Motorola Moto G4 – A Detailed Review of a Top Budget Phone

Moto G4

The Motorola Moto G4 continues the Moto G’s known trademark of being a budget phone that is packed with great hardware specs capable of handling day-to-day tasks smoothly and without any issues.

The phone was released in two variants of 16GB and 32GB. The former is priced at $200 while the latter asks for $230, making the Moto G4 one of the most affordable smartphones in the current market. The smartphone, unlike major flagships, comes without any links to a local carrier, meaning it is bought unlocked. The most unusual thing about the unlocked Moto G4 is that it supports CDMA bands, something that means the likes of Verizon Wireless and Sprint can join the party. Many unlocked phones only support GSM carriers, but the fact that the G4 adds support for CDMA carriers is a USP in itself. But there’s more to this handset – let’s take a closer look.

Design and display

The Moto G4 is a great phone to have and you are going to find out about this really soon. The design features smooth metal sides and the rear has a removable polycarbonate that is black in color. On the front part, the G4 has a pane of glass, but given its price tag, you don’t get to use a fingerprint scanner on the phone.

Moto G4

In terms of dimensions, the Moto G4 comes with 6.02 by 3.02 by 0.39 inches, which also gives it a weight of 5.47 ounces. It gets even better as the G4 has a roomy display screen that is also of great quality, but you will find it easy to use to with one hand. The power button and volume rockers have been placed on the phone’s side while the bottom and top have a microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack port, respectively. It is possible to remove the rear cover in order to access the SIM card and microSD card slot, which can house up to 200GB. However, the battery 3000mAh battery unit on board is not removable.

In clearer details, the Moto G4 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD Full HD display screen with a 1080p screen resolution and 401ppi pixel density. The screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3

Processing power, battery life, and camera

As for the hardware specs, you also great decent offerings on the Moto G4. There is an octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC with a 4-core Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.5GHz and another 4-core Cortex-A53 clocked at a speed of 1.2GHz. This is paired with an Adreno 405 GPU and a RAM of 2GB. As mentioned earlier, you get two storage options of 16GB and 32GB, with room for microSD card support on both.

Even though 2GB RAM seems decent, you will not go through multitasking smoothly with the G4. It might even get slower when switching between apps or when playing intensive games on the phone. As noted earlier, the Moto G4 has a 3000mAh battery unit, which should deliver great battery life, especially since the phone has slightly lesser pixels per inch to power than other handsets with the same battery size, for instance, Galaxy S7 and HTC 10.

Moto G4

On the back of the phone, there is a 13MP snapper. As long as you are taking photos in a well-lit environment, you will enjoy the great photography this device offers, although darker environments can be helped by the dual-tone LED flash and f/2.0 aperture. Color reproduction is also great and the snapper also adds features such as autofocus, face detection, and auto-HDR. It can only manage to record 1080p videos. The front has a 5MP selfie sensor with a slightly smaller aperture of f/2.2, but there is auto-HDR on board. The only major problem you may experience with the Moto G4 camera is the side of the software. The Camera app is slow when it comes to launching. The same is also noticeable when you switch between the main and secondary cameras.

Speaking of software, the Moto G4 comes preinstalled with the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It also happens to be one of the few handsets that come with few customizations of the stock Android OS. There are no Motorola apps preinstalled lie before, instead, you only find Google apps. The only Moto app on board is the one that lets you set up gestures as well as display notifications.

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