Review Motorola Moto G4

Those times when mid-range smartphones were considered by a lot of people as meh are almost history now, since most manufacturers used us with releasing some pretty damn powerful handsets, with specs close to flagships, but keeping the price tag at a decent level.

One example is Motorola and its Moto G line-up, which, ever since the first generation, released some amazing phones, which turned out to be very popular all over the world. This year, the 4th generation was unveiled: Motorola Moto G4.

Even though the prices weren’t announced, it will definitely be an affordable device, a cheaper alternative to the Lenovo-owned companys upcoming flagship, the Motorola Moto Z. Yes, Z, as theyre planning to leave the Moto X moniker behind. Considering this, theres one question left:

Is it worth buying the Motorola Moto G4?

Before giving an answer, lets make a round-up of the specs, shall we?

Display

The handset comes with a pretty massive display, measuring 5.5 inches, which is going a bit into phablet land, but there are a lot of users who like big displays and this is one reason why it could sell very well. As for the resolution, the IPS LCD panel with 16 million colors, boasts 1080 x 1920 pixels, resulting a 401 ppi pixel density. Finally, the display is protected by Cornings Gorilla Glass 3, being protected against light scratches, caused by keys or any other things you might be keeping in your pockets or bag.

Hardware

Since were talking about a mid-range phone here, its obvious that we werent expecting a top of the line processor under the hood. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 is doing a very good job! It features an octa-core configuration, with four Cortex-A53 cores, running at 1.5 GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores, clocked at 1.2 GHz, for less-demanding tasks.

Moving on, the Moto G4 is using 2 GB of RAM and it comes with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, but the latter can be expanded with up to 128 GB, thanks to the presence of a microSD card slot. The battery is non-removable, but it has a capacity of 3000 mAh, which should be enough for a full day of regular use.

Like mentioned above, its far from being high-end, but a user who wants a phone just for basic functions and a bit more will find the Motorola Moto G4 just perfect.

Camera

The rear-mounted camera is surprisingly good. Its using a 13 MP sensor, with an f/2.0 aperture and autofocus, aided by a dual tone LED flash. Besides being able to shoot 1080p videos @ 30 fps or record HDR footage, it also features geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama mode and auto-HDR.

On the front, were dealing with a decent 5 MP unit, with an f/2.2 aperture and auto-HDR. Because hey, everybody likes to take a selfie once in a while, right?

Operating system

One thing which Motorola used us with over the years is loading their phones with an operating system pretty close to stock Android. The Moto G4 is no exception, sporting an almost-vanilla Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Also, we expect this phone to be among the first ones to receive an update to the next version, another Motorola trademark.

Conclusion

Even though its a mid-range handset, the Motorola Moto G4 can be a very good choice for a big category of users. Not to mention that despite the simple design, it looks very well built, with quality materials.

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