Moto G7 Play vs. Moto G7 Power: Which should you buy?

Moto G7 Play

The Moto G7 Play is for people that want a smartphone that can handle all of the basics without spending a heap of money. It's got competent specs, a solid display, expandable storage, a headphone jack, and a water-repellent coating. It's not the flashiest or most powerful handset out there, but for the price, it's one heck of a bargain.

Moto G7 Play

Most affordable

Same processor as G7 Power
Matte plastic finish
Flash for selfie camera
Cheapest of the two phones
Less RAM
Smaller display
Weaker battery

Moto G7 Power

As you'd expect with it being part of the same series, the Moto G7 Power is nearly identical to the Moto G7 Play — the most significant difference being that it has a genuinely massive 5,000 mAh battery that promises to deliver up to three days of use on just one charge. You also get a larger display, smaller notch, and 1GB of extra RAM. Just be prepared to spend a little more.

Moto G7 Power

Legendary battery

Larger screen with smaller notch
Slightly more RAM
Massive 5,000 mAh battery
Expandable storage
Glossy plastic back
No flash for selfie camera

Both of these phones are great options for anyone on a budget, but for most folks, the Moto G7 Play is the way to go. It shares almost all of the same specs as the more expensive Moto G7 Power and even has the benefit of a sharper display and a dedicated flash for the selfie camera. However, if you have a little more cash to spend and want a battery that'll be impossible to kill, the Moto G7 Power is undoubtedly worth the premium.

How much do you plan on using your phone?

Moto G7 Play

Pictured: Moto G7 Play.

For all intents and purposes, the Moto G7 Play and G7 Power are essentially the same phone. They have the same display resolution, processor, storage, security features, and water resistance. At first glance, they even look nearly identical. And you know what? That's a good thing.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Moto G7 PlayMoto G7 Power
Operating SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie
Display5.7-inch IPS LCD1512 x 72019:9 aspect ratio6.2-inch IPS LCD1512 x 72019.9 aspect ratio
ProcessorSnapdragon 6321.8GHz octa-coreAdreno 506 GPUSnapdragon 6321.8GHz octa-coreAdreno 506 GPU
Storage32GBExpandable up to 1TB32GBExpandable up to 1TB
Rear Camera13MPf/2.012MPf/2.0
Video1080p @ 30 fps1080p @ 30 fps
Front Camera8MPSelfie light8MP
Connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4Ghz + 5GHzBluetooth 4.2802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4Ghz + 5GHzBluetooth 4.2
Battery3,000 mAh5,000 mAh
ChargingUSB-C10W TurboPower wired chargingUSB-C10W TurboPower wired charging
Water ResistanceWater-repellant nano-coatingWater-repellant nano-coating
SecurityRear fingerprint sensorFace unlockRear fingerprint sensorFace unlock
Dimensions148.7 x 71.5 x 8.2mm148.7 x 71.5 x 8.2mm

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 632 isn't the fastest chipset out there, but it's more than enough for apps like Twitter, Instagram, and surfing the web. The 32GB of base storage isn't much, but both phones allow you to expand up to a whopping 1TB with a microSD card. We also love the addition of the water-repellant coating, fingerprint sensors, and that Motorola went with USB-C instead of the aging Micro-USB standard that's usually found on phones in this price range.

If all you need is a phone that'll cost you as little as possible without compromising for something that'll break down the next day, you can buy the Moto G7 Play and rest assured you're getting your money's worth. It has everything you need in a smartphone, including a dedicated selfie flash that you won't find on the G7 Power, and you'll have some extra cash in your pocket to pick up some cases to keep it protected.

Moto G7 Power

Pictured: Moto G7 Power.

If your budget allows for some more wiggle room and you tend to use your phone more than the average bear, it's probably worth spending more for the Moto G7 Power. Its biggest benefit? Battery life.

The G7 Power comes equipped with a 5,000 mAh battery, and according to Motorola, that's enough juice to get you up to three days of use on just one charge. Your mileage will undoubtedly vary, but if you need a phone that can keep up with your intensive usage, you'll appreciate the extra capacity.

Similarly, the G7 Power is better for power-users thanks to its 3GB of RAM over the G7 Play's 2GB. Neither of these phones are multitasking beasts, but having that extra 1GB will allow more apps to stay open in the background at once.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.