The Moto G4 Plus.
It’s not really realistic to expect any new Moto G to live up to the first one. That phone offered decent specs and prompt Android updates for a third of the price of most flagships, and the cheap-but-usable Android phone segment wasn’t as healthy in 2013 as it is now. It was the right phone for the right price at the right time, and no subsequent upgrade has quite nailed the same combination (though the third-generation model was a nice effort).
Now Motorola is owned by Lenovo, and a lot of the stuff that made the Google-owned Motorola a darling of reviewers (namely, prompt updates and good phones that weren’t obsessed with specs and superfluous features) is gone. Bear that in mind as we evaluate the Moto G4 and G4 Plus—they retain many of the selling points that made the first Moto G so good, but not quite all of them, and they’re no longer the cheapest decent phones you can buy even if they are still decent budget options.
Look and feel
Specs at a glance: Lenovo Moto G4 and G4 Plus
1920×1080 5.5-inch IPS (400 PPI)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (4x 1.5GHz Cortex A53 and 4x 1.2GHz Cortex A53)
2GB or 4GB
Qualcomm Adreno 405
16GB, 32GB, or 64GB NAND flash, expandable via microSD
Dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2.
CDMA (850, 1900 MHz)
GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS / HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 25, 26, 41)
13MP or 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
5.98" x 3.02" x 0.31-0.39" (152 x 76.6 x 7.9-9.8mm)
$200 for G4, $250 for G4 Plus, $300 fully loaded
I really like the design of both Moto G4s, which is sleeker and less chunky than Moto Gs of years past (but unlike the Moto Z, they don’t do anything dumb like removing the 3.5mm headphone jack for no reason). The bulgy back is gone, but the phone is still curved around the edges in a way that’s comfortable to hold. And the lightly textured, rubberized plastic back is nice to touch and easy to hold. It won’t go slipping out of your hands.
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