Packaging and accessories
The smartphone is packed in a green box, in which we can find a paper manual, tool for opening the tray for SIM/microSD cards, cable with two USB-C ends and a turbo Power (5V-3A/9V-3A) charger. I assess the presence of a silicone, transparent etui positively, thanks to this the camera does not stand above the housing, the phone loses its slick character and we cannot see fingerprints on its glass panel.
Housing and display
Moto G7 Plus has a housing based on two glass panels, connected with a plastic frame (some sources claim that the frame is made out of aluminium, but looking at cut-outs for sockets and the tray for SIM and microSD cards I say that there is no metal, just plastic). This is a construction with few elements typical for the brand, like the placement of the main camera and the characteristic ring that surrounds it. In time, when manufacturers are inspired by what the competition creates and they release almost identical smartphones, it is worth appreciating elements that distinguish a particular brand. Though of course not everyone must like such design. Still, I rate the quality of construction, as well as the ergonomics of the smartphone, high. It is a pity that it is neither dust- nor waterproof – it can only ensure a basic resistance to splashes thanks to the P2i layer. In practice it worked during a rain and it handled usage with a wet hand.
The work on an IPS LCD 6.2-inch diagonal display, with a 19:9 ratio and 1080x2270 pixels resolution (which gives 403 ppi) makes no problems. The display is big, clear, repressive, with vivid colours (though colder than warmer) and appropriate brightness (some problems can occur in a direct, bright sunlight, when the work is made harder due to reflexes). There is the eye protection mode, that is the blue light filter. In addition, in settings we can find the option of changing colours profiles and theme (light or dark) – unfortunately, there are no more advanced settings, like configuring particular colours or a white balance. People who wear glasses with polarizing filters will notice a darker image in the horizontal orientation, which is a disadvantage.
The display is surrounded by rather large bezels (on the lower one we even have the manufacturer’s logo), and in the upper part there is a notch in the shape of a water drop, which hides the front camera. Truth to be told, taking the shape into consideration, I enjoyed the notch in the G7 Power model more – and if there had been none – it would have been much better… And unfortunately, we cannot hide it (neither from the settings level nor from the dev’s options). Above the notch, on the connection of the glass and the frame, there is a cavity with the receiver, in which dust likes to gather. There is no notifications LED – it is supposed to be replaced by the Moto Display function, which is showing notifications on the display when we receive them or when it will detect any motion (for example when we will move our hand closer or when we will take the phone to our hand). It is worth noticing that this solution drains the battery more than similar solutions used in AMOLED displays. Under the display, in the lower frame, besides the Motorola brand name, we will notice a cavity, which indicates the location of the microphone. The front panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 panel.
The back panel is slightly arced on edges, thanks to which the smartphone lies in hands comfortably. It has a fingerprint scanner (round element with the Motorola logo) and a dual camera with a LED flash, placed in a characteristic ring. It has markings and, in the lower part, microphone’s hole used for noises reduction. The fingerprint scanner is placed on an appropriate height and our finger reaches it without any problems. The scanner is fast enough and almost errorless – errors only happened once or twice, in all other occasions there were no problems. It is supported by the facial recognition system, which can work especially well in good lighting – this is a nice, though a bit less reliable and slightly slower companion of biometrical securities than the fingerprint scanner.
It is high time to move what can be found between glass panels. At the top there is the hole of another microphone used for noises reduction and the tray, which hides slots for placing two nanoSIM one microSD cards. The left side has no additional elements, while on the right there is volume control (in the form of a single bar) and power/lock button. The lower edge has a single external speaker, USB-C and minijack sockets.