The Good The Samsung Galaxy A50 has a solid camera, a built-in fingerprint reader screen, a headphone jack and a long-lasting battery – all at an affordable price.
The Bad Phone time can be buggy, its maximum video resolution is only 1080p, and its quality is tiny.
The Bottom Line Although not a water repellent agent like the Moto G7, the Galaxy A50 costs an extra $ 50 for its excellent camera and durable battery.
The Galaxy A50 is one of nine (!) Samsung Galaxy Note phones released this year – a family that includes recently launched Note 10 and Note 10 Plus , as well as the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E, S10 5G and the future Galaxy Fold due out in September . But at $ 350 ($ 309, $ 500), the A50 is the cheapest party phone, and is one of the two best options for a reliable $ 400 Android phone. (For more phones for up to $ 500, read our information .)
Another choice is $ 300 (£ 189, $ 349) Motorola Moto G7 . Over the last few years, the Motorola G-Series has been consistently one of our favorite budget phones, and the G7 continues this legacy as an exclusive phone at a price.
All in all, we still love the Moto G7. This is a fantastic, affordable phone, and it won over our editor with its inexpensive price, good camera, and reliable performance. But I think the Galaxy A50 is better, even if it’s a bit more expensive. For this he also earned himself the choice of editors. If you have an extra $ 50 to spare, go for the Galaxy A50 over the Moto G7. Although it doesn’t shoot 4K videos, I’m not a big fan of Samsung UI, but the gorgeous A50 camera, sleek design and longer battery life make it a better phone.
Samsung’s Galaxy A50 serves up a Galaxy experience for much less
The Galaxy A50 looks better but has no water protection
Although both phones are similar in size and design, there are some details that elevate the Galaxy A50 over the Moto G7. For example, the Moto G7 has a larger camera angle on the back. A hit is not a deal breaker, and many phones have, including the iPhone. The Galaxy A50 is much clearer and looks sleeker and more sophisticated. The cutout on the camera screen for the front camera is also smaller, so it is less obtrusive when viewing the display. Finally, since the Galaxy A50 has a built-in fingerprint scanner, the device overall looks clearer. The Moto G7, on the other hand, has a visible reader on the back that is emblazoned with the Motorola logo (and the Motorola logo on the front, on the bottom too), which is not so attractive.
In addition, the Galaxy A50 has an AMOLED display compared to the Moto G7 LCD. Although both phones have roughly the same resolution and pixel density, the Galaxy A50’s screen is brighter and the colors are brighter. Blacks are also much darker and thinner. When viewing both phones at different angles, the color changes are more serious in the Moto G7. This means that colors are washed out sharply and the screen becomes dimmer at certain angles.
One of the strengths of the Moto G7 is that it is slightly water repellent. You can’t fully immerse it in water, but it has a nanopowder that protects it from splashing and splashing light water. Samsung has not added water protection to the A50.
Don’t care about 4K videos? The Galaxy A50 camera is superior
Both the Galaxy A50 and the Moto G7 take crisp, vivid pictures when conditions are perfect, like in settings with high level light. And although the Galaxy A50 can only record 1080p video (compared to the Moto G7’s 4K maximum), the Galaxy A50 is far ahead of the Moto G7.
The pictures are clearer, so you can see smaller details in things like leaves and bricks. In low light, the A50 is brighter and punches colors, while photos taken with the G7 are more dirty and washed away. The A50 also has a wider dynamic range, meaning scenes with different lighting situations are more evenly matched than the Moto G7. I noticed that there were times when the HDR A50 effect looked too unrealistic, but I still preferred the Moto G7. The Galaxy A50 also has a second wide-angle camera, meaning you capture more content in each frame. This is handy when you also want to capture vast landscapes and landscapes.
Both phones pulled the bokeh effect for portraits in comparison, and the bumps between the front and back sides were smooth and natural. You can also do portraits with the front camera on both phones. When I took a selfie, both phones showed some spotting around my hair. However, I still prefer the Galaxy A50 as the white balance is more accurate.
Unlike the Moto G7, the A50 can’t shoot 4K videos. Instead, it shoots 1080p video, and videos with this resolution were on par with the Moto G7. Objects were focused, colors were true, and sound was clear. Although I don’t care about home 4K movies myself, if you want to shoot clearer and brighter videos and have a 4K display, the Moto G7 is the choice between the two.
Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 Battery and Performance
For our benchmark tests, the Galaxy A50 has consistently released the Moto G7. But in real life, you won’t notice much of a difference in speed between them, and my daily experience with both is relatively equal. Although there are times when I come across a random geek with the Galaxy A50. For example, programs may occasionally close or just not start. And a fingerprint reader will take a battle or two longer than usual to unlock your phone. Again, most of the time the Galaxy A50 works fine, but since its processor is not a top priority, you may notice the same stutter as I did.
The Samsung phone also comes with a larger battery and lasts much longer than the Moto G7. During lab tests for continuous video playback on the plane, the phone took an average of over 17 hours and 17 minutes. The Moto G7 lasted only 12 hours 51 minutes.
It’s worth noting that both phones use the same speaker at the bottom for audio. Their audio quality obviously doesn’t compare to the quality of the top-end phones, but I noticed that the audio coming out of the Moto G7 was noticeably louder and wider than the Galaxy A50. In contrast, the sound from the Samsung phone was not so good and it sounded sharper and stronger.
Moto, almost in stock Android against one Samsung interface
The Galaxy A50 and Moto G7 have Android 9 OS, but Samsung and Motorola are taking over the OS layer by layer. I prefer the interface on the Moto G7; closer to stock Android, it feels more streamlined and user-friendly, and the icons and menus look more sophisticated. If you don’t like any of the phone’s interfaces, you can easily download a third-party launcher to change it.
Although the Galaxy A50 has some additional features. In addition to Google Pay and Google Assistant (which has the Moto G7), you get Samsung Pay and Bixby. Samsung Pay is compatible with more payment terminals (for more information, read Apple Pay’s comparison of CNET versus Google Pay and Samsung Pay), and Bixby is another digital voice assistant that you can use to find basic information and shortcuts. Even if you don’t end up using these services – I don’t use Bixby myself as much as I use Assistant – the A50 gives you more options to choose from.
Features of Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 and PIxel 3A
|Samsung Galaxy A50||Motorola Moto G7||Google Pixel 3A|
|Display size, resolution||6.4-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels||6.2-inch LCD; 2,270×1,080 pixels||5.6-inch gOLED; 2,220×1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||403 ppi||403 ppi||441 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.24 x 2.94 x 0.30 in||6.18 x 2.96 x 0.31 in||6.0 x 2.8 x 0.3 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm||157 x 75.3 x 8 mm||151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.86 oz; 166g||6.07 oz; 172g||5.19 oz; 147g|
|Mobile software||Android 9.0||Android 9.0||Android 9.0|
|Camera||24-megapixel (wide), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (depth sensor)||12-megapixel (standard), 5-megapixel (depth sensor)||12.2-megapixel|
|Processor||Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9610||1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632||2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670|
|Expandable storage||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB||No|
|Battery||4,000 mAh||3,000 mAh||3,000 mAh|
|Special features||Fast charging, Samsung Pay||Water repellent with P2i nano-coating; TurboPower charging||AR in Google Maps, time-lapse video shooting|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$350||$299||$399|
Originally published on August 11th.
Update, Aug. 28: Adds the Editor’s Choice Award, more than the Moto G7.