Pixel 3A VS Moto G7 – Which one is Better? [2021]

When we talk about budget phones, the choices are clearly in abundance. However, when we narrow it down to a particular mobile platform and market, the choice becomes much easier. Two of the best budget phones right now are the Google Pixel 3A and the Moto G7.

Being the budget-friendly phone the Pixel 3A will have to face stiff competition from the best mid–range options in the market and the Moto G7 is certainly one of them. The Moto G7 brought a refreshing change in terms of design and specs over the predecessor. Despite being a budget–friendly option the Pixel 3a is almost $100 expensive than the Moto G7.

Both Pixel 3A and Moto G7 were launched at around the same time with the Moto G7 having the honor of arriving a couple of months earlier than the Pixel 3a. However, both smartphones are quite similar in terms of hardware as well as performance. This is what makes choosing between the two devices a difficult prospect. But if you look closely at each aspect, it’s not too difficult to narrow down to which one really takes the cake.

So without wasting any further, let’s have a look at both devices.

Google Pixel 3A:

Pixel phone’s number one selling point has always been their cameras. Unlike the majority of premium smartphones that opt for a multi-lens solution, Google Pixel 3A has always put a single lens on the back of its phones and enhanced its images using A.I.

“I cannot stress enough how remarkable it is to have a camera this good on a phone at this price,” Dieter Bohn wrote in his Pixel 3A review.

For half the cost of the original Pixel 3, this 3a is the ideal phone for a smartphone photography fan on a budget. Though it shaves off a few features from 2018’s Pixel 3 (it’s not water-resistant, it doesn’t have wireless charging and it maxes out at 64GB of storage), the Pixel 3A has a solid camera, a headphone jack, and longer battery life and a faster processor than the Moto G7.

Moto G7:

If you care less about your smartphone’s camera — and more about how long you can go without a charge — then you might want to look at Motorola’s Moto G7. The company launched just in February, and the Moto G7 Power is the most standout of the bunch. The smartphone’s defining feature is its 5,000 mAh batteries that can deliver up to 3 days of battery life, which is almost double the capacity of the Pixel 3a.

When the device does run out of battery, users won’t have to wait very long for it to juice up, either. The Moto G7 supports 15 – watt fast charging that can give it nine hours of battery life in only 15 minutes. That makes it the G7 Power the ideal phone for anyone who finds themselves struggling to keep their phone from shutting down at the end of the day.

The phone has a sleek design, a large screen, and expandable storage, which is especially useful if you take lots of photos and video but don’t like the idea of storing everything on a cloud.

Specifications:

Google Pixel 3A:

SpecsGoogle Pixel 3A
Release Date2019, May
Dimensions160.1 Х 76.1 Х 8.2 mm
Weight167 g
Body BuildFront glass, plastic body
ColorsJust Black, Clearly White, Purplish
Battery3700 MAH, Non-removable Li-Po
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Screen Resolution1080 x 2160 px
Operating system – OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)
External MemoryNo
Internal Memory64 GB, 4 GB RAM
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Approximate Price480 EUR
Other Extras
  • Fast battery charging 18W
  • USB Power Delivery 2.0

Motorola Moto G7:

SpecsMotorola Moto G7
Release Date2019, February
Dimensions157 Х 75.3 Х 8.3 mm
Weight167 g
Body BuildFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame
ColorsDeep Indigo, Viva Red
Battery3000 mAh, Non-removable Li-Ion
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Screen Resolution1080 x 2270 px
Operating system – OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)
External MemoryMicroSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal Memory64 GB, 4 GB RAM
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Approximate Price300 EUR
Other ExtrasSplash resistant

 

Features:

Google Pixel 3A:

  • Faster CPU: It has a faster CPU than Moto G7. A faster CPU means more smooth performance.
  • Slimmer: Pixel 3A is about 11 % slimmer than Moto G7. Google uses a plastic body for the smartphone, which helps keep the weight down. Thus it is easy to carry in a pocket and looks fashionable.
  • Supports NFC: NFC enables wireless payments through your device. You can also connect two NFC-enabled devices just by touching them with each other.
  • Light in weight: Pixel 3A is very easy to hold without tiring your arms. It is very light in weight as compared to Moto G7.  
  • Performance: The Pixel 3A packs 64GB of non-expandable storage along with 4GB of RAM, so the Pixel 3a is decent in terms of everyday performance.
  • USB C port: There’s a USB C port here for high-speed charging and data transfer, which has been the standard for over a year now.

