Moto G4 Plus: Review

In April 1973 Motorola came with the first portable handheld mobile phone in the world. That was a revolution in world of communication!

However company started struggling in EARLY 2010s. When android market was growing so fast; this brand was not able to withstand in that storm. But sun always rises after night, and Motorola came back with a bang in market in mid-2013 with Moto G and Moto X series. Those phones hit market on online stores and got too much success. G-series was offering a good value at its price range and decent performance for low budget smartphones. Years passed and updates came. Finally in 2016, Motorola has finally launched its latest G series smartphone Moto G4 Plus here in India. Let’s talk about the device.

Out of the box:

A 5.5 inch IPS-LCD touchscreen display with 401ppi pixel density and 1920×1080 full HD resolution. There is a Corning gorilla glass 3 protection in the front. The device with 155 gram in weight; but doesn’t feel as heavy as it’s having a 5.5 inch screen! There is a finger print reader below the screen in the centre which is adequately fast. This time, Moto has finally included the Turbo-Charging plug in the box instead of giving special variants.

motog4 front unboxing

How it feels in hands?

Bigger phones are becoming more popular among people, and this time Motorola haven’t missed the opportunity to give a good screen with big size. But with 9.8mm thickness, and slightly curved out edges, phone feels ok to hold in hand. There is a Moto dimple present in the back to make you remember that yes it’s a Motorola device. People with shorter hands might have to struggle, but even with gigantic hands, you can’t operate a 5.5 inch phone with one hand only; so it’s not a deal breaker if you want a good multimedia experience.

moto g4 in hands

On the right hand side of the device, there are both power button and volume buttons present, which makes it difficult to operate in low light conditions. However there is texture present on it, so you can get used to it.

moto g4 plus side

Back body doesn’t feel so slippery, and you will be able to have grip over it. Your 16MP rear camera sits here. With dual LED flash and laser autofocus you can get good bright outdoor pictures. Dimple is there below your camera sensor. Secondary noise cancellation microphone is with camera.moto g4 plus back

 

Over the top there is a 3.5mm headphone jack. Below the device you get your fast charging micro USB port.

How does it perform?

With Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC octa-core chipset, clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 405 GPU, performance is above average. It comes with two options 16GB+2GB RAM and 32GB+3GB RAM. However, with around ₹1000 price difference, we recommend you to go with 32GB version.

Phone offers LTE, latest 4.1 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, OTG support. NFC is not available.

So, how is the real world performance?

With 617 chipset, phone picks up heat while playing intensive gaming. The upper part of the phone and front glass gets too hot to handle sometimes. You can hold it in hands, though can’t talk on phone while putting it near ear.

Fingerprint reader is quick. You won’t see any noticeable lag in it.

There are no call drops or network related issues in our test. Battery life is quite sufficient with Li-ion 3000mAh capacity. Problem is while playing games or doing multitasking. Opening too many apps, by too many, I meant 5+ applications in background; device will react slowly in opening a new app. New app will open, but it will take noticeable time. Sometimes while playing games or working on very large apps can make them stop randomly. This might get solved in new updates.

With android Marshmallow version 6.0.1, Moto G4 is offering quite a vanilla android experience with small Motorola magic things like twist to open camera and chop to turn on flashlight and some others. App drawer and other stuff like icons and all are not changed.

moto g4 review images

Moto G4 comes with a card slot where you can put memory card up to 128GB. 2 microsim slots are present beneath removable back cover.

Camera performance:

Motorola said the big change is camera. Updated 16MP camera with dual tone flash and laser autofocus, this camera is a game changer indeed. Camera performs very well in bright outdoor light condition and bright lights. However in low lights and indoor; shots aren’t that great. 16MP f/2.0 aperture camera at rear performs very nice as per its price range. Image colour reproduction is nice. Front 5MP f/2.2 aperture selfie cam also works well. Both cameras aren’t too great in low light situations.

moto g4 pluscamera test

 

moto g4 plus sunset

moto g4 plus review

moto g4 plus front camera

Camera app gives many options to select shots and some manual controls too. Which will be useful for enthusiasts out there.

Final verdict:

What works for?

  • Nicely built and offers lot of value
  • Great camera performance in outdoor situations and bright sunlight
  • Decent performance
  • Fast charging
  • Big screen with good display quality
  • With next to vanilla android, expect faster updates

What works against?

  • Camera performance is weak in low light
  • Some heating issue
  • Can’t you make it a bit cheaper again?

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