Our reference Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones sounded brilliant and clear with the g7 Plus and a little more sedate with the g7.

No single speaker phone does well in stereo music – these are no exception.

The G7 has no bass, mids creep in at 160Hz and build to 250Hz where they are relatively flat to 2kHz. Treble takes over and us relatively flat to 16kHz. This is a Bright vocal sound signature and its fine for voice but a little crisp for music.

The G7 Plus is different and worse – and we can’t explain why except the DAC or perhaps a different speaker maker. There is no bass, mids creep in late at 250Hz and build to 800Hzx where they are flat to 2kHz. Treble takes over and builds again to 4kHz and then is flat until 16kHz. This is more of an Analytical sound signature that is too harsh for music and can be a little shrill for voice.

Sound: Despite Dolby Audio giving smart, movie and music pre-sets neither speaker can change enough for the nirvana of warm and sweet or even mid sound signatures. Instead, they opt for vocal clarity (which is fine for handsfree). Use them with headphones and be thankful for a 3.4mm audio jack.

Other – same

Other Rear fingerprint sensor
2D face unlock
Unlike earlier models these have e-compass
Moto also utilise all standard sensors for off-body detection and gesture control e.g. chop/chop, glance, face up/down, pocket etc

The fingerprint sensor is 80% accurate, and we repeat advice to enrol sideways and upside-down fingerprints as well. After that, we experienced 1-in-10 fails – 90% reliability.

Face unlock is the 2D variety and there is no screen fill or IR light so you can’t use it in darkened conditions.

Moto gestures and actions are clever – chop/chop for a camera and more.

Battery

Battery 3000mAh battery 3000mAh
  Charger type, e.g. 5V/3A, 9V/2 and 12V/1.5 (18W)
Qualcomm QC 3.0
15min for 9 hours use
1080 video test: 13+ hours
General use: 24+ hours
100% load: 3.5+ hours
Full recharge: 1.5 hours
5V/3A and 9V/3A (27W)
Qualcomm QC 4.0 USB-C PD 4.0
15 minutes for 12 hours use
1080 video test: 13+ hours
General use: 24+ hours
100% load: 3.25 hours
Full recharge: 45 minutes

Both perform well offering a full 24 hours typical use. The g7 Plus has the advantage of very much faster charging using the 27W charger or USB-C PD 3.0 to 45W.

4G/LTE

LTE Cat 12/5 300/150Mbps 2CA
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41
Covers Australian needs
Signal strength (lower is better): -95dB
Cat12/13 600/150Mbps, 3CA
Band 19
Same
-87dB
Sim Dual sim (dedicated micro-SD)
Can both be 4G
Same
Other VoLTE and VoWiFi depends on the carrier Same
HD voice
Calling over Wi-Fi

Our test area has weak 4G signals and our reference Samsung Note9 normally gets the best signal at -97, so these are excellent.

The g7 Plus supports HD Voice and Wi-Fi calling courtesy of the later SD636 SoC.

Operating system – both

OS Android: 9.x
U1: Pure Android

Pure Android Pie on a mass-market device – get outa here!. But it is true, and you should receive two OS upgrades and three years of patches and security updates.

Pie has loads of new features including AI to learn about your use and adapt the phone to it. In the test week, we started to see minor improvements, especially in the over aggressive adaptive brightness setting.

Summary: If you want pure Android- who doesn’t then this is it.

Build etc

Colours Ceramic White
Ceramic Black
Deep Indigo
Viva Red
Build Frame: Anodised plastic (matches rear panel)
Black: Ceramic
Slippery – use supplied bumper case
Fingerprint magnet
Same
Gorilla Glass 3
Same
Same
Dimensions 157×75.3x8mm x 172g Same – 176g
IP Rating P2i nano-coating water repellent
moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes, sweat or light rain.
Same

It is well made and has lasting quality – I would go so far as to say excellent, and that reflects it being built in Lenovo’s factory – not via an ODM.