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Moto G4 Plus Review: Old Hardware, Amazing Software

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Motorola has everything covered when they made their big comeback last year. We’ve review the flagship Moto Z and its premium midrange sibling the Moto Z Play last year. This time, we have the midrange Moto G4 Plus. How does it fare on everyday use? Let’s find out.

Moto G4 Plus:

  • 1.5GHz octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • Adreno 405 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory, expandable memory via MicroSD up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with phase detection laser autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with auto HDR
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, fingerprint scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,000 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price: P13,999
  • Status: Available in Moto stores and retailers

Related article – Moto G4 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

We have to honest but the plastic build of the Moto G4 Plus looks so 2013.With the midrange smartphones upping the ante in terms of build quality, Moto still opted to use plastic instead of metal. On the flip side, there are benefits of a plastic build smartphone – you get a removable back but unfortunately, battery can’t be removed. Though metal is more durable and more premium compared to plastic ones, metal is more prone to dents and scratches.

DISPLAY

The hardware may be uninspiring but the display won’t disappoint. The 5.5-inch display is in full HD and its bright, crisp and has good sunlight legibility. Auto brightness works very well too.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Powering the Moto G4 Plus is the Snapdragon 617 from Qualcomm. It is an older chipset but it works fine. It can handle heavy tasks with no problem. Gaming experience has been fine but we experienced slowdowns when playing memory hogging games. Multi tasking is no problem as the phone has a roomy 3GB of RAM for your open apps in the background.

What we love most about Moto smartphones is the software. It runs on vanilla Android! Everything is very smooth and quick.There are nifty features only available to Moto like the twist to open the camera and chop chop to activate the light torch.  We also love that Moto guarantees Android 7.0 Nougat update on the Moto G4 Play as soon as possible. Nice!

CAMERA

The camera is not Moto’s best selling feature but it is far away from the worst. Compared with older Moto smartphones we’ve seen, camera has improved a lot when it comes to sharpness and vibrancy. It is still not the best out there but photos taken are relatively okay.

 

CONNECITIVITY

4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and Fingerprint Scanner are the features present on this phone. Though internet through 4G/LTE is fine, we are having trouble with signal reception. We have a Huawei Mate 9 along with our Moto G4 Plus and both phones have Globe SIMs inside. The Mate 9 gets better signal than the Moto Gl4 Plus even if the area has strong Globe signal.

Speed test using Globe LTE SIM

BATTERY

We never had problems with the battery. On our heavy battery drain test, we managed to get around 10 hours of standby with 4 hours and 14 minutes of screen on time which is pretty decent. The Moto G4 Plus can manage to get two days of battery with light to moderate use.

VERDICT

The Moto G4 Plus is a mixed love and hate thing for us. We do not like the hardware but we love the software. The camera is decent but not great and call quality is excellent. If you love the software and plastic build no problem for you, then the Moto G4 Plus is worth the look. 🙂

FTA RATING

  • HARDWARE – 8
  • DESIGN – 7.1
  • DISPLAY – 9.3
  • SOFTWARE – 10
  • PERFORMANCE – 9.1
  • CAMERA – 8.9
  • CONNECTIVITY – 8
  • BATTERY – 9