In the year 2013 something happened in the smartphone world. Something new but old, something rich yet cheap, something fresh yet has a history; wondering what it is? It is Motorola. Motorola happened in 2013; they appeared out from ashes after having had quite some setbacks in this field where it is the pioneer. Their reformation under google and their launch of Moto G(2013) and Moto X(2013) still speaks for itself. So this year they have added a bunch of three mobiles to their Moto G family viz., Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and the Moto G4 Play. Though all of them are worth covering, this is exclusively about the G4 Plus model.
Did it live up to the expectations? Read on..
Moto G4 Plus
The Moto G units have always been the best bet for Motorola after making that dramatic comeback in 2013. They have actually managed to sell more units of the Moto G phones than any other in their lineup of devices.
Still, it takes a great deal of innovation and extra efforts to keep a particular series of smartphone alive alongside the others products from tHEMSELVES, like how Samsung is doing with the Galaxy series.
So this time Moto has left back the minor tweaks it kept making in the second and third iterations to finally add more to this iteration. After all, the minor changes never draw any attention; which is certainly something the company has learnt out of experience now.
DESIGN and BUILD
Motorola’s comeback mobiles have always promised to be curvy, but this one here isn’t. Starting from G(2013), the phones out from this brand have had a nice, curvy finish to their backs making them comfortable to hold, easy to use and certainly hard to drop, as they sit firmly inside your hands. But this time around Moto has chosen to let go of that style, as it has adapted a pretty clean and metallic banded edges with more of a flat back.
The build on the other hand is entirely plasticky with the sides and edges coated with metal. This definitely doesn’t give the phone a premium feel in the hand, unlike LeEco Le 1s whose build is certainly the one to watch out for in budget range, still the phone is solid and prefers to give priorities to the user experience and internals.
The phone on the inside hosts a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU. With a 2GB RAM on the 16GB internal storage variant and a 3GB RAM on the 32GB variant, it definitely works best together and delivers the performance we need. The RAM is directly being associated here with the amount of storage it has to manage, which is a nice move by Moto indeed similar to other brands. This is definitely not a bad processor specification for this range, although Snapdragon 617 doesn’t do business, not as much as was expected out of it. Remember the Snapdragon 615 before this that faced a lot of criticism for heating up the device, well, qualcomm released 617 addressing that, but the issue still overly persists. Over a period of 30 mins of gaming the phone becomes warmer, sources report.
BATTERY AND CHARGING
The one thing that remains as hardcore as it can be is battery in a smartphone. Capacity could only increase so much, but I see their efficiency to be poorer. Screen-On times have forever only been able to match up 3-4 hrs on an average which is astonishing considering the fact that technological improvements are way more significant.
In G4 plus, the battery is pretty decent with an All-day battery(as Moto quotes), with a capacity of 3000mAh and the advanced TurboPower feature that lets you charge your phone for just 15 mins and gains power to run upto 6 hrs of normal usage. This is a welcome technology in all models and an appropriate inclusion by Moto keeping the battery consumption in mind.
The display has certainly seen a bump compared to its predecessors here at Moto. With an 13.97cm(5.5”) screen, the phone suites the likeness of people who have started getting used to big size phones come to the market very often. The display rocks a quality 1080p FHD resolution (1920 x 1080) and a pixels per inch count of 401ppi , this display is directly competing with its competitors in this range. Although, certain phones clearly have a better display in them, Moto G4 Plus is a welcome addition to good display phones. It has pretty decent viewing angles and richer colors that makes the display quite pleasant and appealing.
One of the prominent features people look up to in a smartphone is its camera. In fact, the camera has now become a primitive selection criteria as well. So speaking of camera, this year’s Moto G4 Plus does consist of variety of features and enhancements in it. The 16 MP shooter not only has a Laser auto-focus but also includes a Phase detection auto-focus(PDFA) which brings a brilliant stability to shots and assists truly with the macro shots. The f / 2.0 aperture with a color balancing dual LED flash provides an enhanced photo taking experience. In terms of video, it takes 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second and also slow motion videos that were present since the G(2013). All this with adequate stabilization via the camera software and with professional mode makes this a complete camera package.
Security and Software
This is where the major difference is apart from the specifications and functionalities. The Moto G4 plus come with a disastrously fast Fingerprint Scanner. This provides an enhanced method to unlock your device. More and more manufacturers have inculcated this habit of adding a fingerprint sensor following the footsteps of the innovator, Apple Inc. Motorola was long due in this list and here they are. The Fingerprint scanner is always accurate and faster, it unlocks the device and also lets you take control of payments over Google Pay, for which this serves as a reliable authentication.
Also it is essential to note that the Moto G4 Plus ships with a dual sim tray, both supportive of 4G, Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth version 4.2, Wi-Fi with dual bands on 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz). The call reception quality was pretty decent and the addition of dual Wi-Fi bands made sure the phone could handle high speed internet quite well.
After being revived by Google, Moto has made it a point to stay as close to stock android as possible and has always achieved it. This year too there is no difference. The phone comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box and Motorola certainly promises to upgrade its phones to the next two versions of the android upon release, which we have observed already with the previous phones under Moto. The motorola apps such as migrate, actions and assists stay and continue to increase productivity.
A detailed specification about the product can be viewed from here. This is the first phone out with significant changes since the acquisition by Lenovo, so is Lenovo progressing with the progress Moto is making? We’ll find out that in the upcoming quarterly sales report. Even though Lenovo wasn’t satisfied with the acquisition, as The Verge reports, Moto G4 Plus, I believe, is here to stay.
All said and done, should you buy it? Is the Moto G4 Plus worth the money and hype. Well, the decision is clearly up to you this once. If you aren’t an avid gamer and a heavy user, this phone is the exact right choice for you. The perfect blend of OS, camera and specifications coupled with security is a great deal for the money. Although if you are one such person, then the Snapdragon 617 is sure to warm your hands.
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