Moto G4 Review By Lenovo

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The Moto G line of Android running smartphones became  the definition of excellent quality at a very affordable price-tag, playing in the best bang for the buck category for years in a row.

However, the latest Moto G4 is developed by Lenovo, after Motorola sold its mobile phone division to the Chinese tech giant. Lenovo dropped the “Motorola” moniker and went full throttle for the Moto sub brand, which now plays along with the in house made Vibe brand.

While the Moto G4 still bears the legendary name of its American ancestors, it’s actually the first smartphone designed and built by Lenovo only, not by the mother company Motorola.

Now, let’s take a look at the latest Moto G4. My first impression is that Lenovo made this smartphone no different from its predecessors, i.e. it still has a design and build quality way above its price, offering an unadulterated Android experience at a very affordable price tag.

Hence, the Moto G4 is everything I expected for in the G lineup: an excellent workmanship, a replaceable back cover if you want to customize it and a nice touch inside, i.e. an internal nano-coating which is  water repellent, thus preventing the smartphone from taking damage if it gets wet. Keep in mind that Moto G4 is not water resistant like its predecessor, the G3, just splash proof I guess; however, the water repellent gizmo is as cool as it gets (think condensation).

Let’s begin with the design. The Moto G4 weighs 155 grams and it measures 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 millimeters, being identical in this regard with the G3, which had a smaller screen (5 inches). The G4 boasts a 5.5 inches wide display, an IPS LCD variety and it’s relatively wide for a droid, but thin enough to be handled seamlessly.

The battery is also bigger than in the previous gen, 3000 mAh vs 2470 in the G3 while the design is the same as it ever was, bearing the iconic Motorola signature. The smartphone feels very solid in your hand, no problems in this department and even if it’s made of plastic, you’ll not be disappointed. The back cover is rock solid and very grippy while the front features a very clever design, i.e. the side frame sticks out above the display (which is protected by Gorilla Glass 3) meaning it will never touch a flat surface and if dropped, the frame will absorb the impact.

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About the display, the 5.5 incher comes with full HD 108op resolution, being a step forward from the previous 720p found in the older models. The pixel density is 401 pixels per inch, which is great, while the quality of the screen is impressive to say the least, especially in its price bracket.

The Moto G4 offers dual SIM capabilities for selected markets or single SIM for others and ample connectivity options, such as LTE Cat.4, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Dual Band Wi-Fi and a micro USB 2.0 port .

The battery is a beefy 3000 mAh unit featuring an endurance rating of 73 hours and it’s non removable. However, you’ll not be recharging the G4 too often, and even if that will be the case, the device supports Turbo Power, which means quick charge in Lenovo’s parlance.

In the hardware department, the Moto G4 is built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 architecture and it comes with 2 GB of RAM. The 617 is not the latest chipset on the market, nor the dated Adreno 405 graphic processing unit, but the smartphone is very fast with almost zero lag, being buttery smooth in day to day use.

The camera features a 13 megapixels sensor with an f/2.0 lens aperture, a dual tone flash and 1080p video recording capabilities (very similar to the one in the G3), offering an outstanding image quality considering the Moto G4’s price bracket.

The secondary 5 megapixels snapper located on the front panel also takes excellent pics, rich in detail and very sharp and it also offers a HDR mode.

As per my final words, Lenovo did a pretty decent job with the new Moto G4, which is one of the best mid-ranged droids out there, offering plenty of features for a more than reasonable price.

 

 

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