Moto G4 Plus Review, Powered Up

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The Moto G4 Plus has some pretty big shoes to fill, as the original Moto G was a hit back in the day, earning a well deserved, almost legendary status both for itself and for the company. Truth be told, the Moto G actually put the company on the map in many countries, especially emerging markets like China or India, due to the smartphone’s excellent price/features ratio.

The Moto G4 Plus was built and designed following the same principles: great build quality, lots of features, above average performance and affordability. Basically, in the best bang for the buck category, the Moto G4 Plus is a main contender, except from obscure Chinese brands. And speaking about Chinese brands, it’s worth mentioning that the Moto G4 Plus is not a true blue Motorola smartphone, as Motorola was bought by Lenovo, a Chinese state owned corporation, but that’s not very important now, is it?

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In terms of appearance, the Moto G4 Plus is definitely a Motorola smartphone, you can tell from distance even if you don’t notice at first the iconic M logo on the back. Unlike many other smartphones, the Moto G4 Plus doesn’t feature that cool full metal jacket chassis, nor a glass/metal sandwich built. Truth be told, there’s not an ounce of metal in the Moto G4 Plus, as this droid is entirely made of plastic.

However, the smartphone doesn’t look cheap at all, being built like a tank, feeling solid in the hand and also incredibly grippy. Plastic has its obvious advantages over metal, i.e. it doesn’t scratch easily, it will not bend, get bumps and all that nuisances you’d expect in an aluminum made smartphone. Not to mention a glass one, like the S7, which is as fragile as a snowflake.

Keep in mind that the Moto G4 Plus  is a budget droid, hence you’ll not have to break the piggy-bank in order to buy it, hence you should appreciate its qualities despite some shortcuts made by the company in order to keep the price on the down-low.

To begin with, the Moto G4 Plus boasts a 5.5 inches wide full HD 1080 IPS LCD display of above average quality, with great contrast and sunlight legibility.

I could actually say that this droid is among the best in its category screen quality wise, given its 401 pixels per inch density and color calibration out of the box.

The hardware is nothing to write home about, as the Moto G4 Plus runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, a relatively dated architecture, an octa-core variety relying on A 53 Cortex CPUs and an old Adreno 405 graphics processing unit.

The amount of RAM on-board differs, as you can buy the Moto G4 Plus with 2, 3 or 4 GB, depending on the price. The smartphone runs on a clean cut Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with zero bloatware. It’s worth mentioning the phone’s dual SIM capability and LTE Cat.4 connectivity, together with the dedicated micro SD card slot, up to 256 GB.

The battery is pretty good, offering an autonomy of 70 hours (endurance rating), which is not bad for a 5.5 inches wide smartphone of 1080p resolution. However, don’t expect miracles, as the Moto G4 Plus is pretty good on daily/regular use, but the dated hardware cannot keep up with the latest games. If you’re a heavy gamer, this is not the droid you’re looking for.

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Where the Moto G4 Plus really shines is in the camera department, as the 16 megapixels snapper boasts a relatively high end sensor, the Omni Visio  OV16860 PureCel Plus-S respectively, coupled with a f/2.0 lens and offering an excellent opportunity for photography aficionados to test their skills. The camera is great, both for still pics and videos (full HD), but then again, I am talking about low-mid range devices here, as per its price. Do not expect flagship quality in a ~$250 smartphone (or cheaper).

Basically, if you’re looking for high quality materials and an excellent build quality,a good display an above average battery , a pretty good camera and decent overall performance, the Moto G4 Plus is easy to recommend.

 

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