for you.

On the other hand, having a large battery also does not help to maintain a silhouette too slender. The Motorola Moto G9 Plus is also "Plus" in thickness, with its 9.7 mm, and by weight with its 223 grams.

Motorola has not risked much in the design of its 9th generation Moto G range and bets on soft lines in rounded contours that contribute to improving grip on such a bulky smartphone.

The body of this Moto G9 Plus consists of a unibody polycarbonate housing with an extraordinarily glossy finish. Like a mirror.

The finish and touch are really nice, but as you can imagine, keeping such a shiny surface clean is an impossible mission. Luckily, next to the Moto G9 Plus is included a transparent silicone case that fits like a glove protecting the rear and the encapsulation of the cameras.

In the upper left corner of the rear, we find the rectangular module in which the four rear cameras and an oversized LED flash are grouped. The set stands out slightly, but much less than the modules of some of your rivals like the realme 7 Pro or the POCO X3 NFC.

In a central position, we find the Motorola logo that, unlike what we saw on the Moto G9 Play that we have already analyzed, this time does not house the fingerprint sensor. To find it we must go to the edge of the terminal.

As it is a unibody case there is no transition between the back and edge of the smartphone. On the right edge is the aforementioned fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button, and the volume keys.

The grip of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus is surprisingly comfortable and pleasant, but its size makes the buttons slightly high for one-handed use. In short, despite its good grip, it is not the easiest to use or ergonomic mobile, especially if you don't have big hands. This will force you to use both hands almost all the time.

On the opposite edge is a unique button to invoke the voice assistant, easily identifiable to the touch because it is the only one with the slightly rough surface, as well as the tray for two nano-SIM cards or a nano-SIM and a micro SD card.

On the top edge, we find one of the noise-cancelling microphones during calls and the minijack headphone jack. At the bottom, a second microphone, the USB C connector and the bottom speaker.

The screen of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus is fully flat and is inserted into the chassis using a plastic frame that creates a very little bit pleasant step to the touch between the chassis and the screen.

The screen occupies 84.3% of the fontal, drawing a few small frames around, being somewhat thicker at the top and bottom. In the upper left corner of the screen, we find the hole for the front camera.

It is a 6.8-inch IPS display that justifies the considerable size of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus. The MAX Vision panel has a Full HD+ resolution (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) in 20:9 format which yields a density of 386 dpi.

Such a screen size would be little more than the equivalent of a cinema screen for smartphones, so it has HDR10 support to enjoy greater colour fidelity in HDR content.

The display allows you to customize the colour setting from the Settings menu options. By default, it is set to the Saturated option which sets a somewhat excessive colour scheme, so our choice has been to opt for the Enhanced colour adjustment which is much more balanced.

However, the 359 luxes on average offered by this display, and the brightness peak of just over 479 luxes when HBM mode is activated, is somewhat scarce to use comfortably outdoors.

Most of the time the automatic brightness adjustment has worked properly, but at some point, it is difficult to apply the change and is somewhat remove with the brightness.

On the other hand, the screen of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus does not join the trend of betting on higher refresh rates that lately is spreading across the android mid-range, and only offers a refresh rate of up to 60 Hz.

As a mobile to watch series or play the screen size of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus has an advantage for the sharpness and good response offered by this screen. However, having a little more brightness to enhance the presence of HDR mode would have put the icing on the cake.

Snapdragon 730G very well optimized and Android 10 according to Motorola

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor is not the latest processor of the American firm, but it is one of the most popular among mid-range mobiles.

Taking a few months on the market has given Motorola time to optimize it and makes sure we don't miss more current processors.

The performance of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus on day-to-day life is smooth and unfolds freely in both multitasking and running the latest Google Play video games thanks to the Adreno 618 it integrates.

However, we did not reach the fluidity dimensions in the game that we obtained with the POCO X3 NFC or with the realm 7 Pro that we analyzed a few weeks ago.

On a day-to-day life, the processor behaves very solvently and allows to run several simultaneous applications without any problems. On some occasion, we have noticed that the 4 GB of RAM is somewhat scarce when switching between two heavy apps and it takes a couple of seconds to start it.

It's not a problem that we've encountered between apps that can be considered "light" like Twitter, or WhatsApp, but rather by taking it to the extreme by switching between "heavy" apps at the graphic level such as games, Google Chrome or Google Maps.

To quantify that performance, we have subjected the Motorola Moto G9 Plus to a complete battery of synthetic tests that allow us to compare it with its most direct rivals.

The internal memory is 128 GB with UFS 2.1 support expandable up to an additional 512 GB by installing a micro SD card.

The memory does not stand out for being especially fast, but it is within the middle range of its direct rivals and, considering that we are faced with a smartphone of fewer than 250 euros, we can give ourselves more than satisfied.

The software is a decisive factor in obtaining a good user experience and Motorola is one of those companies that has very well caught the point to the software of its smartphones creating a differential user experience.

In the case of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus, we find My UX, Motorola's customization layer, running on Android 10.

Motorola is one of the brands that prefer to minimize its intervention in Android functions, and merely applies certain tweaks that bring new features that the loyal user of the brand appreciates in each new version. We talk about small details like those provided by Motorola Actions.

Three cameras carry the weight, the rest passed by

In the Motorola photo section, it is not usual to dazzle by spectacular features – except in that Motorola One Zoom or Motorola One Action– but they do not offer bad results either.

Motorola has mounted four cameras on the rear of the Moto G9 Plus and one on the front, offering a certain variety of optics, but the undisputed weight of the photo section rests on its main camera.

Moto G9 Plus retains the same camera app that the brand has been using on its latest smartphones. It is an easy-to-use app that keeps in sight the elements that the user needs to set up each shot.

Options such as HDR or flash control are maintained at the top of the screen, making it easy to use.

