Motorola Moto G4 Review – Refreshed Budget Flagship Mobile Phone

Motorola Moto G4 Review: Released in 2016, the Motorola Moto G4 was the sequel to the older Motorola Moto G3. The Moto series was by no means the most powerful phone in the Motorola stable, but it became a type of flagship for the brand. Offering a relatively high specification, the phone offered a great value proposition backed up by an already reputable name. In 2016, many of the Chinese manufacturers still did not have the market prescence they have today.

Something else that happened here was that in 2015, the phone division was taken over by Lenovo, who decided to retain the brand. With it being likely that the 2015 Moto G3 was already decided upon, this represents the first Moto phone under the new management. There were a few changes but most notably was the variants; the phone was also released in ‘Play’ and ‘Plus’ models. Of these, the G4 was the mid-range one with the Play being a cheaper budget model and the Plus being more expensive. However, the difference between the phones was relatively minor.

The G4 was a substantial improvement on the G3, moving to an octa-core processor which greatly improved performance. The screen size also moved upwards to 5.5 inches, which was a noticeable increment from 5.0 inches. This came in at a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution – the same as the iPhone 8 Plus, although the G4 was a much cheaper phone to acquire.

Full specifications here.

There was a great niche for cheaper Android phones at the top end, and the G4 was one of a few fulfilling it. The successor was the Moto G5 which came out in 2017. This shrank the screen size back to 5.0 inches but kept the same resolution, and also had the same variants.

Motorola Moto G4 Review Pros:

  • The screen was much improved over the last model, and the resolution and size of the screen could hold its own among the better phones out on the market.
  • Camera quality and video quality was high, with a 13MP sensor on board and a 5MP front-facing video camera.
  • Great memory storage – even on the base level, the on-board memory was 16GB. It accepted microSD cards at up to 256GB which was a much cheaper way of expanding it.
  • The phone came with a large capacity 3000mAH battery supporting fast charging.

Motorola Moto G4 Review Cons:

  • The phone lost some durability, as the Motorola Moto G3 was IPX67 certified, allowing submerging in water. This was not the same for the Moto G4, and it was merely splashproof.
  • Also missing were some features in the very top-end phones that may come in useful: NFC and fingerprint readers. This was not essential, but nice features to have.
  • The phone is of plastic construction, although still is a fairly heavy 155g owing to the very large screen size.
  • Battery is non-removable on the model, making repairs much more difficult.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

The G4 started out as pretty much a budget phone, and that’s where it always was. However, with the specification and screen quality, it’s still quite useable today and may have demand for some time.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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