Moto G4 Review

Moto G4 is a decent mid-range smartphone, and features an ergonomic design. But, for most young buyers, other options would make more sense. Here's why.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Written by Hansa Verma | Published:July 5, 2016 2:00 pm
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Moto G4 is now finally available in India. The smartphone was announced alongside Moto G4 Plus, which is a slightly high-end variant of Moto G4 series. The two devices are quite similar in terms of specifications, except that the Moto G4 Plus comes with a fingerprint scanner and a bigger 16MP camera.

Moto G4 16GB variant is priced at Rs 12,499 on Amazon. Moto G4 Plus, on the other hand comes in two storage options – 16GB and 32GB – for Rs 13,499 and Rs 14,999 respectively.

For Moto G4, the competition is tough given Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 2 and company’s own Moto G4 Plus. We reviewed Moto G4 and here’s how it performed.

Moto G4

Moto G4 borrows a few design elements from its predecessor – Moto G3. However, the screen size is now bigger at 5.5-inches, and Moto G4 comes with a full HD display. The smartphone has a textured plastic cover, and Motorola has changed a few design elements at the back.

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Specs: 5.5-inch Full HD display | 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 | Android 6.0 Marshmallow | 2GB RAM | 16GB ROM (128GB expandable) | 13MP rear camera | 5MP front camera | 3,000 mAh battery | Dual SIM | 4G LTE

Price: Rs 12,499

What is good?

The best thing about the Moto G4 has be its design. In our first impressions, we had said that Moto G4 looks a shade better than Moto G4 Plus as it doesn’t have the have that weird square fingerprint scanner on the front.

The white colour variant of Moto G4 that we got for review looks stylish. The textured plastic back gives a good grip. Moto G4 is now more rectangular with rounded edges. The design looks minimalistic with power and volume keys on the right, 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top and USB 2.0 at the bottom. There is also silver metal frame running along the edges.

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Moto G4 has a 5.5-inches full HD screen. The display is sharp and vivid with great viewing angles. I did not struggle to use Moto G4 in bright sunlight.

The rear camera in Moto G4 does a good job in low-light settings as well as bright outdoors. The colours don’t tend to look oversaturated, which is great given the price-point. Pictures taken in low light might lack great details, but they sure don’t appear grainy. The front camera in Moto G4 is good too.

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Moto G4 is good with multitasking. I didn’t face app crashes or lags during the review period. Even with multiple tabs open on the phone, it was easy to switch between them and use them simultaneously. I used Moto G4 to watch videos, browse through my social media accounts, use messaging apps and the phone handled all of these tasks smoothly.

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Battery in Moto G4 lasts easily for a whole day on heavy usage, which is good. The Turbo Charging feature does come in handy when you are out of juice and need to charge the smartphone quickly. Motorola’s claims of six hours of use in just 15 minutes of charging did hold true in my case.

What is not good?

The review unit that we got is a white colour variant. It quickly picked up smudges and marks that i couldn’t wipe off, leaving the back cover dirty. So, if you are planning on buying a white colour variant of Moto G4, back cover is a must.

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The lack of a fingerprint scanner is a bit of a disappointment. Fingerprint scanners have increasingly become useful to unlock the phone quickly. Even Rs 10,000 smartphones now come with a fingerprint scanner, given the popularity of the feature.

Verdict

Moto G4 is a decent mid-range smartphone, and features an ergonomic design. I didn’t face any major issues with the phone. But, it other competitors like range like Redmi Note 3, Le 2 and yes the Moto G4 Plus, appear to be more enticing.

Redmi Note 3 and Le 2 feature unibody design, and look more stylish. Looking at the comfortable design and performance, I was tempted to buy Moto G4 for my mom. For most young buyers, other options in the same price-range would make more sense.

And for prospective Moto G buyers, the question really is: G4 or G4 Plus? If budget is really tight, the former is an option, but the Plus offers a superior camera you won’t get easily at this price point.

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