If you buy a phone on a budget then you have a lot of options, and most of them are made by Motorola. The Moto G9 Plus is here to join the likes of the Moto G9 Play and the Moto G 5G Plus below the cheapest end of the market – it’s a crowded area, but that means at least there should be a phone available to everyone.
What you need to know about the Moto G9 Plus is that it is £ 250 (about $ 325 / AU $ 460), and it has a large bright screen, a long-lasting battery, and a decent camera. If all of your smartphone priorities are selected from this list then somehow think about this for your next development – but obviously, it comes at that price, there is a compromise made.
You do not find any additional features such as wireless charging or IP68 waterproofing here, and performance is moderate. The camera has it but it is not something special, and the screen is far from the premium OLED panels you can get if you spend more money on a mid-range phone. There is no 5G here.
Every phone is a deal between cost and quality, and the Moto G9 Plus gets a fairly fair balance, we think – Motorola has been making high quality, expensive phones for years now, and as one of the first features of the G9 series, the Moto G9 Plus never gives up that tradition.
Perhaps the biggest problem for the Moto G9 Plus is that it has a lot of competition: not only the Moto phones we have already mentioned and the high prices like the Motorola Edge, but also the big ones like the Samsung Galaxy A51 and Oppo A9 2020.
Gradually you can get Nokia 5.3; at least, Google Pixel 4a. There are so many options here and none of these awesome calls.
All in all, however, if the Moto G9 Plus is within your range, we are happy to recommend it – or at least we recommend that you consider it. Almost everywhere the key gives you something good about your buck, and you can’t ask for more than that.
Fingerprint sensor button
Strong construction quality
Google Assistant Button
We’re familiar with the look of Motorola’s budget handles at this point, and the Moto G9 Plus doesn’t mix with the extreme formula: a large, bright screen surrounded by bezels that are on the thick side, packed with a small phone on the hard and powerful side.
Install a glossy, recyclable plastic and we can talk about many of the Moto G phones over the last few years.
It doesn’t look bad in any way. You can’t go wrong with this premium handset, but it’s neatly folded and feels tight in hand. Display size makes one-hand operation difficult, but not impossible – as long as your hands are big enough. Do not get this phone if you need something in combination with a wallet or purse.
We’re glad to see that the 3.5mm audio jack is still available on your wireless headphones, and there’s a dedicated Google Assistant button, in case you need it.
Below we have a USB-C port for charging and data transfer, as well as a single speaker. The volume buttons and the power button are on the right – the power button is double as a fingerprint scanner.
It’s a kind of humble phone, but we’re not big fans of inserting a fingerprint sensor inside the power button – it makes the button much harder to find and tap with your fingers, while real scanning always looks more fun than sensors installed behind phones or even under the display. Right on the Moto G9 Plus, this embedded sensor works fast enough.
The rear cameras are located in the upper left corner, in the style of the Galaxy Note 20 phones. basic and phone).
At the moment, navy blue is the only color to choose from – a rose gold version has been mentioned, but we haven’t seen it in the UK yet. The navy blue color is very clear, but because the back of the phone is very shiny, it looks cool.
Keep in mind that there is no IP68 water barrier and dust-prevention here, so you should be careful not to throw the handset in the bathtub, swimming pool, sea, or any other body of water you find in the area. It is worth remembering some of the corners that manufacturers cut to make their phones this type of price, and the IP68 rating is usually one of them.
6.81-inch open panel
Strong light and contrast
The Car G9 Plus has a large 6.81-inch screen, one of the closest at the moment. The IPS LCD panel supports HDR10 but adheres to the standard 60Hz refresh rate – no 90Hz or more of the refresh rate here – and works with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.
The 20: 9 rating is great for putting multiple texts and websites on the screen at the same time, and if you turn it aside, and get a nice widescreen viewing of movies.
It’s a shame that there is a punch-hole camera in the upper left corner to interrupt the display, but that’s something we’re all going to live with until the cameras are inside the screen. The surrounding bezels are not as low as they are for medium rangers and premium handsets, but they are not visible enough.
The Moto G9 Plus display is bright and sharp for almost any activity: watching streaming videos, browsing the web, browsing photos, playing games, and more. The contrast is nice and the details are well defined even in the brightest and darkest parts of the screen – something HDR10 helps with, and it’s not something you always get with handsets in this price bracket.
While this screen isn’t close to the kind of premium OLED experience you get with Samsung and Apple phones, it’s decent – especially when you pay the price you pay. Motorola shows the 6.81-inch display as one of the big selling points of the Moto G9 Plus, and we can see why.
The level of quick upgrades may be good, and it’s something we remember from these budget calls, but the Moto G9 Plus certainly offers one of the best (and biggest) displays you’ll get for this price.
The Motor has installed four cameras at the back of the Moto G9 Plus: a 64MP, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP single depth. There’s no visible telephoto zoom, but you get that wide option, and there’s 4K video recording at 30 frames per second. The front has a standard 16MP camera, and both front and rear cameras come with built-in HDR functionality.
Apart from setting the quad-lens, there is nothing special about the Moto G9 Plus camera – it does an acceptable job and is about it. If you buy a phone down at this price point you may not expect much from camera performance anyway, but it is one of those places where spending more money to get to the middle class can buy you a noticeable override quality.
The Moto G9 Plus’s rear camera can certainly hold its own against the cameras on phones with the same price yet.
Specs and performance
The Moto G9 Plus comes with a mid-range processor in the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, paired here with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
This is more than just the minimalism you need to use Android comfortably, but don’t expect fast performance like lightning here – the Moto G9 Plus fights a bit over the most competitive games by loading speed and frame rates, though it will.
Motorola has a MicroSD card slot in case you want to expand the storage further, or 128GB should be sufficient for most people’s needs. We recorded 540 Geekbench schools with single-core, 1690 multi-core, and 1129 OpenCL – located in the same region as Oppo Reno 2, using the same chipset.
Daily use with the Moto G9 Plus is about what to expect from a phone with these indicators (and at this price point): there is occasional stuttering in-app browsing or web page changes, and a few milliseconds of download time here and there, but nothing too disruptive to use for your phone.
With a 5,000mAh battery fully charged here, you can expect the Moto G9 Plus battery to last longer, so of course – you can easily get a second day with a single charge at a moderate level of use, even if you have a large screen capacity.
Most days we had plenty of battery juice left in the evening, and Motorola did well to reduce battery usage while the phone was not actively used.
Our standard video streaming test suggests you can get about 10 or 11 hours of total streaming over the phone – a great result. We do a screen test with high brightness and the volume is set low, so with a slight decrease, you can get more time on the handset.
The main selling point of the Moto G9 Plus is its large screen and its large battery – otherwise, nothing is outstanding about this phone, but if you get the price of a handmade, we can say a solid budget smartphone purchase.