The Moto series by Motorola has always been considered the king of the budget smartphones, but the competition has become intense in recent years. However, the Moto G4 and G4 plus proof the company still dominate the cheap phone arena. The phone costs $200, and some of its specs outclass those of some expensive flagships.
The G4 series was first released in India in May this year and continued a chain-reaction appearance on the markets worldwide. It is time to crack open the Moto G4 and see what it takes to be called the king of the budget phones.
Movie and TV series lovers are going to love the big 5.5” display, so yes, the G4 is pretty big. However, both Motorola and Lenovo understand that is not all about the size. The screen takes pride on its full HD 1920 screen and 400ppi which means it looks really good.
The contrast of colors is good well balanced, so the image is not going to be very affected by outdoor environments. It is covered by a layer of Corn Gorilla Glass class 3, not the toughest, but it can handle some smacking.
Beautiful imagery is worthless if the smartphone is too slow to run HD apps. That is why the Moto G4 has a Snapdragon 617 processor that puts eight cores under its hood that can go up to 1.5 GHZ. That is faster than many office desktops.
The company complemented that CPU with the Adreno 405 for graphics and modest 2 GB ram which to be honest is enough. Most games run perfectly on this platform including Pokémon Go. However, hardcore gamers are going to be disappointed. After all, the G4 is a $200 phone.
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It comes with two storage options 16 GB and 32 GB, and it does. The primary camera has 13 MP, and the selfie cam has only 5 MP. The smartphone supports HDR by default, but there is no software for stabilization. As a result, pictures look good, but they will get blurry with the slightest of the movements.
The 3000 mAh battery can keep the G4 running through a whole moderately active day, but games drained it. Even though it supports fast charging, the hardware is no included in the original package, so users will have to buy it separately. It comes in White or Black, and it weighs 155 grams.
What do you get for the extra $50?
The Moto G4 plus is a perfected version. It has the fingerprint sensor which is present in all the flagships in the market. Also, the camera gets a big boost to 16 MP, and the 64 GB version is loaded with 4GB ram. The plus version also supports dual-SIM. Both models are covered with a water repellent micro cover, but they are not entirely water-proof. Also, the smartphone comes with Android Marshmallow (6.0.1) which is outdated, but since the phone also comes unlocked, there is still hope for an OS update.
Both models are covered with a water repellent micro cover, but they are not entirely water-proof. Also, the smartphone comes with Android Marshmallow (6.0.1) which is outdated, but since the phone also comes unlocked, there is still hope for an OS update.
In general lines, both phones are spectacular for the price range. They are not going to compete with the last iPhone or Galaxy, but they have a much better price-performance balance. As a curious fact, the Moto G4 screen is one of the best of the market. It is even better than that of the iPhone 6S.
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— MobileFreakz (@mobile_freakz) July 19, 2016
Source: Digital Trends