Moto G4 Plus Review – The Best Mobile under 15000

Motorola smartphones have always enjoyed a good deal of appreciation in India. The Moto G and Moto E were the devices that catapulted Motorola to a respectable position as far as the sales figures are concerned. The USP of the Moto G smartphones has been the perfect balance between price and features.

Moto G4 Plus full Detail Review

Here comes the fourth edition of the Moto G series – the Moto G4 Plus. The only negative point that has been in the case of Moto G series is the camera. Lenovo, in its attempt to change that perception, has incorporated an improved camera in the Moto G4 Plus. Let us find more details about the fourth gen Moto G.

Design and Build

The design language remains similar to what has been observed on the previous Moto G devices. The phone has a metal frame and rubber back. The size has been consistently growing with each iteration. The 5.5-inch size makes it considerably larger.

Moto G4 Plus

Physical dimensions of the device read 153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm,while it tilts the scales at 155 grams. The fingerprint sensor sits just below the display. The positioning looks a little strange. The plastic rear cover has a matte finish. The SIM card tray is of nano to micro type. A thoughtful feature for those who have nano SIM cards.

The rubber back gives you a great deal of grip and offers comfortable handling. Even with a larger screen, it does not feel heavy. There is no water and dust resistance this time. Strange to see Lenovo dropping one of the most praised features.

Display

As has been stated above, the device comes with a 5.5-inch display. That is an upgrade from the previous 5 inches. You have a full HD resolution at 1920 x 1080 pixels. The pixel density of 401 ppi is impressive. The IPS LCD display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The blacks appear really deep. The sunlight legibility of the display is quite good, thanks to IPS LCD screen. The viewing angles are quite perfect.Color reproduction of the display is quite natural.

You have two display modes – Vibrant mode lets you have more increased color saturation. The Normal mode produces colors that are quite neutral.

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Hardware and performance

Moto G4 Plus is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. The octa-core processor has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. You can buy it in two variants in terms of internal storage and RAM capacity. One of them would have 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. A lower priced version has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. Adreno 405 GPU handles the graphical requirements. Expandable memory support is available through a microSD card. You can expand the storage by another 128 GB.

Moto G4 Plus Specifications

As we are aware, the Moto devices are devoid of any bloatware. That continues with Moto G4 Plus as well. Lack of bloatware makes the phone run quite smoothly. There are no cases of stutters and lags.

The games run quite smoothly. However, resource hungry games like Asphalt 8 experience stutters and frame drops. Regular games, however, run quite smoothly. The Moto G4 Plus heats up a little on charging on Turbo power or playing games for extended periods of time. We feel this heating up is quite normal.

The performance of the device is quite good, we feel there are better phones available at lower price.

Fingerprint sensor does work effortlessly. There are some misreadings, but that does not happen that much frequently.

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Camera

The camera has always been a negative point in case of Moto devices. However, this time, Lenovo seems to have decided to up the ante. There have been substantial improvements in camera.

The Moto G4 Plus comes with a 16 MP camera. It boasts of aOmniVisionsensor with f/2.0 aperture. The camera features a combination of phase detection and laser autofocus for better locking in. The camera app has received a huge upgrade.

Moto G4 Plus Camera Clarity

Tap to focus feature is quite useful. You can adjust the exposer through a slider. The camera app comes with various shooting modes to meet almost all your needs. Some of them are Slow Motion Video, Panorama and Professional modes. You can record slow motion videos at 120fps at 540p resolution.

The image quality really impresses and is indeed an upgrade from the previous Moto devices. The images captured are found to produce accurate colors. Shots in the natural light come with a lot of details. But same cannot be said about the shots under artificial lighting and low light conditions. Though the images appear good, a little zooming reveals noise.

Moto G4 Plus can record HD videos at 1080p. The quality of the videos is quite good. The phone can lock into focus effortlessly. The Moto G4 Plus camera can definitely be treated as one of the best at the price point it has launched at.

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Software

This has always been the biggest plus point for the Motorola smartphones. As has been the tradition, Moto G4 Plus provides you a clean Android experience that has nothing except the clean stock Android features. It runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.
It is a great feature that is always loved by the Android fans. There is no unnecessary bloatware or extra customizations. You get a set of Google apps and a few necessary Moto apps like FM Radio, File manager and a camera app. The software does provide support for gestures.

The specialized Moto apps like Moto Display and Moto Actions. Moto Display is a feature that lets you check your notifications without even unlocking your device. Moto Actions is a feature that will  let you use the gestures.

Battery and other features

Moto G4 Plus comes with a 3000 mAh capacity. The battery may appear to be lower for the size of the device. But, it may have been done to avoid the phone getting bulky.

The smartphone battery can last up to a day with moderate usage. There is a turbocharging support. It will let you charge your phone from zero to 100 percent in just under 90 minutes. Video loop tests have indicated a result of 12 hours and 4 minutes of playback.

Other connectivity features on the device are Bluetooth 4.1 (low energy), WiFi, 4G LTE, GPS and FM Radio. There is a much in-demand feature of USB OTG. Lack of NFC should not be an issue.

Price and availability

You have two variants of the Moto G4 Plus with different RAM capacity and internal storage space. The 16 GB variant with 2 GB of RAM is priced at Rs. 13499. The higher priced 32 GB version that comes with 3 GB of RAM has a price tag of Rs. 14999. You can buy it across the major E-Commerce sites and on the official Lenovo store.

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Our verdict

If you are upgrading. It is indeed a great device. You can be sure of timely updates because of the stock Android on it. The phone is a little expensive compared to Xiaomi RedMi Note 3 and Le 2 which are its major competitor. A great camera is indeed the best feature you will fall in love with. If you are looking for a balanced phone with a true Android experience, Moto G4 Plus is definitely the best choice. We would request our readers to share their views on the new device from Lenovo under Moto branding.

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  1. Serena October 2, 2016

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