Motorola Moto X4
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Motorola Moto X4 Review
The 3-Minute Motorola Moto X4 Review
Back to the Past
By Zach Riley | February 9, 2018
Features & Design: 3.5/5 ● Performance: 3/5 ● Value: 3/5 ● Battery 5/5
As the first non-Google phone to use the Android One operating system, the Motorola Moto X4 is a capable phone with a big battery that’s quick to charge as well as an excellent camera for the price.
Unfortunately, the Motorola Moto X4 has a few drawbacks. While it’s overall a pretty good phone, it suffers from lower specifications and isn’t a significant upgrade over its predecessor.
Is it for you?
If you’re looking for a reliable mid-range phone with a reliable operating system that will keep you going all day, the Motorola Moto X4 might be right up your alley. As one of the few phones with access to Google’s Project Fi operating system, it’s truly a unique offering in a sea of similar phones.
Meet the Motorola Moto X4
With the Moto X4, Motorola sought to release a mid-range smartphone with specifications that fell somewhere in between their flagship - the Moto Z2 Force - and the more affordable Moto G5. A product strategy offering three phones at varying price points has the potential to capture a bigger portion of the smartphone market, but does the Moto X4 have what it takes? Critical reception of the phone has been mixed, but there’s no doubt that the Moto X4 has a place as a competitive mid-range phone
What we like
Perhaps the most unique feature of the Motorola Moto X4 is the Android One operating system. Previously limited to Google’s flagships - the Pixels - the Moto X4 is the first third party device to run off of Google’s own UI. Accompanying the Android One capability is access to the Google Fi cellular plan, which has garnered much praise for its fair pricing and refreshing approach to data usage.
A large battery allows the phone to stay topped up all day, and if you need to top it back up, the Moto X4 features fast charging technology that ensures you don’t have to stay plugged in for long. For a phone in its price range, the camera is excellent and produces some photos that stand up to those from more expensive flagships.At an affordable price, there’s clearly a lot to like about the Moto X4.
What we don’t like
As mentioned above, there are some issues that hold the Moto X4 back. Perhaps the biggest offender is the fact that it’s simply not a big enough upgrade to warrant buying a whole new phone. Additionally, there’s a question as to how good of a value the Moto X4 actually is. As Samsung’s mid-range phone, it’s expected that the device offers a good balance of price and utility. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as if the Moto X4 is necessarily worth the price - considering that it’s only moderately less expensive than the company’s premier flagship.
The performance of the phone, while definitely respectable for price, pales in comparison to the only slightly more expensive Moto Z2 Force. The Micro USB port is also older technology that falls behind the newer USB-C.
Should you buy it?
There’s no doubt that the Moto X4 is a respectable mid-range phone. However, for only a little bit more you can enjoy the company’s premier flagship - with all of the power and features that come along with it. For what it is, the X4 is a solid phone, but the value isn’t quite where it needs to be.
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- The Motorola Moto X4 is manufactured by Motorola and was added in September 2017 in the Smartphones section
- This product has a rating of 3.5 out of 5
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