Moto G9 Plus vs Galaxy A71: which is the best premium intermediary?
Moto G9 Plus vs Galaxy A71:
Moto G9 Plus or Galaxy A71: which is the best intermediary at around $ 200? Let’s check the positive and negative points of each one to know which one is more worth your money. Motorola decided to bet higher on this generation by bringing a more expensive phone. Does it deliver better value than the Korean rival?
Multimedia and software
Motorola Moto G9 Plus-
Samsung Galaxy A71-
The Moto G9 Plus has grown and now features one of the largest screens ever seen on the line. With that your measurements increased and we have a very large cell phone, even bigger than the Galaxy A71. Both bet on a hole for selfies camera, but the Samsung middleman has thinner edges. This makes it a more compact and lightweight phone.
Samsung and Motorola bet on cell phone with plastic body. The A71 has a chromatic effect on the rear that has an air of modernity, while the G9 Plus has a simpler mirror finish that adds a lot of fingerprint and easily streaks. It arrived in the national market in dark blue and gold options. The Galaxy can be found in black, light blue and silver.
There is no drastic difference in design between the two, but overall the Galaxy A71 is a more refined product. However, there is a P2 input and a microSD slot on both. The two also share similar technologies and have NFC in the national version.
We started the comparison with the first point for the A71.
MULTIMEDIA and SOFTWARE:
Screen and sound-
Both bring Full HD + screen, what changes is the panel technology. Samsung continues to bet on its Super AMOLED screens and Motorola invested in the good old IPS LCD. In terms of brightness there is no difference, but the Galaxy reflects less light in open spaces, which makes it more pleasant to use on sunny days.
The Moto G9 Plus has no uniform brightness, being darker at the edges. Its viewing angle and contrast are also lower. If you are looking for a cell phone with efficient HDR mode, then none will be able to enjoy movies and selfies on Netflix and Amazon. In color reproduction, Samsung also takes advantage, while Motorola is betting on a cooler calibration that turns bluish white.
Motorola has always invested in stereo sound, but in the G9 Plus it decided to adopt mono sound as we have in the rival of Samsung. Both deliver the same sound power. The Galaxy tends more towards the highs, giving the impression of louder sound. This helps when watching videos, but for music Motorola is better, although it does distort a bit at most.
The headset that comes as a gift is comfortable and has decent quality in both, but the Motorola accessory is better.
We give Samsung victory on screen and draw on sound.
The two come out of the box with Android 10. The Galaxy brings the One UI that is more full of features and much more modified than the almost pure Android from Motorola. The G9 Plus has the same extras that we find in others in the line, the only novelty is the Interactive Screen, a kind of floating menu to access your favorite apps through the biometric reader on the side.
This is a nice extra, but it is not quite as complete as the Screen Edge present in the A71, which in addition to allowing you to fix the most used apps, it is also possible to have tools like ruler anywhere on the screen.
In software support there is a big advantage for Samsung. Motorola has been releasing just one Android update for its phones, while the Korean rival promises three major updates for the little robot, which should ensure we see Android 13 on the A71, while the G9 Plus will never see such a version.
Samsung takes advantage of software.
The shorter the time, the better
On the Galaxy we have the Snapdragon 730 and on Motorola the 730G version. The two are very similar, with the only difference being the operating speed of the GPU with 50 MHz more on the G9 Plus. This didn’t really make a difference in our multitasking test and we saw the A71 take advantage of having 2 GB more RAM. It can hold many more open apps.
Having a faster GPU helps to get higher numbers in benchmark tools, but the difference is not so big and in the case of AnTuTu it is below 10%. And in games, does a faster graphics chip make a difference?
The A71 runs any Android game without gagging, just like the Moto G9 Plus. In PUBG we had an average of 30 fps and in Call of Duty getting close to 60 fps. The difference in fluidity between the two is small and many should not even notice.
We give the A71 a point in performance.
Motorola has been more generous in battery in its intermediaries and this is the case of the Moto G9 Plus with 500 mAh more than the Korean rival. Does this mean that we have superior autonomy? It should, but it is clear that Motorola has sinned a little in optimization. Both deliver similar battery life, which in a way is a good thing, as both last all day even in heavier usage.
What really disappoints in the G9 Plus is the 30W TurboPower charger that takes almost 20 minutes longer to recharge the battery than the weaker Samsung charger that comes with the A71. Even if the Motorola has a slightly bigger battery, they should at least tie in the recharge time.
And we give battery point to the A71.
We have a 64 MP camera in both that compresses four pixels in one to record more details even in the darkest places. As much as the hardware is similar, this is where Samsung’s optimized software makes a difference. The A71 records photos with superior clarity and presents better colors. At night the G9 Plus captures clearer images, but with more noise.
The main camera of the G9 Plus can even take good pictures, but the ultra-wide does a lot of that. Sharpness is compromised and textures lose a lot of quality, unlike the ultra-wide A71 that does a good job. Galaxy also has a wider angle to capture more of the scenarios.
In the macro we have the advantage in the G9 Plus the auto focus, but the resolution of only 2 MP compromises the sharpness of the photos. Overall, the A71 is best for recording small details of nature and animals, as long as you respect the right distance of 5 cm.
A71 has better rear set of cameras.
Photos taken with the Motorola Moto G9 Plus-
In the front camera, we don’t see a noticeable advantage for the A71 as with the rear cameras. The two take good selfies in places with decent lighting and lose some sharpness at night. The problem with the Moto G9 Plus is disabling HDR when portrait mode is used, so avoid taking pictures near windows or with the sun behind you.
We draw on selfies.
Photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy A71-
Which is best for videos? Both record in 4K with good day quality. The focus is agile and there is efficient electronic stabilization to deal with the shaking. The problem with the G9 Plus is in the night shooting; the quality drops dramatically and the focus gets quite slow. The A71 also takes advantage of the front end in both quality and resolution. Audio capture is clearer on the Galaxy as it has less aggressive noise cancellation.
We closed the camera with the last point for the A71.
The A71 hit the market in early 2020 for $200 and the Moto G9 Plus in September for $ 150. The Samsung model can be found cheaper today because it is older, and as we are talking about a better and cheaper phone, it is impossible not to give the crown the best cost-benefit for Samsung.
With that, we close the comparison with the last point for the A71.
Motorola aimed high in this generation and came charging high on the Moto G9 Plus and as we have seen it does not stand a chance of competing with the Galaxy A71. Samsung’s intermediary has better screen, better software, better performance in multitasking, battery recharges faster and records better photos and videos.
The Moto G9 Plus will only make sense if its price is $ 500 less. It is not worth paying almost the same as the A71 to have a cell phone that is inferior in almost everything. It is clear that the G9 Plus needs software improvements to make better use of the cameras and the battery will yield more, but in the meantime go to Samsung and make a better purchase.
Samsung Galaxy A71: 10 POINTS
More neat design with less edges
Super AMOLED top screen
More complete software with more updates
Better performance in multitasking
Best set of cameras
Best for day selfies
Shoots with superior quality
Motorola Moto G9 Plus: 2 POINTS
Best sound for music
Best for selfies at night