Motorola is back in PH. Yes, they are, believe me! There was a batch of Moto smartphones that was introduced in the market in the last quarter of 2016. One of them made it our HQ for testing and review. So, without further ado, here’s the Moto G4 Plus Review.
Moto G4 Plus Specs
5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 401ppi
1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core CPU
Adreno 405 GPU
3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage
MicroSD dedicated slot, up to 128GB support
16MP rear camera w/ Laser AF & PDAF, dual-tone flash
5MP front camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, LE
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
3,000mAh non-removable battery
153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm
The G4 Plus being one of the most affordable in the lineup has a simple packaging. Very straightforward items and the box feels like a low-end quality. You’ll find inside non-uniformed accessories such as the black wall charger and micro USB cable, white headset and a couple of reading materials.
We would like to offer you our unboxing video which we published about three weeks ago. Kindly spare at least four (4) minutes of your time to watch this.
Build & Design ⭐⭐⭐
You have a solid body on the G4 Plus despite having a removable plastic back cover. The plastic back cover is made of high-quality plastic and hugs the body evenly.
Design-wise, the G4 Plus bears an old design. I mean, skipping the fingerprint sensor, the device looks so 2013ish. This is because of the curved aluminum band in the edge. While it looks thin because of the curved edges at the back, when you hold it you know that it just the aesthetic design.
Buttons placement are odd too. This is because we are already used to the relationship of the power button and the volume control for a long time now. The usual design is that the volume rocker is right below the on/off button. In this case, it is the opposite.
But the human engineering, given both buttons are one-piece and easy to use, is still impressive, nonetheless.
The placement of the square with rounded corner fingerprint sensor with a metal border around it is simply off. They should have relocated this beautiful security feature at the back of the device. Moreso, because the G4 Plus uses on-screen buttons instead of the capacitive buttons.
Other buttons are nicely located and complement the design of the device. We are talking about the 3.5mm audio jack up top and the microUSB port at the bottom.
Display & UI ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Moto G4 Plus sports a 5.5-inch screen and a resolution of 1080p of a full HD IPS display technology. It has bright and crisp display, therefore viewing photos and videos are the best experience you can have.
You also get an almost stock UI with the standard app drawer at the center the home screen default apps icon.
I only wish that they just either moved the fingerprint sensor at the back or they incorporated the capacitive buttons with it.
Storage & RAM ⭐⭐⭐⭐
You’d be happy the G4 Plus has ample storage. The stock ROM has 32G with the Android OS occupying almost 7G only. You still have more than 25G to utilize for your favorite apps, store photos and videos, and much more.
If 32G is not yet enough for you, you can still install up to 128G microSD in its dedicated slot.
This device is equipped with a 16MP rear camera w/ Laser AF & PDAF, dual-tone flash and a 5MP front camera. Both cameras take decent photos. But you have to familiarize yourself with the camera app they used here. You can’t see the gallery icon on-screen, you need the swipe to the left to preview the taken photo. The camera setting is also revealed when you swipe the screen to the right.
The rear camera takes HD video only but in case you want to be a little creative, it has a ‘slowmo’ mode with a lower resolution of 540p at 120fps.
Here are the samples.
Front camera samples
Additionally, the average size of the photo taken by the G4 Plus is about 1MB with a dimension of 4608 × 2592 pixels.
Battery life ⭐⭐⭐
The G4 Plus is equipped with a 3,000mAH non-removable battery. At this capacity, you can’t expect too much, as you would look for your power bank after more than 5 hours usage. While this could be a disadvantage, you’d be glad to know that this comes with a feature called “TurboPower” a fast charging feature in the Moto G4 Plus. In half an hour quick charging, the device is already half full.
Casual use, ok. Camera, ok. Battery life needs improvement. Overall, the device performs well. But if you are quite concerned about the design, you would look for another device in the same price range. With 3G of RAM on board, we still noticed slight lags when apps are running simultaneously. You can manage this by quitting apps running in the background.
Fingerprint sensor works with charm. No issues and is accurate most of the time.
If only Moto used a better design on the G4 Plus, the SRP of P13,990 can be justified.
- Huge storage
- Generous RAM
- Good Camera
- Accurate fingerprint scanner
- Fast charging
- Old design
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