Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Motorola Moto G4's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 1221 minutes (3G), 678 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The Moto G4 proves a budget phone can be quite capable.

- Jen Karner , Android Community 

Moto G4 is a decent mid-range smartphone, and features an ergonomic design. But, for most young buyers, other options would make more sense.

- Hansa Verma , The Indian Express 

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 16 reviews

What's good  

  • Beautiful display
  • All-day battery life
  • Price
  • Dual-SIM option
  • Clutter-free interface
  • Above-average camera

What's bad  

  • Poor low-light camera performance
  • Non-removable battery
  • No NFC
  • No TurboPower charger included

The Motorola G-Series has built a loyal following on its affordable pricing, bloat-free software and attention to design details. However, Motorola has changed hands from Google to Lenovo since the last release--leaving some wondering what will come of the phone line. With the new Motorola Moto G4, it seems the answer is finally here!

We’ve scoured the leading review sites to see what people are saying about the phone. Let’s take a look at what they’re saying!

Looking at the phone, you’re greeted with a plastic chassis typical of the budget- to mid-tier market. Reviewers all agree that the design is one of the best currently available for the price. The Inquirer chimed in on the look, saying, “Yes it's simple, but the smooth curves make it stylish too.”

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The phone lacks the IPX7 water resistance of previous models, but the look overall remains very similar. Reviewers did note that the phone is quite large, due to the screen size, but comfortable to hold. GSMArena notes, “Moto G4 feels rock solid and you wouldn't have a hard time to pass off the side frame as metal (it isn't, though).”

Coming around to the front of the phone, you’ll find a 5.5-inch IPS 1080p display. This is a substantial boost in size compared to previous models and about as large as a mobile screen gets before venturing into two-hand usage territory. As the largest screen on a G-series phone yet, reviews indicate that it’s not just about big numbers--the screen looks good too!

Expert Reviews put the display through a range of tests and declared that it offers “brilliant results for a budget smartphone, and its punchy colors look great regardless of whether you're browsing the web or looking at photos in your gallery.” Recombu agreed, saying, “the Moto G4 strikes a nice balance between realistic colors and eye-pleasing hues.”

Pushing all those pixels, you’ll find an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor. It is firmly mid-tier, but reviews indicate that it’s capable of solid performance. Expert Reviews said, “It's beautiful to use on a day-to-day basis and it's even a pretty capable gaming machine, too.” Combine with 2GB of RAM, the phone should offer smooth and reliable performance for the foreseeable future. Pocket-Lint put the through a series of benchmark tests, and the figures appear to back this up. They note, “Sure, it might not handle the latest 3D games, or offer 4K video capture, in the way that flagship handsets do, but in daily tasks there's little it won't do.”

You’ll find options for 16 or 32GB of internal storage. If you’re looking to keep your trove of music, movies or games on hand at all times, there’s also microSD card support for cards up to 128GB.

All reviews agreed that the 3,000mAh battery was great. The Inquirer notes, “We were able comfortably to get through a day on a single charge, but you'll need to recharge before picking up your adventures the next day.” The phone includes TurboPower charging support, though you’ll have to shell out a little extra to get the charger, as it’s only included with the beefier G4 Plus by default. With the charger, Lenovo claims you can get up to 6 hours of usage out of a 15-minute charge.

For those looking to take snapshots on the go, you’ll find a 13MP rear camera with phase detection auto-focus and dual-tone LED flash. The phone received some criticism for its low-light performance and the color reproduction in videos. However, reviews for the camera are generally positive. GSM Arena says, “Image quality is above average for the class, though colors are slightly oversaturated.” The camera software gets equally good reviews, with The Inquirer noting, “This is very much a pick-up-and-shoot experience, and what you see is what you get.” For selfie fans and video chatters, Alphr says the 5MP front-facing lens “captures colorful and crisp selfies.”