Motorola Moto G7:

  • Supports Memory Card: Motorola G7 has a slot for a memory card which gives your device more storage capacity so you can store more songs, photos and videos.
  • Supports FM Radio: Moto G7 also includes FM radio which helps you to listen to your favorite radio stations on your device.
  • Battery: It has around 35% more Battery Capacity than Google Pixel 3a. With more battery size, a device’s battery can generally last more time, though it depends on various other factors too.
  • Dual Camera: In the camera department, the Moto G7 comes equipped with a dual-camera setup consisting of a 12MP standard sensor and a 5MP depth sensor for amazing bokeh shots.
  • Dolby Audio: Moto has also spent some time on the audio attributes of the Moto G7. The phone speakers support Dolby Audio by default, while the company also offers a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired earbuds.

Design:

Google Pixel 3A:

The Pixel 3A has the familiar design of the Pixel 3. It’s small, lightweight, and comfortable to navigate. But unlike the original Pixel 3, it has a plastic back that makes it look and feel cheaper in the hand than the all-glass Moto G7.

The Pixel 3A has a smaller, 5.6-inch display, its OLED screen is brighter and more vibrant than the Moto G7’s 6.2-inch LCD screen. It’s easier to view in sunlight, blues and greens pop more and blacks are inkier.

The Pixel 3A has two thick bezels on the top and bottom of the phone to house the camera. The front of the Pixel 3A is covered in Asahi’s Dragontrail Glass, a Gorilla Glass alternative that we haven’t drop-tested yet.

Motorola Moto G7:

Moto G7 has a 6.2 inch LCD Screen. The color shift is more severe on the Moto G7. When viewing both phones from the side, the screen washes out more dramatically on the Moto G7.  If you’re just handling the Moto G7 alone, you won’t have any gripes about its display.

The glass on the back of the Moto G7 has a subtle curve on the edge reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy phones. And the near bezel–less display gives it a high-end feel on the front as well.

The downside of having all that glass though is that the Moto G7 is prone to smudges on either side. It also feels more fragile than the Pixel 3A.

Software and UI:

Both phones run Android, but the Pixel 3A has a bit of Google’s UI layered on top, while the Moto G7 has a few features exclusive to the Motorola phone. Given this, both remain pretty true to the stock version of Android, which we love.

Google Pixel 3A:

The Pixel 3A has AR walking navigation in Google Maps right out of the box. By overlaying navigational directions right on the screen in real-time, you can begin orienting yourself as soon as you start walking directions in Maps, which is quite useful. If you have a terrible sense of direction (like we do), it’s a good tool to have. But the feature isn’t exclusive to the Pixel 3A and it has rolled out to other Android phones as well.

Motorola Moto G7:

On the other hand, some of the Motorola UI features we like on the Moto G7 include a standby feature that shows you the time and lock screen if you wave your hand over it while the phone is lying screen-side-up, and automatically switches to “do not disturb” mode when you flip it over. On the annoying side of the spectrum is the Moto G7’s jingle, which seems to be programmed to play every minute if you forget to put the phone on silent or vibrate. (OK, maybe not every minute, but it plays every time there’s an update or notification.)

Both phones also offer 64GB of onboard storage, but only the Moto G7 has a microSD card slot to expand it locally. Google offers free cloud storage for Pixel 3A users, but it doesn’t store photos at their original quality but rather “high” quality, which isn’t as large.

Camera:

Google Pixel 3A:

The Moto G7 Plus packs twice the back cameras of the Pixel 3a, but Google has a secret weapon back there: a proper flagship camera. The 12.2 – megapixel f/1.8 single – shooter is the same back camera as the full-blooded Pixel 3, albeit without the benefit of the Pixel Visual Core image signal processor that’s missing from the cheaper version of the handset.

