Motorola Moto G4 Plus

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Motorola Moto G4 Plus Review

After being acquired by Lenovo there were a lot of speculations that the Moto series of smartphones will release only flagships, while Lenovo will stick to the budget to mid-range phones. In reality, that is not the case as Motorola came out with their highly acclaimed G series of smartphones as well as the budget E series of smartphones. The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus were announced in May 2016 and the devices have been well received overall. This is the in-depth review of the Motorola Moto G4 Plus which has quite a few changes but sticks to the core design of Moto phones.

The design is pretty much the same, but has a few changes like the camera module and a flatter rearside
The design is pretty much the same, but has a few changes like the camera module and a flatter rearside

Design – Still no metal

It is disappointing to see that the Moto G4 Plus does not have a metal build. Even as all the other competitors are flaunting metal bodies, the G4 Plus still has the same old plastic body with metal accents. Even though the build quality is amazing, it would’ve been so much better to have a metal unibody instead of a plastic shell.

The back shell has a micro-textured pattern which allows it to be gripped easily and it can also be swapped for customized shells which can be bought from the Moto website. The device measures 7.9mm overall and around 9.8mm at the camera. The screen has additional protection with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Screen and Hardware – Smooth performance, great display

The Plus moniker means that the phone will have a larger screen and it is absolutely right. Unlike the previous Moto G phones, which came with a 5-inch display, the Moto G4 Plus shows off with a 5.5-inch display that has a resolution bumped up to full HD. This gives it a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch.

We found the display to be very reflective, but the overall quality and viewing angles are spectacular. It is recommended to get an anti-glare screen protector for an even better experience. Like mentioned earlier, it comes with Gorilla Glass protection, so there is some sort of protection against scratches.

A square shaped fingerprint scanner sits below the screen, but does not double up as a home button
A square shaped fingerprint scanner sits below the screen, but does not double up as a home button

Coming to what is under the hood, you get the Snapdragon 617 SoC with the Adreno 405 GPU. The Snapdragon 617 is a pretty old chipset but it is stable and does not overheat like the SD 615. It does its job very well in terms of day-to-day activities and there was no visible lag at all. The high end games do work pretty well thanks to the octa core processor and the Adreno GPU. There can be some amount of lag when the games are bumped up to the highest settings, but not very often.

The Moto G4 Plus comes in two variants, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and the base model which comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The internal storage is expandable up to 128GB via microSD. There is also another model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, but that is only available in select markets.

A big addition to the Moto G4 Plus is the square shaped fingerprint scanner placed below the screen. A lot of you might have already faced this issue wherein you press the scanner thinking that it is the home button. Sadly, all the buttons are on screen and the fingerprint scanner is confusing, to say the least. It is highly responsive and works well in any direction.

Camera – Highly capable

The camera module on the rear side of the Moto G4 Plus is made of glass and is surrounded by metal trims. The camera on the G4 Plus is the best aspect of the phone. If you don’t compare it to the likes of Galaxy S7, LG G5, and the other flagships, you will notice that it does its job really well.

The 16 megapixel rear camera has an f2.0 aperture and comes with laser autofocus as well as phase detection auto focus (PDAF). There is also a dual-tone LED flash that sits below the camera. We found the focusing speed to be excellent and the photos turn out to be amazing, considering the price point of the device.

The camera comes with PDAF and laser auto focus for lightning fast focusing
The camera comes with PDAF and laser auto focus for lightning fast focusing

Low light photography is also pretty decent but it tends to overexpose the darker areas a bit too much. It cannot capture 4K or 2K videos and is limited to 1080p videos at 30fps. The front facing 5 megapixel shooter comes with an f2.2 aperture and there’s nothing much to say about it. It is good enough for your Facebook uploads and Instagram photos, and can even capture full HD videos.

Software and Battery – Simple, stock Android and long battery life

Motorola phones were always known for the near stock Android experience that it provided. The same is true for the Moto G4 Plus and you see no bloatware at all. The experience is smooth and refreshing and the feeling of using stock Android is a different one altogether. Motorola ships the phone with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but the update to Nougat has already started rolling out to devices in India.


The stock Android experience is refreshing and there is also a promise for future updates

The 3,000mAh battery is sort of like the standard now in mid-range smartphones and with 5.5-inch full HD display, stock Android and the Snapdragon 617, the battery life is nothing short of excellent. It could stay on for more than a day with moderate to heavy usage. It also supports Turbo Charging which supposedly gives 6 hours of power in just 15 minutes.

Verdict

The Motorola Moto G4 Plus is yet another great device from Motorola and there is nothing much wrong with this phone. It has a sturdy build, an adequate display, buttery-smooth performance, splendid cameras and a long lasting battery. It has a few negatives but that can be overlooked as the positive outweigh them. We would’ve liked to see a metal unibody, but hopefully next time they will do so. As far as this phone is concerned, it is a winner and is highly recommended. But do go for the 3GB/32GB variant or the 4GB/64GB variant.

  • Pros:
    Superb build quality Stock Android experience and long lasting battery The cameras produce some great shots and the focusing speed is just amazing
  • Cons:
    Still not a metal unibody The fingerprint scanner does not double up as a home button The camera cannot capture 4K or 2K videos even though the sensor is capable of doing so
Our score:
4.5 / 5

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Product Description

  • The Motorola Moto G4 Plus is manufactured by Motorola and was added in May 2016 in the Smartphones section
  • This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
  • The best price of the Motorola Moto G4 Plus in Australia is $294.00 at ONEdigitals Australia
  • In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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