It appears that Lenovo has chosen to stay true to the G-series software experience as well. You’ll find the interface very similar to stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Reviewers all noted smooth performance and little bloatware. They also loved the gesture controls. The flick and chop actions for launching the camera and enabling the flashlight were particularly popular.

There were a couple of minor complaints about the Moto G4. The first is a lack of NFC--this means no Android Pay or tap-syncing of information. The second was the lack of fingerprint sensor--an increasingly common inclusion.

Overall, reviews indicate that the phone brings the G-series up to date without deviating far from the popular Motorola formula. Alphr loved the handset, saying, “The Moto G4 is an extraordinarily good budget smartphone; a little large, perhaps, but for the money, it's basically flawless.”

However, if you’re looking to use the TurboPower feature, you might consider the G4 Plus, as it includes the charger and a few improved features for slightly more than the cost of the charger outright.


Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


One of the best phones under £200

from PC Advisor
Although the new Moto G4 is more expensive than the third-generation, Motorola is offering a Full HD screen, better processor, more storage and memory. Not everyone will enjoy the jump to 5.5in or the lack of full waterproofing but this is still a brilliant phone for under £200. Just bear in mind that the 3rd-gen Moto G is now a great buy at £149 and the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 offers similar specs for just £125 (albeit SIM-locked)... Full review

Balanced on a budget

from Android Community
So is the Moto G4 worth the $199.99 price tag? In a word, yes. This phone packs a serious punch for its asking cost. You get fantastic battery life, a decent display, and a camera that delivers great results. While there are some small issues it doesn't take away from the whole package, and the Moto G4 is a contender in the budget range of phones... Full review

Right on the money for cash value

from SlashGear
If you want to spend no more than $200 (plus whatever tax is in order) on a smartphone, Moto G4 is still the best smartphone on the market. Motorola's industrial design may have become a bit more bland this time around, but the device is right on the money for cash value... Full review

Bright, big display; decent performance; and above-average battery life

from Tom's Guide
The budget-phone segment is becoming increasingly competitive, with a number of sub-$200 phones now offering long battery life, increased durability or some combination of attractive features. Lenovo's enhancements to the Moto G4 keep that phone near the front of the budget pack... Full review

Without quick updates this phone is merely good, not great

from Ars Technica
The G4 is still a really solid budget smartphone. But I can't recommend it as loudly or as happily as I could recommend the original Moto G, nor is it the cheapest decent phone you can buy. Consumers could do worse, but Lenovo could do better... Full review

An amazing budget phone

from Digital Trends
Lenovo focused in on all the right things with the Moto G4. The big display is a pleasure to use, the camera is solid, the battery lasts beyond a day, and performance is smooth... Full review

Clean software build, above average performance

from Fone Arena
The Moto G4 is a good phone. What we’re not too sure of is the price to performance ratio. The device has been launched in a market with no dearth of competition and frankly, the competitors offer a lot more for the price... Full review

Solid performance for the price

from Engadget
The Moto G4 is a decent step up from the Moto G, thanks to its larger and sharper screen. But it still doesn't have a great camera... Full review

Very decent smartphone, offering good battery life and a decent camera

from Digit
The Moto G4 is a decent smartphone, offering one of the best smartphone photography in the budget segment, along with good battery life. Unfortunately, it does not offer the all-round performance balance that the likes of LeEco Le 2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo ZUK Z1 do. It is a good smartphone, only not the best... Full review

Decent mid-range smartphone, and features an ergonomic design

from The Indian Express
Moto G4 is a decent mid-range smartphone, and features an ergonomic design. I didn’t face any major issues with the phone. But, it other competitors like range like Redmi Note 3, Le 2 and yes the Moto G4 Plus, appear to be more enticing. Redmi Note 3 and Le 2 feature unibody design, and look more stylish. Looking at the comfortable design and performance, I was tempted to buy Moto G4 for my mom. For most young buyers, other options in the same price-range would make more sense... Full review

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