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Moto G4 Play review: Decent performance, but nothing exceptional

Moto G4 Play is a budget smartphone which offers near stock Android version at Rs 8,999. Here's our review.

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Moto G4 Play is the cheapest offering in the company’s G4 series, launched a disruptive price of Rs 8,999. This one has a smaller form factor but looks the same in terms of design.

Lenovo Motorola Moto G4 budget series was announced in India with G4 and G4 Plus smartphones. The devices follow similar design language, build, display etc with the main difference being in rear camera and the presence of a fingerprint scanner on G4 Plus. Moto G4 Play is the cheapest offering in the series, launched a disruptive price of Rs 8,999. This one has a smaller form factor, but looks the same in terms of design.

Moto G4 Play

Moto G4 Play is a budget smartphone which offers near stock Android version at Rs 8,999. The G4 Play looks just like its siblings – Moto G4 and G4 Plus – in terms of design. However, this one has a smaller 5-inch display.

The pricing puts Moto G4 Play against other budget smartphones such as Xiaomi 3s Prime, Samsung Galaxy On series and more. Moto G4 Play lacks a fingerprint scanner and has a plastic back. The device has a water-repellent nano coating and is 4G-enabled. I used Moto G4 Play for a week and here’s how it performed:

Specs: 5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 | 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor | 2GB RAM + 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB) | 8MP rear camera | 5MP front camera | 2,800 mAh battery

Price: Rs 8,999

What’s good?

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Moto G4 Play has a great design and is easy to hold. It gets a textured plastic back and silver metal rims. The smartphone has rounded edges, and Moto branding is placed neatly at the rear. Moto G4 Play looks elegant, even though it doesn’t have a metal unibody design. Make sure you buy a back cover if you pick the white colour variant as it tends to get dirty. Plus, you won’t have to worry about accidentally spilling liquids on the phone, thanks to its water-repellent coating.

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Moto G4 Play has a great design and is easy to hold. It gets textured plastic back and silver metal rims.

The display is vivid and sharp. However, it doesn’t make for good viewing angles in bright outdoors. I had to struggle with the display in sunlight.

Moto G4 Play has a great battery life. Even though there’s 2,8000 mAh battery on paper, the battery optimisation is great. Moto G4 Play will easily last for a little more than a day from moderate to heavy usage.  Plus, it doesn’t take too much of a time to get charged.

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Moto G4 Play’s rear camera performs decent in places where there’s ample light. (Sample shot from Moto G4 Play) (Image resized for web)
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Sample shot from Moto G4 Play. (Image resized for web)
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Sample shot from Moto G4 Play. (Image resized for web)

The rear camera performs decent in places where there’s ample light. The performance is at par with a lot of devices that I’ve reviewed in the same price segment. But the low-light results are grainy and pictures tend to have a lot of noise. The front camera clicks fairly good pictures.

Performance isn’t an issue while multitasking and transition between tabs is swift. I mainly used it for watching YouTube videos, browsing Facebook, messaging on WhatsApp etc; and G4 Play didn’t give me a reason to complain. However, playing even the most basic games for a long duration makes the device slow. So much so that after a while you’ll find yourself playing a slow motion of CandyCrush, which you’d want to quit very soon.

What’s bad?

There’s nothing really wrong with the device, expect the missing fingerprint scanner and lack of full HD display. The budget segment is full of devices that offer some really good specifications at low price point, which has raised the bar.

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Moto G4 Play is a decent budget smartphone that will please most buyers.

Verdict

Moto G4 Play is a decent budget smartphone that will please most buyers. If fingerprint scanner is not your priority in a smartphone, then go for the G4 Play. Remember, the device does lag in terms of performance, especially during gaming. Competitions to consider in the segment include – Xiaomi 3s Prime, slightly higher Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 1s, and Lenovo K5 Note.