I just upgraded from a G3 to a G7 that I got off of Amazon. I like it so far.
The fingerprint reader on the back isn’t all that bad. It’s out of the way enough that I’m not likely to accidentally unlock it but easy enough to reach in most cases. The only disadvantages to it are that convenience always comes at the cost of security and you literally have to have the phone in your hand to unlock it that way. You can, of course, still use a pin as an alternate way to unlock it, should you be unable to scan your fingerprint for some reason. This may seem obvious but it lets you add multiple fingerprints, regardless of whether they’re yours or not.
The battery doesn’t seem to hold up much better than my G3 did but it charges a lot faster, so that’s nice.
The pre-installed version of Alexa is supposed to work hands free and it seems to, for the most part. I haven’t really done much testing yet but it works about as you would expect it to. It’s a little odd you have to use a separate app to setup the hands free. While typing this I did a random test and asked Alexa to tell me a joke, she had Jimmy Fallon tell me a joke about a horse that was so cringe and yet still funny. I just don’t even.
Inserting an SD card into the G7 took a little time and effort because I was afraid I was going to break the holder tray before I’d get it to fully snap in but I managed to get it in. The sim card went in without any effort though.
The biggest time sink for me was moving my apps (particularly authenticators) over to the new phone. It’s too bad you can’t just migrate most app settings along with everything else.
There’s a number of minor software improvements in android that I like. Icon groups can now have multiple pages to them. I kind of wish they hadn’t rearranged the settings so much but the search feature helps with that.
All in all, I’m just glad to see the phone doesn’t struggle so hard to handle basic apps like the G3 would. I can’t tell you how often Google Maps would freeze up or crash on my G3 but it runs flawlessly on the new G7. Apps like Amazon and Walmart would kill the battery and even make my G3 hot but the G7 handles them casually. Of course, new phones all start out that way and then power creep happens where apps keep demanding more resources until your phone can’t handle it anymore. I’m sure the same battery draining apps drain the G7 battery too but the fact they aren’t likely to keep resources like the CPU pegged at 100% while idle will probably help the battery to last a bit longer. I literally couldn’t expect more than a few hours of battery on the G3 with either of the previously mentioned shopping apps installed, even without actively using them.