Motorola Moto G7:

The Moto G7 has a pair of cameras on the back, with a 16MP f/1.7 main sensor and a 5MP depth lens alongside. You’ll get good detail and effective shadow detail in the HDR mode, and it’s faster to focus than the previous-gen Moto. It’s one of the best camera setups for the price, but for a bit more cash, you definitely get better everyday snaps with the Pixel 3a.

Ultimately, we didn’t notice much of a difference. The Pixel 3a delivers rich, detail-packed shots just like the proper Pixel 3, plus it can do amazing low-light shots via the Night Sight mode.

So, from a Camera point of view, the Pixel 3A is definitely better than Moto G7.

Pro’s And Con’s:

Google Pixel 3A:

Pros
  • Good performance.
  • Very light in weight.
  • Big aperture number for main rear camera with f/1.8 and sufficient aperture number at front camera f/2.0.
Cons
  • It does not have a dual sim card network.
  • The battery is not removable.

 

Motorola Moto G7:

Pros
  • Has higher screen resolution.
  • Automatically smart detect our face, smiles, and everything to make photo results become better.
  • Very good battery life.
Cons
  • It does not come with a Barometer or Temperature sensor.
  • Does not have a wireless battery charger.

To Sum Up:

As far as the best budget handset is concerned, the crown might be shifting more often than we can imagine. However, if we consider these two smartphones (Google Pixel 3A and Moto G7) at the moment, it’s clear that you really can’t do better than either of them right now, especially at the price they’re selling for.

But if you were to pick between the two, I would personally choose the Pixel 3A. No doubt, the Moto G7 is $100 cheaper than the Pixel 3a but it lags behind in many departments. Paying more is always beneficial so you should regret it if you go for the Moto G7.

Although the Moto G7 front is more attractive the Pixel 3a rear finish is pretty great. Pixel 3A comes with an OLED display. OLED panels are slightly more economical than LCD panels, in that they will use less battery than their LCD counterpart.

The Pixel 3a takes lead in the display, hardware, software, battery, and cameras department. The camera setup, display, and hardware on the Pixel 3a are certainly the best in this range. So, in my opinion, Pixel 3A will be the best choice for you.

FAQ’s

Is the Moto G7 worth it?
This is a mid-end smartphone with 64 GB internal memory and 4 GB RAM. The capacity is good enough for installing more applications from Google Play Store and 4 GB RAM is enough to run several multitasking applications. Motorola Moto G7 is recommended to buy, the prices also not very expensive but it has good features.
Is the pixel 3a still a good phone?
No doubt, it is a very good phone. The Pixel 3a is a steal for those who simply don’t want to spend a lot on their next phone and still get a great camera. The specs are decent for the $399/£399 price, and you don’t have to deal with the usual carrier bloatware that you’ll typically find on other mid-range phones.
Is the Google pixel 3a worth buying?
The Pixel 3a brings the software and hardware features from its beloved premium line to a low price tag with only small hits to performance. If you can deal with small amounts of lag, this is the right phone to buy.
Are Motorola phones better than Samsung?
Yes, Motorola phones are better than Samsung. It is technically the better smartphone with its greater availability, superior charging, and impressive screen.
Does the Moto G7 need a screen protector?
Yes, Shield Tempered Glass (3-pack) is your best bet for a reliable tempered glass screen protector for your Moto G7. A tempered glass screen protector will certainly protect better against severe drop damage, but a film screen protector can be better at defending against scratches and are easier to replace.
How long does the pixel 3a last?
Even better, you could get as many as 7 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of fast charging; the Pixel 3a comes with an 18-watt fast charger in the box.
Which is better pixel 3a or pixel 4?
The Pixel 3a is a worthy alternative to the Pixel 4. Yes, it has a less impressive processor, display, and only one rear camera, but the day-to-day experience of using the phone is sublime. Not only it is considerably more affordable, but the 3a also beats the 4 in some regards.
Why is my pixel 3a battery draining so fast?
There are many Google Pixel 3A XL users who are facing lots of issues with the smartphone battery. In this case, most of the users think that the battery is damaged, but battery drain issues can be caused by software bugs as well. The most common reason which causes the battery to drain faster are the applications.

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