Moto G Power(2021)
1 – How did activation go? Any problems?
Migration and activation went quickly and smoothly. Used Google Cloud to migrate apps/data from Moto G5+, custom app to migrate messages, and file system to migrate photo/video. Swapped out SIM & MicroSD. Turned on. Started Republic App, kept same number, so a couple of clicks and I was in business.
2 – Are calling and texting working as intended on both WiFi and cell?
Calling and texting seem to be working as before (limited test time :-).
Started call in house by main WiFi, walked to end of house, switched to WiFi extender, walked outside with no WiFi and it switched to cell. I then reversed path and all was good. The call did not drop. Note: there was a subtle chime at the time it switched from WiFi to cell and then back again. Not bothersome.
RE: Texting from cell vs. WiFi.
From my yard, with the G5+, I could not send texts w/image. I had to wait until I reconnected on WiFi and then it would send. With Power (2021) I was able to send both text and image from cell outside. So unless T-Mobile just erected or boosted my tower, this phone has better reception.
3 – How is the phone performing? How does it compare to your previous phone?
Previous phone; Moto G5+, Android 8.1.
The Moto G Power(2021) has so far either equaled or excelled in every area I have tested. After getting over the initial shock of the size (vs. the G5+) it would be hard to go back. The size issue was gone after about ten minutes of using the phone. Besides, it still fits in all of my pockets!
4 – What do you think of the cameras?
I will be a little different here in reviewing. In perspective, I bought a ‘phone’ that has cameras. If I wanted a ‘camera’ that was also a phone to take studio quality pictures/video then I would have spent +/- $1000 on a different device. That being said, I used the 1x, zoom and macro to take various pics and send via text which is more than adequate. Note: I do make studio quality videos and do large format prints but I have a 4K/3D video camera and a digital SLR for that. No comparison to any phone:-)
5 – Have you tried any Bluetooth connectivity? Calls over Bluetooth in the car? How does everything sound?
The Bluetooth connects flawlessly so far to my in-house devices. Much more reliable and consistent than the G5+. Due to Covid, I have only put about 100 miles on my vehicle since March 2020. So I do not know when I will get to test the mobile/car side.
6 – Have you tried the fingerprint reader? Is it consistent?
Fingerprint reader is very consistent. Just have to get used to side slide vs. front slide.
7 – Any other thoughts you might want to share?
Reviews are going to be relative based on what environment each user is coming from. As stated, mine is G5+ to Power(2021), so this is like a 4 release difference for me. Meaning, I may have more praise for this phone than others, but it is warranted.
8 – Having tried it, would you want to keep using this phone?
Absolutely! In fact, if the early-adopter testing proves to make Republic choose not to support this phone then I might have to look for another carrier who does! Just kidding… or am I?
More to come as I put it through daily use.