Moto G4 And Moto G4 Plus Review: Quality, Budget Android Handsets

Introducing the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus

Motorola recently launched two new flagship Droid offerings, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. We really liked them for their ultra-premium design, strong performance, and innovative Moto Mods add-on features. However, Moto is also ushering in a refresh of their more mainstream, cost-effective Moto G family as well. 

We last looked at the Moto G in 2014. We weren't blown away by performance, however, we were impressed how much the device managed to offer for just $149. The Moto G delivered Android’s core experience with good enough web browsing and general productivity performance to stand above other budget smartphones at the time. For once, “budget” did not mean a laggy experience with shoddy build quality. So what does the Moto G family stand for now, four generations later with the Moto G4?

moto g4 stand

Since its acquisition by Lenovo, Moto has introduced an even more budget-conscious Moto E line. The Moto G4, nevertheless still aims to be the a more mainstream, cost-efficient smartphone series. The high-end Moto Z is in its own right an exceptional flagship quality phone. The Moto G4, however, continues to be a bread and butter phone targeted at driving Moto’s sales worldwide.

moto g4 plus backside

Lenovo sent us two variants: a regular Moto G4 and and a Moto G4 Plus. Both configurations are built around a octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with Adreno 405 GPU, a 1080p FHD LCD protected by Gorilla Glass 3, a 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower charging support, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Our regular Moto G4 has 2GB of RAM, a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera, 5MP f/2.2 front-facing camera, and its storage upgraded to 32GB. Our Moto G4 Plus has 4GB of RAM, a 16MP f/2.0 rear camera with laser and phase detect auto-focus, the same 5MP f/2.2 front-facing camera, and a healthy 64GB of storage.

Motorola Moto G4 And Moto G4 Plus
Specifications & Features

Moto G4 Moto G4 Plus
Dimensions Height: 153 mm, Width: 76.6 mm, Depth: 7.9 to 9.8 mm, Weight: 155 g 
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 up to 1.5GHz octo-core CPU with Adreno 405 GPU 
Software Android Marshmallow with Moto enhancements (Moto Display, Moto Actions, Moto Voice) 
Display 5.5” Full HD LED display (1080p [1920x1080] / 401 ppi)
Storage (ROM) Options: 16 GB, 32 GB, microSD card support up to 128GB Options: 16 GB, 64 GB, microSD card support up to 128GB
Memory (RAM) 2 GB Options: 2 GB, 4 GB, dependent on storage capacity
Rear Camera 13 MP with: f / 2.0 aperture, color balancing dual LED flash, professional mode, quick capture, best shot, 4X digital zoom, burst mode, and auto-HDR 16 MP with: f / 2.0 aperture, laser auto-focus, phase detect auto-focus (PDAF), color balancing dual LED flash, professional mode, quick capture, best shot, 4X digital zoom, burst mode, and auto-HDR
Front Camera 5 MP with f / 2.2 aperture, wide field of view, and extra flash
Video Capture 1080p full HD video, 30fps; Slow Motion Video
Battery 3000 mAh, up to 40 hours mixed usage1 
Turbo Charging Up to 6 hrs of power in 15 minutes charging (TurboPower Charger included only with Moto G4 Plus)
Colors Base Color: Black or White
Moto Make: Choose from a variety of materials, colors, accents, and more
SIM Micro-SIM, nano-SIM with included adaptor (available in select regions)
Audio Front-ported loudspeaker, 2-mics 
Water-Repellent Water repellent nano-coating
Connectivity Micro USB, 3.5mm headset jack
Authentication N/A Fingerprint reader
Moto G4 - $149 - $199 Unlocked, Moto G4 Plus $249 - $299 Unlocked

Neither Moto G4 is out to claim top marks on any benchmark; it is not what they are designed for. Moto developed these devices to be dependable and affordable phones for everyday usage. Let's take a look and see if Motorola has succeeded in this regard and how the new Moto G holds up to some of today's best mainstream Android handsets... 

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