Only shooting modes for photography and video are displayed on the home screen automatically, to access the other shooting modes it is necessary to visit the mode drawer in the More section or by swiping the screen to the right.

Here we find 9 additional photography modes and 3 more for video. Of all of them stands out the 64 Mpx shooting mode with which the 4-pixel grouping that the Moto G9 Plus applies by default to all photos the main camera, to read all the information of its sensor of 64 megapixels.

We also find a Macro mode for photography and another for video in which the focus distance is shortened to 4 cm to be able to get much closer to the objects.

The Motorola Moto G9 Plus mounts what is becoming the standard configuration for the Android mid-range, formed by the main lens that carries all the photographic weight of the terminal, pulled by two wide-angle and macro sensors that provide little more than the curiosity to give a different point of view.

In this context, having a good light when taking photos is essential. With it, you can get more than correct photos. With the main camera, you get shots with very good definition, but the focal range resents and leaves some very flat images in terms of colour.

A greater presence of blues and one more saturation point would be appreciated. It is something that can well be done in a later edition, but in origin, the Motorola Moto G9 Plus does not apply it.

The use of HDR is decisive in those situations with a great difference between the areas of sun and shade, managing to improve the dynamic range to balance the difference between the most illuminated areas and those that remain in shade.

The ultra-wide-angle lens also does not achieve intense colours, in part because the lens itself is already less luminous and does not allow as many joys as the main one.

The Motorola Moto G9 Plus does not apply any correction on this extreme angle, so the ends lines get out of control and it is easy for buildings or vertical lines to "fall" toward the centre of the image in the face of excessive distortion caused by this type of lens.

The camera that least resists magnification to an external monitor is the macro lens. The samples seen on the screen look great, but passing them to an external display shows the drop in quality of using a 2-megapixel sensor.

To compensate, the Moto G9 Plus applies a focus layer that aims to cover the seams of that pixel shortage. Photos are resulting in the mobile screen and maybe more than enough to share on social networks, but not to be observed in other contexts.

Portrait mode has been one of the photographic surprises of this Motorola Moto G9 Plus that we are analyzing as it offers more than correct results, creating a very natural clipping and blur that hits in most cases with the silhouette of the protagonist even with complex backgrounds.

The front camera offers good image quality in all light circumstances offering a good level of detail in selfies even in low light. The focal is not too angular so it does not deform the face using and offers a good definition of the skins and a very natural blur of the background.

As is often the case in this type of camera, the tendency to overexpose the skies behind the protagonist can delete the final result of the photo.

The big star is the battery that shines with its own light

There is no doubt that the big star of this Motorola Moto G9 Plus is the battery. In fact, it is a feature that has marked Motorola Plus models.

On the Motorola Moto G9 Plus, the battery capacity grows to 5,000 mAh. This does not imply anything in itself if it is not accompanied by a good optimization to make the most of that capacity and that is precisely where Motorola's largest mobile stands out.

During the time our test has lasted with the Motorola Moto G9 Plus as the main smartphone we have had no problem reaching the end of the day with a lot of slack in the battery charge.

In our day-to-day life, with medium use involving browsing, use of social networks and mail, consumption of videos, games and we have taken photos and videos, we have reached the end of the day with more than 30% on most occasions.

If we are going to specific data, in terms of screen time we have come to get almost 10 hours of the screen in more than two days of use. Being a little more demanding in its use, with a longer game time or using more demanding apps, the autonomy decays to a little unstable 8 hours of screen.

When it's time to charge the battery, the Motorola Moto G9 Plus features a 30W TurboPower fast charger that allows you to reach 50% of the charge in about 28 minutes, while to reach 100% it will take just under 77 minutes.

This is good news as having a large battery does not involve eternizing charging. In short, Motorola Moto G9 Plus offers brilliant battery usage behaviour, making it perfect for those who make very heavy use of the smartphone and have a hard time getting to the end of the day with some battery.

NFC, WiFi 5 and everything you need, but no stereo or 5G sound

Motorola is not used to skimping on the connectivity of its smartphones, and this Moto G9 Plus that we are analyzing is no exception.

On this Moto G9 Plus, we find NFC to enable mobile payments and WiFi 5 (802.11 ac) connectivity with support for the dual-frequency band of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

In this section, we believe that Motorola has been very much involved with the adoption of systems such as WiFi 6 or support for 5G networks, but doing so is a change of SoC and would force you to bet on one of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon processors of the 700 series.

Motorola has mounted a hybrid SIM tray that supports dual nanoSIM card or combination consisting of a nanoSIM card and a microSD memory card.

Good value for money limited by titanic dimensions

We put an end to this analysis of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus and it's time to give our opinion on it.

Generally speaking, we are faced with a smartphone that is not for everyone because of its dimensions. Its size and weight make many users too large for their usage habits.

Aside from the preference for terminal size, the Motorola Moto G9 Plus offers very balanced and very well-tuned equipment. Something Motorola's used to.

It's basically a mobile that won't stand out above its rivals in any of its features, but it offers very solid operation and does not make major mistakes. Something that has been happening on Motorola mobiles for the last generations of Moto G.

We would have liked Motorola to have opted to mount a more cinematic display to take better advantage of its size, just as it would have been nice to have stereo sound to provide a better multimedia experience.

What is clear is that the Motorola Moto G9 Plus offers a really interesting value for money. The Moto G9 Plus is now available for 249.90 euros, so it is positioned in a very competitive price range.

Betting on the Motorola Moto G9 Plus involves prioritizing needs. If you're not willing to use a large, heavy smartphone, this definitely won't be your smartphone.

However, if you appreciate a generous screen surface and great autonomy, without having to give up correct photographic quality, the Moto G9 Plus should be among your main candidates.

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